Your Heart, TCM and the Fire Element

Updated: Feb 15, 2018

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), your physical heart is the Heart of your being. It coordinates all activity—physical, mental, emotional and spiritual—in the body.

We believe that the Heart houses your spirit or Shen as well the “control center” for the other four aspects of the soul, each one residing in the other organ systems. These are the Yi, the aspect of the soul linked to thought and the Spleen; the Po, the physical aspect of the soul, related to the Lung; the Zhi, the soul aspect related to willpower and the Kidney; and the Hun, the Ethereal Soul, or mental-spiritual soul aspect, related to the Liver.

While your body and its organs need Qi to power their functions, they also need the right “message.” The great task of the Heart is to provide this message. TCM sees everything in terms of relationships.

You must have enough Qi and all your organs must work well in order to have good health, yet the organs must also work well together, in harmony. Your Heart serves as a sort of master message coordinator for the organs, receiving and relaying the countless messages continually sent back and forth between them. This means that if your Heart is not peaceful, its function will be affected, which, in turn, will impact all the other organs.

Working with you to understand your heart and body, is just one of the many ways Traditional Chinese Medicine is different but complimentary to Western Medicine.

Eca Brady is a fully licensed physician of Chinese Medicine BSc(Ac) MBAcC PGDip(CHM), practicing from Harley Street, London. Make an appointment for an acupuncture treatment and we can discuss how we can help you, to read more about Eca click here


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