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What Is Meant By Shen In Chinese Medicine

Several different words are used in Chinese, medical texts to describe the mind and spirit. Shen is most commonly used and it has different meanings according to the context in which it is used. Some writers translate it as 'mind' some as 'spirits'. Spirits is used to emphasize that the shen is more than just the spirit of the Heart but also describes the whole sphere of emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of a human being. In this sense of the word shen includes the mental and spiritual aspects of all the Organs.

It is the shen that gives people their human consciousness. The ability to perceive the nature of the imbalances in a person's mind and spirit is important and is one of the crucial skills the practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine strives to develop.

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