The SPLEEN in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) 1/3 FUNCTION The Spleen has many important functions in TCM 1. It governs the transformation and transportation to create Qi 2. In charge of separation and movement of fluids as well as lifting the Qi 3. Controls blood The Spleen shares many functions with the Western Stomach. While in Chinese Medicine the two organs are very closely intertwined with the Stomach being the yang organ partnered with the Spleen as the Yin organ. The two function very closely together as a unit. In TCM the Spleen assists the Stomach by transporting and transforming food essences, absorbing the nourishment from food. The Spleen is the central organ in the production of Qi for the body. This Qi that is created is the basis for the formation of Blood this the Spleen partnered with the Stomach are often called the Root of Post Heaven Qi (Qi derived after birth and not from genetics). The Spleen is also in charge of the separation and movement of fluids. It separates usable parts of fluid ingested; the 'clear' goes up to the lungs to be distributed to the skin, while the 'turbid' goes down to the intestines. While Qi helps to build blood, you cannot have one without the other - Spleen Qi holds blood inside the vessels. This function is combined with its other function of helping to lift the Qi. If Qi is sufficient in the body the organs will be held properly in place and the blood inside the vessels. The nourishment derived from food, food essences is transported by the Spleen to all of the muscles in the body especially motor muscles. The Spleen is easily affects by our busy Western lifestyles. Poor diets affect the nutrients we are able to absorb as well as overthinking, concentration, studying and worry, all draw strength from the Spleen. Spleen Element - Earth Spleen Symptoms - fatigue, bloating, poor appetite, oedema, easily bruised, loose stools, anemia, phlegm, dampness, weak muscles, and teethmarks along the side of the tongue.