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 causes of Spleen Qi Sinking is quite similar to the ones of Spleen Qi Deficiency, which are unbalanced diet, unhealthy eating habits, emotional stress or Damp environment. Other than these, people who have to stand up for long hours every day have a tendency to contract this pattern.
When the Spleen Qi sinks, it fails to raise Qi so that it can not hold the Organs in their original places in Lower and Middle Burners. Therefore some Organs prolapse such as the Uterus, the Anus, the Bladder or the Stomach. Also, patients often complain about frequent and urgent urination as well as Heavy Menstruation. This occurs more obviously if this pattern is paired with Kidney Qi sinking.
The treatment principle is to tonify Spleen Qi and raise Qi.
The Spleen is a so-called "Zang" Organ. Learn more about the Spleen in Chinese Medicine
Pulse type(s): Weak (Ruo)
Tongue color: Pale
Possible symptoms: Obesity Tiredness Lassitude Pale face Weak Limbs Depression Hemorrhage Menorrhagia Hemorrhoids Loose stools Poor appetite Anus prolapse Uterus prolapse Stomach prolapse Bladder prolapse Frequent urination Feeling of bearing down
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 Qi Sinking will tend to exhibit weak (Ruo) pulses as well as a pale tongue.
Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Spleen Qi Sinking might experience symptoms like feeling of bearing down, poor appetite, tiredness and lassitude (full list here above).
Source date: 1247
Number of ingredients: 10 herbs
Key actions: Tonifies Qi of the Spleen and Stomach (Middle Burner). Raises the Yang. Detoxifies. Lifts what has sunken.
Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang is a 10-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Milkvetch Roots (Huang Qi) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 1247, it belongs to the category of formulas that tonify Qi.
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