The Large Intestine – The drainer of the dregs
On a physical level the role of the Large Intestine in Chinese Medicine, does not differ much from its role in Western Medicine. Energetically, however there is a little more to it. The Large Intestine is in charge of letting go. It has the final say on what we keep and what we discard, which at a deeper level, means it has to be able to clearly distinguish, what does and does not serve us.
If there is imbalance in this organ, we may find we pollute our lives by hold on to unhealthy habits, activities or relationships much longer than we should. Conversely, a Large Intestine problems can also manifest in letting go too readily, of things that may be in our best interest in the long run.
The Function of the Large Intestine
1. Receives transformed food and drink from the Small Intestine
As in Western science the Large Intestine is seen to receive the transformed and partially processed food from the Small Intestine.
2. Absorbs the remaining pure food and nourishment
Again, mirroring Western physiology the Large Intestine is tasked with absorbing the remaining nutrients and particularly fluid from the food waste. The efficiency with which this is done, will determine whether the bowl movements are normal, too loose or too dry.
3. Excretes the dirty wastes
Like the Lungs the direction of movement for the Large Intestine is downwards. In this case the downward movement involves the evacuation of waste materials in the form of stools.