The liver: an organ at the center of traditional Chinese medicine

The liver is the largest organ of the human body and has multiple functions. Its role is to clean the blood but also to store and synthesize the nutrients needed by the body. In Chinese medicine, the influence of the liver is decisive and its influence extends well beyond the digestive system. Marie-Catherine Deville, therapist in traditional Chinese energy, sheds light on the central role that it holds in its practice.

Chinese medicine will focus on the individual as a whole and propose a holistic approach. In contrast to Western medicine, which responds to a symptom, it will seek the origin of the disease and attack that root. The patient is also considered and cared for in relation to his place in the universe. The human body fits into its environment with which it forms a whole. To each element is attached an organ and its entrails:

  • Earth: spleen / stomach
  • Metal: lung / large intestine
  • Water: kidney / bladder
  • Wood: liver / gall bladder
  • Fire: heart / small intestine

Traditional Chinese medicine is based on these great energy principles and will focus on the Yin (the cold, which is internal, dark, represents the night) and the Yang (the hot, which is external, bright, represents the day) , the 5 elements, the meridians of the body and acupuncture points.

In Chinese medicine, emotions are taken into account, the overflow of which can affect organs and damage them. The liver, connected to wood, is also the organ of anger. In the West, people are very stressed and this condition has a direct consequence on the state of their liver. He is considered in traditional Chinese medicine as "the general of armies". It is responsible for the free movement of IQ (energy), storage of blood, it governs the tendons, is manifested in the nails but also in the eyes.

Liver dysfunction can lead to irritability, depression, hepatobiliary disorders, tendonitisbut also ophthalmological symptoms such as conjunctivitis. Since the role of the liver is to store and regulate blood flow, a hepatic disorder may affect the gynecological sphere as it plays a role on the two meridians that surround the genitals and the uterus, the Ren Mai and the Chong May. If the free flow of blood is impaired, the menstrual flow can be reduced or even halted and cause difficulties in conceiving.

Thanks to Marie-Catherine Deville, traditional Chinese energy therapist

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