Cultivating Balance in the Summer

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Our Southern California summers mean different fresh foods, hot temperatures, and perhaps more physical exercise (walking, biking, swimming). We want you to be aware of keeping your body in balance.

In TCM, the Spleen and Stomach take center stage as the primary organs responsible for digestion and maintaining balance and harmony. The Spleen transforms and transports food, while the Stomach receives and breaks it down.

TCM places great importance on Qi (pronounced “chee”), the body’s vital energy. The Spleen converts food into Qi, providing essential nutrients for energy. The Stomach’s Qi facilitates digestion and movement. A strong Spleen Qi ensures efficient nutrient absorption.

In TCM, dampness and phlegm are recognized as pathological factors that can impair digestion.

  • Dampness refers to excessive moisture or fluid retention, while phlegm represents the accumulation of stagnant fluid. Both can disrupt the Spleen’s function, leading to a range of digestive disorders.
  • Disharmony within Qi, blood, or other vital substances is often at the root of digestive issues in TCM.
  • Common conditions such as Spleen Qi deficiency, Stomach Qi stagnation, and the accumulation of Dampness or Phlegm can manifest as digestive disorders.

Here at ERCA, we focus on restoring balance and addressing the underlying causes of these imbalances, promoting comprehensive well-being.

Don’t hesitate to reach out and ask for more info at your next appointment.


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