Organs

The Five Zang Organs

Each organ system is in charge of very specific physiological functions and correspond to very specific aspects of the body. In addition, they each are related to each other in very particular kinds of ways. The Zang Organs are the "solid" organs and are Yin in nature. This chart provides an overview of the correlation's used with in the Zang-Fu system of diagnosis.

 

Zang Organ

Related Fu Organ

Main Function

Opens Into:

Manifests On:

Related function

Liver

Gallbladder

Maintaining potency of Qi

Eyes

Nails

Controls Tendons.
Stores the blood.

Heart

Small Intestine

Dominates the vessels

Tongue

Face

Houses the Mind.

Spleen

Stomach

Governs digestion

Mouth

Lips

Dominates the four limbs and the muscles.

Lungs

Large Intestine

Dominate Qi and control respiration

Nose

 

Dominates water dispersing, descending, water passages, hair, skin, and pores.

Kidney

Urinary Bladder

Stores essence, dominates, development and reproduction

Ear

Head hair

Dominates water metabolism, bone, and the anterior and posterior orifices. Manufactures marrow.

 

The Six Fu Organs

Each organ system is in charge of very specific physiological functions and correspond to very specific aspects of the body. In addition, they each are related to each other in very particular kinds of ways. The Fu Organs are the "hollow" organs and are Yang in nature. This chart provides an overview of the correlation's used within the Zang-Fu system of diagnosis.

 

Fu Organ

Related Zang Organ

Main Function

Gallbladder

Liver

Storing bile

Small Intestine

Heart

Separates the pure from the turbid

Stomach

Spleen

Receives and decomposes food

Large Intestine

Lung

Receives waste material sent down from the Small intestine, absorb its fluid content, and form the remainder into feces for excretion

Urinary Bladder

Kidney

Temporary storage of urine

San-Jiao

Pericardium

Govern various forms of Qi and assist in the passage of Yuan Qi and body fluid

 

The Six Fu Organs

The extraordinary organs are named as such as they do not actually fall under the zang or the fu organ system (with the exception of the gallbladder) and have functions outside the scope of this focus. They are: Brain, Marrow, Bones, Blood Vessels, Gallbladder, and Uterus.