Spleen Meridian Patterns - Disharmonies Chart

You may click on a particular pattern below for more detailed information including tongue and pulse diagnosis, related signs and symptoms and treatment points.

Excess Patterns
Signs
Tongue
Pulse
Damp-cold Poor appetite, chest a/or epigastric distention, sensation of cold in the abdomen which feels better with the application of heat, heavy head a/or body, lack of thirst, loose stools Thick sticky white coat Slippery, slow
Damp-heat Epigastric a/or abdominal oppression, lack of appetite, heavy body, thirst with little/no desire to drink, abdominal pain, loose stools with strong odor possibly w/burning anus, nausea, vomiting, fever, headache Yellow sticky coat Slippery, rapid
Deficiency Patterns
Signs
Tongue
Pulse
SP Qi Deficiency Poor appetite, distention after eating, weakness of the four limbs, fatique, loose stools Pale, swollen w/teethmarks Empty
SP Qi Sinking SP Qi Deficiency (above) plus prolapses of the stomach, uterus, anus a/or vagina along with frequency a/or urgency of urination Pale Empty or weak
SP Qi not controlling Blood SP Qi Deficiency (above) plus hemorrhages, vaginal bleeding, bleeding under the skin Pale Fine
SP Yang Deficiency Further progression of SP Qi Deficiency (above) with more cold signs, cold limbs, chilliness, edema (more in the middle warmer) Pale, wet, swollen w/teethmarks Deep

Sources and More Information

The information on our site is drawn from our own lecture notes and clinical experience. The following lecture notes were used within this section:

  • Hartstein, Rachel: New England School of Acupuncture, Actions & Effects Lecture Notes
  • Valaskatgis, Peter: New England School of Acupuncture, TCM Lab II Lecture Notes

For a complete list of valuable resources, see our Acupuncture Theory Resources section. The most recommended texts are below:

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