primary organ for the whole digestive system is the Spleen which
governs the stomach and the intestines in Chinese Medicine. In Western
medicine more attention is paid to the digestive tract then the spleen.
In Chinese medicine the main digestive organ is the Spleen. Our
digestive systems provide the qi (vital energy) and blood for the rest
of our bodies, it is vital that our digestion is strong.
are signs of healthy digestive system?
• 1-2 bowel movements a day that are formed and not ‘sticky’ (need a
lot of toilet paper to wipe clean) loose or hard. It is in one big
piece, crisp, (able to wipe with less paper) brown (not green or
yellow) and very little odor.
No abdominal bloating or pain. •
No tiredness or coldness after eating.
Spleen is so much more than anyone can ever imagine. So many people now
are on a healing journey looking for the answer they know is there but
they have no idea where to start. My suggestion is that we start with
healing the Spleen.
To heal the Spleen the first step is diet. Foods which promote a strong
spleen/digestive system are:
Garlic: Besides aiding digestion,
garlic has therapeutic effects to treat or prevent flu and infections,
high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
Indigestion? Fullness or distention of abdomen? Try carrots with a
little sugar. Yes! Sugar just not a lot. Blurred Vision? Carrots cooked
with lard. Yes! Fat may help. Try this: fatty carrot and pork soup. Potato and pork are a
good combo to strengthen your Spleen
Sweet potato cooked with a
little brown sugar and ginger is helpful for fatigue.
examples of systemic problems resulting from a weak digestion are:
as feeling heavy, bruising easily and any type of prolapse are signs of
digestive weakness. If this weakness progresses into a Lung energy
weakness there will signs such as: a weak voice, shortness of breath,
often catching colds. If the
weakness reaches the blood level some of the symptoms you may see are a
pale tongue and complexion, dry hair, skin and nails, ridges on the
nails, dizziness, palpitations, anxiety, poor memory, poor sleep. Either qi
or blood weakness can lead to irritability or depression.
the digestion is weak, it can lead to an accumulation of ‘dampness’ –
untransformed liquids in the form of body fat, snivel and postnasal
drip, edema, heaviness and aches and pains. You can see this as a thick
coating, swelling or bumpiness around the edge of the tongue. If
present long enough, or due to other factors, the dampness becomes hot,
The coat on the tongue may become yellow, the aches and painful areas
may become red or feel hot and the snivel may become thick, green and
like you can’t go to gym for a couple of weeks and see results: this
journey to heal your Spleen with diet, acupuncture and herbal therapy
may take months before you see strong results. Long-term lifestyle
change is key to healing the main digestive organ of your body.
with multiple or severe symptoms, the best approach is to use
acupuncture and/ or herbal therapy depending on the individual to get
back on track and then continue with diet changes to keep healthy.