attune with these seasons, choose some foods for each meal that are harmonizing
and represent the center—mildly sweet foods, yellow and golden foods, round
foods, and foods known to harmonize the center such as: millet corn, carrots,
cabbage, garbanzo beans, soybeans, squash, potatoes, string beans, yams tofu,
sweet potatoes, sweet rice, rice, amaranth, peas, chestnuts, filberts,
apricots, and cantaloupe. Prepare simply
with a minimum of seasonings and mild taste.
Spleen-Pancreas in Harmony
Earth Element’s related organs, the spleen-pancreas, and stomach, are primarily
responsible for the digestion and distribution of food and nutrients. The qi energy and other essences extracted
from digestion are used by the body to create qi energy (immunity), vitality,
warmth, and formation of the tissues and mental functions.
with a balanced spleen-pancreas are generally hard-working practical, and
responsible. They like to nurture
themselves and others and are strong, active and stable. They have endurance and good appetites and
digestion; their limbs have strength; they tend to be orderly and careful, and
often excel at some creative activity.
They have fertile imaginations.
with general signs of spleen-pancreas imbalance are characterized by chronic
tiredness, physical and mental stagnation, and compulsive, “stuck” behavior
that prevents them from creatively developing their personalities. They typically have weak digestion, often
accompanied by nausea, poor appetite, dull sense of taste, abdominal bloating,
hard lumps in the abdomen, and loose stools.
Blood sugar imbalances, weight problems, overweight without overeating,
or thin and unable to gain weight, sallow complexions, sloppy appearance, live
in disorder and accumulate useless possessions can all be signs of spleen
spleen-pancreas rules the extraction of qi energy and other nourishment from
food in the digestive tract; most intestinal remedies in traditional Chinese
medicine are directed toward the spleen-pancreas. The actual function of the pancreas is to
secrete pancreatic enzymes into the small intestine and the health of the
pancreas determines the quantity and strength of these enzymes, which in turn
largely determine how well nutrients are absorbed through the small intestine.
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