Rarely is worry and over-thinking beneficial to a person. Excessive emotional worry will affect the Spleen according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The Chinese believe “over thinking” can inhibit the energetic processes of the Spleen. This explains why excessive worry causes digestive disturbances like irritable bowel syndrome or nausea.
One function of the Spleen is the assimilation of nutrients from food in the stomach to form Qi, blood and body fluids. Therefore the Spleen’s main function is its governance of transformation and transportation. Thus it is vital to keep the Spleen healthy because it is the source for Qi and blood production for your entire body.
Spleen Qi will become deficient due to one or a combination of the following factors:
- Over work
- Over fatigue
- Too much worrying
- Over-thinking and obsessive thought patterns
- Unhealthy dietary habits
- Lack of exercise
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, emotions play a major role in one’s health. It is important to experience and express our emotions on a regular basis. It is healthy. It becomes an issue when emotions are repressed or one specific one is long standing. In addition, when our Spleen system is strong, we have a lot of physical energy; when it’s weak, we feel tired and depleted.
Below are a few ways to open the flow of energy of the Spleen to encourage optimal health, both physically and emotionally:
- Treat yourself to an acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture and TCM has been proven to be very helpful in calming the mind and relaxing the patient especially when there is worry, over thinking, anger, frustration, depression and anxiety.
- Practice meditation. Meditation teaches you how to suspend the constant thoughts in your mind in order to achieve relaxation, clarity, balance and spiritual connectedness. The self healing benefits of meditation can be found here:
- Try yoga – attend a class at Namaste. The physical practice of yoga helps to reduce stress by making us aware of the ways in which we create, store, and perpetuate stress and tension in our physical bodies.
- 4. Eat good, healthy food. Steer clear of sugar, refined carbohydrates, and greasy food which all cause Spleen qi deficiency. Also it is best to eat more cooked food rather than raw food. This will help strengthen the properties of the spleen. The spleen operates optimally with food and drinks at room temperature or warmer. So eating ice cream while studying for a stressful test may actually harm your productive progress. The spleen is in charge of clear thinking so eating heavy food will fog your mind. It is always best to separate your meal time from your work or study time. This will set you up for success.
- 5. Exercise. Exercise is beneficial to the proper functioning of the Spleen.
- 6. Think positively. Our thoughts can be our best friends or our worst enemies. In Eastern philosophies it is believed that thoughts actually radiate energy, color, frequency, and vibration. For example, if you hold kindness in your mind, your aura will hold kindness and attract other people’s thought forms of kindness. The result: you will radiate and be surrounded by kindness.