Edsel Tan, L.Ac.
The largest internal organ in the human body, the liver resides in the upper right quadrant of the
abdominal cavity. Its left and right lobes are held in place by strong ligaments. Within each of the
lobes are lobules that contain vascular channels called sinusoids through which blood flows.
The liver is essential for carbohydrate, fat, and protein metabolism, and it stores glycogen, vitamins,
iron, and blood. Responsible for secreting bile that aids digestive enzymes, it also enhances the
absorption of fatty acids and fat-soluble vitamins. The internal lining of the liverís vascular channels
contain specialized cells that remove toxins from the blood. Acting as a blood filter, it removes damaged
red blood cells and foreign invaders.
When you experience toxic overload and the detoxification function of the liver is in overdrive, the other
essential functions of the liver, such as metabolism, storage, and bile secretion, are compromised. Toxic
overload can subsequently impact every aspect of your life.
In the context of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the liver ensures the smooth flow of
chi. Chi corresponds
to the bioelectric energy running through our nervous system stimulating every system in our body to
function properly. Chi also refers to the innate force that propels blood through our cardiovascular
system, nourishing our cells. A problem with tendons, ligaments, nails, or eyes is an indication that chi
is obstructed, which also manifests in emotional blockages such as anger, frustration, or depression.
Take care of your liver and it will take care of you! For a healthy liver, we recommend taking these
- Eat well. Nourish your body with an organic, balanced, nutritious diet.
- Incorporate herbs and acupuncture into your life to optimize the self-healing mechanism of your mind and body.
- Exercise regularly to keep chi and blood well circulated.
- Detoxify regularly.
- Keep a healthy mind by letting your breath align you to the current moment.
- Avoid attachments to people and things that keep you stuck in stressful thought patterns.
- Minimize toxic relationships.
- Enjoy a sense of humor.
- Beware of environmental toxins to avoid toxic overload.
- Avoid substance abuse.