Do You Suffer from Digestive Problems after Enjoying Red Wine or Cheese? Part 2
The Chinese Point of View
Like all the ancient medical systems, the Chinese have a slightly different take on the subject. I believe their view is a more wholesome perspective on the situation. Interestingly, the Chinese view is being more and more supported by science.
In Chinese medicine, the large intestine, where most of the patients’ problems occur, is one partner of two meridians. The Chinese believe every meridian is either yin or yang and each one has a partner. In case of the large intestine, the yang meridian’s corresponding yin meridian is the lung. They believe that whenever you have an energetic imbalance in one of the yin or yang partners, the other one is affected, too, which explains the connection to asthma, chronic sinus infections, and skin irritations like eczema and neurodermitis.
The lungs are also associated with our immune systems and our skin.
I remember a patient I treated for bowel problems. At one point, she felt well and wanted to stop our work. Yet, on her face she had skin irritations along the meridian of the large intestine. That’s why I suggested we go a bit deeper to clear everything up. She agreed and couldn’t believe the energy increase she had afterward her treatment.
In Chinese medicine, the organs are usually arranged in a circle. I love this model because it shows easily how they each affect each other. It allows us to understand why you eventually might end up with liver problems even when you “only” have intestinal symptoms. The large intestine and lung influence the liver and gallbladder. It’s no wonder liver cirrhosis is associated with a disease primarily found in the gut.
Our kidneys and bladder get their energy from lung and large intestine, which explains the connection to chronic renal failure and gut problems. Lastly, the heart and small intestine influence lung and gut. If this relationship is imbalanced, it will eventually show in our blood pressure, heart rate, and heart rhythm.
These are just the basic relationships. What I left out are all the emotions attached to each organ. That’s a whole other universe to dive into. We cannot be well emotionally if our body is sick. In my experience, depression can often be traced back to gut or heart problems, which totally makes sense if you look at the Chinese model.
But that’s a topic for another article.
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