The stubborn organ

Autumn 2014
Dan Keown

This is an extract from The Spark in the Machine: How the Science of Acupuncture Explains the Mysteries of Western Medicine by Dr Daniel Keown (Singing Dragon, £12.99, ISBN: 9781848191969). The book is available from and all good retailers.


‘The Kidney stores Jing and Jing houses our willpower’
Neijing Suwen, Chapter 5, 2nd Century BC

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The heart connects to all the organs through the aorta but it is with the kidney that it has a very special relationship (in both Chinese and Western medicine).
The kidneys and aorta sit in the same space – the retroperitoneum – and this represents the meeting point of the ShaoYin channel.