Spleen Qi Deficiency – Symptoms and Cures for Low QI

220px-Ki_obsolete.svgIn traditional Chinese medicine, spleen Qi is the energy that activates organs by moving blood into the body. Loose stool, abdominal bloating, energy deficiency, and poor appetite can be a sign of a condition known as spleen QI deficiency. When the spleen’s QI is damaged, nutrients can not be effectively digested, and extra things move through the blood such as lipid and phlegm moisture.

In order to properly treat the flow of QI it is important to judge whether the symptoms are from qi deficits or excessive qi. The lack of QI flow generally comes from blood and yin defects in the heart, spleen, liver and kidney. An excess of qi is usually caused by stagnant liver QI or food retention and muddy phlegm converted to fire elements, which leads to gastric distress.

Symptoms of QI deficiency include:

•Tongue Scalloping (wavy tongue edges)
•Poor appetite
•easy bruising
•Gas and abdominal distension
•bloating
•loose stools
•mental fogginess
•Dampness (excessive sweating)
•Tiredness or weakness
•Prolapsed organs
•Uterine bleeding
•Varicose veins
•Obsessive worry
•Lack of empathy

Symptoms of deficiency in the spleen are exacerbated by stress, causing food indigestion in the stool, and it may be difficult to end bowel movements. The physical symptoms manifest themselves depending on the cause – it could be kidney yin deficiency, spleen qi deficiency, hyperactive lung, stomach heat etc and it can be a combination of any number of things which each would be treated.

Ten major factors cause a decline in the function of the spleen qi:

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1.) Initially, you should look at your diet. A breakfast consisting of banana and yoghurt always has the same nutritional value according to doctors of Western medicine. But in traditional Chinese medicine it is beneficial for people with excess yin, but for cases of QI deficiency It is harmful moisture. The worst foods of QI deficiency are deep-fried foods, greasy foods, dairy products, raw fruits and vegetables, cold drinks and those that are thought to cause “cold” and “moisture” in the body. Spleen deficiency diet therapy involves eating warm cooked food. Ginger tea and cinnamon tea are also warm.

2.) The second thing is eating too much or too little. The pathogenesis of splenic QI deficiency is clearly diet related. Chinese diet therapy is a necessary element to cure this discord. If diet is too little, or have a protein deficient diet, it may cause spleen deficiency. Therefore, eating too much or eating a little can both lead to spleen qi shortage.

3.) The third cause is stress. Lack of spleen QI may be caused by stress and overwork. Generally worrying, anger and frustration are reactions under constant stress. Anxiety directly hurts the spleen, anger and frustration hurt the liver which is closely related to the spleen. When feeling stress in your life, please think about how it directly affects your digestive system.

4.) The fourth is emotional distress. Given that loneliness increases stress hormones and possibly decreases immunity and brain functions, it is important to support social connections in order to strengthen QI. Sorrow and grief may exhaust the mind and cause a lack of energy. It can lead to stagnation of Qi, because the deficient Lung-and Heart-Qi fail to circulate properly in the chest.

5.) Exposure to damp conditions. This condition means the humidity inside your body is high, so a humid environment triggers spleen Qi deficiency. For example, when work conditions are bad, moisture accumulates in the spleen and the spleen defects may increase markedly. Humidity and cold from climate and dietary factors can cause serious damage to normal spleen function.

6.) Another factor is constitutional or genetic. Each person is born with a certain amount of yin energy to the body, and if this yin goes down it will damage the liver and the kidney system, causing moisture and excessive phlegm.

7.) Yin damage. Occasionally, diarrhea caused by cold or cold moisture may attack the internal burner and damage the yin. When this happens, the patient will remain ill even if diarrhea stops. You should use si ni jia ren shen tang, which warms the middle burner and tonifies qi and yin.
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8.) Physical obstruction that hinders QI flow. When Qi is weak, there is not enough Qi to move the blood, so it can cause stagnation and blockage. Qi constipation is caused by traumatic injury, cancer formation, or postoperative adhesion. In addition to adjusting Qi, it is necessary to mobilize blood to alleviate stasis. Add herbs such as taoren (Prunus persica), honghua (carthamus), chishoyao (Paeonia) to your diet.

9.) It could be a hormonal imbalance. If there is an energy imbalance, it will affect your hormone and overall health. Hormonal balance is important to control strong bone construction and maintenance, good heart function, suppress inflammation progression, control energy level, appetite, body weight. Excess stress hormones such as cortisol and sometimes adrenaline can cause many side effects including those listed above.

10.) Other QI and spleen imbalances. In addition Qi deficiency is associated with a deficiency in the type of Qi. For example, Deficient Protective Qi (Humal Immune Response) may develop signs and symptoms such as poor resistance to common cold. SPLEEN YANG DEFICIENCY (Puraion Young): The main symptom is a deficiency symptom of the spleen, with emphasis on cold signs like abdominal pain that improves by application of heat and pressure.

Symptoms of Low Spleen QI:

Depression

Depression can be seen from the perspective of Chinese medicine. Qi is energy. If the energy is too low (Qi Deficiency), or the energy you have is not circulating properly (stagnation of Qi). You can tonify the QI by eating good food, using medicinal herbs, or receiving acupuncture. You can circulate energy by exercise, just do cardio-aerobics and stretch. There are other things to consider, but your TCM practitioner needs to talk to you in greater depth.

Asthma

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Asthma in TCM can be seen as many different things depending on the exact symptoms, mainly it would be a Qi deficiency. If one has shortness of breath accompanied by panting and wheezing, accompanied by sweating, cold limbs and frequent unrination then perhaps it is a deficiency in lung and kidney Qi.

Fix: Concentrate on the energy flows required to kick-start your spleen, ensure there’s enough chakra balance to enable this to flow freely and if your liver is stagnated, working that area may be advisable too (assuming the other measures don’t work). This might take some time but you should see a dramatic increase in QI levels over a short time as these blockages clear.

Hair Loss

This disease is often caused by deficiency of blood, which fails to cooperate with qi in nourishing the skin. The striae of skin and muscles in turn become loose, and the opening of the sweat glands is loose, hence, pathogenic wind intrudes from outside, causing blood-dryness and malnutrition of the hair.

Besides, the mood of depression, stagnation of liver qi, and overwork may impair the heart qi and cause stagnation of qi and blood stasis so that qi and blood cannot nourish the hair, hence the occurrence of the disease; deficiency of the liver qi and kidney qi may also cause this disease, because the liver stores the blood whose state can be manifested by the hair, while the kidneys produce bone marrow which is also responsible for the growth of hair.

Tongue Apperance Changes

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In Chinese medicine, the tongue is an important diagnostic tool that shows what is happening inside the body. The coated tongue reflects some weakness of the stomach. When the color of the tongue turns white, Qi and blood deficiency are indicated. With a moist tongue, a thicker white coating can show Damp-Cold.

The dry heavy red tongue shows signs of strong internal heat negative and the dry light tongue shows defects in both QI and Yin. Red tongue is appropriate, shortness of breath, rapid pulsation is also a sign of QI defect. It can not move blood in the chest showing phlegm (overweight, sputum, oily tongue coating, nausea expectoration) or cold occlusion of the YIN type (heart loss shows a sharp attack of intense pain Sputum disorder, cold, pale tongue, deep slow pulse, triggered by intense cold and cold), cardiac blood deficiency, or carditis.

If there is no coating on the tongue and there is red, there is Yin defect and empty heat. Even if the body of the tongue is thin, the coating is yellow, but this is not only the stomach chi defect, there is Heat in the stomach.

Rhinitis

Allergic rhinitis often begins with constitutional weaknesses in early childhood, but it may also begin after a lifetime with the progressive decline of the kidney and thyroid gland. Qi deficiency of lungs and kidneys is the root of this problem, so we strengthen and nourish these organs with traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture and herbal medicine. The symptom of the disease is that the wind has penetrated the lung channel of the nose. This may cause an acute attack. With herbs and acupuncture, we clear the wind, reduce congestion and open the passage of the nose. In order to produce sustained results, it is necessary to treat both roots and symptoms.

High Cholesterol

A recent study on the effectiveness of acupuncture for high cholesterol levels focuses on the use of stomach 40, which is one particular point familiar to physicians as an important point for removing phlegm moisture from the system. Studies conducted in mice resulted in concluding that acupuncture can physiologically explain how cholesterol and triglyceride levels are reduced. In addition to this, other points located around the body are well suited for reducing stress levels, moisture conversion, and replenishment of spleen pressure. Many herbs have been found to reduce plasma VLDL and LDL as well. These include Reishi mushroom, Angelica root, and ginseng.

Heart Irregularities

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As this disease process progresses, general Qi Deficiency as described above will lead to Heart Qi Deficiency marked with palpitations, irregular heart rhythm, trouble or disinterest in conversing, shortness of breath with exertion, poor circulation and cold limbs.

Yellow Stool

Yellow stool can indicate that food is passing through the gastrointestinal tract relatively quickly. Yellow stool can be found in people with GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). Symptoms of GERD include heartburn, chest pain, sore throat, chronic cough and wheezing. Symptoms worsen when lying down or bending. GERD Foods that may worsen symptoms include peppermint, fatty foods, alcohol, coffee and chocolate.

Hyperlipidemia (excess phlegm)

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Hyperlipidemia is classified into categories of symptoms caused by excessive phlegm dampness and spleen deficiency. The moisture of the sputum often occurs due to the fundamental problem of lack of spleen’s QI, so it is considered branch symptoms.

Low Jing

The spleen is tied firmly with the minor chakra, but this is important for this part of the body, so you always need to consider it.

Obviously the deficiency of Qi leads to the lack of Jing, but the conversion capability of the spleen is not affected due to quantum mediation via the (minor) elbow chakra. Think of it like this: If you have a baker (your spleen), bread production capacity (Jing) is determined by how much Qi (fabric) is added. Let’s consider the quantum energy input through the elbow chakra as power supply to the bread maker. Even low fabrics and bread, bread makers depend on getting electricity, so they always work! Whether dough or bread is included or not is irrelevant to the operation.

Clearly your concern is that you need to increase Qi input by making bread (Jing). Assuming your spleen is already there and your chakra is balanced, the energy to convert Qi to Jing will be available.

Focus on increasing your Qi, Jing will come naturally.

Fix: You can increase Jing by mixing a mixture of Indian goose berry powder with honey. The dose is 1 teaspoon to 1 teaspoon, which is consumed in the evening.

How to Boost Your Qi Levels Quickly:

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QI Gong Exercise

Qi Gong is an ancient exercise that attracts a good “Qi” that helps powerfulness and fills our body with positive energy. “Qi” of “Qigong” means “breath” in Chinese, meaning “vitality”, “energy”, or “breathing of the universe”. “Gong” means work applied to discipline and resulting skills. Therefore, “qigong” is “breathing work” or “energy work”. Qigong relies on the traditional Chinese belief that the body has an energy field that is created and maintained by the natural breathing of the body known as Qi.

QI Gong redirects it using your own energy through very slow and accurate exercises to spread uniformly and properly throughout your body. It will unblock the energy packed inside of you. It is relaxation technology to raise energy level and improve health. It is considered a preventive tool and a curative tool.

Qigong (or ch’i kung) refers to the wide variety of traditional “cultivation” practices, including ways of accumulating, circulating and working “ki” or “life force” in the body. Qi Gong has many forms including Tai Chi, healing art, and other spiritual “inner practice”.

images-252814-2529Consume Rumex Crispus – Yellow Dock Root

Promotes detoxification, reduces hepatic congestion, and eliminates moisture fever. Removes the stagnation in the large intestine and support the proper flow of bile. This is effective for constipation in children.

images-252814-2529Consume Codonopsis (pilosula-dang shen)

Mild and without side effects. An outstanding Qi tonic, it supports Spleen and Lung function so that Qi is supplemented. Codonopsis (Codonopsis) is also an exceptional antihypertensive agent and is also an important immune system tonic. It is a behavior very similar to carrots, but you can use it everyday without stimulating or interfering with other body functions.

images-252814-2529Consume Lactuca spp. – wild lettuce

Wild lettuce calms the mind while promoting peace and relieves anxiety. It is one of the most powerful legal Chinese herbal medicines. It also helps to open the chest and circulate lung Qi.

images-252814-2529Eat Sweet Fruit

It is sweet in flavor, cold in nature, and tropistic to the heart channel. With a sweet taste, it complements Qi and fulfills the function of integrating the ground for the treatment of voluntary sweat. As a cold medicine, you can clear the type of deficiency lever for night sweat treatment. As the main herb to stop sweating, it can be used to treat spontaneous sweating, night sweat, and ventral hyperhidrosis.

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In using local points to treat the symptom, blood and Qi (energy) will be brought to the area to help alleviate discomfort, pain, etc. The use of distal “root problem” points will correct the energetic imbalance that allowed the sinus problem to occur in the first place.

Acupuncture can eventually correct the condition in the end by always redirecting and modifying the flow of QI. Keep in mind that obstacles are the result of many different factors. Lifestyle habits, dietary habits and so on are factors, and when it leads to sickness, it is necessary to change it to balance with health.

Treatment

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Xue disharmonies are associated with Kaposi’s sarcoma (a proliferative, circulatory cell disease that causes skin lesions); dampness is associated with candidiasis (yeast infections) and fungal invasions; Yin deficiency and Xue deficiency are associated with MAC (Mycobacterium Avian Complex) ; dampness and Spleen and Lung disharmonies may manifest as chronic sinusitis; disturbed Shen that is associated with mental disturbances that accompany HIV/AIDS; and many more.

The treatment principle of spleen Qi deficiency is as follows: Tonify the spleen Qi. This is most effective with traditional acupuncture, but diet therapy has a role. The most important thing is to live a healthy life, eat healthy foods when in good health, and always think about healthy thoughts. It is a good thing to not spend too much energy, sleep over time, or wake up soon.