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Spleen Qi Deficiency

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Pattern of Illness


Updated June 26, 2014

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Symptoms of Spleen Qi Deficiency

  • Weakness, lethargy
  • Pale, bright face
  • Shallow breathing
  • Low, soft voice
  • Little desire to speak
  • Poor appetite
  • Prolonged headache
  • Fatigue
  • Loose stools
  • Lethargy
  • Dizziness
  • Tired eyes
  • Dislike cold greasy foods
  • Headache after exertion
  • Symptoms are worse in the morning
  • Abdominal discomfort which feels better when pressure is applied
  • Indigestion
  • Bloating and gas
  • Weak limbs

Tongue Appearance

Pale or normal tongue. May have swollen sides.


Weak pulse

Related Conditions

  • Gastric or duodenal ulcer
  • Dyspepsia
  • Hepatitis
  • Anemia

Herbs Used For Spleen Qi Deficiency

These are just some of the herbs that are believed to help spleen qi deficiency:

Foods to Strengthen the Spleen

  • Beef
  • Root vegetables
  • Warm foods
  • Soups
  • Warming spices, such as black pepper, ginger, cumin


Kaptchuk TJ. The Web That Has No Weaver: Understanding Chinese Medicine. Chicago: Contemporary (McGraw-Hill) 2000

Lu, H. Chinese Natural Cures, New York: Black Dog and Leventhal Publishers, 1994.

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