Are you finding it difficult to concentrate? Are you bloated, lethargic or suffering from a lack of motivation? Do you find yourself craving sugary or salty foods? If the journey to wellness is an elusive one, allow the team at the Acupuncture and Wellness Centre to navigate the transition from imbalance to wellbeing via the art of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Traditional Chinese Medicine teaches that we have five basic flavours; bitter, sour, pungent, salty and sweet, with the two main flavour cravings being – yes you guessed it salty and sweet. An excessive intake of either will lead to an imbalance, affecting the function of the spleen, which negatively impacts the digestive system and other organs such as the kidneys. Let’s take a look at the relationship between the five flavours and the five organs, as established by the five elements theory.
Each major organ of the body is paired with its own particular flavour:
- Heart – Bitter
- Liver – Sour
- Spleen – Sweet
- Lung – Spicy
- Kidney – Salty
Traditionally “sweet” flavourings are associated with the Earth element and the spleen and digestive meridians. The herbs we use form the Chinese pharmacopeia, these herbs are naturally sweet in nature and are both strengthening and tonifying for the spleen. If you do find yourself craving sweet flavours such as sugar, this may be an indication that the spleen is stressed and in need of tonification or adjustment. The team at the Acupuncture and Wellness Centre can combine the balancing effects of acupuncture, dietary advice and Chinese herbal medicine in order to bring harmony and restoration to not only your spleen but your physical digestion and overall wellbeing.
Sugar Cravings and Your Spleen – The Symptoms
- Bloated (particularly after meals)
- Irritable bowels
- Lethargic and sleepy after eating
- Bruise or bleed easily
- Obsessive, repetitive thinking
- Pale, swollen tongue
- Nasal congestion
- Fatigue in the extremities
So from increasing your consumption of sweet vegetables and protein, to paying attention to your eating habits. From reducing your intake of dairy, greasy and cold foods to avoiding artificial sweeteners, we can support your efforts to curb your sugary cravings. Approaching your health and wellbeing with a holistic approach we will consult closely with you and the needs of your body to restore balance and harmony and fortify your future health and vitality. Call the team today on (03) 9857 7996 for your personal consultation.