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Stomach and Spleen Deficiency? I expect you’ll decide you have this when you’ve read this page. Almost everyone thinks they have the symptoms, sooner or later. I’ve just read it through again and pretty well convinced myself I have it too!
Short-term, you often know why you get it.
Those of us who don’t get this syndrome may have other problems, but having a secure digestion is for them a major blessing.
The main thing to realise is that the strength of your Stomach and Spleen is vital to your health. Through them comes the food that keeps you alive.
If your Stomach can process what you eat properly you’ll live. Otherwise …(!) … well, you won’t necessarily die but you’ll be harder to cure.
Without Qi, you get sick, as your immune system can’t do its work.
Please take care of your digestion! What would a worm be without its digestion? We and the worms are related, though it’s easier to see this in some people than in others.
Our emotions have a huge effect on our digestion.
For instance, eating when worried, sad, angry or tense interferes with our Stomach and Spleen energies. That leads to Stomach and Spleen deficiency.
Your Stomach and Spleen are the main energies in your body that deal with thinking. (There’s a saying, ‘Read, Mark, Learn and Inwardly Digest‘ a topic.) Over-thinking, ie worrying, weakens Stomach Qi.
The weather and temperature of your surroundings can affect your digestion.
Damp particularly damages your Spleen. You could be exposed to this either by the weather, or by sitting on damp ground, or getting wet and not drying off and warming up properly afterwards. I have had patients who didn’t really get better until they moved out of their damp houses or repaired the leaks.
Cold damp weather can lead to Stomach and Spleen deficiency.
Keep warm and dry!
If your body doesn’t get the nutrition it needs, it falls back on what is called your jing-essence. Theoretically this makes you grow older faster! But you won’t notice it at the time.
In the meantime your body doesn’t function properly and one or more of the following syndromes is likely:
If you’re still with me, you should be more aware of why you have Stomach and Spleen Deficiency!
If you do nothing about its causes the syndrome will remain with you and eventually lead on to other conditions, see above under ‘consequences’ no matter how much treatment you receive!
Still, this is such a common condition that Chinese medicine wouldn’t be worth much if it couldn’t treat it.
Fortunately it can. How?
Yup, that’s it.
How? – perhaps you ask?
Don’t forget, a major part of YOUR cure is in YOUR hands.
People with Stomach and Spleen deficiency often think that their problem is Earth in the 5 Element theory.
Well, it can be, but often it’s not. That’s because nearly everyone occasionally or sooner or later suffers from digestive problems, but the reason may be that their metabolism is disturbed by a deeper problem – their ‘causative factor’. Sort out the latter and the Stomach and Spleen deficiency looks after itself.
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