The Large Intestine according to Chinese Medicine

The Large Intestine according to Chinese Medicine

Chinese: 大肠      Pinyin: Da Chang

Summary: The Large Intestine's main function is to receive the digested turbid content from the Small Intestine, absorb remaining water, move it downwards, form stools and discharge it through the anus.

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The Large Intestine functions

The Large Intestine's main function is to receive the digested turbid texture content from the Small Intestine, absorb remaining water, move it downwards, form stools and discharge it through the anus. Therefore, the Large Intestine Qi has an obvious downward movement. If impaired, bowel movement is disturbed, such as an excessive amount of stools or over frequent defecation.

Either external or internal factors can disturb the Large Intestine function. For example, Exterior Cold can pass through the exterior layers of the body and harm the Large Intestine. As for internal factors, the Large Intestine Coldness can be caused by excessive consumption of cold damp foods and drinks such as iced drinks, ice cream, popsicles, and raw vegetables. On the other hand, The Large Intestine Dampness and Heat can appear due to greasy, fatty and spicy foods.

The Large Intestine also stands for our ability to let go of things, either material or emotional. Sadness, grief, and worry affect the Large Intestine and cause Qi Stagnation.

The Large Intestine functions

"It controls passing and moving downwards"

The Large Intestine's main function is to receive the digested turbid content from the Small Intestine, absorb remaining water, move it downwards to be discharged through the anus. Therefore, the Large Intestine Qi has an obvious downward movement. Qi Stagnation can disturb this downwards flow and causes abdominal distension and possibly constipation.

"It forms stools"

As the final transformation process, digested food received from Small Intestine is sent to the Large Intestine. Some further Fluid is absorbed before it gets excreted through the anus. The re-absorption should be just right. If it is too much, the stools will be dry. If it is too little, the stools is loose.