Wuqin Xi 五禽戏 is a qigong practice imitating animal movements and manners with disease prevention, medical treatment and vitality promotion as the major functions.
Qin 禽 means beast and generally referred to animals in ancient times. Xi 戏 referred to activities such as acrobatics in ancient times and refers hereby specifically to special movements.
Wuqin Xi is also known as the Five-animal Exercise or Wuqin Qigong. The one who summed up and promoted Wuqin Xi was Hua Tuo.
Wuqin Xi is consisted of 5 groups of actions imitating the movement of the tiger, deer, bear, ape and bird. It is a bionic exercise. Regular exercising of Wuqin Xi can dredge the main and collateral channels, regulate Qi and blood, nourish the viscera and strengthen muscle and bones sooth joint activities, and thus achieves the purpose of disease prevention and life prolonging.
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