The Small Intestine is responsible for absorbing most of the nutrients found within our food. It receives the processed food from the Stomach, which is broken down into a liquid. As this liquid flows across the inner surface of the Small Intestine nutrients within the food come into contact with the many small blood vessels, which surround the Small Intestine. This blood then leaves the Small Intestine, carrying away nutrients, water electrolytes, vitamins, minerals, fats, and medications to the entire body.

The Small Intestine also governs the separation of fluids. After the fluids are passed down to the Small Intestine from the Stomach, they are separated into “clean” fluids, which are reabsorbed by the Large Intestine, and “turbid” fluids, which are send to the urinary bladder and excreted as urine. (1)

In traditional Chinese medicine the Small Intestine is the partner organ of the Heart. It is quite peculiar why the Chinese placed both organs in partnership, as their physiological functions are completely dissimilar.  The reason for that may be because the Small Intestine and the Heart seem to be codependent on a mental level.

In Chinese medicine the Heart houses the mind.  It is responsible for virtually all mental activities, including emotions, consciousness, memory, thinking, and sleep.  These mental activities all rely on the ability to make clear judgment, which is governed by the Small Intestine.

 

 

Clear Judgement For Small Intestine

 

 

Since the Small Intestine on a physiological level is responsible for separating clear fluids from turbid fluids, on a mental level it governs the mental ability to separate what is right from what is wrong.  This ability to have clear judgment is essential to carry out our mental activity. Vice versa – the ability to distinguish what is right from what is wrong depends on our mental capacity. Thus the Small Intestine and the Heart coexist in a partnership. People with healthy Small Intestine have the ability to distinguish relevant issues with clarity while people with imbalanced Small Intestine have difficulty to distinguish available options in order to make a right choice. (1)

 

If you feel that your Small Intestine is in disharmony review the following material and learn some traditional Chinese Medicine's healing approaches with foods and acupressure.

Heat in the Small Intestine

 

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(1) Maciocia, Giovanni (1989). The Foundations of Chinese Medicine. Nanjing: Harcourt Publishers Limited

 

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