Season: Late Summer
Yin or Yang: Yin
Time of Day: 9-11 am
Body Part: Connective Tissue
Sensory Basis: Extrasensory
Healing Tone: WHOOO
Personality Group: Spiritual
Associated Muscles: Medial Hamstrings
Balancing Meridian: Stomach
High Traits: Spleen-Pancreas In Your Personality
The spleen-pancreas meridian focuses on the connectedness of all beings. They are great communicators, with a focus on mediating and creating peace. To do so, they tap into their powers of deep empathy and morality. They can be angelic, sweet, gregarious, and sociable.
Low Traits: Spleen-Pancreas In Your Personality
When not being themselves, the spleen-pancreas tends toward martyrdom. They will sacrifice themselves for others while preaching what they believe is right. One extreme begets another, if they are not being overly-empathetic they can tend toward indifference.
Western Medicine Function of the Spleen-Pancreas
The spleen supports the body’s immune system by producing antibodies that fight external invaders. It stores blood and in so doing filters and removes bacteria and other foreign substances, and also disposes of worn-out red blood cells.
Eastern Medicine Function of the Spleen-Pancreas
The spleen is home to the “Yi” which in Traditional Chinese Medicine relates to thinking, studying, memorization and concentration. A strong “Yi” supports mental focus, intention, determination, and drive. It also plays a crucial role in digestion by transforming food into food energy, or Gu Qi. This food energy is turned into usable energy and blood which is then transported throughout the body. Because it controls our energy, it stands to reason that it also has a modicum of control over the strength and function of our muscles, flesh, and limbs. The spleen “lifts and holds” internal organs, promoting connectedness in the body and keeping them from prolapse.
Physical Spleen Symptoms
Aversion to dampness
Cold feet and/or knees
Duodenal or gastric ulcers
Fullness below diaphragm
Heavy and/or aching limbs
Heaviness around head
Loose stools or diarrhea
Poor or voracious appetite
Swollen knees and thighs
Yellowish face and body
Vomiting and/or nausea
Emotional Spleen Symptoms (Eastern View)