Benefits of Tai Chi forms

Recently a friend forwarded this description of the benefits of Tai Chi forms written by Great Grand Master Kellen Chia. Grand Master Kellen Chia created the Tai Chi Society to introduce Tai Chi to Australia where he’s been teaching for 20 years. I’ve edited his list to the 24 forms that I teach, and a few qigong moves.

Tai Chi practitioners all over the world have been asking for centuries about the healing benefits that each Tai Chi posture has on the body. They want a complete list of how each Tai Chi posture treats the organs of the body. Generally, people know that Tai Chi improves one’s health, but they don’t know the full details. I now release the result of my work on how the movements of Tai Chi affect the organs of the body. Each Tai Chi posture treats a different part of the body, thus a certain organ or organs of the body. Tai Chi heals the body by improving the flow of vital energy ( Chi ) through the acupuncture meridians, eliminating the imbalances or unblocking the blockages. I have chosen to release to the general public my knowledge of these Tai Chi movements because it is these movements (forms) that are commonly practised. The list below details which organs are treated by each posture.

Grasp sparrow’s tail
Pull back
Squeeze forward
Sit back ready
Press forward
These postures benefit the large intestine; they also treat constipation.

Single whip benefits the liver and digestive tract.

Snake climbs a tree benefits the large intestine, digestive tract, stomach disorders and the full length of the vertebrae.

Lift hands benefits the liver.

Shoulder press benefits the central nervous system.

Stork spreads wings benefits the central nervous system and the full length of the vertebrae.

Brush knee and twist step benefits the heart, lower digestive tract and stomach disorders.

Sage points the way benefits the small and large intestines.

Apparent close up benefits gastric problems. (closing move in 24 form – js)

Embrace tiger return to mountain benefits gastric-intestinal functions.

Press to the northwest benefits the central nervous system.

Fist under elbow benefits the large intestine and pancreas.

Step back and repulse monkey benefits the small and large intestines, gallbladder, kidneys and spinal cord.

Stroking horse’s mane benefits the small and large intestines, gallbladder, stomach and lungs.

Strum a lute benefits digestive disorders.

Golden needle at sea bottom benefits the small intestine.

Fan through back benefits the pancreas and stomach.

Turn around and chop with fist benefits the small and large intestines, pancreas, stomach and liver.

Upper cut, step forward, parry and punch benefits the small and large intestines, pancreas, kidneys and digestive disorders.

Wave hands like cloud benefits the large intestine, pancreas, spleen and stomach.

Lifting up the heavens benefits the liver.

High pat on horse benefits the liver.

Drawing the bow right benefits the liver and stomach. (qi gong move – js)

Separation of right leg benefits the kidneys, stomach and liver.

Spin around and kick with heel benefits the kidneys and stomach.

Right heel kick benefits the kidneys and stomach.

Double wind goes through ears benefits the liver.

Step up parry and punch benefits the stomach.

Slant flying benefits the small and large intestines, pancreas, lungs and spleen.

Fair lady works at shuttles benefits the small intestine.

Snake creeps down benefits the large intestine and kidneys.

Golden cock stands on one leg benefits the stomach.

Inspection of horse’s mouth benefits the pancreas and stomach.

Step forward to seven stars benefits the small intestine.

Spin around and lotus kick benefits the kidneys and spleen.

Shoot tiger benefits the lungs. (qi gong move – js)

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