Monday, October 6, 2008

Lung (TCM)

As distinct from the medical concept of Lungs, the concept of Zang from Traditional Chinese Medicine is more a way of describing a set of interrelated parts than an .

To differentiate between western or eastern concepts of organs the first letter is capitalized . Because Traditional Chinese Medicine is holistic, each organ cannot be explained fully unless the TCM relationship/homeostasis with the other organs is understood. TCM also looks at the functions of the organs rather than fixed areas and, therefore, describes different organs that are not actually physical, like the Triple Burner . This also leads to controversy about the validity of TCM, which comes a lot from the difficulty of translating and lack knowledge about TCM concepts and Chinese culture. So, to avoid conflict and to keep an open mind, please realize that these notions evolved in a different culture and are a different way of viewing the human body.

The Lungs is a Zang organ meaning it is a Yin organ. The other Yin, or Zang, Organs are the Kidneys Liver , Spleen , and Heart . Sometimes the Pericardium is included. Yin organs store, secrete, make, and transform Essence, Blood, Spirit, Qi, and Fluids. These nourish the body.

The Lungs connect with the throat and open into the nose. The Lungs govern Qi. They take in clear and expel the turbid Natural Air Qi . The Lungs regulate the waterways. Fluid secretion is sweat. The Lungs govern the skin’s surface and body hair. They house the Po. The peak time for the Lungs is from 3-5am.

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