“If we regulate our daily lives by adjusting them to the prevailing energy of the seasons, if we avoid exposure to extreme cold and extreme heat, if we eat and drink in regular intervals, if we protect our shen (individual consciousness) by avoiding states of extreme anger or extreme ecstasy, and if we strive for balance by living in moderation during all four seasons, there will be peace.”
The “Spleen” network responds profoundly to a moderate lifestyle. Thanksgiving syndrome is actually a real thing, food comas are legitimate states we thrust our “Spleen” network into by overeating, eating on the run, eating under duress, eating without variety, eating too heavy of foods. We have all felt the paralyzing effects of what nausea and bloating can bring us. We don’t want to move, we want to curl up, we are very weak. Moderation does not just stop at how or what we eat, but how and what we think, and for how long as well. The “Stomach and Spleen” process everything for us on all levels – our surroundings, our lectures, our food, our thoughts. We can get full in our thoughts, we can get full in class sitting in a dense lecture or reading a dense book, and we can get full at mealtime. It all needs to be processed, and this is the energy behind the “spleen”.
So when the responsibilities of the “Stomach/Spleen” (holding blood, holding things “up” (as in prolapse), muscle tone, mouth health, digestive health, vascular integrity) are disturbed or distracted or blocked, one can look forward to the following symptomatology:
Gastro-Intestinal/Urinary: aversion to food or drink, nausea, frequent belching, abdominal distention, loose stools or diarrhea, fatigue, emaciation, edema, distention, vomiting, hiccuping, or belching of foul gases or sour liquids, prolapse of the stomach, prolapse of the anus, or prolapse of the uterus/vagina, poor appetite, constipation, fatigue, constant sleepiness, frail extremities, bile overflow (producing “Spleen” jaundice as opposed to “Liver” jaundice), dark and burning urination or dribbling urinary block, epigastric stuffiness. Also, on the opposite end of the spectrum, a voracious appetite, sugar cravings, or other pathological changes in appetite or taste sensation (Poor appetite, hunger, but cannot get much food down, craves sweets).
In certain blood-disorders; “Spleen”-related hemorrhaging is always caused by a deficiency syndrome and usually involves slow leakage of pale blood, it should not be confused with the acute loss of profuse amounts of dark red blood; symptoms include recurrent hematomas, certain types of purpura, prolonged menstrual bleeding.
Mental/Emotional etiologies: If a person is involved in excessive worrying, thinking in pensive circles that lead nowhere, or simply has a mental focus that is too narrow or too intense, spleen symptoms such as loss of appetite, general exhaustion, or inhibited qi flow (causing insomnia, sleepiness, or lack of vision and mental clarity) may gradually manifest.
If a person is not allowed to recover from extreme exhaustion (such as after childbirth, a marathon or other long-term laborious activity), there may be permanent weakness and fatigue, shallow breathing and a decreased desire to talk, heat sensations and spontaneous sweating, or asthmatic breathing that comes on with even slight physical exertion. With pathologically sedentary lifestyle injuring the “Spleen” network one will experience a Heavy and sore body, slow healing wounds, bed sores, emaciated arms and legs, the weak extremities of the chronically bed-ridden patient, and certain types of paralysis.
Western conditions associated with manifested “Stomach/Spleen” imbalances: Metabolic disorders, some Autoimmune disorders, ulcers, gastritis, chronic fatigue, AIDS, chronic indigestion, chronic gastroenteritis, infection with Candida, food allergies, chronic hepatitis, hemorrhoids, miscarriages, prolapse, chronic bleeding diseases, hemophilia, bleeding hemorrhoids, bruising from vitamin deficiency, periodontal disease, stomach “flu,” chronic gastritis, chronic colitis, gallbladder disease, acute gastroenteritis, and Mouth Ulcers