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Body talk: the language of our organs - the liver

From: Cleansing for life,

Body talk: the language of our organs - the liver

Each one of us is born with a unique set of physical strengths and weaknesses. Similarly our visceral make up as well as our emotional processes are specific to us and intimately linked. One way of understanding our bodies’ subtle physical expression is to observe our emotional state. This gives us information which can be directed towards greater physical well being and emotional stability by addressing the specific organ involved with that particular emotional response. The following is based on traditional Chinese medicine and the work of Chiropractor Doctor Jean-Pierre Barral. Each blog will deal with a different organ for the next 12. Those are Spleen and Pancreas, Stomach and Duodenum, Intestines, Colon, Liver, Gall Bladder, Kidneys, Bladder, Genitals, Heart, Lung, Adrenals and Thyroid

The Liver

The liver is the largest abdominal organ in the body and is located behind the rib cage on the right (1st and 2nd lobe) and partially across to the left (3rd lobe). The liver is one of the main organs of detoxification. This vital function is carried out 24 hours a day and involves very complicated chemical reactions and transformations making it possible for the liver to neutralise chemicals even if unfamiliar. The liver also produces bile a potent alkali involved in the process of detoxification, elimination of Cholesterol and fat emulsification. Finally the liver is a major storage of glycogen our glucose/energy reserve.

1. Emotional description: The liver reflects our abilities to make plans, organise and implement them. The emotional connection associated with it is resentment and anger. Liver imbalances will show as an inability to plan and be organised and general confusion; this will lead to inefficiency or even inaction accompanied by a deep sense of frustration often coming out as aggressive behaviour.

2. Physical symptoms: Gall stones, Fatty liver, Liver congestion and pain in the Liver area (below ribs on the right); digestive fullness linked to food and eating especially rich or fried foods, repeated burping, acid reflux; discomfort behind the right shoulder blade; alcoholism and drug abuse; yellowing of the skin and eyes; heaviness and fatigue.

3. Taking care of the Liver: Alcohol, Caffeine, Nicotine, recreational drugs, pain killers etc. are all toxic and will burden the Liver already challenged by the increasing amount and complexity of chemicals regularly pumped into our environment such as pesticides and petro-chemical fumes. Eat a diet that is rich in anti-oxidants as they support the process of detoxification in the liver. Especially beneficial are all the brightly coloured vegetable (tomatoes, peppers, spinach, beetroot etc) and the cruciferous family (rocket, cress, cabbage, broccoli, etc.). Saturated fats and hydrogenated fats (fried, processed and margarine) are taxing to the digestive function of the liver and are associated with bile congestion/gall stones. Sugar in all its forms is associated with fatty liver.

4. Associated colour: The liver is associated with the colour green.

5. Associated Chakra: It is associated with the solar plexus.

6. Affirmation which supports the Liver: I am organised; I am active; I have clarity; I am calm

7. Exercises, which support the Liver: Relaxation exercise using deep breathing will help balance the Liver. Applying a pack soaked in castor oil to the liver area will support bile flow and detoxification. Rowing type exercises will prevent the shoulders becoming round and improve the function of the Liver.

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