Spleen Organ System

In Chinese Medicine, the spleen takes care of the digestive system.  The spleen is paired with the stomach. The Stomach receives all the food and liquid and the stomach transforms this to an essence called “Gu Qi.”  “Gu Qi” is the foundation of Qi and blood. If the Spleen is not in balance, the body will not be properly nourished.  

The most common signs of Spleen imbalance:
• Sleeping problems, such as insomnia
• Bruising easily
• Allergies
• High cholesterol
• Digestive problems such as diarrhea, loose stool, abdominal distention, bloating, and poor digestion
• Lack of appetite or heavy appetite
• Fatigue
• Muscle problems
• Menstrual bleeding problems, such as spotting
• Migraine headaches
• Anemia
• Cold and/ or sweaty hands and feet
• Worry, too much thinking

Things that can injure Spleen “Qi”
-Cold food
-Cold fluids
-Too many raw vegetables
-Excessive dairy products
-Too much worry

Food recommendations for a Spleen imbalance
-Red dates
-Lotus seed
-Radishes-white or red
*Avoid raw vegetables (save “Qi” by digesting cooked ones)

Helpful hints for Spleen Qi
-Hot pack on stomach area for fifteen minutes a day
-Breath with abdomen for five to ten minutes a day.
-Drink warm ginger tea

Source from Nan Lu, OMD, MS, L.Ac 
Traditional Chinese Medicine, Publisher: Harper Collins Publishing Inc

About Acurelief

California Acupuncture licensed since 1997. A graduate of South Baylo University, Anaheim C A. Ph.D. in Oriental Medicine from American Liberty University, Orange, CA in 2009. 10 years of clinical experience in medical offices and physical therapy facilities. Private practice focusing on holistic care using a combination of ancient and modern modalities.
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