Pathways of the Three Nyépa

The Three Nyépa move throughout the body via various systems, tissues, and organs. While organs can have influences from multiple humors, each is more vulnerable to imbalances of particular humors. For instance, the heart is more susceptible to rLung-related disorders, because its primary function of facilitating circulation is governed by the function of the Pervasive rLung.

The locations are divided by category - Bodily Constituents, Excretions, Sense Organs, Solid Organs, and Hollow Organs.

Pathways of rLung
  • Bones

    • rLung moves through the bones, and when disturbed can cause them to become "dry" and brittle, as in the case of osteoporosis.

  • Ears & Skin

    • The ears are the "flower" of the kidneys and urinary system, and can easily be affected by excess rLung, causing issues like tinnitus. The skin is also readily affected by wind. 

  • Heart & Arteries

    • rLung is considered to be the driving force behind circulation, making its connection with the heart and arterial system vitally important.

  • Large Intestine

    • One of the most relatable locations of "wind" in the body, the large intestine dries and extracts substances that pass through the GI tract, preparing solid waste and a fair amount of excess gas. The Descending rLung activates this period of peristalsis and defecation.

Bodily constituents

Sense Organs


Solid Organs

Hollow Organs

Pathways of Tripa
  • Blood​ 

    • Blood is mainly governed by blood, which is a major vehicle for the spread and maintenance of heat within our body.


  • Perspiration​ 

    • Perspiration is strongly linked with Tripa and our body's heat functions, and those with a Tripa constitution often perspire more (with more smell) than others.

  • Eyes

    • The Sight-Producing Tripa is located in the eyes, facilitating sight and often showing signs of liver and gall bladder disease with jaundice.

  • Liver

    • The liver is the main location of Tripa in the body, located in the central torso, where the Color-Changing Tripa transforms chyle into blood nourishment.

  • Gall Bladder

    • The gall bladder is the principal organ associated with physical bile liquid, which evidences its strong connection to the Tripa humor. The gall bladder is described as being akin to a spice bag, offering necessary spices into our nutritive essence in order to help our body most effectively digest and metabolize it.

Pathways of Pekén
  • Chyle/basic nutritive essence, muscle, fat/adipose tissue, bone marrow, and reproductive fluid

    • Pekén is involved in the production and maintenance of many aspects of our bodily constituents, as many contain a liquid or wet component.

  • Urine & Feces​ 

    • Liquid and solid waste in the form of urine and feces are connected with the water and earth aspects of Pekén, respectively. The solidity of earth forms the bulk of feces, while the fluidity of water forms urine.

  • Nose & Tongue

    • The nose is the "flower" of the lungs, maintaining an interdependent relationship with the respiratory system. Illnesses relating to phlegm often appear in the sinuses and respiratory system. The tongue is the site of Gustatory or Tasting Pekén, which facilitates the experience of taste and prepares the digestive system for metabolism.

  • Lungs & Spleen

    • The spleen is the "ocean of chu-ser," associated with the lymphatic system and immune function. The lungs, like the spleen, are highly susceptible to cold-natured imbalance related to Pekén.

  • Stomach, Kidneys, & Urinary Bladder

    • These vessel organs are clearly connected with the management of liquid within the body - processing liquid nutriment, regulating our electrolytes, and ultimately releasing liquid waste. The stomach also acts as a kind of cauldron for the preparation of our nutritional stew, with digestive enzymes associated with the Decomposing Pekén.

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