Text: Gao Liling’s “Kang Jian”, (Excerpt from/”Yiyi Gossip: Ancient Biography”
(Taiwan News) The human body is a complete unity. If any organ is diseased, other organs will be affected and exposed.
“Huangdi Neijing.” Su asked. “Jade Machine Zhenzang Lun” says: “The five internal organs are connected, and their movements have their own times.” Each internal organs exists independently and is closely related: the liver and kidneys have the same source of water and wood, the heart and kidneys have both water and fire, the liver, lungs, qi and blood rise and fall… In addition to the five internal organs, There is the mutual root relationship of yin and yang of water, fire, qi and blood, and the restriction and resolution relationship of the five elements of metal, wood, water, fire and earth.
Insufficient kidney yang and abnormal qi transformation
The core theory of traditional Chinese medicine, the Zangxiang theory, comes from the “Book of Changes”. Although the core content is related to the internal organs, it is not an internal organs in an anatomical sense. Instead, it uses analogy to understand the physiology and pathology of the human body using the laws of production and restraint among the five elements. phenomenon.
The water that is constantly metabolized by the human body is first received by the stomach, transported, transformed and transmitted by the spleen, then the lungs regulate it, and finally returns to the kidneys.
The yang qi in the kidneys is activated, “qi-transforming” it and distinguishes the clear and turbid ones. The clear ones are returned to the lungs and distributed to various organs, while the turbid ones are injected into the bladder and excreted from the body. This repeated cycle relies on the power of kidney yang. If a person’s kidney yang is insufficient, the qi transformation will be abnormal, which is a water-fluid metabolism disorder. Generally speaking, the shortness of urination and body swelling are related to this.
Kidney yang is the foundation of human yang energy and plays a warming and biochemical role in the human body. Kidney yin is the foundation of human yin fluid, which nourishes and moistens the human body. Therefore, Chinese medicine attaches great importance to nourishing the kidneys, and there is even a saying that “kidneys are the foundation of innateness”. The rise and fall of kidney essence (editor’s note: a type of “water” (liquid)) is directly related to the reproductive growth and development of the human body. Therefore, doctors particularly emphasize the need to reduce desires and preserve essence.
The liver stores blood, and blood is liquid. Why does the liver belong to the wood element? This is because the liver qi likes to grow, and its main function is to rise and stretch like a tree. Therefore, the image is likened to the nature of wood, and the liver blood needs to be nourished by kidney qi. It is “water-born wood”, and the characteristics of joy and relaxation are in the human body. The top is the lifting and regulating of the Qi machine.
If a person’s liver qi is not comfortable, he will easily feel depressed and depressed. If he is a woman, it will easily lead to irregular menstruation. Men will often suffer from weak digestive function.
Heart Qi drives blood circulation
People with insufficient liver blood are prone to trembling hands and feet, numbness of limbs, and difficulty in stretching. This is because the liver blood is not enough to nourish the tendons, and the rise and fall of liver blood directly affects the movement of the tendons. Therefore, it is often said in traditional Chinese medicine books that “the liver governs the tendons, and the liver governs the tendons. In the claws”, because “the claws are the rest of the tendons”.
The best way to nourish your liver is to have a cheerful personality and be well-connected in everything you do.
There are some methods of compassion, joy and equanimity, combined with going to bed early and practicing methods of protecting the liver and gallbladder.
The most damaging way to your liver is to stay up late and be depressed all day as if everyone owes you money.
The heart hides the spirit, governs the bloodline, and its beauty is on the face. The “god” hidden in the heart can be understood as the “command center” of human life activities, that is, spirit, consciousness, thinking, etc. This is where the trouble lies! Because modern physiology clearly points out that human mental activities and thinking abilities are all functions of the brain, but Chinese medicine believes that the “backside” is related to the five internal organs-especially the “heart”.
If the function of the “heart” is normal, because “the heart hides the spirit”, a person’s consciousness will be clear and the spirit will be normal; if there is a problem with the function of the “heart”, it will cause mental disorder in the most serious case, and make the person “disoriented” in the least case, such as insomnia. , forgetfulness, juvenile dementia, etc.
The so-called heart governs blood vessels, blood is blood, and pulses are the channels of blood. Blood runs in the pulses and is mainly driven by heart qi. Therefore, Chinese medicine has a saying that “qi moves and blood also moves.” The strength of heart qi determines the profit and loss of the channels. This can It is reflected in the pulse and facial color.
People with strong blood Qi will have full blood vessels, and their pulse will be naturally gentle and strong, with a rosy complexion. If a person’s heart Qi is insufficient, his pulse will be weak or irregular, and his complexion will be pale. That’s why it’s called “the beauty is on the face”.
Treat modern diseases by strengthening the spleen and removing dampness
The spleen governs transportation, blood, muscles and limbs. The modern language of “yunhua” means digestion, absorption, and transportation of nutrients and water to the internal organs, limbs, and bones to exert their nourishing and moistening effects.
Unnecessary water after metabolism will be excreted from the body through the kidneys and bladder. This process is mainly completed by the coordination of the spleen, lungs and kidneys.
Many people who sit in offices often have a big belly, a heavy head and a heavy body. This is the reason why the spleen is trapped by dampness. The spleen belongs to the earth among the five elements, and likes dryness and hates dampness. To treat this modern disease, it is necessary to strengthen the spleen and remove dampness. To strengthen the spleen and remove dampness, we must take into account the lungs and kidneys. Therefore, a skilled Chinese medicine doctor will first invigorate the kidney yang to eliminate yin evil, and then support the lung qi to calm down.
The lungs govern qi, spreading and descending. The qi here includes breathing qi and “weather”. Weather is from the “Huangdi Neijing”. “Su Wen” said that “the weather leads to the lungs”.
Breathe softly, long and evenly
Nourish internal organs and healthy energy
The current explanation of “weather” in traditional Chinese medicine textbooks generally refers to the fresh air of nature, which is wrong.
The “weather” here refers to the Qi of “the lungs facing the hundreds of meridians”, which is the “true Qi”.
Heart Qi drives blood circulation
What is true energy? If you have to explain it, it can be understood that the essence of water and grains is combined with the air inhaled by the lungs and accumulated in the chest, and spreads throughout the body through the heart.
According to traditional Chinese medicine, “weakness of Qi” means that there is a little bit of Lung Qi, but it is too weak, resulting in physical fatigue, weak speech, and weak breathing.
Invigorating the lungs must be accompanied by strengthening the spleen
“The lung governs the dissemination of hair” means that the lung qi drives the qi, blood and body fluids throughout the body to spread throughout the body, limbs and bones, reaching the meridians and organs internally and externally to the muscles and skin, reaching everywhere. Coughing, wheezing, nasal congestion, chest fullness, etc. are all caused by the failure of lung qi to be released and released. When treating such diseases, doctors generally stimulate the lung’s ability to release and release qi. The lungs belong to metal among the five elements, and metal is born in the earth. Therefore, in order to invigorate the lungs, we must strengthen the spleen.
People with weak lung qi have weak skin and are prone to catching colds and sweating. The sweat pores in the skin also help to regulate breathing. If the lung qi is weak, the skin and hair will not be properly warmed and nourished and will not be able to withstand external factors. The invasion of evil.
Cough due to lack of lung qi
If a person can breathe evenly, the lung qi will naturally flow in and out, which is called “normal Xuan Jiang”. If the lung qi does not Xuan Qi or the lung Qi fails to descend, it will cause coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, rib swelling and pain, and difficulty in urination. , edema and other problems. Breathing is thin, soft, long, even, and even. This can nourish the lung qi, and also nourish the righteousness of the five internal organs.
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