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Introduction To Anatomy And Physiology
Fu Xi Wen believes entirely in modern
Fu Xi Wen, in contrast, believes that modern biology is right on, if still incomplete in some important areas of disease. That said, the theories of traditional Chinese medicine prevail even when we talk about modern anatomy and physiology. Traditional theory ties together tissues and structures that otherwise appear on the surface to be unique but which are very much connected in the subtle movements of the body.
I highly recommend that practitioners of Fu Xi Wen purchase a good anatomy and physiology book. Links to books are available via the Store link on the website. A good anatomy book can help a Fu Xi Wen practitioner make educated guesses as to tissues to treat when dealing with complicated cases. When dealing with tough cases, review Medline research and thoroughly educate yourself on the disease factors that have been hypothesized and tested. This does not mean that a correct answer exists yet by modern researchers, but each finding is a helpful clue when putting together the puzzle that is your problem.
There are five basic tissue categories that are repeated throughout the body. These five types correspond with the Five Elements. They are as follows:
There are also Five Element relationships that correspond to specific organs of the body.
There are also two other important organ structures not included above because they relate to multiple Elements together.
Triple Warmer: aorta, arteries, cerebrospinal fluid, and hormones (Elements of Water and Fire)
Pericardium: veins, pericardium, lymphatic vessels (Elements of Water and Fire produced by Triple Warmer)
Each of our sensory organs has a Five Element relationship:
Fire: tongue and soft tissue inside the mouth beneath the tongue
Earth: lips, gums, teeth, and sense of taste
Metal: nose and sinuses, sense of smell
Water: ears and hearing
Wood: eyes and seeing
Got it? Okay. But now things get hairy. Within each tissue, you can actually find all five tissue types represented. So, take an organ like the large intestine. It has border tissue on the inside where the stools pass and on the outside where the organ connects with the internal tissues of the abdomen. This is Metal. It has a structure to it that is Water. It has ligament connections to the interior of the abdomen. This is Wood. It has smooth muscle that helps the stools move. These smooth muscles are a combination of Earth and Water. It has a lumen, open cavities, through which the stools pass. Lumen are Fire.
So, you see, things get complicated. Everywhere in the body there are Five Element tissues. And then within each tissue, there are Five Element sub-tissues.
When an organ or tissue becomes imbalanced, a Beginner, Novice, and even an Apprentice can only treat the problem in broad strokes. If the large intestine is imbalanced, you can treat the large intestine organ itself E.+20° V.0° for the Yin “substance” of the organ, and W.-20° V.0° for the Yang “function” of the organ.
When you increase your skills on the skill ladder to Intermediate, you can learn to treat the tissues within the tissues. In fact, eventually, you will be able to treat individual cell sub-structures within the tissues within the tissues. So, if you ever want to be able to function at that depth, you need to learn modern anatomy and physiology. If you really want to get it down, take a class in microbiology at a local college or university.
When dealing with a tissue, you can easily break it down to its Five Element components by differentiating its Metal boundaries, its Earth aggregation of cells, its Fire function or cells that move through the tissue, its Wood connections, and its Water structure. This simple principle will guide you well.
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