Spleen Sp

Spleen Sp

Element
Ba Gua
Primary Function
Key channel for digestion – every aspect from mouth to final stage of Krebs cycle (producing energy); Energy low in afternoon = spleen deficiency; Diahorea, undigested food in stool, abdominal aches, bloating all spleen style symptoms; Transformation and transportation of liquid and solid foods; Posterior to medial edge of tibea, pubic region, connects to intestines;
Areas / Symptoms
When Sp (digestion) works poorly get damp – congestion phlegm and oedema -Bloating and damp lack of body bulk
Brief Psychology
ReceivingExcess thinkingexcess givingneedyunnourishedReceptivityTruth
Primary functions
Dominates the transportation and transformation of liquid and solid food Major role in digestion qi and blood intestines and discharge of fluid Controls the blood Dominates muscles and the four limbs Provides vigour and bulk Opens in to the mouth and dominates taste sense Breathing Calms and regulates the spirit Disorders of the genitals.
Overview
Begins at the medial side of the big toe, ascends ankle medial knee, to hip, crosses to abdomen, intersects Cv3, Cv4 and Cv10, enters the spleen, and connects with the stomach, emerges in stomach region ascending 4 to 6 bin lateral to the midline, intersecting GB24 and Lv14 and Lu1, then descends to the seventh intercostal at Sp21. A branch ascends through the diaphragm to the throat and spreads over lower surface of the tongue. Another branch ascends from the stomach through the diaphragm to link with the heart.
6 Channel Partner
Divergent Channel
Separates from the primary channel in the middle of the thigh, follows the stomach divergent channel to the throat where it penetrates the tongue.
Luo Connecting Channel
Begins at Sp4, connects with the St channel, enters the abdomen and connects with the intestines and the stomach. The “Great Luo-Connecting Channel of the Spleen” : separates from the primary channel at Sp21, spreads through the chest and lateral costal region gathering the blood of the luo-connecting channels of the whole body.
Sinew Channel
Originates at the big toe, binds at the ankle, knee, groin, umbilicus, enters the abdomen and binds at the ribs, spreads in the chest and adheres to the spine
Channel Meeting points
Lu1, GB24, Lv14, Cv3, Cv4, Cv10, Cv17
Time of Day
9am to 11am
Negative Aspects
self-indulgent selfish martyr obsessed bored driven to support worried
Positive Aspects
nourished understand myself true giving integrity interested in others adaptable giving and receiving
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Cutaneous region

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Key aspects

  • Key channel for digestion – every aspect from mouth to final stage of Krebs cycle (producing energy)
  • Energy low in afternoon = spleen deficiency
  • Diahorea, undigested food in stool, abdominal aches, bloating all spleen style symptoms
  • Transformation and transportation of liquid and solid foods
  • Posterior to medial edge of tibea, pubic region, connects to intestines
  • When Sp (digestion) works poorly get damp – congestion, phlegm and oedema

Acupuncture Points

PointSpecial PointBalancesBalance for:
Sp-1
Jing WellWood Point
Jing Well Ying Spring Shu Stream Jing River He SeaQi FlowTonificationSedationentitiesghostsBrain IntegrationbrainLive truly difficult to assimilate truth vision of inner truth true to inner child value truth grounded thinking drawing on roots interpret meaning coming back to centre reborn Clearing heat restoring consciousness rescuing collapse excess and heat from distal end of channel Stagnation and fullness in chest Disorders of the spirit
Sp-2
Ying SpringFire Point
Jing Well Ying Spring Shu Stream Jing River He SeaQi FlowTonificationSedationHeat in body Diseases of the yang channels zang pathogens along channel and at distal end
Sp-3
Key PointShu StreamYuan PointEarth Point
Virtue Negative Aspects of Self intimacy openness warm protected spontaneous control connection propriety (appropriate action) self mastery social interaction propriety external connection balance understanding of others understood by others discernment communication insight receptive valuable connected with heaven acting rightly pure inspired self worth letting go acknowledged alone sufficiency - having enough non-attached wisdom to treat myself well wisdom overcoming fear will driven clever able to rest full of life concentration focus meeting needs inside integrating myself into the wider world altruism reciprocity adaptability nourished understand myself true giving integrity interested in others adaptable giving and receiving self-esteem vision planning benevolent patient free flexible choice guarded vulnerable isolated unsafe betrayed hurt pained controllingQiLingJing Well Ying Spring Shu Stream Jing River He SeaQi FlowTonificationSedationEmotionsContentmentdisappointmentRelationship AnxietyLive truly difficult to assimilate truth vision of inner truth true to inner child value truth grounded thinking drawing on roots interpret meaning coming back to centre reborninsufficient digestive firepartially digested foodlow energyFor Yin channels – for tonifying and harmonising their respective zang yin organsFor yang channels – treat disorders of their channel (not the fu) Heaviness of the body and pain of the joints Intermittent diseases such as malaria
Sp-4
Master PointKey PointLuo Point
EmotionsWorryNourishmentFinding Place for MeOriginal Qigiving receiving receiving spirit receiving from mother focus on others receive from family excess sympathy stagnation of needs repression of needs selfishness internal nourishment judging needs deserve carestressdigestionimproving digestionstress affecting digestionliver invading spleenCandida overgrowthdeficient digestiondamp heatBalanceQi Flow
Sp-5
Jing RiverMetal Point
Jing Well Ying Spring Shu Stream Jing River He SeaQi FlowTonificationSedationShort breath and asthma Speech and voice Sinews and bones
Sp-6
Key PointMaster Point
giving receiving receiving spirit receiving from mother focus on others receive from family excess sympathy stagnation of needs repression of needs selfishness internal nourishment judging needs deserve care
Sp-7
giving receiving receiving spirit receiving from mother focus on others receive from family excess sympathy stagnation of needs repression of needs selfishness internal nourishment judging needs deserve care
Sp-8
Xi-CleftKey Point
pain acute conditionsgiving receiving receiving spirit receiving from mother focus on others receive from family excess sympathy stagnation of needs repression of needs selfishness internal nourishment judging needs deserve care
Sp-9
Key PointHe SeaWater Point
Jing Well Ying Spring Shu Stream Jing River He SeaQi FlowTonificationSedationcalmnessstillnesssafetybelongingstabilityinsecuritiesgiving receiving receiving spirit receiving from mother focus on others receive from family excess sympathy stagnation of needs repression of needs selfishness internal nourishment judging needs deserve careinsufficient digestive firepartially digested foodlow energyCandida overgrowthdeficient digestiondamp heatDisorders of the stomach and intestines Eating and drinking Points on knee influence the fu (yang organs) Skin disorders
Sp-10
Key Point
calmnessstillnesssafetybelongingstabilityinsecuritiesgiving receiving receiving spirit receiving from mother focus on others receive from family excess sympathy stagnation of needs repression of needs selfishness internal nourishment judging needs deserve care
Sp-11
nourishment depletion fully engaged contented
Sp-12
giving receiving receiving spirit receiving from mother focus on others receive from family excess sympathy stagnation of needs repression of needs selfishness internal nourishment judging needs deserve care
Sp-13
Emotions nourishment care nurturenourishment home stable centre source of vitality self nurturegiving receiving receiving spirit receiving from mother focus on others receive from family excess sympathy stagnation of needs repression of needs selfishness internal nourishment judging needs deserve care
Sp-14
Sp-15
Key Point
journey forward envisage future experience stable centre growth change contemplation step back contentment dream brighter futureallow tears to flow let go to move forward let go of old patterns purity of spirit capacity to let go fear of separation cry of sadness grief letting go of projects letting go of grief fear of letting go loss
Sp-16
Emotions sadness loss unmet needs loneliness lonely longing acceptancesadness barrenness release tears accept reality compassion comfortallow tears to flow let go to move forward let go of old patterns purity of spirit capacity to let go fear of separation cry of sadness grief letting go of projects letting go of grief fear of letting go
Sp-17
Sp-18
giving receiving receiving spirit receiving from mother focus on others receive from family excess sympathy stagnation of needs repression of needs selfishness internal nourishment judging needs deserve care
Sp-19
Sp-20
Live truly difficult to assimilate truth vision of inner truth true to inner child value truth grounded thinking drawing on roots interpret meaning coming back to centre reborn
Sp-21
Spirit Point
self love nourishment original natureQi Flow