The Elements & Organs:
The concept of the Organs (viscera) in Chinese medicine is vastly different
from that of Western medicine. We're talking about the Organs' influence
in terms of their Qi (energy) and the influence of their corresponding
Elements. The overall reference is highly symbolic and abstract.
Although many of the terms for the Organs correspond to the Western ones,
the former do not refer to the specific tissue, but to concepts which are
complexes of closely interrelated functions.
These functions are not based on surgical discoveries, but on clinical
observation of patients over the centuries.
The Organs are described in terms of the Qi (energy) of their corresponding
Elements, and further, their Yin or Yang quality of energy: