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Love your liver – Nature & Health
Love your Liver with Chinese medicine
The Liver is one of the most important organs in both Western and Chinese medicine. It is the largest of our internal organs, positioned on the right hand side of the body and protected by the ribs. A number intricate functions are carried out by the Liver including processing and filtering the blood as well as involvement in digestion, hormonal production, metabolism and nutrient processing.
Traditional Chinese medicine perspective
In Traditional Chinese medicine philosophy the Liver is viewed through a different lens it’s main functions are to store the blood and control the free flow of the Qi.
Blood is considered a moistening substance in Chinese medicine therefore a lack of liver blood will exhibit as dryness. This can be particularly evident in the areas of the body associated with liver – the eyes, sinews and nails. If the liver blood is adequate there will be a suppleness to the joints and body movements will be smooth.
Blood has a nourishing quality consequently a deficiency of blood will show as low energy and a lack of vitality.
When the liver is imbalanced the Qi will not flow freely and there will be muscle cramping, tremors or muscular tension. The blood and liver relationship is especially important in gynaecology and influences the regularity of the menstrual cycle. The liver is said to open into the eyes hence when there are symptoms associated with the eyes the Liver must be considered. A deficiency of liver blood will cause eye dryness and heat or wind in the liver will cause red eyes or itching. Tension in the Liver will cause tics of the muscles around the eye.
Love your liver with Chinese medicine was written by Doctor of Chinese medicine Shura Ford for Nature and health magazine, this article appears in the December- January 2018 issue on page 24.
This article appeared in the December-January 2018 issue of Nature & Health, Australia’s original natural health magazine.