As practitioners of life cultivation, we all learn to do self-checking of our body at an early stage. We learn to check all our internal organs including the heart, the liver, the lungs, the stomach, the kidneys and others.
We also check our urine and excretion for any signs of imbalance in our body condition.
We also check our five sensory organs, our tongue, our facial expression, our palm lines for telltale signals of imbalance of our body constitution.
We also try to check our emotional states.
As practitioners of life cultivation, we learn how to do self-inspection of our body on a daily basis. During the process, we will then discover any abnormalities in our internal organs. It is similar to a physical checkup. A physical checkup is typically done once a year, but self-inspection is done daily.
A self-inspection is done to find out what is wrong with the internal organs. Here is a sketch of the routine.
The heart is the main organ for the mind. When the heart’s physiological function is normal, the mind is clear, the thought is agile, and we are in high spirits.
When the heart has lesions affecting the activity of the mind, there may be abnormal manifestations of mental consciousness or thinking, showing insomnia, dreams, restlessness, or even madness. It may also show clinical manifestations such as slow response, forgetfulness, lack of energy, or even coma.
When the vital energy of the heart is strong and the blood is full, our face will be rosy and lustrous. When the vital energy of the heart is below par, our face will be pale and with a loss of colors.
When the function of the heart is normal, the tongue will be ruddy and soft, the speech will be clear, and the taste bud will be sensitive. If the function of the mind is abnormal, the tongue will be enlarged leading to stuttering or even a loss of speech. An enlarged tongue will usually lead us to bite our tongue especially while we are eating.
Thus our facial expression and the function of our tongue and our mind will indicate our heart is out of order.
With the liver’s function of regulating mental emotions being normal, our body can better coordinate its own spiritual and emotional activities, with outer appearance of high spirit, happy mood and rational response.
When the liver’s function is blocked, we will show depression, sullenness, tendency to cry, sighing, or suffocating of the chest.
When the venting of the liver is too much, we may be in a state of hyper-excitement. We may be in an agitated state, prone to anger, with accompanying dizziness and pain. We may have insomnia or excessive dreams.
When the venting function of the liver is completely lost, it may lead to symptoms of abnormal digestive function such as loss of appetite, indigestion, sputum pantothenic acid flow, bloating or diarrhea.
When the venting function of the liver is below par and the vital energy circulation is blocked at the same time, we may suffer from chest pain, breast pain, or abdominal pain.
When the venting function of the liver is below par and the blood and vital energy circulation is blocked at the same time, we may suffer from acute chest pain or lumps. A woman may show abnormal menstrual bleeding, menstrual pain, or menstrual obstruction.
When the venting function of the liver is below par, a person may show ascites or edema.
When the storage function of the liver is abnormal, it may lead to blood deficiency or bleeding.
When the liver blood is insufficient to maintain the tendons or ligaments, we may suffer from numbness of the limbs, flexion of the limbs, or difficulty in flexing fingers and toes.
When the liver blood is insufficient, we may suffer from blurred vision and impaired night vision. When the liver fluid is insufficient, we may suffer from dry eyes and reduction in vision or a loss of night vision. When we have too much liver-fire, we may suffer from red eyes or swelling.
With insufficient liver blood and a loss of fluid support may lead to a series of symptoms as mentioned earlier. If blazing heat is burning the liver blood, a person may show signs of extremity convulsions, tightly closed jaws or angular reflexes.
When our liver is full, our nails will be ruddy and tough. When our liver blood is insufficient, our nails will be dry, soft, or deformed.
Thus we can tell from the symptoms of our eyes, limbs, and fingernails whether we have a liver that performs at par.
The other organs
The discussion of self-checking and self-inspection relating to the spleen, lungs, the kidneys, the gallbladder, the stomach, the small intestine, the large intestine, the bladder can be found in Mustang BodyWorks Infoletter.
The discussion of checking our tongue, our facial expression, our urine, our excretion to spot early signals of malfunction of our body can be found in Mustang BodyWorks Infoletter.
The discussion of spotting diabetes and other degenerative illnesses at an early stage so that we can take remedial actions before it is too late can be found in Mustang BodyWorks Infoletter.
Once we know we have problems with our internal organs, we may then turn to the professionals for help as soon as possible.
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