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Diagnostic Information and Acupuncture and Herbal Treatment of Spleen Qi Deficiency


Spleen Qi Deficiency - Basics

Poor appetite, distention after eating, weakness of the four limbs, fatigue, loose stools.

Pale, swollen w/teethmarks.

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Spleen Qi Deficiency - Related Acupuncture Points

The following (11) acupuncture points may be useful for spleen qi deficiency. A subset of these could potentially be useful with acupressure stimulation and/or tongren therapy methods as well.

Generally treatment would be based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting points by function alone, (see general points selection rules.)




Spleen Qi Deficiency - Formulas From Our Store

The following herbal formulas are potentially useful in the process of treating spleen qi deficiency. For a complete list from our store with more details see our spleen qi deficiency formula section.


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Spleen Qi Deficiency - Related Chinese Herbs

The following (2) chinese herbs may be useful for spleen qi deficiency. When available, relevant formulas will appear below and/or in the store listings above.



The following (21) TCM Herbal Formulas May Be Useful For Spleen Qi Deficiency

Ba Zhen Wan

  • Eight Treasure Combination
    • For recovery of qi and blood after acute trauma or accident
    • For frequent heavy menstrual cycles
    • Pale complexion, fatigue, dizziness from qi deficiency
    • Vertigo, palpitations, anxiety from blood deficiency
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Qi and Blood
  • Cautions
  • Do not confuse with Ba Zheng Wan

Ban Xia Bai Zhu Tian Ma Wan

  • Pinellia, Atractylodis and Gastrodia Combination
    • Nausea with possible vomitting from combination of damp with liver qi stagnation causing rebellious qi.
    • Dizziness, migraines, and vertigo from damp and liver wind rising.
    • Heavy or oppressed sensation of the chest.
  • Treat Phlegm
  • Transform Phlegm and Extinguish Wind
  • Cautions
  • This formula should not be used to treat dizziness or vertigo due to liver yang rising patterns.

Bu Zhong Yi Qi Wan

  • Tonify the Middle and Augment the Qi Formula
    • Coldness of the limbs, borborygmus with loose stools or diarrhea due to spleen yang deficiency.
    • Spontaneous or easy sweating, general fatigue, changes in appetite due to spleen qi deficiency.
    • Pale complexion and preference for warm food or drinks due to spleen yang and qi deficiency.
    • Shortness of breath and noticable lack of desire to speak may present if both spleen and stomach qi are weak.
    • This formula is also commonly used for prolasped organs.
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Qi
  • Cautions
    • Use with caution for yin deficient patients.

Gan Bing Zhi Ben Wan

Gan Mai Da Zao Wan

  • Licorice, Wheat, and Jujube Formula
  • Used for anxiety/depression/manic issues with a tendency towards losing self-control (crying fits, excessive yawning, etc.).  This set of symptoms is known as restless organ disorder in TCM.  General symptoms are disorientation, crying spells, depression, fitful sleep, excessive yawning, anxiety, possible night sweats and other yin deficient signs.  May be used for menopause or similar post-partum issues.

    The Pulse will be thin and rapid and the Tongue will be red with a sparse tongue coating.

  • Calm The Spirit
  • Nourish the Heart and Calm the Spirit

Gui Pi Wan

  • Restore the Spleen Formula
  • The formula is used to tonify both the spleen and heart which can be damaged from excessive overthinking, compulsions, etc. along with poor dietary habits and stressful lifestyle.  General indications are anxiety, phobias, palpitations, insomnia, dream disturbed sleep, poor appetite, pallid complexion.

    In women spleen and heart deficiencies may lead to prolonged periods with little flow or early periods, heavier with pale blood.

    The Pulse will be thin and frail and the Tongue will be pale with a thin white coat.

  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Qi and Blood

Jia Wei Gui Pi Wan

  • Augmented Restore The Spleen Decoction
    • A combination of jia wei xiao yao wan and gui pi wan - similar effects but with more spleen qi and blood tonification.
    • A range of stress related issues - essentially mixes of stagnation with underlying deficiencies.
    • Potential uses with immune / idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) and other bruising/bleeding issues with appropriate diagnostic factors.
  • Harmonize
  • Regulate and Harmonize the Liver and Spleen

Jia Wei Xiao Yao Wan

  • Free and Easy Wanderer Pills
    • Derived from the base formula, xiao yao wan, an important formula for liver qi stagnation with herbs added to clear heat.
    • Liver qi stagnation - menstrual issues, painful cycles, irregular cycles, breast distention, PMS, acne.
    • A range of mild to moderate psychological issues arising from liver qi stagnation such as anxiety, depression, panic disorder, insomnia, anger issues, etc.
    • Physical symptoms from liver qi stagnation such as headaches, tightness in the chest, cold hands and feet, various eye issues.
  • Harmonize
  • Regulate and Harmonize the Liver and Spleen

Jian Pi Wan

Qi Xue Da Bu Wan

Qing Shu Yi Qi Tang Wan

  • Clear Summer Heat and Augment the Qi
    • Please note that there are two formulas with the same name but slightly different compositions.  One is from Wang's Wen Re Jing Wei and tonifies the yin more strongly, the other (which is the one discussed here) is from Li's Pi Wei Lun (Discussion of the Spleen and Stomach) and tonifies the spleen more strongly.  Both have similar usages but are not directly interchangeable.  
    • Clears summerheat and dries dampness - summer colds and flus, heatstroke - fever, fatigue, excessive sweating with loose stools and heaviness in the body.
    • Along with respiratory infections in the right cases certain types of asthma may be appropriate for this formula.
    • Dampheat related inflammatory condtions such as Colitis are approprirate with the right underlying factors.
    • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome with symptoms of spleen deficiency and heat.
    • Wtih the right underlying factors the range of perimenopausal symptoms may be appropriate - low libido, fatigue, water retention, fibroids, heavy cycles.  Where this appear with spleen qi deficiency signs and kidney weakness, this formula may be appropriate.
  • Clear Heat
  • Relieve Summerheat

Ren Shen Yang Rong Wan

  • Ginseng Decoction to Nourish the Nutritive Qi
    • Tonifies both qi and blood and nourishes the heart and calms the spirit - generally used for weakness from longer term or deep diseases such as cancer and for a host of other conditions affecting a broad range of the body and psyche such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and autoimmune conditions such as Lupus, Scleroderma, MCTD.
    • Anemia.
    • May be used alone or in conjunction with a formula such as yu ping feng wan to enhance immunity - particularly in patients with frequent colds and flus.
    • Raynaud's condition in addition to the other connective tissue issues listed above.
    • Micturition syncope, nephritis, cancers of the genitourinary tract.
    • Male infertility, possibly with Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan, for sperm volume and motility issues.
    • Along with other immune benefits, hepatitis C.
    • Lung cancer.
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Qi and Blood
  • Cautions
    • Use with caution or seek an alternative in deficiency cases with very pronounced sensations of coldness.  Part of this is due to the relatively neutral (i.e. non warming) aspects of this formula.

Shen Ling Bai Zhu Wan

Si Jun Zi Tang Wan

Wu Ling San Wan

Xiang Sha Liu Jun Zi Wan

  • Aucklandia, Amomi & Six Gentlemen Pills
    • A modified version of the base, zhi zhu wan, which is used to treat qi stagnation and food retention from qi deficiency.  This modification includes herbs which add more movement and damp drying.
    • Distention and fullness in the epigastric area - bloating, indigestion, gastritis, gastric prolapse.
    • Poor appetite (from Spleen Qi Deficiency), anorexia.
  • Tonify
  • Tonify the Qi
  • Cautions
    • Avoid raw and cold food when taking this formula (and generally for Spleen Qi Deficiency).

Xiang Sha Yang Wei Wan

Xiao Yao Wan

  • Free and Easy Wanderer
    • Depression, anxiety, Headache, vertigo, hypochondriac pain, fatigue, poor appetite, bitter taste in the mouth.  In women - PMS, breast distention, irregular menstruation, fertility issues.
    • The Pulse will be wiry and deficient and the Tongue will be pale-red/purplish.
  • Harmonize
  • Regulate and Harmonize the Liver and Spleen

Yu Quan Wan

  • Jade Spring Pills
    • Xiao Ke (wasting and thirsting syndrome), qi and yin deficiencies of the kidney and spleen most commonly seen in the advanced forms of diabetes type II - excessive thirst, excessive urination, strong hunger symptoms, weight loss.
  • Treat Dryness
  • Enrich the Yin and Moisten Dryness

Spleen Qi Deficiency - Conditions and Possibilities

The Chinese Medicine treatment of spleen qi deficiency generally involves being certain that this pattern is the proper diagnosis. Each pattern may have multiple conditions and each condition may arise from one or more patterns (see treating the cause and not the symptoms).

The following 60 conditions may arise from spleen qi deficiency . Each condition is listed with other possible patterns to expand diagnostic possibilities.

ConditionsOther Possible Patterns
Aldosteronism (Primary)¤ Spleen and Stomach Damp Heat ¤ Kidney Yin Deficiency ¤ Stomach Qi Deficiency 
Amenorrhea (Absence of Menstruation)¤ Liver Qi Stagnation ¤ Kidney Qi Deficiency ¤ Liver Blood Stagnation ¤ Liver Cold Stagnation ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Anemia¤ Liver Blood Deficiency ¤ Heart Qi Deficiency ¤ Kidney Qi Deficiency ¤ Stomach Qi Deficiency ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Anorexia Nervosa¤ Spleen and Stomach Damp Heat ¤ Stomach Food Stagnation ¤ Spleen Blood Deficiency ¤ Stomach Qi Deficiency 
Arrhythmia (Palpitations)¤ Heart Qi Deficiency ¤ Heart Yang Deficiency ¤ Heart Yin Deficiency ¤ Spleen Yang Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yang Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yin Deficiency ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Asthma¤ Liver Qi Stagnation ¤ Liver Fire ¤ Lung Wind Invasion - Wind Heat ¤ Lung Wind Invasion - Wind Cold ¤ Lung Dampness - Phlegm Cold ¤ Lung Dampness - Phlegm Heat ¤ Kidney Qi Deficiency ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency 
Bedwetting¤ Heart Yin Deficiency ¤ Lung Qi Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yin Deficiency ¤ Bladder Damp Heat ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Behcet's Disease¤ Spleen Yang Deficiency ¤ Spleen and Stomach Damp Heat ¤ Kidney Yang Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yin Deficiency 
Bells Palsy¤ Lung Wind Invasion - Wind Heat ¤ Lung Wind Invasion - Wind Cold ¤ Liver Blood Stagnation ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Bronchitis¤ Lung Wind Invasion - Wind Heat ¤ Lung Wind Invasion - Wind Cold ¤ Lung Dampness - Phlegm Cold ¤ Lung Dampness - Phlegm Heat ¤ Lung Qi Deficiency ¤ Spleen Yang Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yang Deficiency 
Crohn's Disease¤ Large Intestine Damp Heat ¤ Spleen Invasion - Cold Damp ¤ Spleen and Stomach Damp Heat ¤ Large Intestine Blood Stagnation ¤ Spleen Qi Sinking 
Dementia¤ Kidney Qi Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yin Deficiency ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Depression¤ Liver Qi Stagnation ¤ Liver Fire ¤ Heart Yin Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yin Deficiency ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Diarrhea¤ Stomach Food Stagnation ¤ Stomach Fire ¤ Stomach Dampness ¤ Kidney Yang Deficiency ¤ Stomach Cold ¤ Stomach Qi Deficiency ¤ Liver Attacking the Spleen 
Dizziness (Vertigo)¤ Liver Fire ¤ Liver Wind ¤ Kidney Qi Deficiency ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Dysmenorrhea (Menstrual Pain/Cramps)¤ Liver Qi Stagnation ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Dysuria (Painful Urination)¤ Liver Fire ¤ Spleen and Stomach Damp Heat ¤ Kidney Yang Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yin Deficiency ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency 
Emphysema¤ Lung Wind Invasion - Wind Cold ¤ Lung Dampness - Phlegm Heat ¤ Lung Qi Deficiency ¤ Kidney Qi Deficiency ¤ Phlegm Stagnation ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Epigastric Pain¤ Spleen and Stomach Damp Heat ¤ Stomach Food Stagnation ¤ Stomach Fire ¤ Stomach Cold ¤ Stomach Qi Deficiency ¤ Blood Stagnation ¤ Liver Attacking the Spleen 
Forgetfulness¤ Liver Qi Stagnation ¤ Heart Qi Deficiency ¤ Kidney Jing Deficiency ¤ Phlegm Stagnation 
Gastritis¤ Liver Qi Stagnation ¤ Liver and Gallbladder Damp Heat ¤ Stomach Dampness ¤ Stomach Yin Deficiency ¤ Stomach Qi Deficiency ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Gastroptosis¤ Spleen Qi Sinking 
Glomerulonephritis¤ Spleen and Stomach Damp Heat ¤ Stomach Dampness ¤ Kidney Qi Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yin Deficiency ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency 
Goiter¤ Liver Qi Stagnation ¤ Phlegm Stagnation 
Hypersomnia¤ Phlegm Stagnation ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Hypotension (Low Blood Pressure)¤ Heart Yang Deficiency ¤ Lung Qi Deficiency ¤ Spleen Yang Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yang Deficiency ¤ Spleen Blood Deficiency ¤ Spleen Qi Sinking 
Hypothyroidism¤ Heart Yang Deficiency ¤ Spleen Yang Deficiency ¤ Kidney Qi Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yang Deficiency 
Impotence (Erectile Dysfunction)¤ Liver Qi Stagnation ¤ Liver and Gallbladder Damp Heat ¤ Heart Qi Deficiency 
Incontinence¤ Lung Qi Deficiency ¤ Bladder Damp Heat ¤ Kidney Jing Deficiency ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Indigestion¤ Liver Qi Stagnation ¤ Stomach Food Stagnation ¤ Stomach Qi Deficiency ¤ Liver Attacking the Spleen 
Infertility¤ Liver Qi Stagnation ¤ Kidney Yang Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yin Deficiency ¤ Kidney Jing Deficiency ¤ Stomach Qi Deficiency ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Insomnia¤ Liver Fire ¤ Liver and Gallbladder Damp Heat ¤ Heart Qi Deficiency ¤ Heart Fire 
Irregular Menstruation¤ Liver Qi Stagnation ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)¤ Liver Qi Stagnation ¤ Large Intestine Damp Heat ¤ Large Intestine Dryness ¤ Spleen Yang Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yang Deficiency ¤ Large Intestine Cold 
Jaundice¤ Spleen Yang Deficiency ¤ Spleen Invasion - Cold Damp ¤ Spleen and Stomach Damp Heat ¤ Stomach Dampness ¤ Stomach Cold ¤ Stomach Qi Deficiency 
Leukorrhea¤ Liver Qi Stagnation ¤ Liver Fire ¤ Liver and Gallbladder Damp Heat ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency 
Liver Cancer - Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)¤ Liver Qi Stagnation ¤ Kidney Yin Deficiency ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency ¤ Liver Blood Stagnation ¤ Heat in the Blood 
Lung Cancer¤ Lung Dampness - Phlegm Cold ¤ Lung Dampness - Phlegm Heat ¤ Lung Qi Deficiency ¤ Lung Yin Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yin Deficiency ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Meniere's Disease¤ Liver Qi Stagnation ¤ Liver Yang Rising ¤ Liver Wind 
Miscarriages¤ Spleen Invasion - Cold Damp ¤ Kidney Yang Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yin Deficiency ¤ Stomach Cold ¤ Kidney Jing Deficiency 
Motion Sickness¤ Heart Blood Deficiency ¤ Stomach Dampness ¤ Stomach Rebellious Qi 
Myasthenia Gravis¤ Spleen Yang Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yang Deficiency ¤ Spleen Qi Sinking ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Nausea¤ Spleen and Stomach Damp Heat ¤ Stomach Food Stagnation ¤ Stomach Fire ¤ Stomach Yin Deficiency ¤ Stomach Cold ¤ Phlegm Stagnation ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Neurasthenia¤ Liver Qi Stagnation ¤ Liver Fire ¤ Heart Qi Deficiency 
Numbness¤ Liver Wind ¤ Liver Blood Deficiency ¤ Heart Blood Deficiency ¤ Lung Dampness - Phlegm Heat ¤ Stomach Qi Deficiency ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Obesity (Weight Loss)¤ Heart Yang Deficiency ¤ Spleen Yang Deficiency ¤ Spleen and Stomach Damp Heat ¤ Stomach Fire ¤ Stomach Dampness ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Osteoporosis¤ Kidney Yang Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yin Deficiency ¤ Kidney Jing Deficiency 
Pancreatitis¤ Liver Qi Stagnation ¤ Liver and Gallbladder Damp Heat ¤ Spleen and Stomach Damp Heat ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Pneumothorax¤ Liver Qi Stagnation ¤ Lung Wind Invasion - Wind Cold ¤ Lung Dampness - Phlegm Heat ¤ Lung Qi Deficiency ¤ Liver Blood Stagnation ¤ Phlegm Stagnation 
Pyelonephritis¤ Liver and Gallbladder Damp Heat ¤ Lung Dampness - Phlegm Heat ¤ Spleen and Stomach Damp Heat ¤ Kidney Yin Deficiency 
Rhinitis¤ Lung Wind Invasion - Wind Heat ¤ Lung Wind Invasion - Wind Cold ¤ Lung Dampness - Phlegm Heat 
Schizophrenia¤ Liver Fire ¤ Liver Yang Rising ¤ Heart Blood Deficiency ¤ Phlegm Stagnation ¤ Shen Disturbance 
Sinusitis¤ Lung Wind Invasion - Wind Heat ¤ Lung Wind Invasion - Wind Cold ¤ Spleen and Stomach Damp Heat 
Stomach Cancer¤ Stomach Food Stagnation ¤ Stomach Fire ¤ Stomach Cold ¤ Stomach Blood Stagnation ¤ Stomach Qi Deficiency ¤ Phlegm Stagnation 
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)¤ Liver Qi Stagnation ¤ Heart Qi Deficiency ¤ Heart Blood Deficiency ¤ Heart Yin Deficiency ¤ Lung Qi Deficiency ¤ Lung Yin Deficiency ¤ Spleen Yang Deficiency ¤ Stomach Yin Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yang Deficiency ¤ Stomach Qi Deficiency 
Tinnitus¤ Liver Fire ¤ Lung Qi Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yin Deficiency ¤ Liver Yin Deficiency ¤ Spleen Qi Sinking ¤ Phlegm Stagnation 
Tuberculosis¤ Lung Yin Deficiency ¤ Kidney Yin Deficiency 
Ulcerative Colitis¤ Liver Qi Stagnation ¤ Spleen Yang Deficiency ¤ Spleen and Stomach Damp Heat ¤ Kidney Yang Deficiency ¤ Blood Stagnation 
Uroschesis¤ Lung Dampness - Phlegm Heat ¤ Spleen and Stomach Damp Heat ¤ Kidney Qi Deficiency ¤ Bladder Damp Heat 
Wheezing (Dyspnea)¤ Lung Wind Invasion - Wind Heat ¤ Lung Wind Invasion - Wind Cold ¤ Lung Dampness - Phlegm Cold ¤ Lung Dampness - Phlegm Heat ¤ Lung Qi Deficiency ¤ Kidney Qi Deficiency ¤ Lung Dryness 



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