Follow a healthy, balanced diet to maintain healthy Spleen functions
In TCM, it is believed that we should select our foods based on our body constitution to achieve a healthy balance of Yin and Yang. A person with a neutral body constitution can eat a food mix containing all the different energies and flavours. Changes in the environment due to changing seasons, emotions, lifestyle habits, diets or physical activities may affect our body constitution. Consult a TCM physician to understand more about your body constitution.
Avoid eating excessive sweet, greasy, raw and chilled foods or drinking chilled beverages with your meals in excess
Sweet and greasy foods can create excessive Phlegm and Heat in the body, while chilled and raw foods may contribute to the stagnation of fluids and create more Phlegm. Overconsumption of both may affect Spleen functions.
In TCM, the Spleen and the Stomach are the primary organs responsible for digestion. Eating too much food may affect the digestive organs and disrupt their normal functions. When these organs fail to handle the extra load, problems like poor digestion, slow metabolism, food stagnation, internal Phlegm and dampness may follow.
Promote bowel movement to eliminate metabolic waste
Our bodies have to be able to excrete waste regularly to prevent stagnation and weight problems. Herbs such as Black Sesame (Heizhima, 黑芝麻), Radish Seed (Laifuzi, 莱菔子), Peach Seed (Taoren, 桃仁), Biota Seed (Baiziren, 柏子仁) and Rhubarb (Dahuang, 大黄) are commonly used to relax the bowels and ease constipation.
Moderate exercise promotes the flow of Qi and Blood, thus eliminates the stagnation of dampness and Phlegm.
Get rid of fluid retention in the body
A bloated appearance, puffiness and weight gain may be caused by fluid retention in the body. One way to get rid of excessive water or dampness is to take herbs that induce urination, such as Coix Barley (Yiyiren, 薏苡仁), Red Bean (Hongdou, 红豆), Inula Flower (Xuanfuhua, 旋覆花), Plantain Seed (CheQianzi, 车前子), Rice Bean (Chixiaodou, 赤小豆), Senna Leaf (Fanxieye, 番泻叶) and White Atractylodes (Baizhu, 白术).
Warming up the body through exercise or foods can also help to resolve water retention and dampness. Herbs with warm or hot energy and a pungent taste can warm the body, increase perspiration and induce urination. Cinnamon Bark (Rougui, 肉桂), Ginger (Jiang, 姜), Areca Peel (Dafupi, 大腹皮) and Unripe Orange Fruit (Zhishi, 枳实) are commonly used for these purposes.
Improve your digestion to keep a healthy weight
To stimulate the secretion of digestive fluids and break down fatty substances, we can consume Unripe Orange Fruit (Zhishi, 枳实), Hawthorn Berry (Shanzha, 山楂), Rangooncreeper Fruit (Shijunzi, 使君子), Radish Seed (Laifuzi, 莱菔子), Tangerine Peel (Chenpi, 陈皮) and Hawthorn Berry (Shanzha, 山楂).
Invigorate the Spleen
In TCM, the Spleen is responsible for transforming and transporting nutrients and body fluids throughout the whole body. When the Spleen is functioning properly, excessive body fluids and metabolic waste will not accumulate. Codonopsis Root (Dangshen, 党参), Licorice Root (Gancao, 甘草), Chinese Yam (Huaishan, 淮山), Coix Barley (Yiyiren, 薏苡仁) and Poria (Fuling, 茯苓) are some Chinese herbs that boost the functional abilities of the Spleen.
Acupuncture can help with slimming
Acupuncture is effective in managing imbalances that cause weight problems. The treatment, which employs the use of needles applied to selected acupuncture points, can promote digestion, raise the metabolic rate, control the appetite and invigorate the Spleen. A licensed physician is in the best position to tell you what you need and what works for you.