Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Acupuncture and the Spleen

The spleen, according to chinese medicine, is an organ of immense importance in the human body. In todays scientific world we're just beginning to see it for all it does for us. Thanks to research we're learning that it recycles and stores immune and blood cells, creates the immune cells that protect us internally and externally, matter of fact its the largest lymphatic organ in the body, so its vital for fighting off infections.

These attributes are significant to our health, but in Chinese medicine the spleen does so much more, it is essentially what helps us function optimally. It is part of the digestive system and because of this its reach is through out the body. It helps control the break down of food in the stomach, which in turn breaks down into every new cell being born, including blood, bone and immune cells.

Besides the vital role of a healthy diet, a healthy spleen is important to all of our cellular activities, which includes our metabolism, energy, quality of sleep, elasticity and tone of skin and muscles.
Over all its functions are:
  1. Transforming and transporting the breakdown of food
  2. Controls the energetic pathways between all organs
  3. Helps create and control blood in the vessels
  4. Controls and nourishes muscles and tissue
  5. Its health reflects into the lips and its digestion abilities begin with saliva
  6. Spiritually its our intellect and controls our ability to take in information
  7. Emotionally affected by over thinking   
When the spleen is weak and deficient it can weigh down every other organ in the body, causing an array of symptoms. Here are some of the symptoms that can be attributed to the spleen:
  1. Easily Bruised
  2. Anemia
  3. Insomnia
  4. Fatigue
  5. Obesity
  6. Bunions
  7. Snoring
  8. Gas
  9. Diarrhea
  10. Bloating
  11. I.B.S.
When it comes to improving the symptoms of a deficient spleen, alternative therapies like acupuncture can do wonders to help boost it functions, especially when a good diet, exercise and
plenty of sleep just aren't enough.  In general there is a point on the body that can be manipulated with acupressure, acupuncture, massage, or heat that can help boost the inherit functions of the spleen.

This point is called Spleen 3 or Taibai in Chinese, which translates to Greater White. This point is an area of the body that pools spleen energy.  The location of this point is the exact location where bunions usually appear on the foot, on the inside of the foot just below the big toe.

Massaging this area a few times a day for about five minutes can tap into the deeper levels of spleen energy that can help alleviate some of the above symptoms. Of course if you suffer from any spleen deficiency symptoms, regular acupuncture treatments can do much more for you.

I hope this article has been helpful and please leave any comments or questions below, thank you for visiting acuthink.

For more info on acupuncture and bunions click here. 

By: George Koromilas Lic. Ac.
Pan Soma Acupuncture
Manchester, NH Acupuncture


  1. This is incredible as I have been a medical professional and have read a lot of articles bu this was awesome as today I came to know the real importance of spleen as a lot of us think it as a normal bone that helps us to stand still at our position. I do not wanna lose my largest lymphatic organ so I have decided that i will go for acupuncture on regular basis.

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