ETIOLOGY. Spleen encompasses the entire digestive system of the body and is responsible for the fundamental transformation and transportation of food into energy in the body. Possible causes for spleen deficiency include poor nourishment and diet, excessive consumption of cold raw foods or over consumption of refined highly processed foods. Irregular eating habits, eating on the run and excessive eating also injure the spleen. Excessive over thinking, mental strain, prolonged exposure to dampness or chronic disease can also cause spleen deficiency.
SYMPTOMS. No appetite or poor appetite. Bloating after meals, abdominal pain, vomiting, tiredness, lassitude, general weakness, bouts of fatigue and lethargy, somnolence, sallow complexion, fainting spells, lethargic voice, emaciation. Weakness if the limbs, edema, diarrhea or constipation, excessive bleeding, excess menstrual flow or amenorrhea, wheezing feeling of heaviness, easily bruised, difficulty acclimating to new ideas.
CONDITIONS. Chronic fatigue, Chronic gastritis, hepatitis, enteritis, prolapse of uterus or stomach, peptic or duodenal ulcers, menorrhegia, nervous dyspepsia, dysentery, anemia.
Incorporate more animal protein into diet
Chew foods well and eat regularly small more frequent meals
Avoid raw fruits and vegetables, eat well cooked foods
Avoid cold chilled foods beverages and high fiber foods and dairy
Eat in a calm comfortable environment
© Aram A. Akopyan LAc.Dipl. OM. Total Wellness Center for Healing Arts