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#33: 2 Important Liver Functions and their 3 affects in the Body

Updated: Aug 25, 2023

San Jiao Functions according to Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Welcome back to our exploration of the fascinating world of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine! Today, we dive into the multifaceted organ known as the liver. In this episode we talk about the

essential functions and how they impact our overall well-being.

Section 1: The Liver Stores Blood As a central powerhouse in our body, the liver's first critical function is to store blood. However, its role goes beyond simple storage. The liver regulates blood distribution based on activity levels, ensuring that our muscles and sinews receive nourishment during physical exertion. Consequently, any disruption in this regulation may lead to fatigue, susceptibility to illness, and compromised defense against external pathogens. Additionally, the liver influences menstruation, with deficiency or excess of liver blood impacting the regularity and intensity of menstrual cycles. Lastly, the liver's connection to the eyes and sinews means that imbalances in liver blood can result in dry eyes, blurred vision, muscle cramps, and limited range of motion.

Section 2: The Liver Ensures the Smooth Flow of Qi Moving on to its second function, the liver plays a pivotal role in ensuring the smooth flow of Qi (vital energy) throughout the body and all organs. This function encompasses three vital aspects. Firstly, the liver works in harmony with other organs to maintain unobstructed Qi flow, thereby preserving their natural Qi direction. Disruptions in liver Qi can cause rebellious stomach Qi, leading to symptoms like burping, reflux, and nausea. Secondly, the liver's impact on emotions is profound. Stagnation of liver Qi can result in irritability, frust

ration, and physical tension. Lastly, the liver's smooth flow of Qi is interconnected with the spleen and stomach. If liver Qi stagnates, it can affect the proper functioning of these organs, leading to digestive issues such as bloating, pain, and irregular bowel movements.

Section 3: Common Sayings Associated with the Liver Let's explore some popular sayings related to the liver's functions. Firstly, "the liver manifests in the nails." This means that the health of our nails reflects the nourishment provided by liver blood. Dry, cracked, or brittle nails may indicate liver blood def

iciency. Next, we have "the liver opens into the eyes." The liver's direct connection with the eyes means that imbalances in liver blood can result in dryness, blurred vision, and discomfort. Furthermore, the liver houses the ethereal soul, known as the "hun." This spiritual aspect influences our sense of direction and purpose in life. Healthy liver blood ensures a strong anchor for the hun, enabling us to dream, set goals, and feel inspired. Lastly, anger has a profound effect on the liver. Whether expressed or suppressed, anger and frustration can lead to liver Qi stagnation and the rise of liver yang, resulting in symptoms such as headaches, red face, red ears, and a stiff neck.

Conclusion: The liver's functions encompass a vast array of interconnected processes, making it a vital organ for our overall well-being. Understanding the liver's role in storing blood, ensuring smooth Qi flow, and its impact on various aspects of our health empowers us to take better care of ourselves. By nurturing our liver through proper lifestyle choices, acupuncture, and Traditional Chinese Medicine, we can strive for balance, harmony, and optimal health.

Remember, your liver is a key player in your body's symphony, so let it perform its magnificent role with grace and vigor. Stay tuned for more exciting insights into the world of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine!

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

God Bless and Happy Studying

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Lynette Thompson
Lynette Thompson
Jul 01, 2023

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Richard Lai
Jul 02, 2023
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