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Organs – Any V.0° (Any(KD))
All major organs are all found in the compass angle that relates to their associated Five Element and at V.0° in their respective energetic boxes. While each organ has a separate function, all organs share the purpose of holding energy. Organs related to the digestive tract are called Yang organs in Chinese medicine. They break down the energy of food and transform it into usable energy, releasing unusable parts as stool or urine. These organs include the stomach, gallbladder, small intestine, large intestine, and bladder (not exactly digestive tract as defined in the West, but still involved in transforming or releasing what we need and don't need).
The other organs, known as Yin organs in Chinese medicine, predominantly focus on blood flow and filtration. The heart organ controls blood flow. The kidneys filter the blood, control fluid salinity, and generate urine. The lungs add oxygen to the blood and release carbon dioxide – oxygen being an essential ingredient for creating energy throughout every cell of the body. And the liver organ filters the blood for dangerous substances, controls fat absorption, and regulates blood clotting, among a host of other functions. The spleen also filters blood, but in this case for foreign pathogens.
In the Western world, the spleen serves a function of filtering the blood and is part of the immune system. In the Eastern world, the spleen is related to all aspects of digestion and is closely tied together with the pancreas gland, which serves to maintain healthy blood sugar by balancing hunger, the creation of fat, and its breakdown.
In Chinese medicine, the heart supports the spleen, which in turn supports the lungs, which then support the kidneys, which support the liver. The liver in turn completes the circle by supporting the heart. This is called the Generating Cycle. The lungs control the liver, which controls the spleen, which controls the kidneys, which control the heart, which controls the lungs. This is called the Controlling Cycle. When an organ is weak, it can be supported by strengthening its “mother” in the cycle. So for weak lungs, one can strengthen the spleen. When an organ is too strong, it can be kept in check via its controlling organ. So if the lungs are too strong, strengthening the heart controls it.
Sometimes you have a problem in an organ because its controlling organ is too strong. Sometimes you have a problem in an organ when its mother organ or its controlling organ is too weak. Sometimes you have a problem in an organ when it is too strong or too weak because of one's constitutional state. So, when you see a problem with an organ, especially a problem that does not improve with treatment, consider these relationships as possible roots to the problem.
The Yang organs also have generating
and controlling relationships. The large intestine is the mother of
the bladder; the bladder is the mother of the gallbladder; the
gallbladder is the mother of the small intestine; the small intestine
is the mother of the stomach; the stomach is the mother of the large
intestine. The controlling cycle is as follows: the large intestine
controls the gallbladder which controls the stomach which controls
When a problem arises in an organ, think systemically. When you change a system, all of the related parts shift. This is very different from the Western reductionist model which focuses solely on the diseased organ to cure the problem.
All organs contain the emotion of confidence from the vertical emotion. However, each organ has a compass emotion that is unique.
Closely Interrelated Tissues
Please review the Five Element associations with each organ as well as all of the tissues with the same Elemental associations. All tissues rely on healthy blood flow and break down if this is compromised. Also look at nerves when a problem is worse with stress, such as diarrhea. Diseases in organs often manifest in tissues within tissues.
Notes From Ethan's Clinic
In the clinic, I see diseases in every organ daily. They are too numerous to recount. A technique I love for healing organs is the Multi-Dimensional treatment to heal from years of imbalance.
In Fu Xi Wen, an organ is not just the physical organ that is recognized by Western doctors. Rather, an organ relates to an area of influence all around a physical organ. In the case of the Heart organ, for instance, it is important that you differentiate the heart muscle, which is cardiac muscle, from the heart organ, which contains all of the tissues of the middle chest. The entire area is the organ in Fu Xi Wen, as any problem in the tissues of that area can harm the heart. The same is true for every other organ as well. Reducing things to the physical boundary of the organ totally ignores the physiological system in which it resides. Sure, you could have difficulty breathing because the lung itself is unhealthy. But you can also have difficulty breathing because the rib above it is broken or because the intercostal muscles between the ribs are strained. In each case, the lungs suffer.
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