Balancing the Heart & Spleen in Chinese Medicine

by Jean Baker, M.Ed, MAcOM, L.Ac, Dipl. OM. |

Balancing the Heart & Spleen in Chinese Medicine

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine theory, the Heart and Spleen are considered two vital organs that play a significant role in maintaining overall health and well-being. According to Chinese Medicine principles, an imbalance between these organs can lead to various physical and emotional ailments. In this article, we will explore the importance of balancing the heart and spleen and discuss some practical tips to achieve harmony between these essential organs.

Understanding the Heart and Spleen in Chinese Medicine Theory

According to Chinese Medicine theory, the Heart is not only responsible for pumping blood, but it also governs our emotions and mental well-being. It is associated with joy, love, and clarity of thought.

On the other hand, the spleen is responsible for digestion and the transformation of food into energy. It is also closely linked to our ability to think, concentrate, and analyze.

When the Heart and Spleen are out of balance, it can manifest in various ways: physical symptoms may include digestive issues, fatigue, poor appetite, and palpitations. Emotionally, imbalances can lead to anxiety, overthinking, insomnia, and a lack of joy or enthusiasm.

Recommendations for Balancing the Heart and Spleen
Practice Mindful Eating

The Spleen thrives on a balanced and nourishing diet. Focus on consuming warm, cooked foods that are easy to digest. Incorporate foods such as root vegetables, whole grains, and soups. Avoid excessive consumption of cold or raw foods, as they can weaken the spleen's digestive function.

Emotional Well-Being: Practice Happiness & Mindfulness

Cultivate a positive mindset and engage in activities that bring joy and happiness. Practice mindfulness, meditation, or deep breathing exercises to calm the mind and reduce stress. Surround yourself with supportive and uplifting people who nourish your heart and soul.

Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine

Seek the guidance of a qualified Chinese Medicine practitioner who can assess your individual "constitution" and provide personalized treatments. Acupuncture and herbal medicine can help rebalance the heart and spleen, promoting overall harmony and well-being.

Exercise and Movement

Engage in gentle exercises such as Tai Chi, Qigong, or Yoga to promote circulation, reduce stress, and enhance the mind-body connection. These practices can help balance the heart and spleen energies, fostering a sense of calm and grounding.

When In Dout: Rest and Sleep

Prioritize quality sleep and establish a regular sleep routine. A well-rested body and mind are essential for maintaining the balance between the heart and spleen.

According to Chinese Medicine theory, achieving balance between the Heart and Spleen is crucial for overall health and vitality. By adopting a holistic approach that includes mindful eating, emotional well-being, acupuncture, exercise, and restful sleep, we can support the harmonious functioning of these vital organs.

Remember, it is always beneficial to consult with a qualified Chinese Medicine practitioner who can provide personalized guidance and treatments tailored to your specific needs.

Wishing you a balanced and harmonious heart-spleen connection!

Care Consideration: Just a reminder that the above information is not a substitute for medical care and is not a substitute for medical advice or recommendations  from a healthcare provider.  This information is not intended to treat, mitigate or cure any disease.  That said, we encourage you to connect with an Acupuncturist in your community to learn more about this and other Traditional Chinese Medicine options.  If you’ve got questions about Chinese herbal medicine or getting started with an Acupuncturist, feel free to connect with us on

Jean Baker, the owner of Lifestream Wellness, is a licensed Acupuncturist and a Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner. Having received her Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine in Austin, Texas, she is a board-certified Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist through the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), and is licensed by the Minnesota Medical board. Jean has also earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of St. Thomas and her Master’s Degree in Education from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. You can learn more at

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