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#29 Pericardium Organ Functions according to Traditional Chinese Medicine

Updated: Aug 25, 2023

The human body is a complex system, and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has a unique perspective on the functions of organs, including the pericardium. In this blog post, we will explore the pericardium organ functions according to TCM and how they can impact our health and well-being.

What is the Pericardium in Traditional Chinese Medicine?

In TCM, the pericardium is an essential organ that is responsible for protecting the heart. It is considered as one of the Zang organs, which are the solid organs that produce and store vital substances in the body.

Pericardium Organ Functions in Traditional Chinese Medicine

  1. Protects the heart

The primary function of the pericardium in TCM is to protect the heart. It acts as a protective layer that surrounds the heart, shielding it from external factors that can cause damage or harm.

  1. Regulates the flow of Qi and blood

The pericardium is also responsible for regulating the flow of Qi and blood throughout the body. Qi is the vital energy that flows through the body, while blood is responsible for transporting nutrients and oxygen. An imbalance in the flow of Qi and blood can lead to various health problems.

  1. Houses the mind

According to TCM, the pericardium also houses the mind. It is believed that the mind is an essential aspect of our health, and any imbalance in the mind can lead to physical health problems. The pericardium helps to maintain the balance of the mind and body.

In conclusion, the pericardium is an essential organ in TCM that plays a vital role in protecting the heart, regulating the flow of Qi and blood, and maintaining the balance of the mind and body.

Studying for the Acupuncture Board Exam

Here are the other ones you should be familiar with and be able to perform differential diagnosis for:

  1. Yin/Yang Theory

  2. Five Elements Theory (Wu Xing)

  3. Eight Principles

  4. Qi, Blood, Body Fluids Theory

  5. Channel Theory

  6. Organ Theory

  7. Six Stages Theory

  8. Four Levels Theory

  9. Triple Burner Theory

  10. Etiology Theory like External / Internal or Miscellaneous Causes of

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