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