Traditional Chinese medicines deal with the internal balance of energy inside the body. There are five main organ networks which manifest physical and emotional signs of your health. Some physical symptoms and behavior show which organ is distressed or malfunction. In fact, you can tell whether there is congestion and depletion in an organ.
Traditional Chinese medicines deal with the internal balance of energy inside the body. There are five main organ networks which manifest physical and emotional signs of your health. Some physical symptoms and behavior show which organ is distressed or malfunction. In fact, you can tell whether there is congestion and depletion in an organ. This diagnosis guides an acupuncturist in sticking the needles to stimulate certain points. Energy healing methods such as Pranic Healing, Reike, Aurl Cleansing, Crystal Therapy, and Shiatsu benefit from such diagnosis.
Here’s how you can tell which organ is distress based on its usual pattern.
HEART This network doesn’t just make the blood to go through the vessels, it lodges the shen (mind and spirit) permeating the body with awareness.
It is the function of the heart to integrate thought, sensation, and feeling. A well-functioning heart feels joy, gentleness, kindness, compassion, and is spiritual, refined, patient, and concerned.
When the heart is disturbed, the symptoms are as varied as chest pains, confusions, ceaseless chatter, panic and palpitations. A weak heart makes the person cold, cruel, vicious, ill-considerate, thoughtless, humorless, and hateful.
LUNGS The lungs regulate breathing as well as the rhythm of the body. The skin is regarded as the third lung, and its limits and boundaries. It establishes the border between the inside and outside, the psychological and the physical.
When the lungs are in good condition, the capacity for discrimination, methodical analysis, and discipline exist. The lung energy is also what we call on to resolve contradictions and get the job done. Healthy lungs fill us with courage, purity, sharing, solidity, generosity, and forgiveness.
Other symptoms to watch out for are tightness in the chest, skin rashes, vulnerability to colds and flu, rigid thinking, and melancholy. The other negative setbacks of unbalanced lungs are hypocrisy, dishonesty, unreliability, irresponsibility, pettiness, stinginess, jealousy, and resentment.
LIVER The liver stores the blood and manages the smooth flow of blood and chi. The emotional expression of the liver is rage when it is ill and courage when it is well. The liver network is responsible for the determination and initiative. When this organ is healthy and strong, we are capable of bold, confident, decisive action, and clear judgments. We are also relaxed, cool-headed, discreet, kind-temperament, creative, progressive, constructive, conciliatory, and willing to work with others.
When it is weak, we feel frustrated, irritable, opportunistic, short-tempered, loud, rough, obsessed, stubborn, competitive, and antagonistic. Congestion of the liver may also cause high blood pressure, headaches, menstrual cramps, as well as neck and shoulder tension.
The liver is also in charge of generally defending the body. It filters the blood, regulates its supply, and produces protein. It stores toxins until it has the time to transform them into healthy energy. A healthy balanced liver chi is seen through healthy nails, clear vision, calm nerves, and sinews and tendons that have sufficient energy.
SPLEEN The spleen is responsible for assimilating food and information. When a person is overwhelmed by either, he will suffer from mental and physical indigestion. When his spleen is healthy, he doesn’t just have a good digestion but also a capacity of nurturing, sympathetic, and poised. He is also spontaneous, fair, open-minded, genuine, harmonious, centered, balanced in appetite and desires, sociable, and hospitable.
Conversely, being tired, scattered brain, unable to concentrate or remember things, and over whelmed by details are manifestations of a disturbed spleen. One’s timing is always off and one is always too late or too soon. Lacking in abundant and balanced energy, the person tends to be flaky, fake, awkward, disconnected, and imbalanced. Desire turns to envy. His appetite turns to craving or there is no appetite at all. One becomes unfriendly and inconsiderate. The spleen is particularly vulnerable to dampness, whether arising internally (from diet or insufficient heat) or from extreme humidity.
In either cases, this results in feelings of laziness, heaviness in the arms and legs, a generalized sense of being burdened, a bloated belly, and muddled thinking.
KIDNEYS The influence of the kidney network extends beyond the role managing the fluid metabolism as we know in Western medicine. The kidney stores the body’s essence, a resource required of reproduction, growth, and regeneration. The state of alarm, they are force of will, and the capacity for sharp thinking and perception all arise from the kidneys. Problems such as retarded growth, ringing in the ears, infertility, low back pain, paranoia, dulled thinking and feeling, weak vision, apathy or despair are viewed as symptoms of an impaired kidney network.
If you are balding, this may not due to congenital defects, but weak kidneys. The kidneys determine the strength of the bone marrow and brain matter. They determine if you are smart and dull-witted. Being fearful, lewd, cold, stagnant, and small-minded, or running in circles and getting nowhere are added symptoms of imbalanced kidneys. Healthy kidneys make a person prudent, sensuous, cool, comfortable, and unafraid.
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