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triple warmer

Chinese medicine
An “organ system” which is viewed in the construct of traditional Chinese medicine as one of the twelve vital organs; the triple warmer regulates the flow of energy through the organs.

Triple warmer regions
Upper burner
Extends from the mouth to the gastroesophageal junction; it is responsible for intake of air, liquids and solids, and it harmonises heart and lung energies.
Middle burner
Extends from the gastroesophageal junction to the pylorus; it co-ordinates digestion and harmonises the energies of the stomach, spleen and pancreas.

Lower burner
Extends from the pylorus and ends at the anus; it is responsible for extracting nutrients from food and excreting liquids and solids; it harmonises the activity of the liver, kidney, bladder, large and small intestine, and reproductive organs.
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