The Spleen and Its Function

Meet the Spleen

The most important function of the Spleen is transporting and transforming food and fluid.  The spleen controls muscles and is responsible for transporting Food-Qi.  Disharmony in this sphere is caused by tiredness, a spleen deficiency.  Spleen also controls blood, weakness of the spleen qi caused bleeding.  The Spleen is easily attacked by external Dampness, women are more prone to exterior dampness. Dampness gives rise to abdominal fullness, lack of appetite, nausea, feeling of heaviness.  The body will reflect a thick sticky tongue coating and a slippery pulse.

Sp9 and Sp6 are two main points that resolve dampness.

Pensiveness makes Qi stagnate, this primarily affects the Spleen.  When a patients diet is irregular, pensiveness can lead to Spleen-Qi deficiency.  The spleen prefers warm and dry foods like red meat and most spices.  Cold foods such as raw goods and fruits in excess consumption will impair the Spleens transformation and transportation function, this will lead to digestive problems and interior dampness.

Spleen patterns are as follows:

Spleen Qi Deficiency

Spleen Yang Deficiency

Spleen Qi Sinking

Spleen Not Controlling Blood

Spleen Blood Deficiency

Cold Dampness Invading The Spleen

Damp Heat Invading the Spleen

Spleen and Heart Blood Deficiency

Spleen and Lung Deficiency

Spleen and Liver Blood Deficiency

And Obstruction of spleen by dampness with stagnation of Liver Qi

We will studies the manifestations of these patterns individually. Reference: Giovanni Maciocia, Foundations of Chinese Medicine Second Edition 2005