The Big Picture. The Good & The Bad 9/13/2012

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1 ChiroCredit.com Presents: AcuPractice Seminars 211: Spleen / Stomach Spleen AKA: Pi Wife of the Stomach The Minister Of Agriculture The Official In Charge of T & T Stomach AKA: Wei Husband of the Spleen The Official In Charge of the Rotting & Ripening The Most Important Fu Source of All Fluids / Yin Dr. Jim Ventresca The Big Picture Spleen Stomach Orchestrate All Digestive Processes Mouth Muscles & Flesh Dampness Fire Wood Earth Water Metal The Good & The Bad When the Spleen is functioning well, the individual has solid digestion and Qi & Xue are sufficient. When the Spleen in disharmony, food and fluids are not fully processed, Qi & Xue become weak, digestive problems become apparent & Damp accumulates. 1

2 Names & Meanings The Minister Of Agriculture The Official In Charge of Transformation & Transportation Opens To the Mouth Manifests in the Lips Dislikes Damp & Cold Houses The Yi & Thoughts Earth Element Dampness Mouth, Taste Lips Flesh Sweet Taste Fragrant Odor Digestion, Nourishment, Harmonizing, Thinking Overthinking / Worry Dislikes Dampness Governance Transportation & Transformation Food Qi & Xue Fluids Water Transformation Up Bearing Holding Up & Sending Up 2

3 Common Symptoms I Overweight / Underweight Digestive Disorders Dampness Accumulating Mucous / Phlegm Fatigue & Malaise Depression (Xue Xu) Common Symptoms II Bloating, Gas Loose Stools Mucous/Blood in Stools Excess or Deficient Menstrual Bleeding Excessive Bruising Deficient Bleeding Hemorrhoids Muscle weakness/atrophy Prolapses Tissues & Substances The Muscles & Flesh 4 Limbs The Blood Producing Holding: SP Xu vs. Hot Blood 3

4 Common Disharmonies Qi/Yang Xu: S & S: Tx Pr: Tonify Qi/Yang (SP/ KD) Xue Xu: S & S: Tx Pr: Tonify SP Xue Dampness: S & S: Tx Pr: (Tonify Spleen) Resolve Damp Wood Overacting on Earth Liver Invading Spleen and/or Liver Invading Stomach Emotional Trigger Horary Connection IBS : Spleen Ulcer : Stomach Tx Pr: Move LR Qi / Course the LR Stomach (Wei) The Official In Charge Of Rotting & Ripening Prepares Food & Drink for the Spleen Governs Early Digestive Processes Initial Separation of Pure &Impure 4

5 Stomach Disharmonies Rebellious Stomach Qi: S & S: Nausea/Vomiting / Heartburn etc. Tx Pr: Rectify/Descend the St Qi Heat in the Stomach: S & S: Heartburn etc. Tx Pr: Cool Heat / Quell Fire Liver Invading Stomach Symptoms Stomach Pain / Distention Nausea Vomiting Belching Acid Regurgitation, Heartburn, Ulcers Bad Breath Increased/Decreased Appetite Clinical Organ Relationships Spleen Moves Upwards / Stomach Descends Stomach Orchestrates Early Digestion Spleen Orchestrates Later Digestion A few Important Stomach Meridian Points Treat The Spleen 5

6 Meridian Symptomology Stomach Meridian Pain Along It s Own (Yang Ming) Pathway ANTERIOR SURFACE Head Jaw Teeth Breast Leg Top of Foot Spleen Meridian Treats SP / KD / LR ChiroCredit.com Presents: AcuPractice Seminars A Comprehensive Introduction to the Clinical Theories of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine Coming Up Next AcuPractice Seminars 212 The Heart & The Small Intestine & The Pericardium & The San Jiao Dr. Jim Ventresca 6

7 AcuPractice Seminars 211: Spleen/Stomach A. Spleen 1. The Spleen is responsible for managing all aspects of Digestion and Assimilation, Transformation and Transportation. 2. This is mainly seen as managing the transformation of food and fluids into energy, blood, body fluids and tissues. 3. When the Spleen is not functioning well, food and fluids are not fully processed, one s energy level drops, and digestive problems become apparent. 4. These unprocessed products then accumulate in the individual as excess weight and phlegm and mucous. 5. The Official In Charge Of Transportation And Transformation (T&T) a) Governs T&T of Qi, Blood & Jin Ye 6. Holds Blood & Organs in Place 7. Opens To The Mouth 8. Manifests In The Lips 9. Dislikes Dampness & Cold 10. Functions 11. Rules The Flesh & Muscles 12. Common Disharmonies: a) SP Qi Deficiency b) SP Blood Deficiency c) SP Yang Deficiency d) Dampness in SP e) Major S&S 1) Lower Digestive 2) Fatigue 13. When the Spleen is in disharmony, some common symptoms are: a) Fatigue b) All problems with the Lower Digestive Processes c) Overweight / Underweight d) Bloating, Gas e) Loose Stools f) Mucous in Stools g) Blood in Stools h) Excessive or insufficient Menstrual bleeding i) Excessive Bruising j) Vomit k) Hemorrhoids l) Muscle weakness/atrophy m) Prolapses B. Stomach! 2012 Dr. Jim Ventresca AcuPractice Seminars 22

8 1. Important in the early digestive process. 2. Heartburn, hiatial hernias, and stomach ulcers are all symptoms of Stomach disharmonies. 3. The Official In Charge Of Rotting And Ripening a) Prepares Food and Drink for T&T by the Spleen 4. Common Disharmonies: a) Rebellious ST Qi b) Heat in the ST c) Major S&S 1) Upper Digestive 2) The Spleen 5. When the Stomach is in disharmony, some common symptoms are: 1. Stomach Pain / Distention 2. Nausea 3. Vomiting 4. Belching 5. Acid Regurgitation, Heartburn, Ulcers 6. Bad Breath 7. Increased/decreased appetite 1. Treating The Spleen a) Spleen mainly suffers from deficiencies of Qi, Yang, and Blood b) Tends to respond best to Diet and Herbal Treatment c) Acupuncture can also be very helpful d) Add moxa for tonification. e) Tonifying the Kidneys is often helpful when treating the Spleen. f) Tonifying the Spleen can take some months. 1. Treating The Stomach a) The Stomach generally responds well to acupuncture! 2012 Dr. Jim Ventresca AcuPractice Seminars 23

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