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Flowing into Fall

Its back to school, the boys of summer are still playing and weather is shifting from summer to cooler fall like temps. As we settle into the new season of late summer, what is comforting to you? Routine, homemade soup?  In TCM the earth element governs late summer and the organ system is Spleen/Stomach. 

The five element theory is a fundamental concept in TCM, which categorizes everything in the universe into five elements: wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. Each element represents different aspects of life and is associated with specific organs in the body. The earth element is linked to the spleen and stomach, and it governs digestion and transformation of food into energy.

The Spleen and Digestion:
The spleen is a vital organ in TCM, responsible for transforming food into nutrients and energy. It is closely related to the earth element and plays a crucial role in digestion. When the spleen is functioning optimally, it ensures proper absorption and distribution of nutrients throughout the body. However, if the spleen becomes imbalanced, it can lead to digestive disorders such as bloating, diarrhea, or constipation.

For example, when the earth element is weak, the spleen's ability to transform and transport food is compromised. This can result in poor digestion, leading to symptoms like fatigue, weight gain, and a weakened immune system. By understanding the connection between the earth element and the spleen, we can take proactive steps to support our digestion and overall well-being.

Nourishing the Earth Element:
To maintain a healthy earth element and support the spleen's function, TCM recommends certain dietary and lifestyle practices. Eating warm, cooked foods, avoiding excessive raw or cold foods, and incorporating nourishing ingredients like ginger, cinnamon, and sweet potatoes can help strengthen the earth element. Regular mealtimes, chewing food thoroughly, and avoiding overeating are also essential for optimal digestion.

For instance, eating mindfully and in a relaxed environment can enhance the spleen's ability to extract nutrients from food. This approach promotes better digestion and absorption, leading to increased energy levels and improved overall health.

Understanding this relationship allows us to take a proactive approach to our health by adopting dietary and lifestyle practices that support the earth element and spleen's function. By nourishing our bodies with warm, cooked foods and practicing mindful eating, we can maintain optimal digestion, enhance nutrient absorption, and promote overall well-being. Incorporating TCM principles into our daily lives can lead to a harmonious balance between body, mind, and spirit.