Why understand Spleen Stomach and Immune Function?

Why Understand Spleen Stomach and Immune Function?

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As we enter into the season of ‘Late-Summer’, we can look to Chinese Medicine Theory for insights as to how our whole being functions from a holistic viewpoint. Late-Summer is the ‘season’ of the Spleen and represents the Earth element and the color Yellow.

The Spleen controls the ascending of Vital Force (Qi), governs transformation and transportation (Yun Hua) of ‘food essences’ and Qi (assimilation of nutrients from food), keeps blood inside the vessels, ‘opens’ to the mouth and manifests on the lips, houses the ‘Yi’ (Intellect) and controls the blood, muscles and the four limbs. Singing is the ‘sound of the spleen’ and ‘pensiveness’ can weaken the energy of the spleen.

Western Medicine Theory attributes healthy spleen function to fighting external invaders, producing antibodies and enhancing immune function. Read on to learn how to fortify your spleen during this ‘late-summer’ season.

Why Understand Spleen Stomach and Immune Function? By Doctor VeonSpleen and Stomach Meridians

Immune Health – Chinese Medical Theory

In Chinese Medical Theory, the Spleen and Stomach are associated with the ‘Earth Element’. We can liken the ‘Earth’ as the very foundation of our physical home. The Spleen is the ‘internal’ organ (yin), while the Stomach is the ‘external’ (yang) organ in this very important paired organ relationship. While the spleen controls the upward movement of Qi, the stomach controls the downward movement of Qi.
In fact, this organ pair is affected by many ‘opposites’. The stomach likes wetness, and the spleen likes to be dry. The stomach suffers from excess, while the spleen suffers from deficiency. The stomach is damaged by heat, and the spleen by cold. More information including foods to consume and foods to avoid, acupressure points, stretches and poses to support the  Spleen and Stomach Organs are all available at the highlighted link.  
Why Understand Spleen Stomach and Immune Function? By Doctor Kathy VeonCommon disharmonies that involve the spleen and stomach include Spleen Qi Deficiency diagnosed by the presence of a pale tongue, fatigue, and loose stools. This can be caused in part by eating too many raw / cold foods, and not enough protein, as well as a diet of highly processed foods. Exposure to dampness, excessive worry / studying / working, and long-term illness or viral exposure also weakens the spleen energy.
The spleen likes to be ‘warm and dry’ and dislikes ‘cold and wet’. Stomach 36 and Spleen 3 & 6 are excellent acupoints to stimulate to strengthen weakened spleen / stomach energy. A good herbal formula to fortify the spleen / stomach is Tremella and American Ginseng. This formula may also be helpful for those experiencing long-COVID or related symptoms as it also strengthens the lungs and kidneys.    

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The Spleen and Stomach have the super important job of transforming and moving ‘food energy’ to various organs of the body. Warm, cooked foods help to nourish spleen energy, and raw cold foods tend to put extra stress on the spleen. This is a great time to move toward consuming more warm stews, bone broths, and cooked grains. Bone broths are a great way to support healthy digestion and gut health, joint mobility and recovery, strengthen immune function, reduce inflammation, and support weight management or restrictive diets. A wonderful Recipe Guide using Kettle & Fire organic bone broths is available at the highlighted link.  

Why Understand Spleen Stomach and Immune Function? By Doctor Veon

Gut Health Herbs and Supplements

Herbs and nutrients to support stomach and spleen health include:
  • Ginger, Fennel, Basil, Garlic
  • Citrus peel and oil
  • Cloves, Cinnamon, Cardamom
  • Green Tea
  • Kelp
  • Cordyceps Militaris
  • HCL / Betaine
  • Digestive Enzymes
  •  Probiotics

MegaSporeBiotic is an excellent spore-based probiotic to ‘Recondition’ the gut. Leaky Gut Syndrome is very common due to the toxic environmental exposures so prevalent in our society today. 

Poor digestion due to an imbalance of gut microbiome can lead to many immune deficiencies, allergies, and autoimmune disorders.  MegaSporeBiotic and other gut healing products and lab tests are available at Microbiome Labs.   

Lifestyle Practices – Mindful Eating

Why Understand Spleen Stomach and Immune Function? By Doctor VeonOur society has become increasingly unwell, which begins with our diet and eating habits. We eat too much and too often, which impairs autophagy function and leads to metabolic disorders. Taking the time to eat food mindfully, without the interruptions of modern technology is a necessary healthy lifestyle practice.
Research shows how the entire family can benefit by implementing ‘technology fasts’, especially at the dinner table. The spleen and stomach function much better when we focus on our food and not what is on a screen. This essential mindful practice supports the healthy balance of our minds and bodies, and reduces the development of food allergies due to mast cell activation from EMF frequencies, as well as allergies triggered by uncomfortable emotions while consuming nutrients. 
Healthy, nutritionally dense, minimally processed food provides the building blocks for our cells to function well during times of stress. Minimizing or eliminating sugars, alcohol, processed foods and fast foods helps to support healthy spleen / stomach energy.

 Why understand Spleen Stomach and Immune Function?

Why Understand Spleen Stomach and Immune Function? By Doctor VeonEvery organ and gland system has its ‘appointed time’ of increased energy. Late-Summer is the appointed time of the spleen and a perfect time for healing and balancing this vital organ in preparation of the autumn and winter months ahead. Healthy habits now will support a strong immune system later.
For more information about how Clinical Nutrition, QRA, EVOX Therapy, Integrative, Functional and Holistic Medicine can help you support and heal the spleen and stomach this season, please call the office: 407-328-6711or email: Kathy@DrKathyVeon.com and ask for Dr. Kathy Veon, DAOM, AP, CCN – your local friendly Doctor of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture Physician, & Certified Clinical Nutritionist.

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Holistic Medicine By Doctor Kathy VeonDr. Kathy Veon, DAOM, AP, CCN is a graduate of Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine in Santa Monica, CA as well as Florida College of Integrative Medicine in Orlando, Florida. 

She is a board-certified Licensed Acupuncturist, Certified Clinical Nutritionist, and Doctor of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine. Dr. Veon is currently serving as Vice-Chair of the Florida Board of Acupuncture, and Committee Chair of Continuing Education for the International and American Associations of Clinical Nutritionists (IAACN).   

She holds a private practice in Lake Mary, Florida at Central Florida Preventive Medicine where she specializes in holistic medicine therapies such as Functional Medicine, Clinical Nutrition, Quantum Reflex Analysis (QRA), Acupuncture, Pelotherapy, NAET (allergy elimination technique), Western and Chinese Herbology, Nutrigenomic Testing and Nutritional Therapies, EVOX Perception Reframing, Environmental Medicine and helping her patients overcome chronic and debilitating illnesses through finding and correcting the root causes of disease.

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