According to traditional Chinese therapy, organs have dual function. First is the physical and the other is energetic function. As per the system ‘Qi’ is the assimilated energy by the body. This energy flows in the body in many ways. The energy pathways are different from the nervous and circulatory pathways.
They can be described as the meridians. These are invisible channel on the back and front of the body along which energy or Qi flows. The spleen changes energy or Qi from the food into energy needed by the body. Spleen Qi deficiency means the energy of the spleen is low and the spleen is not able to perform to its optimum.
Symptoms Of Spleen Deficiency
What is the function of spleen? Spleen helps to manufacture red blood cells, and lymphocytes which strengthen the immune system. The main function of the spleen is digestion according to traditional Chinese medicine. It helps to digest the food and transform it into energy. The energy is then distributed to the limbs and other organs.
Hence when there is spleen Qi deficiency, digestion is disturbed and there is abdominal discomfort and the person feel tired. Spleen keeps the body fluid in their respective pathways. Hemorrhages, swelling and bruising are signs of spleen deficiency. Other spleen deficiency symptoms are:
- Shallow breathing
- Weakness and tiredness
- Pale face and hands
- Prolonged headaches
- Bloating of stomach
- Bloody stools with cramps in abdomen
- Poor appetite
- Low and soft voice with no desire to speak
- Exertion headaches
- Tired eyes
- In the morning the symptoms tend to become worse
- Limbs are weak
- Tongue is pale and swollen
- Weak pulse
- Craves sweets
- Prolapse of uterus
- Varicose veins
Foods For Spleen Qi Deficiency
Before knowing spleen deficiency foods and diet; let us know what the causes of spleen deficiency are; they are eating raw and cold food, working in damp atmosphere, person having extreme stress and stomach disorders are few spleen deficiency causes.
In spleen deficiency, digestive strength is significantly compromised. You should not eat raw food. Eat food that is cooked and fresh. Eat complex carbohydrate. Protein should comprise of ten to twenty percent of the diet.
Specific food for spleen deficiency include cooked grains, soups, rice, sweet potato, peas, carrots, turnip, garlic, chestnut, pumpkin, tuna, chicken, mackerel, cloves, pepper, ginger, turmeric, rosemary, cinnamon, dates, molasses etc.
Foods that should be avoided are; raw fruits, citrus fruits, dairy products, soy milk, tofu, refined sugar, seaweeds etc. cold drinks and ice cream.
Spleen Qi deficiency treatment:
Acupuncture: it is a traditional treatment for releasing the stagnated Qi. It helps to increase the energy level in the spleen. These pressure points are located on the top of the foot and area between the thumb and the index finger.
Traditional herbal Chinese medicine for spleen deficiency is called Bai Zhu (Rhizoma atractylodis), dang shen, and Astragalus are some of the herbs that increase the energy in the spleen and distribute it all over the body.