The Large Intestine channel is an important concept in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). It is not a single anatomical organ, but rather a collection of interconnected parts that are essential for the proper functioning of the body. The Large Intestine channel is associated with the lung and the metal element, and is believed to be most active between 5am and 7am.
One of the main functions of the Large Intestine channel is to receive waste material from the small intestine and absorb its fluid content. It then forms the remaining material into feces, which is then expelled from the body. If there are any pathological changes to the Large Intestine channel, it can lead to dysfunction in this transportation process, resulting in symptoms such as constipation or diarrhea.
Large Intestinal disease, also known as "dà cháng bìng," can be caused by a variety of factors including heat, cold, stagnation, dampness, wind, or vacuity. Symptoms of Large Intestinal disease may include rumbling in the intestines, pain around the umbilicus, constipation or diarrhea, bloody stool, and rectal prolapse. There are several main patterns of Large Intestinal disease, including heat patterns, cold patterns, and stagnation patterns.
Overall, the Large Intestine channel plays a crucial role in maintaining the health and balance of the body. By understanding its functions and the potential for disease, TCM practitioners can better diagnose and treat issues related to the Large Intestine channel.
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