If you have healthy organs, you are healthy.
Meet your internal health team
When I talk about organs, I’m talking about TCM organs. It’s a very different take on them. TCM organs are responsible for physical and emotional health, they don’t seperate the two. Your organs are synchronised to the 24 hour daily rhythm. They each have a task and they also all work as a team to keep you in top shape physically, emotionally and spiritually. Chinese medicine visualises some organs as characters, like your Liver is known as ‘the general’.
It’s fantastic, poetic but backed by millennia of real research into how your internal world works. In an earlier draft of my book Chi Health Cycle, I created characters for all 12 TCM organs, and wrote their job descriptions. The publisher ditched the idea, but these are dear to my heart. Hover over the organs above to discover each character and their job description below.
Your large intestine is the origin of change and transformation. It is responsible for movement and expression of your emotions. Connected to your capacity to either ‘let go’ or get stuck holding on to things. Emotional and physical detox
Your stomach is the origin of all chi and blood. If your stomach chi is strong you will be healthy and full of energy. Connected to your capacity to rebound from stress and challenges of life. Influences your capacity to nurture and to be nurtured.
Your spleen is the main organ involved with digestion and the production of chi. A strong spleen means strong muscles and lots of energy. Responsible for memory, focusing and concentration. Involved in issues of nourishment, on both a physical and psychic level.
Your heart is responsible for pumping blood and making blood. It nourishes the mind and spirit making you more receptive to change. Directs, integrates and coordinates aspects of your psychic life. A strong heart means a strong mind, good memory and balanced emotions.
Your small intestine helps with digestion. It has an influence on judgement and gives you the power of discernment, and the ability to make good decisions. Separates the ‘clear’ from the ‘turbid’ in digestion and on a psychic level. Plays a crucial role in the happy unfolding of life.
Your bladder stores and excretes urine, but it also participates in the transformation of fluids necessary for the production of urine. Influences your capacity to go with the flow and whether you hold on to or can let go of grudges.
Your pericardium is closely related to your heart. It covers and protects the heart. It also has a strong influence on mental and emotional states, the formation of relationships and healthy personal interactions. Joy and happiness derive from the pericardium.
Your san jiao is a function not a physical organ. It directs fluids and chi to all your organs. Affects your capacity to relate to people and the external world.
Your decision making originates from your gallbladder. Controls the spirit of initiative and the courage to make changes. A strong gallbladder gives you the ‘gall’ to change your life, to follow your dreams and to implement new ideas.
Your liver stores blood, regulates chi flow throughout your body for all physiological, mental and emotional functions, and it supports recovery. With a healthy liver comes resoluteness and drive, and the capacity to plan your life. Happiness occurs when liver chi flows freely.
Your lungs are the intermediary between you and the world. They build immunity to allergens and bugs, but they also build your immunity to the negative influences of other people. In charge of the mental-emotional sphere.
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