Stomach peak time is 7 am to 9 am – Spleen/Pancreas is 9 am to 11 am
Color Association: yellow-orange – Season most active: late summer
Negative emotions: stomach- worry, despair
Spleen/pancreas- undervalued, low esteem
Positive emotions: stomach- hopeful
Spleen/pancreas- valued, secure
Essential oils: stomach- ginger, peppermint
Spleen/pancreas- bergamot, geranium
- ST 2-3 Vision issues, twitching eyelid, cheek pain, toothache
- ST 5-6 Pain in jaw, facial pain, toothache, lockjaw
- ST 13-15 Chest tightness, rib pain, congestion
- ST 16-18 Mastitis, swollen lymph nodes, tenderness
- ST 19-21 Stomachache, nausea, bloating
- ST 22-25 Edema, constipation, distention
- ST 26-28 Hernia, cramping, low bowel pain
- ST 36-37 Knee pain, restless leg, sore shins
- ST 42-43 Foot pain, swelling, cold feet
Follow the enlarged chart for finding these points on your body. After locating a point, press on it a bit. Is it tender or sore? Do you have any of the conditions associated with this point? Place a PowerStrip over the area needing energy.
The spleen meridian starts at the outside edge of the big left toe traveling upward to the collar bone and down to the rib cage about one hand’s width below the armpit. On the right side of the body, the pancreas meridian follows the same route. This is the only meridian system that has a different organ represented on each side of the body. In the abbreviation SP, S is for spleen and P is for pancreas. You may view these points on the enlarged chart.
- SP 2-4 Big toe joint pain, gout, swelling
- SP 6-7 Leg cramps, edema, insomnia
- SP 14-15 Constipation, menstrual issues, low energy
- SP 16 Spleen or Pancreas inflammation, tenderness
- SP 18-19 Swollen lymph, chest tension, shortness of breath
The stomach secretes hydrochloric acid and enzymes to continue digesting food after it has been mixed with saliva while chewing. As food churns in the stomach, water and simple sugars are absorbed into the blood stream. The remainder of the food turns into a liquid called chyme and passes into the small intestine. This process continues for much longer for a protein meal than a light snack. So it is best to allow about five hours between large meals, and three hours between smaller meals, so the stomach may empty completely before filling again.
The spleen is an amazing blood filter. As germs in the blood flow through the spleen it begins making immune cells for combating infection. The spleen is the largest organ of the lymphatic system. It also recycles the best components of worn out blood cells, especially iron, and sends them to the liver for making new red blood cells.
The pancreas performs the life saving function of secreting insulin for balancing blood sugar. Before 1921, when insulin was discovered, those with a defective pancreas were doomed to die from diabetes. Type I diabetics have been able to save their lives through taking regular insulin injections.
The pancreas also secretes the digestive enzymes: protease, amylase, and lipase. Protease is an enzyme for digesting protein, amylase for starches, and lipase for fats. If you have a hard time digesting any of these food groups, consider taking digestive enzymes offered in our Store.
What Stresses the Stomach, Spleen, and Pancreas?
The stomach is stressed three ways: not chewing food well enough, not drinking enough water, and not consuming enough fiber. When food particles are too large, food will stay in the stomach an excessive amount of time, contributing to digestive issues. The food in the stomach needs to turn into a thin fluid, so avoid eating overly dry food without drinking plenty of water. A meal must contain fiber to efficiently move through the digestive process. Meat, dairy, eggs, refined food (white flour, rice, and sugar), contain no fiber. Yes, a meal with an egg and white toast has no fiber. It becomes a sticky mess in the intestines.
The spleen is stressed when it constantly struggles to fight infections. An unclean environment burdens the spleen because it has to keep up with making white blood cells to combat constant germ exposure. Avoid being around sick people as much as possible. If an ongoing infection is present, the spleen is struggling to manufacture sufficient immune cells. Poor nutrition also stresses the spleen.
The Pancreas becomes stressed with eating concentrated sweets, demanding high insulin production. Also, when too much cooked food is eaten, the pancreas is challenged to keep up with digestive enzyme production.
How can I Support the Stomach, Spleen, and Pancreas?
To keep the stomach happy, make sure to eat fresh, clean food and chew it well. Cooked food that has been sitting out at room temperature may have a high bacterial count. Meat, dairy, and eggs are prone to contamination, especially at a summer picnic or restaurant buffet. Food poisoning traumatizes the stomach causing nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, and a swollen spleen.
Drink plenty of water and eat a high fiber diet. Fiber is an internal broom, sweeping debris through the intestinal tract for keeping it clean. Foods that contain plenty of fiber are: vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, seeds, beans, etc. Include a couple servings of high fiber foods with each meal. ADP (Biotics Research), emulsified oregano oil extract, supports the immune function of the spleen.
Eating too much cooked food burdens the pancreas. Remember, the body must manufacture enzymes for digesting cooked food. Strive to serve one-half of a meal with raw foods. When eating concentrated sweets the pancreas struggles to keep up with making insulin. Always limit sweet foods, especially if currently having blood sugar issues.
To view a comprehensive chart with all organ correlations click here.