The analysis of disease in oriental medicine is based on a concept called ‘zangfu’. The zang are solid and the fu are hollow organs. The focus of Chinese medicine on the different organs reflects the increased reliance on concepts therein. Ideally, every organ has a specific meaning, and this has a direct impact on how certain diseases are analyzed and treated. Other major concepts are ‘yin yang’ and the ‘5 elements’.

All organs are paired with another one in a yin-yang relationship. Yin organs store essence (lungs, spleen, heart, kidney liver and pericardium). Yang organs receive and transport (large intestine, stomach, small Intestine, urinary bladder, gallbladder and triple burner).

 The Lungs

In the context of Chinese medicine, the lungs create a border between the inner and outer worlds. Owing to the sensitivity of the inner environment, there is a definite need for a boundary that defines and defends a person. The role of the lungs goes beyond the respiratory system, despite the fact that the main material that is taken in is oxygen.

Boundary, renewal, and breadth are the main elements associated with the lungs. This organ is considered to be the master of qi; this is mainly because the physical vitality is one of its main responsibilities.

The lung is paired with the large intestine. These 2 organs are responsible for immunity and the strength of the body’s defensive energy.

 The Large intestine

The large intestine is the yang organ that pairs with the lungs. The lung connects with the large intestine via the meridian (internal pathway) and this is how the organs communicate. The pair is associated with the emotion of grief. The major function of the large intestine is to receive the waste that is released through the small intestines. The fluid content of the waste is absorbed by the large intestines, and the rest of the content is formed into faces, which is later excreted.

The large intestine and the lungs also govern the skin, the physical boundary of our body and our personality.

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