Twelve Vital Organs

Twelve Vital Organs

Chinese medicine
The 12 vital organs according to the traditional Chinese medical construct, each of which has a related energy, either a yin or a yang principle, and a title indicating its relationship to the other organs.

The Twelve Vital Organs
[Vital organ—Title—Energy—yin/yang organ]
▪ Heart—King of Vital Organs—Fire energy—yin organ.
▪ Small intestine—Minister of Reception—Fire energy—yang organ.  
▪ Liver—Chief of staff—Wood energy—yin organ. 
▪ Gallbladder—Honorable Minister of Central Clearing Department—Wood energy—yang organ. 
▪ Spleen and pancreas—Minister of the Granary—Earth energy—yin organ. 
▪ Stomach—Minister of the Mill and Sea of Nourishment—Earth energy—yang organ.  
▪ Lungs—Prime Minister—Metal energy—yin organ.  
▪ Large intestine—Minister of Transportation—Metal energy—yang organ.  
▪ Kidneys—Minister of Power (root of life)—Water energy—yin organ. 
▪ Bladder—Minister of Reservoir—Water energy—yang organ.
▪ Pericardium—King’s Bodyguard—Fire energy—yin organ II.
▪ Triple warmer—Minister of Dikes and Dredges—Fire energy—yang organ II.
References in periodicals archive ?
In acupuncture, the practitioner will take your pulse at six different points on each wrist to get the measure of each of the twelve vital organs of the body.