Spleen and Stomach Qi Deficiency

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Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Fatigue Deafness Tinnitus Belching Vomiting and sixteen other symptoms

Pulse type(s): Weak (Ruo)

Tongue color: Pale

Spleen and Stomach Qi Deficiency is a pattern of disharmony in Chinese Medicine.

Chinese Medicine views the human body as a complex system that tends toward harmony. A pattern of disharmony is a disorder that prevents that harmony from occurring.

Patterns give rise to symptoms that may at first glance seem unrelated from a Western standpoint but that actually make a lot of sense when one understands Chinese Medicine theory. For instance here Spleen and Stomach Qi Deficiency gives rise to such diverse symptoms as dizziness, unsteadiness, blurred vision and deafness (as well as seventeen others).

To diagnose a pattern, analyzing a patient's pulse as well as their tongue is common practice. In the case of Spleen and Stomach Qi Deficiency patients tend to exhibit weak (Ruo) pulses as well as a pale tongue.

Patterns aren't exactly the Chinese Medicine equivalent to Western diseases, they're rather the underlying causes behind diseases or health conditions. Here Spleen and Stomach Qi Deficiency is thought to sometimes induce conditions such as spontaneous flow of breast milk, chronic hepatitis or arrhythmia (as well as twelve others).

Related conditions

Spontaneous flow of breast milk Chronic hepatitis Arrhythmia Hypertension Chronic bronchitis Chronic rhinitis Apthous ulcers Chronic laryngitis Uterine prolapse Rectal prolapse Gastroptosis Hernial pain Urinary incontinence Leukorrhea Chyluria

Diagnosing Spleen and Stomach Qi Deficiency

The Spleen is a so-called "Zang" Organ. Learn more about the Spleen in Chinese Medicine

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 Stomach Qi Deficiency 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 and Stomach Qi Deficiency might experience symptoms like dizziness, unsteadiness, blurred vision and deafness (full list here above).

Herbal formulas used to treat Spleen and Stomach Qi Deficiency

Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang

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.

Formula summary

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.

Besides Spleen and Stomach Qi Deficiency, Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang is also used to treat Qi Deficiency or Qi Collapsing or Qi Sinking.

Read more about Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang

Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Tang

Source date: 1675 AD

Number of ingredients: 9 herbs

Key actions: Tonifies Spleen and Stomach Qi. Removes Dampness. Moves Qi. Alleviates pain.

Formula summary

Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Tang is a 9-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Ginseng (Ren Shen) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 1675 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that dispel Phlegm.

Besides Spleen and Stomach Qi Deficiency, Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Tang is also used to treat Phlegm or Phlegm in the Uterus.

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Ren Shen Yang Rong Tang

Source date: 1174 AD

Number of ingredients: 14 herbs

Key actions: Tonifies Qi and Blood. Nourishes the Heart. Calms the spirit.

Formula summary

Ren Shen Yang Rong Tang is a 14-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Ginseng (Ren Shen) and White Peony Roots (Bai Shao) as principal ingredients. Invented in 1174 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that tonify.

Besides Spleen and Stomach Qi Deficiency, Ren Shen Yang Rong Tang is also used to treat Blood Deficiency or Heart and Spleen Qi and Blood Deficiency.

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Ba Zhen Tang

Source date: 1326 AD

Number of ingredients: 10 herbs

Key actions: Tonifies and augments Qi. Tonifies and augments Blood.

Formula summary

Ba Zhen Tang is a 10-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Ginseng (Ren Shen) and Prepared Rehmannia (Shu Di huang) as principal ingredients. Invented in 1326 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that tonify Qi and Blood.

Besides Spleen and Stomach Qi Deficiency, Ba Zhen Tang is also used to treat Lung Qi Deficiency or Spleen Qi Deficiency.

Read more about Ba Zhen Tang

Special highlight: the link between spontaneous flow of breast milk and Spleen and Stomach Qi Deficiency

Ginseng (Ren Shen) is the key herb for Ren Shen Yang Rong Tang, a formula used for spontaneous flow of breast milk caused by Spleen and Stomach Qi Deficiency

Typical symptoms for spontaneous flow of breast milk caused by Spleen and Stomach Qi Deficiency: Fatigue Pale face Pale lips Watery milk Poor appetite No feeling of distension of the breasts Insufficient or absent lactation after childbirth

Recommended herbal formulas: Ren Shen Yang Rong Tang, Ba Zhen Tang

The pathology behind the spontaneous flow of breast milk is a bit similar to that of abnormal uterine bleeding. A key cause is that Qi is not firm enough to hold Body Fluids, be they breast milk or periods' blood, so the Fluids flows out unwantedly. As the Spleen and Stomach are responsible for generating Grain Qi from the intake of food and drinks, Deficiency of both Organs is what ultimately causes the spontaneous flow of breast milk.

A difficult childbirth can be one of the reasons for...Read more about spontaneous flow of breast milk