Bowel Zang Organ Spleen Pancreas Pi SP


"In charge of economy and nutrition" The spleen is the material foundation of the body and root of acquired qi. It is responsible for absorption, distribution, transformation, and creation of energy from food.

Role in TCM:

  • Governs transformation, transport, and processing of food and energy.
  • Retains the blood in the blood vessels.
  • Governs muscles and extremities.
  • Opens at mouth and lips.
  • Governs upbearing qi, keeps the organs in place.
  • Houses the mind (zhi).

Association with the five phases:

  • Emotions: Brooding, worries, pensiveness
  • Climate factor: Dampness
  • Season: Late summer, early fall
  • Direction: Center
  • Color: Yellow
  • Flavor: Sweet
  • Time of day: 9-11 a.m.

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