Blood and Qi Deficiency with Blood Stagnation

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Pattern factsheet

Related conditions: Infertility

Diagnosis

Blood and Qi Deficiency with Blood Stagnation is a pattern of disharmony in Chinese Medicine.

Chinese Medicine views the human body as a complex system that tends toward harmony. A pattern of disharmony is a disorder that prevents that harmony from occurring.

Patterns give rise to symptoms that may at first glance seem unrelated from a Western standpoint but that actually make a lot of sense when one understands Chinese Medicine theory. For instance here Blood and Qi Deficiency with Blood Stagnation gives rise to such diverse symptoms as poor appetite, weak extremities, soreness and weakness in the lower back and abdominal distension (as well as two others).

To diagnose a pattern, analyzing a patient's pulse as well as their tongue is common practice. In the case of Blood and Qi Deficiency with Blood Stagnation patients tend to exhibit weak (Ruo) pulses as well as a pale tongue.

Patterns aren't exactly the Chinese Medicine equivalent to Western diseases, they're rather the underlying causes behind diseases or health conditions. Here Blood and Qi Deficiency with Blood Stagnation is thought to sometimes induce conditions such as infertility.

Diagnosing Blood and Qi Deficiency with Blood Stagnation

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Diagnosing a pattern in Chinese Medicine is no easy feat and should be left to professional practitioners.

In particular one has to know how to differentiate between different types of pulses and tongue coatings, shapes and colors. Here patients with Blood and Qi Deficiency with Blood Stagnation will tend to exhibit weak (Ruo) pulses as well as a pale tongue.

Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Blood and Qi Deficiency with Blood Stagnation might experience symptoms like poor appetite, weak extremities, soreness and weakness in the lower back and abdominal distension (full list here above).

Herbal formulas used to treat Blood and Qi Deficiency with Blood Stagnation

Ba Zhen Yi Mu Tang

Source date: 1624 AD

Number of ingredients: 9 herbs

Key actions: Tonifies Qi and Blood. Invigorates the Blood.

Formula summary

Ba Zhen Yi Mu Tang is a 9-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Motherwort Herbs (Yi Mu Cao), Prepared Rehmannia (Shu Di huang) and Ginseng (Ren Shen) as principal ingredients. Invented in 1624 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that tonify.

Besides Blood and Qi Deficiency with Blood Stagnation, Ba Zhen Yi Mu Tang is also used to treat Blood and Qi Deficiency.

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Most important herbs used to treat Blood and Qi Deficiency with Blood Stagnation