Four of the five main organs in Chinese Medicine have a season they correlate with, but the Spleen is unique in that it doesn’t have a designated season. Some say that late summer (also known as Indian summer) is the season of the Spleen. Others have said the Spleen’s energy dominates the end of each season.
Regardless of what time of year it is, these foods that support the Spleen can usually help improve digestion as the Spleen is the center of the digestive system in Chinese Medicine. More detailed nutritional suggestions are made based on a patient’s specific diagnosis, but if you’ve been having digestion problems you might want to start by incorporating small amounts of these foods into your diet. Many of them have a yellow color, which is the color associated with the Spleen, and most of them are slightly sweet in nature because that is the flavor of the Spleen.
(Guest post written by Jacqueline Gabardy, L.Ac. of FLOAT: Chinese Medical Arts; Infographic also by Jacqueline Gabardy, L.Ac.)