All Healing Begins With The Heart

by Marcus on June 2, 2011

There is an important distinction that must be made for the title of this post to make sense. We are talking about the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) version of the heart and not the western medical version. Remember TCM is the foundation upon which Qigong rests.

The ‘western’ heart is a 4 chambered muscle, left of centre, in the chest. It pumps oxygenated and deoxygenated blood around the body.

TCM focuses on the functions of organs. For example some of the functions of the heart are:

  • Governs the balance between the formation of blood and qi
  • Controls the movement of blood in the vessels
  • Houses the Shen (mind/Spirit)
  • Expresses its condition through the complexion
  • Opens into the tongue

The TCM heart is very different. It is so important that it is referred to as ‘The Emperor’ because it is the supreme controller of all the other organs and systems of the body. Now can you see why the heart is so important in healing?

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