Alternative Health Information

Zang Fu

To differentiate between western or eastern concepts of organs the first letter is capitalized (Liver, instead of liver, Spleen instead of spleen). Because Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) 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 (San Jiao). 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.
Zang-Fu theory translates roughly into "theory about solid organ-hollow organ". It is a concept within traditional Chinese medicine and part of the TCM model of the body. There are five zang (臟 pinyin zang1 心、肝、脾、肺、腎) and six fu (腑 pinyin fu3 胃、小腸 、大腸、膀胱、膽、三焦).
The association between the zangfu and particular souls or spirits is a later accretion and has been largely absent from the discourse of traditional Chinese medicine for at least the past 200 years.
This theory treats each of the Zang organs as organs that nourish the body. The Zang systems include organs, senses, emotions, and the musculoskeletal system--essentially, the entire person divided into five categorical systems. Zang organs are also known as yin organs, and each has a Fu partner, a yang organ (see Yin Yang). Fu organs can be viewed as hollow organs that aid in digestion. In addition to bodily functions, each Zang organ is the home of an aspect of the spirit.
With a thorough understanding of the Zang Fu organs, practitioners can achieve therapeutic results accordingly. The theory is always in service of practical, therapeutic application, with the goal of an "elegant" treatment. An elegant treatment uses the least amount of force for the greatest therapeutic benefit, and requires true mastery of the art of traditional Chinese Medicine.
The five elements are associated energetically with the following Zang-Fu organs
Wood: Liver, home of the Hun (魂, Ethereal Soul), paired with the Gall Bladder
Fire: Heart, home of the Shen (神, Aggregate Soul) paired with the Small intestine (and secondarily, the San Jiao or Triple burner and Pericardium)
Earth: Spleen, home of the Yi (意?, Intellect), paired with the Stomach
Water: Kidney, home of the Zhi (志?, Will), paired with the Bladder
Metal: Lung, home of the Po (魄, Corporeal Soul), paired with the Large Intestine

See also
Five elements
Traditional Chinese medicine

External link
Five organs site
Amalgam Illness: Diagnosis and Treatment of Mercury Poisoning - Explains how to find out if someone has mercury poisoning (e.g. chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, ADHD, autism) and what to do to cure it.
The Circle of Healing - Cathy Holt on strengthening and deepening relationships with the self and other people.
DNA Activation - Learn how to do The Orion Healing Technique and the 12 Strand DNA Technique, known as DNA Activation, with author and medical intuitive, Vianna Stibal.
Energy 101 - Jan Meryl's New Age healing manual. Free excerpts.
Healthy Treatments - A resource guide for specific common ailments and illnesses.
How to Grow Taller System - Provides adaptable, flexible, and step-by-step instructions and techniques needed to gain inches in height.
I Dare To Heal - Offering self-help psychology, improved spirituality, health, relationships, and love. Describes alternative medicine techniques. Joel Vorensky.
Ice Cream for the Soul - Over 100 playful activities for joy and wisdom.
Infinite Grace - Written by Diane Goldner. Focuses on energy medicine, healing, science and consciousness.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome and the Mind-Body Connection - Authored by William B. Salt II, MD. A method for healing combining science with a mind, body, spirit approach.
Life More Abundant - A guide and sourcebook for the west of the teachings of Ming Pang.
Mixed Signals - A book by Hugh Crone that explains how neurotransmitters, hormones and other chemical messengers control all bodily reactions to outside events.
Muscles Testing in the 21st Century - Offers a broad understanding of allergies. Learn to muscle test and remove all guesswork. Easy to learn, step by step, educational book that includes a comprehensive list to test from and suggestions on how to remedy the source.
Nambudripad's Allergy Elimination Techniques - A holistic treatment for the permanent elimination of food and environmental allergies, which may be the cause of a wide range of illness.
The Natural Alternative - Recipes for making body products, creams, lotions, cosmetics, salves and herbal medicines.
Natural Therapy of Exercises to Relieve Pain and Stress - Exercises for back pain relief and stress reduction. Manual, classes, and online help. Christy Friederich is based in Davis, California.


Post a Comment

<< Home