The General

The Liver in Chinese Medicine

The Liver Organ System is one the most dynamic Chinese Medicine Organ Systems in that it has a major influence on your overall well-being. It has the nature of spreading outward and when it is congested it can constrict your body’s Blood and Energy [Qi] flow. Known as the General it commands the movement of Blood as related to circulation. 

Adjustments to a formula such as this one would require the Chinese Herbalist to get to know the person’s exact pattern before making appropriate changes.

The Liver Organ System is related to the element wood and nerve function, regulates the nourishment of the tendons and ligaments, along with fats [the Gallbladder] and sugar levels, metabolizes toxins, opens to the eyes, has an upward movement, deals with the emotions of anger, anxiety, and depression, relates to the sound of loudness, controls the Spleen & Stomach Organ System giving rise to digestion disorders [yet also assists the Spleen in the transformation of food by the Liver Yang Energy].

Its associated color is green [as with foliage growth] and its associated season is spring. A very common Chinese Herbal Formula that may help with digestion/energy disorders, amongst many other patterns, would be the Free, Easy & Relaxing Liver and Spleen Harmonizer Formula.

The Gallbladder is the associated Yang Organ in charge of your decision making capabilities. A great formula that may be of benefit in helping to clear and regulate the Gallbladder [and Liver] would be the Gallbladder & Liver Health Formula. Associated Daily Disharmonies may be: urinary infections, chronic red eyes, migraine type headaches, itchy/hot head and scalp, genital and anal itching, rash-type skin problems, ear infections, burning urination, herpes (shingles), irritability, pain along the outside leg and hip [following the gallbladder meridian] and gallstones. A specific formula that helps with cleaning the gallbladder of wet-heat is Li Dan Pian Plus.


The Liver Organ System is directly related to movement and motivation. When the Liver Organ System is functioning correctly, physical movement and mobility is free and easy. Decisions are made decisively and anger, depression and high levels of anxiety are filtered through and out. The reverse thought would be that a Congested Liver would cause problems such as angry outburst, headaches [especially migraine type], anxiety and phobias, eye problems, chest and stomach pain, spasms, nervous disorders, chest and abdominal fullness, nausea, flatulence, drug withdraw problems, neck and shoulder tension, cold hands and feet [circulation problems], irregular menses or painful-type, hot flashes, restlessness, depression and insomnia. A Chinese Herbal Formula that may be helpful might be the Free, Easy & Relaxing Liver and Spleen Harmonizer Formula or the Calm Liver Wind Formula based on Chinese Medicine Patterns differentiation.


The mother of the Liver Organ System, based on the Five Elemental Theory, is the Kidney Organ System. The health of the Kidney Organ System is directly related to the health of the Liver Organ System. Since the Liver distributes and circulates Blood, it looks to its mother for nourishment in the area of Blood and Yin. It is said that when one nourishes Kidney Blood and Yin, it also nourishing Liver Blood and Yin. Some possible problematic associated Daily Disharmonies may be: weak, burning and dry eyes, night sweats, hot palms and feet [especially in the afternoon or at night], amenorrhea or minimal menstrual blood, dizziness, constipation, weak nails and hair, memory problems, dark urine, chronic fever or sore throat, slow healing wounds, inflamed tendons and ligaments or diminished flexibility, insomnia, irritability and restlessness, ringing of the ears, low back pain, pale or flushed face and spasm or twitches. The Water Of Life Kidney Yin Formula, Blood and Chi Power or the Abundant Health Formula may be helpful for these patterns.

Related Liver & Gallbladder Organ System Disharmonies

Research the below Daily Disharmonies on our Chinese Medicine Search:

  •  Jaw teeth/grinding
  • Emotional anger, depression and anxiety problems
  • Menstrual disorders
  • Headaches
  • Skin problems
  • Inflexibility of tendons and ligaments
  • Allergies, all types
  • Physical or motivational fatigue
  • Weak musculature
  • Slow digestion with gas, bloating, pain or phlegm production
  • Appetite disorders, diminished or increased
  • Eye problems, floaters
  • Decreased circulation [cold limbs]
  • Stomach pain
  • Neck and back tension
  • Constipation
  • Weak bones, nails and hair
  • Hot flashes, excessive sweating
  • Night sweats
  • Mania, moodiness
  • Spasms and twitches
  • Nervous system disorders
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Breast pain, lumps and cramping
  • Nausea
  • Red face and eyes
  • Never dreaming [suppressed emotions]
  • Vivid dreaming, restlessness and insomnia [yin deficiency type]
  • Memory loss

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