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THE ELEMENTS & THE ORGANS

THE "MOTHER-CHILD" LAW:
IF A CHANNEL IS 'EMPTY',
STIMULATE ITS MOTHER.
IF IT IS 'FULL',
DISPERSE THE CHILD.
Nei Ching

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:


1) Mother METAL - LUNG [LU] (YIN) / LARGE INTESTINE [LI] (YANG)

Child WATER - KIDNEY [KI] (YIN)/BLADDER [BL] (YANG)


2) Mother WATER - KIDNEY [KI] (YIN) / BLADDER [BL] (YANG)

Child WOOD - LIVER [LV] (YIN) / GALLBLADDER [GB] (YANG)


3) Mother WOOD - LIVER [LV] (YIN) / GALLBLADDER [GB] (YANG)

Child FIRE - HEART [HT] (YIN) / SMALL INTESTINE [SI] (YANG)

& PERICARDIUM [PC] (YIN) / TRIPLE BURNER [TB] (YANG)


4) Mother FIRE - HEART [HT] (YIN) / SMALL INTESTINE [SI] (YANG)

& PERICARDIUM [PC] (YIN)/ TRIPLE BURNER [TB] (YANG)

Child EARTH - SPLEEN [SP] (YIN) / STOMACH [ST] (YANG)


5) Mother EARTH - SPLEEN [SP] (YIN) / STOMACH [ST] (YANG)

Child METAL - LUNG [LU] (YIN) / LARGE INTESTINE [LI] (YANG)




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