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How is Your Spleen Doing?

Below are a few symptoms that appear when a Spleen/Stomach disharmony is present. If you say yes to a few of these, you may want to schedule an acupuncture tune-up.

  • Abdominal distention, bloating, aches or pain
  • Lack of appetite
  • Flatulence after meals or with stress
  • Watery, loose stools or diarrhea
  • Blood or excessive mucus in stools
  • Bruising easily
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sallow complexion or pale lips
  • Pale and swollen tongue
  • Weakness and heaviness in the arms, legs, or muscles
  • Fatigue, lethargy, or low energy
  • Dizziness or history of anemia
  • Susceptibility to colds and flu
  • Cold hands and feet

Your Super Spleen

Your Spleen is about half the size of your hand. It is located under the left rib cage, just below your stomach

Your Spleen According to Western Medicine

  • Stores, filters, and cleans the blood.
  • Eliminates and destroys worn-out red blood cells and recycles them into iron for hemoglobin and  bile production.
  • Supports the immune system by producing lymphocytes, monocytes, and plasma cells that create antibodies to fight infections.

Your Spleen According to Eastern Medicine

  • Rules the transformation and transportation of food and fluids.
  • Governs blood by keeping it circulating in the vessels.
  • Transports energy and blood to your muscles, flesh, and limbs.
  • Raises the body’s Qi by producing a “lifting” effect along the midline of the body, keeping the internal organs in place so they don’t sag or prolapse.
  • Governs and influences our capacity for thinking.

 

 

 

 

References:
1 Haas, Dr. E., Staying Healthy with the Seasons, 1981, pg 106.

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