Image credit: A Manuel of Acupuncture- Peter Deadman, Mazin Al-Khafaji, Kevin Baker

Image credit: A Manuel of Acupuncture- Peter Deadman, Mazin Al-Khafaji, Kevin Baker

So the spleen channel. This one travels from the big toe UP to about the shoulders. The direction of movement is in rising. The energy of this channel elevates when functioning optimally. The energetics of this network work with the Stomach to make use of everything that comes into the body - food, drink, life experience... 

The Spleen and Stomach transform it, and transport it to where this energy is needed. The energy of the Spleen ascends, and the energy of the Stomach descends. Because the ascending nature of the Spleen is so important to overall function system wide - FATIGUE and prolapse are HUGE and COMMON symptoms of weakened Spleen Qi.

The energetic mechanism of the Spleen system also plays a large role in the production of blood, and the Holding of blood. By Holding of blood, you can think of it as an energetic container of sorts. Supporting all the mechanisms and structures that Hold the blood. An example of weakened Spleen Qi in relationship to blood could be seen as bruising easily. That is a failure of the Spleen system to properly Hold the blood in place. Menorrhagia (heavy menstrual bleeding), or prolonged menstrual bleeding is another sign of weakened Spleen Qi in relationship to blood.


The Spleen, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory, is another of the organs that houses a spirit, or idea or concept. This spirit, or idea or concept is that of Thought. Conscious Thought. When the Spleen mechanism is not functioning optimally one starts to have an excess of worry, or repetitive thought loops. Excess worry and/or repetitive thought loops can also weaken the mechanism of the Spleen. This is a huge system to be aware of for students, and professions that require a lot of thinking, memorizing, researching, reading, etc.. Students should be taking Chinese herbs, especially around midterms and finals.

I kind of think of weakened Spleen Qi like popcorn popping out of a kernel. That loose exploding out of a container. Bruising, heavy and/or prolonged menstrual bleeding, bloating, brain fog, unharnessed thoughts, excessive worry, loops of thinking. All of these things should have an edge, a boundary, a stopping point - and when the Spleen is weak it cannot create and/or maintain this edge, boundary, or stopping point. So we have a spilling out of sorts. Like a toddler without proper guidance.

Some things one can do if experiencing any of these symptoms: rest, chew your food slowly and intentionally, and find an acupuncturist comfortable working with herbal formulas.


any questions?

Anna Tron LAc is a licensed acupuncturist at the Alaska Center for Natural Medicine. To learn more about Anna Tron, click here. If you would like to schedule and appointment call 907.452.3600.

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