In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the heart controls the blood and stores Shen (the spirit), the spleen absorbs the nutrients from food and transport them to the blood. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the Heart controls the Blood and stores Shen (the Spirit), and the Spleen absorbs the nutrients from food and transports them to the Blood. When the Heart function is weak, one may develop anemia, insomnia, forgetfulness, palpitations, and a pale complexion. When the Spleen function is weak, digestion is impaired, the Blood is not well nourished and may not be hold well in the blood vessels, which may increase the tendency to bleed.
Signs And Symptoms Of Spleen [Qi] Deficiency
When an organ like the spleen is not working at capacity, it is said to be ‘qi deficient’ or lacking in the energy required to work effectively and efficiently. As examples, think of constipation (impaired intestinal qi), asthma (impaired lung qi), or abdominal bloating (impaired stomach qi). Such impaired states of qi are manifest as stagnations, excesses and deficiencies.
Spleen qi deficiency is a reflection of low intrinsic energy or qi of the spleen, which then affects various parts of the body causing a slew of negative signs and symptoms.
These include: abdominal distension, anxiety, bloating, chronic bleeding, chronic headache, coldness, dampness, diabetes, difficulty waking in the morning, digestive issues, dizziness, dull muscle pain, dull stomach pain, easy bruising, easy sweating without exertion, exertion headache, fatigue, foggy thinking, hemorrhoids, hypoglycemia, little desire to speak, low soft voice, obesity, poor appetite, prolapsed organs, sallow complexion, shallow breathing, sweet tooth, tired eyes, uterine bleeding, varicose veins, weak limbs and weight gain.
If we relate some of the diseases of Western medicine to the Chinese concept of spleen qi deficiency, we can find a correlation with anemia, gastric ulcer, duodenal ulcer, hepatitis and dyspepsia.
Causes Of Spleen Qi Deficiency
Because the spleen is associated with many functions and is part of an overall system within the body related to blood, digestion and so forth, there are several key things that adversely affect the spleen, causing its qi to become deficient. The causes are rooted in lifestyle choices and include: improper diet, excessive worry, too much work with insufficient rest for repair, lack of physical exercise and overexposure to damp environments (weather and living spaces).
Poria cocos, or fu ling is a primary herb for draining Dampness resulting from Spleen Qi Deficiency while also strengthening the Spleen energetic organ system and harmonizing the Middle Burner(core).
Known as the ‘King of Herbs’, panax ginseng root, or called Ren Shen in mandarin, is literally an herb bestowed by nature’s blessing. This herb has long been characterized by its human shape and miraculous power to bring the dying back to life.
Panax ginseng is the No.1 choice for tonifying Qi and partial to support Yang. It is sweet and slightly bitter in flavor and warm in nature. It goes to spleen, lung, and heart. It is ideal for people who are suffering from body fatigue, various weak body functions, low sexual desire, decreased appetite, and poor memory, and so on.
Codonopsis pilosula root, or dang shen is an important Spleen Qi tonic herb that benefits the Middle Burner(core) and Lung energetic organ system. It is similar to ginseng, but tends to be better tolerated by most everyone as it is not overstimulating.
Angelica sinensis root, or dang gui is commonly used for abdominal pain where there is Cold and Deficiency, and helps to build Blood and keep Blood moving freely. Commonly combined with Astragalus for to address slow healing wounds and absesses, fatigue and debility due to long-term illnesses.
Astragalus spp. root, or huang qi is a highly revered Spleen and Lung Qi tonic used for a wide range of issues related to Spleen Qi Deficiency including stabilizing the Wei Qi and spontaneous sweating, poor appetite, and slow healing as it is said to “generate flesh” making it appropriate for the recovery of chronic illness, trauma, and surgery.
Rehmannia glutinosa prepared root, shu di huang, or Chinese foxglove root nourishes Blood, Kidney Yin, and Essence (Jing) and enters the Heart, Kidney, Liver energetic organ systems.
Supports heart, spleen, lung, kidneys and liver
Skull Cap Herb (Scutellaria lateriflora ) is Scullcap traditionally has been used as a sedative for nervousness and anxiety, stress is a major part of why an immune system is not performing well and allowing a dis-ease to prevail.
Because spleen qi deficiency is directly related to food choices, the first line of defense is to avoid the foods that cause or lead to the imbalance and to eat more of the foods that help restore spleen function.
Foods To Consume
Foods that warm the body, boost blood and aid in digestion are said to be “yang tonics” and help support qi or energy in the body. These foods can help restore spleen function: cooked foods in general, root vegetables, raspberries, carrots, prawn, beef, mushrooms, soups (not cream-based), radishes, ginger, cumin, black pepper, cloves, dill, fennel seed, garlic, pistachios, nutmeg, cooked greens, onions, peppermint tea, jasmine tea, legumes, beans and seeds.
Foods To Avoid
Foods that are bad for the spleen are the same as those that tax digestion overall. These include cold and raw foods that are hard to break down and digest, beverages that make the stomach cold and slow digestion, and milk products that cause interior dampness and make elimination and assimilation of nutrients sluggish.
The following should be avoided when spleen qi deficiency is presenting (moderation is OK when the spleen qi is back to its proper levels, as indicated by its function and lack of signs and symptoms): pasteurised milk, cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese, ice cream, pork, wheat, gluten, yeast, millet, salt, tofu, sugar, saturated fats, citrus fruits, oily or fried foods, bananas, cold salads, undercooked grains, cold beverages, raw foods and white potatoes.
Ingredients: extracts of Astragalus spp. root, Angelica sinensis root, Poria cocos, Codonopsis pilosula root, Rehmannia glutinosa prepared root, Panax Ginseng root and Skull Cap Herb suspended in 39% alcohol. 1:3 (root: alc)
For dosage please seek the advice of a qualified herbal practitioner.
Not suitable for Children or Nursing Mothers.
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