The Spleen Meridian
The Spleen is a key factor in blood sugar balancing.
What does the Spleen Do?
The spleen recognises old or damaged red blood cells and removes them from your body by breaking them down and saving any useful components, such as iron, in the process. This keeps the blood circulating in your body clean and functioning at its best. Your spleen is also great at detecting any unwelcome bugs in your blood stream. Specialised white blood cells, called lymphocytes, eat up the bacteria and destroy them.
The Function of the Pancreas
During digestion, the pancreas makes pancreatic juices called enzymes. These enzymes break down sugars, fats, and starches. The pancreas works alongside the digestive (95%) and endocrine systems (5%), responsible for making hormones such as insulin which manages sugar metabolism.
What are the Kinesiology Muscles for the Spleen Meridian?
- Latissimus Dorsi (spleen meridian, pancreas organ)
- Middle Trapezius (spleen)
- Lower Trapezius (spleen)
- Opponens Policis (spleen hand muscle)
- Triceps (back of the arm, spleen meridian, pancreas organ)
Common imbalances in the Spleen Meridian?
Common issues we see with an imbalance in the spleen meridian are
- Sugar cravings / imbalanced blood sugars
- Neck and mid back pain
- Hand pain including carpal tunnel
- Food intolerances
- Poor immune function
Balancing the Spleen Meridian using the BEES
The BEES stand for Biochemical, Emotional, Electrical, Structural. These 4 areas are the focus of a Kinesiology therapy.
The key focus is to balance the blood sugars with diet and supplements. Diet balances include balancing carbohydrates and avoiding processed sugar.
Reducing stress is also an important consideration with the spleen meridian.
Muscle Testing for Supplements
If a spleen muscle is imbalanced (often unlocking when challenged in a muscle test), we muscle test supplements to find what will strengthen the circuit.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine 5 Element Theory, the spleen belongs to the ‘Earth’ element which is the emotion of sympathy/worry.
Those with a spleen imbalance often give too much of themselves (the Earth element is often associated with mothering). Emotional work for the spleen pancreatic meridian includes building self-esteem and self-worth whilst creating healthy boundaries.
Some of the other emotional issues linked to the spleen meridian include:
- Being critical or struggling with critical judgement
- Over thinking and confusion
- Issues with nurturing, feeding, nourishment, being grounded and stability
The spleen meridian’s time is 9 a.m.- 11 a.m. in the morning. Those with an imbalance in this meridian will often get sugar cravings at 11 a.m.
The spleen meridian is connected to muscles mainly in the upper part of the body and through the arms, therefore it is common to see the following postural misalignments with an imbalanced spleen
- Tight shoulders (due to high sugar intake)
- Tight wrists and hands
- Tight mid back