TCM Pattern: Spleen Qi Xu (Spleen Qi Deficiency)
- Western Diagnosis/ Correlation:: Diarrhea, gastroenteritis, anemia, gastric/duodenal ulcer
- Signs & Symptoms:: poor appetite, fatigue, sallow complexion, abdominal distention, loose stools
- Pulse:: weak
- Tongue:: pale, thin white coat, possibly swollen, teeth marks as condition worsens
- For Dietary Therapy Choose: Foods that are warm, neutral and sweet, chewed well in small to moderate amounts, or congees or soups.
- Avoid: Raw foods, salads, salsa, milk, cheese, and excesses of fruit, juices, and sugar.
- Sweet potatoes with Cinnamon, Nutmeg and Brown Sugar (small amount)
- Black beans with Leeks and Black Pepper
- White Beans with Carrots
- Yellow squash with Black Pepper
- Brown rice
- Baking supplies yang energy
- Boiling/Simmering Prolonged boiling at several hours at medium/high temperature adds yang energy to yin foods although vegetarian stews can decrease the energetic process over time so warming spices can be adds to increase yang energy.
- Frying with little oil high heat/short time (similar to woking)- supplies food with yang energy.
In Chinese Medicine it is recommended to eat foods in a relaxed atmosphere, chewing each bite at least 10- 15 times before swallowing. Positive emotions generally promote good qi flow and during meals allow free flow of spleen qi to support smooth transportation for transformation to begin. Negative emotions may block smooth digestive qi flow for spleen and stomach.
Of note in dietary therapy for spleen, any strengthening of blood also will supplement the spleen.