TCM has six additional organs! They are considered extraordinary for the fact that they function like a Yin Organ by storing essence and are non-excreting organs, but also have the shape of a Yang Organ, which is hollow. Find out how these organs contribute to the organ matrix.
Qi, blood and body fluid: the essential substances for life activities, flow constantly inside the body and all originate from the viscera. They are produced by Qi-transforming activities of the viscera and infused into the viscera to nourish the organs and tissues of the body.
“The twelve meridians control human life, yet they are the place where disease can live. If disease starts in the meridians, the physician can use the meridians to treat the root cause of disease.” —— Huang Di Nei Jing, 475-221 BC
In TCM, the concept of “organs” is a little different from that of the biomedical perspective. TCM organs are not just physical parts of a body, but functional systems that can house imbalances, interact with each other, and signal the root causes of illnesses. We want to guide you to think about organs in a holistic way, instead of compartmentalizing them.