The information provided here is not a replacement for a doctor. You shouldn't use it for the purpose of self-diagnosing or self-medicating but rather so you can have a more informed discussion with a professional TCM practitioner.
The Spleen and the Lungs are both involved in the production of Qi. They're respectively the source of Grain Qi and Clean Air which merge together to make Gathering Qi (also called True Qi). As such they have a strong inter dependence and influence over each other.
There is a saying in Chinese medicine: "The Spleen is the source of Qi and the Lungs are the pivot of Qi."
One key aspect of this interdependence is that if Lung Qi is deficient, or if there is not enough deep breathing or exercise to bring in sufficient Clean Air, the Spleen is affected and can't function well in transporting, distributing and transforming nutrients or in performing Fluids metabolism.
On the other side, an impairment of Spleen Qi or a diet high in cold raw foods leads to Deficient Qi of the Lungs and creates Dampness in the Lungs with symptoms of cough, excessive mucus and asthma. That is why one major way to treat Lung Dampness is to warm, strengthen and dry the Spleen.
The Spleen is a so-called "Zang" Organ. Learn more about the Spleen in Chinese Medicine
Pulse type(s): Empty (Xu)
Tongue description: Pale
Possible symptoms: Obesity Coughing Tiredness Lassitude Weak Limbs Weak voice Loose stools Poor appetite Pale complexion Aversion to cold Shortness of breath Dislike of speaking Spontaneous sweating Frequent Colds or Flu Slight abdominal distention after eating
Diagnosing a pattern in Chinese Medicine is no easy feat and should be left to professional practitioners.
In particular one has to know how to differentiate between different types of pulses and tongue coatings, shapes and colors. Here patients with Spleen and Lung Qi Deficiency will tend to exhibit empty (Xu) pulses.
Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Spleen and Lung Qi Deficiency might experience symptoms like poor appetite, slight abdominal distention after eating, tiredness and lassitude (full list here above).
Source date: 1107 AD
Number of ingredients: 4 herbs
Key actions: Tonifies Qi. Strengthens the Spleen and Stomach.
Si Jun Zi Tang is a 4-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Ginseng (Ren Shen) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 1107 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that tonify Qi.
Source date: 1107
Number of ingredients: 6 herbs
Key actions: Tonifies Qi. Strengthens the Spleen and Stomach. Clears Phlegm and mucus. Promotes appetite.
Liu Jun Zi Tang is a 6-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Ginseng (Ren Shen) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 1107, it belongs to the category of formulas that tonify Qi.
To treat this pattern, it is particularly important to eat at regular time a diet made of real nourishing foods, particularly meats and grains.
A sedentary lifestyle is also very damaging. Get regular exercise and don't spend too much time stooping over a desk.