Kidney as a congenital organ
In oriental medicine, kidney is considered to be a congenital organ controlling reproduction, storing of sperm, body growth as well as sex and generative functions. The ups and downs of the organ’s yin and yang has very close relation with, especially, the latter twos. In physiological perspectives, women start menstruation ordinarily at 14, and the generative functions culminate at around 21; for men, nocturnal emission starts at about 16 that means the harmony of yin and yang(sexual affair between the two sexes) can make baby. Above functions of kidney become weakening roughly at 49 for women and 56 for men. In case of women, turn of life and menopause get started thereby lessoning or even zeroing the probability of pregnancy.
In pathological perspectives, there are several types that affect the functions of kidney: people whose kidney is innately weak; early marriage and excessive sexual life; prolific women whose quantity of menstruation is too much or little causing the symptoms like vaginal bleeding, unstable fetal movement during pregnancy and, if severe, abortion or premature birth. For men, due to the disorder of storage function, there appear premature ejaculation, erectile failure and unnoticed or uncontrollable emission of sperm in daytime. Therefore, remedies for the disorders above should start from strengthening kidney.
Heart, the lord of five viscera and six entrails
In oriental medicine, heart is the lord of five viscera and six entrails, which governs and controls the blood vessels and mind. With ki-hyul’s normal and active circulation in the heart, the body and soul also can be kept active and agile. In terms of sex and generative functions, the good blood circulation in the heart leads to timely menstruation and helps women get pregnant; if not, due to the shortage of blood, it could lead to the reverse outcome.
Lung, the controller of ‘ki’ in the body
In oriental medicine, lung is believed to govern all the ‘ki’ in the body and pulse. When its functions are normal, so does the movement of ‘ki & blood’; however, when it’s weak and can’t assemble the pulses in the body, it can have bad influences on spleen, heart, liver and kidney, etc.
Spleen as an acquired organ
In view of oriental medicine, spleen is considered to be an acquired organ and the relation with stomach is thought to be very close. It takes and digests food; carries nutritious materials to the lung and changes them into ‘ki-hyul(blood)’ resin to spread it to all the organ, flesh of four limbs and bones. Therefore, spleen can be said as the source of ‘ki-hyul’. When its function is normal and active, the ‘ki-hyul’ is ceaselessly produced and life can be sustained. When it can’t do what it should do, menstrual ataxia and functional uterine bleeding occur which may cause hard of being pregnant, and if ever, the fetal movement is unstable and the baby grows weak. Other than these, there accompanies descensus uteri.
For men, when the spleen gets weak and loses its functions, it’s hard to control the emission of sperm; hyposexuality may occur; the dampness gets stuck inside and clogs the channels, so the muscles become weak when it prevails in them, ending up with withering of ‘yang’.
Liver & blood circulation and storage
Liver in terms of oriental medicine has broader meaning than viewed from western medicine: it include its functions like blood storage and circulation. Blood is, especially, fundamental factor for women: it is deeply related to menstruation, pregnancy, delivery, secretion of milk, etc.
Proper and active blood circulation in the liver keeps the menstrual cycle regular, helps women get pregnant and deliver healthy baby as well as secrete ample quantity of milk; however, when it is not proper, menstrual cycle and its quantity turns irregular and there may appear menopause, weak baby or deficiency of milk. When the movement of ‘ki’ in the liver is abnormal and produces too much blood, it can cause menstrual irregularity and pain, swelling of breast right before menstruation, which finally develops to hard of being pregnant and of delivery.
For men, when the blood is deficient in the liver, it makes ‘yang’ in the body which is crucial for men’s sexual life weaker; when it is too much, storing function gets disabled and sperm uncontrollably comes out.
Inferred from above, no one can deny that the organs like heart, spleen, liver and kidney should be strong and healthy so that the sex and generative functions do their sacred mission. When ‘ki’ in the kidney is in good condition, there’s nothing to be desired; if not, all diseases can occur from it. Other than the austere life pattern to save ‘ki’ and sperm, herbal medicine should be taken to support it.
For the protection of liver, it’s important to seek the stability of mind and not to be worried or mad; work and rest should be well organized; fatigue, smoking and drinking should be avoided.
Spleen governs transportation and chemical transaction of nutritious materials in the body; its worst enemy is bad dietary patterns like overeating.