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3 - The Fundamental Organs
II. Yin Organs-produce, transform, regulate, store fundamental
substances (Qi, Blood, Jing, Shen (Spirit), Fluids. Deeper inside than Yang; more external. Also more
importnat in medical theory/practice.
- Systems: Western vs. Eastern. The
two systems are very incompatable and have few if any
- Types of Organs-Yin, Yang, Curious
- Heart (and Pericardium): Heart rules bllod/vessels. Pericardium (Outer
protective sheild of the heart) is considered the Heart's
firstline of defense. Considered by some to be a seperate
organ--much dispute.. Impairments of heart are shown by
insomnia, excessive dreaming, forgetfulness, hysteria and
- Lungs: Direct movement
in 2 directions-- "Descending and liquifying" and
"disseminating/circulating" The lungs rule Qi. Also rules skin,
sweat glands, body hair, and open into the nose.
- Spleen: Rules
transformation, transportation. Here the food is transformed
inot Qi and blood. IT is considered the "foundation of
postnatal existence", Helps create blood and keep blood moving
smoothly/ Rules muscle, flesh and four limbs and delivers blood
to these places. Distinguishes five tastes.
- Liver:"general of an
army" Rules flowing and spreading. Smooth movement of odily
substances and regularity. Store blood, controls bile
secretion, harmonizes emotions. Distinguishes five colors:
white, yellow, red, blue-green and black when in
- Kidneys: Store Jing.
Rule birth, development, maturation. Determines Yin and Yang of
other organs. Reproductive problems occur as Jing diminishes.
Kidneys rule bones, marrow and water. Hears the Five tones and
Grasping of Qi.
III. Yang Organs-receive, breakdown, absorb part of food that
will be transformed into fundamental substances, transport and
excrete unused portion
- Gall Bladder: Stores
and secretes bile, which is produced by a surplus of Qi.
Associated with Liver . Ruled decisions. Also a curious
- Stomach: Recieves and
ripens ingested foods and fluids. Here food begins
decomposition. Associated witht he Spleen, rules "descending."
Symptoms of disharmony include nausea, stomachache, distention,
belching and vomiting.
- Small Intestine: Rules
seperation of "pure" from "turbid" Symptoms include abdominal
pain, intestinal rumblings, diarrhea and constipation.
- Large Intestine:
Continues to move turbid parts of food and fluid downward.
Absorbs water from waste material. Feces formed and
- Bladder: Receives and
excretes urine. Disharmonies: incontinence, burning urination,
difficulty urinating. Often coupled with Kidneys.
- Triple Burner (Triple
Has a name but not a shape, and no Western correlary. Regulates
water. Water movement relatd to Qi of Triple Burner. Fire
necessary to control water. Functional relationship between
organs (Lungs, Spleen, Kidneys, Small Intestine, Bladder) Upper
Burner is "Mist" Middle Burner is "Foam" Lower Burner is a
IV. Curious Organs-Resemble the Yang organs in form but the Yin
* These three organs are so
closely related that they are almost indistinguishable from one
- Brain: * "A Sea of
Marrow" Responsible for fluidity of movement and sensitivity in
eyes and ears. When Marrow is insufficient rhe brain lacks
coordiination and ther is ringing in hte ears, dizziness, poor
visiona nd languid idleness.
- Marrow: * Nourishes the
Bones. Spinal Cord is considered part of Marrow.
- Bone: * Give the body
structure. Fed with Marrow
- Blood Vessels Blood
transported through body. Roughly related to Meridian
- Uterus: menstruation
and Gestation happen here. However, these functions are largely
governed by other organs such as the Spleen, Liver and
- Gall Bladder: A yang
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