Colors and Organ Systems of Chinese Medicine
Every Organ is associated with a color
The connection of body-mind-emotions-spirit is woven into all aspects of Classical Chinese medicine. As humans, we are understood to be fully in a relationship with Nature. Nature is full of colors; as reflections of Nature, we have colors also.
Organ Systems are webs of relationships within the human body and mind. Every Organ System is made up of an organ, such as the heart; it also has many corresponding attributes, both physical and energetic. This web of associations reflects the holistic perspective of Chinese medicine.
The 5 Colors
- Red is associated with the Heart Organ System
- Yellow is associated with the Spleen Organ System
- White is associated with the Lung Organ System
- Blue/Black is associated with the Kidney Organ System
- Green is associated with the Liver Organ System
Practitioners of Chinese medicine become keen observers of these colors. We look for these colors in the face in particular, but we also notice what colors a person may be drawn to consistently. For instance, are most of your clothes a particular color? Are you strongly attracted to a particular color?
Being a good observer takes practice.
Being able to differentiate these colors on living people of different skin color takes practice. Observation is a key skill for practitioners of Chinese medicine because our evaluation of the Organ Systems is based on observation. Develop your observation skills by noticing different shades of color, brightness, and texture in the faces of those around you. Over time, you will be able to decipher these colors in most people.