The Heart's Role in TCM & Conception
The Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) "Heart", totally different than our Western Science Medicine (WSM) definition, encompasses the mind and the activity of the hypothalamus and pituitary, the glands which control the entire cycle. Of course, there are a number of TCM organs that play a role together in the healthy functioning of the cycle, but my focus for today is on how special the Heart organ is in TCM and conception.
In old Chinese medicine texts the description of the Heart is "the master controller" or "the Emperor" of the other organs. It is interestingly similar to the hypothalamus and pituitary in WSM which often refers to these glands as the master controllers of other glands in the body. It is imperative that the Heart function properly, in other words that the mind is stable, in order for the hypothalamus and pituitary to work normally. This then will lead to a healthy ovulatory cycle, and hopefully in the end a conception cycle.
Acupuncture, herbal therapy, yoga, meditation, reiki, and massage can all help impact a stable mind or healthy Heart in TCM, which can in turn benefit the cycle. This is only one aspect of one organ system in TCM that participates in a very intricate process with many other organ systems to make a healthy cycle. If you have any questions about the Heart please feel free to contact me via email or call the office to make an acupuncture appointment.
Anna Pyne LAc, MSOM, FABORM