In traditional Chinese medicine or TCM, major organs work by harnessing the body’s inner energy called qi. Spleen is paired with the stomach to process nutrients and regulate fluids. In TCM, spleen also regulates the raising qi. So when the organ malfunctions, it affects the body’s energies. This leads to a condition called Spleen Qi Deficiency
Damage sustained by the spleen could be caused by improper diet or exposure to a damp environment. In some cases, Spleen Qi Deficiency is caused by genetic pre-disposition to certain organ imbalances. Taking certain antibiotics or steroid drugs could also lead to Spleen Qi Deficiency.
Symptoms of Spleen Qi Deficiency
The tell-tale signs of Spleen Qi Deficiency include nausea, poor diet, diarrhea, and flatulence. Cravings for sweets and muscle weakness could also point to Spleen Qi Deficiency. Other signs to watch out for include varicose veins, hemorrhoid, and fatigue. If you experience any of these symptoms, see your doctor. These symptoms could be caused by an underlying condition.
Long term effects of Spleen Qi Deficiency includes diabetes, hypoglycemia, and uterine bleeding. It also causes eating disorders, digestive problems, and chronic bleeding.
Causes of Spleen Qi Deficiency
The most common cause of Spleen Qi Deficiency is eating cold and raw foods. This includes juicing and eating raw protein. Emotional trauma is also a factor. Anxiety, stress, and depression could weaken the spleen, leading to qi deficiency.
Climate is another factor that leads to Spleen Qi Deficiency. Because this condition refers to the inner dampness, being exposed to damp, humid environment triggers Spleen Qi Deficiency.
Certain types of chronic disease also weaken the spleen, leading to qi deficiency. Too much mucus or phlegm in the system could cause the organ to weaken. If Spleen Qi Deficiency is not treated right away, it could cause spleen imbalances.
Treating Spleen Qi Deficiency
Apart from taking certain herbs, Spleen Qi Deficiency is treatable by proper diet. Below are foods that you can eat to prevent this condition as well as food items to avoid:
To treat Spleen Qi Deficiency, you have to eat foods with “yang” energy. “Yang” energy warms up the spleen and boost the energy flow. Foods rich in yang energy includes cloves, basil, dill and fennel seeds. You can also consume dried garlic, pistachios, raspberries, nutmeg and shrimp.
Pungent and sweet foods like cayenne, carrots, and radishes also helps alleviate symptoms of Spleen Qi Deficiency. You can also drink jasmine or peppermint tea to treat this condition.
As for types of foods to avoid, you want to cut back on high sugar or high sodium foods. These foods include dairy products, seaweeds, and citrus juice. Avoid salads, salt or millet too. Stop eating raw foods or undercooked grains. Eliminate pork, wheat products or gluten-rich foods. Finally, avoid foods high in saturated fats.
Cold foods are bad for the spleen because warming them requires huge amounts of qi. When your qi is depleted, the spleen cannot function normally. So avoid iced, chilled or frozen foods. That means no juicing, no sushi, and no ice cream. Instead, turn to warm or cooked dishes.