Connected to Stomach/Spleen: Worry, dwelling or focusing too much on a particular topic, excessive mental work.
Maybe you’re not the “fired-up” kind. Maybe you’re more “down to Earth.” Aspen symbolizes the nurturing mother energy, sympathetic, prone to worry and fret and maybe over-motherly to the point point it’s smothering sometimes. Aspen people tend to try to do too much for others and wind up stressed as a result.
Considering the associations of Aspen with mothering, it’s very easy to understand how this Aspen energy could be associated with our digestive system, the stomach and pancreas (or spleen in Chinese medicine). The stomach receives our food and initiates the digestive process required to nourish us. The pancreas secretes enzymes to finish the process.
However, the Celtic concept doesn’t stop with digestion. In Traditional medicine, the spleen was thought to be the organ that transforms the food we eat into flesh of muscle mass. So, the entire process of metabolizing food, and protein in particular, is associated with the Traditional concept of spleen.
We all recognize that worry and stress create stomach upset. “Don’t worry too much, it will give you an ulcer.” It’s not a good idea to eat when we feel rushed and stressed, but in today’s face-paced, fast-food world, many of us do it anyway. As a result we often wind up with a sour stomach, bloating, gas, and other signs of digestive upset.
The Aspen Type may experience occasional acute indigestion (acid stomach, acid reflux, gas, bloating, foul belching, etc.). This type usually has a “do it all” kind of attitude where they take on too much trying to help other people. As a result they wind up with worry, stress and the frequent digestive upset that accompanies it.
The Aspen person often has weakened digestion and poor metabolic efficiency, so they are not assimilating nutrients – especially protein. They tend to be thin, pale and unable to gain muscle mass and have a difficult time transforming food into energy.