Earth - Spleen And Stomach In Cosmetic Acupuncture

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Earth - Spleen And Stomach In Cosmetic Acupuncture , In the five-element relationship, the earth element (represented by the Spleen and Stomach) is the ‘ mother element ’ of metal (Lung and Large Intestine). This is the direct source of energy for the metal organs.

If the Spleen is Blood deficient (which in this case indicates a nutritional deficiency), then the Lung will become weak as there is no continued supply of nutrition. This causes the skin to be thin and vulnerable, tending to injure easily and to not heal well when injured.
Excess dampness in the Spleen (because of excessive refined sugars and fatty foods) will make the skin thick and oily, with excessive and thick sebaceous secretions.

Excess thick fluid (with inadequate thin fluid to thin it) will slow down the Qi of circulation of fluid and Blood in the periphery, thus also affecting the skin function (Lung Qi) of opening the pores and eliminating sebaceous secretions through the skin.

The Stomach receives and digests the food and drink we consume, and the Spleen absorbs and stores the nutrition, which is then used to nourish the Blood. This Blood is circulated throughout the body by the Heart, and to the periphery by the Spleen. It is the function of the Spleen to circulate Blood and distribute nutrition to the skin and the arms, legs and face.

Spleen Blood deficiency

Poor eating habits and malnutrition cause Blood deficiency in the Spleen – and, as Spleen nourishes the Lungs, in the Lungs and skin as well. The skin becomes thin, wrinkled and easily injured, and wound healing is delayed ( Figure 3.5 ).

Fig 3.5 Spleen Blood deficiency.

Fig 3.5 Spleen Blood deficiency.

It is necessary to eat some damp-producing foods to fill the wrinkles in the skin. One 4 fl. oz cup of buttermilk a day will keep those million tiny wrinkles away!

Patients with skin that injures easily and heals poorly need to eat more protein. Slow-cooked chicken soup, cooked with bones and vegetables for over 2 hours and consumed once daily, mung bean sprouts, lentils, and cooked and puréed pumpkin, butternut squash or potato soup (thick soups without fat but full of nutrition) are good foods to improve Spleen Blood.

The fact that food is cooked for a long time and is consumed warm will not only ensure that it is easier to be digested and absorbed, but will improve the Spleen Qi and yang as well. The improved Spleen yang and Qi will circulate the Blood better in the periphery, thus transporting the nutrition to the skin and the extremities. Slow-cooked soups, stews and casseroles are a good method of cooking foods in winter, and when patients suffer from Spleen Blood and Qi or yang deficiency.

Points to tonify Spleen and Lung Blood and yin
~ Sp 3 (own element point).
~ Lu 9 (tonification point).
Advice for patients
~ Consume proteins and buttermilk.
~ Eat slow-cooked and easy to digest foods.

Dampness in Spleen

Fig 3.6 Dampness in Spleen.

Fig 3.6 Dampness in Spleen.

Excessive fatty foods, milk products, stodgy puddings, creamy sauces, refined carbohydrates and sugars, foods fried in oil and large evening meals cause dampness in the body and the skin. These foods should be avoided when the skin is thick and oily. Acne vulgaris (see p. 104) is an example of such a skin condition, even though it has the additional complication of inflamed skin. Dampness is associated with thick body fluids, and foods of such consistency should be replaced by thin fluids, such as clear soups, watery fruits and unrefined carbohydrates and grains ( Figure 3.6 ).

Points to disperse dampness in Spleen and Lung
~ Sp 9, St 40, UB 39.
~ UB 13, UB 20, Lu 5.
Advice for patients
~ Avoid fatty milk products.
~ Avoid large late-evening meals as this is the lowest energy time for Spleen and Stomach on the organ clock.
~ Consume more fish, vegetables and unrefined carbohydrates.
~ Consume cooked and warm drinks – preferably herbal teas and water.

Spleen Qi deficiency

Fig 3.7 Spleen Qi deficiency.

Fig 3.7 Spleen Qi deficiency.

Spleen Qi ensures the even distribution of nutrition, especially in the periphery, and keeps the thick body fluids in constant circulation. A deficiency of Spleen Qi may cause stagnation of thick body fluids in different parts of the body ( Figure 3.7 ). As fat tissue is also considered thick fluid, this could cause symptoms such as oedema of the eyelids, face or extremities, and cellulites.

Another very important function of Spleen Qi is that it firms the connective tissue of the body. Connective tissue is what attaches the skin to the muscles, thus giving the skin a firm appearance. When this becomes slack, the skin hangs away from the muscle and gives a sagging look.

The Spleen Qi has a very important function of fi rming the connective tissue. The connective tissue holds the skin fi rmly to the muscle, giving it a wonderfully ‘lifted’ appearance. At the fi rst sign of early ageing (around 35 years for women and 40 years for men), the earliest imbalance is that of decreasing Spleen Qi, and with that all the skin starts giving in to the forces of gravity!

Points to tonify Spleen and Lung Qi
~ UB 13, UB 20 (Back-Shu points – improve the functional Qi).
~ St 36 (own-element point).
~ St 40 (Luo-connecting point).
~ LI 4 (governs general elimination).
~ LI 11 (improves Large Intestine function).
Advice for patients
~ Eat warm and cooked food and drinks.
~ Drink plenty of water and eat watery foods.
~ Eat unrefined carbohydrates (especially millet and whole rice) and clear soups.
~ Take regular saunas and exercise.

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