The five organ routine is a very powerful set of Qigong movements that move energy through the kidneys, lungs, heart, liver and spleen. These are very important organs that work in harmony to sustain life. When one of these organs is not functioning optimally it will affect the others. The five yin organ routine is designed to disperse/release toxic Qi and collect/send healing energizing Qi to the five yin organs.
Why do we want to ensure energy is flowing freely through these 5 organs? According to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), the five are connected and when there is an energy block or disturbance in one, there can be a domino affect. Energy disturbances can occur from external sources and from unprocessed emotions. To read more about these 5 organs from a TCM perspective click here
The five yin organs are easily disrupted by the seven emotions (anger, joy, worry, grief, sadness, fear, and shock) than are the Yang organs.
The emotions are said to be the primal force behind energy transformation; however, each person will have different reaction to emotional changes, based on his or her dominant elemental pattern. Each organ has an element associated with it, and each person has a dominant element. Below are the seven emotions, the corresponding organ, and the element.
1. Anger – Liver -Wood
Symptoms of disharmony include, blurred vision, headaches, high blood pressure, insomnia.
2. Joy – Heart – Fire
Symptoms of disharmony include anxiety, insomnia, elbow problems, obsessive compulsive disorders
3. Worry – Spleen – Earth
Symptoms of disharmony include, nausea, weight loss, belching and easy bruising.
4. Grief and Sorrow – Lungs – Metal Symptoms of disharmony often appear on the skin in the form of a rash.
5. Fear – Kidneys – Water. Symptoms of disharmony include frequent urination, forgetfulness, knee pain, back pain, arthritis.
The five organ routine that I teach was developed by Dr. Jerry Johnson. I have completed a 4 year medical qigong training with the International Institute of Medical Qigong. Dr. Johnson is the creator of the program, and the five organ routine is prescribed to students to enhance health by increasing Qi/energy to these organs. The five organ routine is a daily practice that will enhance your health and energy levels.