Fifth Piece

Sway the head and swing the tail to get rid of the heart fire; (when) heart fire (is) strong, (use) the metal lung to subdue. Hands press the knee caps, repeatedly sway and swing. Blood flows smoothly, many good benefits. (If) the muscles/tendons are cramped, legs sore, (and) body numb, repeatedly extend and press heavily, do not waste time (hesitate).

Figure 4-24 Figure 4-25

Practice: Step your right leg one step to the right and squat down in a horse stance. Place your hands on top of your knees, with the thumbs on the outside of the thighs (Figure 4-24). Your Qi is sunk to the bottom of your feet, and your Yi is on the two Bubbling Well cavities. Shift your weight to your left leg and press down heavily with your hand, and line up (i.e. extend) your head, spine, and right leg (Figure 425). Stay in this position for about three seconds, then return to the original position, and then repeat the same thing on the other side (Figures 4-26 and 4-27). Turn twelve times in each direction for a total of twenty-four repetitions.

Discussion: Fire (excessive Qi) in the Middle Dan Tian at the solar plexus can be caused by improper food, breathing unhealthy air, or lack of sleep. This frequently causes heartburn. For this reason it is called Xin Huo (heart fire, *.). When excessive Qi accumulates and stagnates in your Middle Dan Tian or heart, the best course of action is to move this fire to the lungs where you can regulate it and put it out with

Figure 4-26

Figure 4-27

Figure 4-26

smooth breathing. According to the five element theory (Table 4-1), fire can destroy metal, but metal can also absorb the heat and control fire (Figure 4-28). The lungs belong to the element metal, and the heart belongs to the element fire, and so it is said that the metal lungs can subdue the heart fire. When you hold your hands on your knees with the thumbs to the rear you are expanding your chest, and when you move your body from side to side, you are loosening up the lungs and therefore taking in the excess Qi from the Middle Dan Tian, and consequently putting out the fire. As you are doing this, you are also increasing the blood circulation, which will take care of any numbness or soreness in the legs.

Figure 4-27

Figure 4-28

WOOD fc

FIRE 'X.

EARTH i.

METAL -k

WATER 7j<.

Direction

East

South

Center

West

North

Season

Spring

Summer

Long Summer

Autumn

Winter

Climactic Condition

Wind

Summer Heat

Dampness

Dryness

Cold

Process

Birth

Growth

Transformation

Harvest

Storage

Color

Green

Red

Yellow

White

Black

Taste

Sour

Bitter

Sweet

Pungent

Salty

Smell

Goatish

Burning

Fragrant

Rank

Rotten

Yin Organ

Liver

Heart

Spleen

Lungs

Kidneys

Yang Organ

Gall Bladder

Small Intestine

Stomach

Large Intestine

Bladder

Opening

Eyes

Tongue

Mouth

Nose

Ears

Tissue

Sinews

Blood Vessels

Flesh

Skin/Hair

Bones

Emotion

Anger

Happiness

Pensiveness

Sadness

Fear

Human Sound

Shout

Laughter

Song

Weeping

Groan

Table 4-1. Table of Correspondences associated with the Five Phases

Table 4-1. Table of Correspondences associated with the Five Phases

Make sure that when you lean to each side you don't drop your head. Keep your head, neck, and spine in a line. When you "press heavily" on one knee, you compress the lung on that side and relax and open the lung on the other side. This works the two lungs like bellows.

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