February 7, 2012 § Leave a comment
In relation to Western medicine, the functional qualities of internal organs in Chinese medicine often overlap. For example, in Chinese medicine, the heart includes the spirit or mental system, but, similar to Western medicine, it also helps circulate the blood. The lungs include the respiratory system and also help “govern” the qi of the entire body. The endocrine system in Western medicine is recognized as part of the kidney’s function in Chinese medicine. The kidneys are also responsible for growth, development, and reproduction. In addition to storing blood, the liver regulates the emotions and the flow of qi. Lastly, the spleen represents the digestive system and the body’s ability to transform and transport the nutrients received from food and drink. Excerpt from Acupuncture and IVF, by Lifang Liang, O.M.D., Ph.D., L.Ac.