Sunday, June 22, 2008

Water Metabolism

Your human body is about 70 percent water, just like the surface of the earth. Fluids are essential to all bodily functions since they provide moisture, nourishment, and cooling.
In Chinese Medicine, Water metabolism in the human body is governed by the three(3) systems of the Triple Heater, or "San Jiao". Each system -- the Upper, Middle, and Lower Jiao -- deals with a different area of the human body and ensure that food essences are properly separated and the fluids distributed to the correct tissues.

The Fluid Route. The lungs, stomach, spleen, kidneys, and bladder metabolize fluids.
The fluids and water you drink pour into the stomach, where they start to be processed.

Fluids enter the stomach where they are processed with the help of the spleen. Water needs heat to be transformed. The Yang energy of the kidneys provides the heat for all the transformative functions of the human body. This heat acts on the fluids, and they are distilled into pure fluids that rise up to the lungs (the Pure) and thick fluids that descend to the kidneys and bladder. Here, further separation takes place and the waste (the Impure) is excreted by the bladder. The lungs distribute the processed fluids to the skin, where some is lost as sweat, and send the rest to the channels and organs.

"SAN JIAO" . The Triple Heater is not a tangible physical organ, just like the pericardium (Xin Bao) which acts as the outer protective layer of the human heart; instead, San Jiao is a set of functions that distributes heat and water around the human body.

The pathways through which these processes take place are described as the Triple Heater or San Jiao. This is a way of dividing the human body into the three (3) areas where fluid transformations occur.
1.The Upper Jiao (described as cloud) consists of the Lungs, Heart, head, chest, diaphragm, and arms.
2.The Middle Jiao (referred to as a bubbling cauldron/pot) is the Stomach, Spleen, Liver, Gall Bladder, epigastrium, and hypochondrium.
3.The Lower Jiao (termed a drainage ditch) is the Kidneys, Bladder, Large Intestine, Small Intestine, uterus, legs and genitals.
The fluids and water you drink pour into the Stomach, where they start to be processed. Daily sufficiency of water for the optimal functions of all the organs in the human body is of utmost importance in order for the body to maintain its own stress-free health. Shortage of quality and quantity of water and fluids in one's daily diet is the first and primary cause of any body pain and diseases.

Water Metabolism Problems.
(1)UPPER JIAO. LUNG DEFICIENCY. Symptoms: Shortness of breath, many colds, mucus, stuffy or tight feeling in chest, cough, sneezing (achooo!achooi!) or wheezing (asthma), feeling the cold, puffy face or hands, pale complexion.

(2)MIDDLE JIAO. SPLEEN DEFICIENCY. Symptoms: Bloating of the abdomen, swollen breasts, nausea or poor appetite, diarrhea, tiredness.

(3)LOWER JIAO. KIDNEYS COLD. Symptoms: Frequent urination of lots of clear fluid, the need to urinate at night, chronic low backache, feeling cold, water retention in the lower body, pale complexion.

KIDNEYS HOT. Symptoms: Scanty dark urine, dull low backache, feeling hot and sweaty, thirsty, flushed cheeks.

DAMP-COLD IN THE BLADDER. Symptoms: Urinary urgency and frequency, feeling of pressure and heaviness over bladder, difficulty in urinating, urine pale and cloudy.

DAMP-HEAT IN THE BLADDER. Symptoms: Urinary urgency and frequency, urination interrupted or painful, dark and cloudy urine, possibly with blood, fever (in severe cases).

Water Cure Protocol.
Every 90 minute, drink 10% of the daily water-quota amount which is calculated by multiplying your present body weight (in kilogram) with 31.42 mL. Use 1/4 teaspoon of sea-salt for every 1250 mL of water drank.


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