Often translated as "Spirit", Shen is the vitality of the individual and may be "seen" in an individual's eyes. Bright, shiny and alive eyes denote a strong Spirit. Dull eyes denote a weak Spirit.

A person with Spirit is one whose force is clearly deployed and keenly felt by others. Oriental energetic physiology postulates that each Organ has a particular character, or spirit, of its own:

Disturbances of Spirit, or Shen, will denote what we in the West would term behavioral, emotional and psychological disharmonies.


Calvin Dale Smith, BA, MSc, R-TCMP, R-Ac
Registered Traditional Chinese Medical Practitioner
Riverside Acupuncture and Wellness Centre
2211 Riverside Dr., Suite 106
Ottawa, ON K1H 7X5