Six Healing Sounds or Six Word Secret (Liu Zi Jue)
Six Healing Sounds is one of the classical qigong systems. The term Liu Zi Jue was
first mentioned by Tao Hongjing (420 - 589) in his book On Caring for the Health
of the Mind and Prolonging the Life Span. Tao Hongjing was a Daoist master, an alchemist
and very knowledgeable in Traditional Chinese Medicine. He was the first systematiser
of Shangqing Daoism and became its ninth patriarch. The Shangqing tradition is focusses
on meditation and visualisation practices.
The original practice of the Six Healing Sounds involved only breath and sound. Later
, in the Ming Dynasty, both Hu Wenhuan and Gao Lian wrote books which added physical
exercises to the practice.
The popularity of the practice in modern China owes a lot to Dr. Ma Litang who wrote
Liu Zi Jue Health and Fitness Exercises and taught the technique to both students
and hospital patients.
The first five sounds correspond to the Five Elements (Wind, Fire, Earth, Metal and
Water) and the Five Yin Organs (Liver, Heart, Spleen, Lungs, Kidneys). The sixth
sound corresponds to the Triple Burner, one of the Yang organs which has no equivalent
in Western medicine. Here it refers mainly to the function of balancing the heat
in the body.
The sounds are used to purge excess or toxic qi from the body on the exhale. On the
inhale fresh qi is taken in. As with most classical systems, there are variations
in what is taught today. Some teachers recommend the sounds are made sub-vocally
and others recommend they are vocalised. There are also some variations in the sounds
used. The sounds are widely used by medical qigong practitioners to purge the organs.
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