Fibrocystic breasts according to Chinese Medicine

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In Chinese Medicine, fibrocystic breasts is sometimes associated with Blood Deficiency with disharmony of Liver and Spleen, a so-called "patterns of disharmony". Chinese Medicine sees the body as a system, not a sum of isolated parts. A "pattern" is when the system's harmony is disrupted. It is not equivalent to the Western concept of "disease" because both concepts arise from totally different ways of seeing the human body.

To understand whether someone's fibrocystic breasts might be caused by the pattern Blood Deficiency with disharmony of Liver and Spleen, one needs to look for signs and symptoms associated with the pattern beyond what one might typically experience from fibrocystic breasts alone. Indeed if fibrocystic breasts is caused by Blood Deficiency with disharmony of Liver and Spleen, patients also experience symptoms such as chest fullness, chest pain, anemia and dizziness. Similarly, patients with Blood Deficiency with disharmony of Liver and Spleen typically exhibit empty (Xu) or wiry (Xian) pulses as well as a pale tongue.

We've listed below a more detailed description of Blood Deficiency with disharmony of Liver and Spleen so that you can have a better understanding of where fibrocystic breasts might find its root according to Chinese Medicine.

Once identified, patterns are often treated using herbal formulas. Drinking herbal infusions is the most common remedy in Chinese Medicine, together with acupuncture. Here we detail below Xiao Yao San, a formula that can help treat Blood Deficiency with disharmony of Liver and Spleen.

Blood Deficiency with disharmony of Liver and Spleen, a "pattern of disharmony" associated with fibrocystic breasts

The Spleen is a so-called "Zang" Organ. Learn more about the Spleen in Chinese Medicine

Blood Deficiency with disharmony of Liver and Spleen

Fibrocystic breasts might be due to Blood Deficiency with disharmony of Liver and Spleen if the condition is paired with typical pattern symptoms such as chest fullness, chest pain, anemia and dizziness. Similarly, patients with Blood Deficiency with disharmony of Liver and Spleen typically exhibit empty (Xu) or wiry (Xian) pulses as well as a pale tongue.

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Xiao Yao San, a herbal formula that might help with fibrocystic breasts

Xiao Yao San

Source date: 1107 AD

Number of ingredients: 6 herbs

Key actions: Harmonizes the function of Liver and Spleen. Relieves Liver Qi stagnation. Nourishes the Blood.

Why might Xiao Yao San help with fibrocystic breasts?

Because it is a formula often recommended to help treat Blood Deficiency with disharmony of Liver and Spleen, a pattern sometimes associated with fibrocystic breasts. If it looks like you might suffer from Blood Deficiency with disharmony of Liver and Spleen, this formula might help (although please seek confirmation with a professional practitioner beforehand).

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