Blood Deficiency and Stagnation

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Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Insomnia Dizziness Amenorrhea Palpitations Blurred vision and six other symptoms

Pulse type(s): Choppy (Se), Wiry (Xian), Fine (Xi)

Tongue color: Pale

Blood Deficiency and 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 Deficiency and Stagnation gives rise to such diverse symptoms as dizziness, blurred vision, lusterless complexion and nails and muscle tension (as well as seven others).

To diagnose a pattern, analyzing a patient's pulse as well as their tongue is common practice. In the case of Blood Deficiency and Stagnation patients tend to exhibit choppy (Se), wiry (Xian) or fine (Xi) 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 Deficiency and Stagnation is thought to sometimes induce conditions such as postpartum weakness, dysmenorrhea or painful menstruations.

Diagnosing Blood Deficiency and Stagnation

Blood (Xue) is one of Chinese Medicine's vital subtances. Learn more about Blood in Chinese Medicine

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 Deficiency and Stagnation will tend to exhibit choppy (Se), wiry (Xian) or fine (Xi) pulses as well as a pale tongue.

Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Blood Deficiency and Stagnation might experience symptoms like dizziness, blurred vision, lusterless complexion and nails and muscle tension (full list here above).

Herbal formulas used to treat Blood Deficiency and Stagnation

Si Wu Tang

Source date: 846 AD

Number of ingredients: 4 herbs

Key actions: Restores and nourishes Blood. Stimulates Blood circulation.

Formula summary

Si Wu Tang is a 4-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Prepared Rehmannia (Shu Di huang) and White Peony Roots (Bai Shao) as principal ingredients. Invented in 846 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that tonify Blood.

Besides Blood Deficiency and Stagnation, Si Wu Tang is also used to treat Blood Deficiency or Blood Stagnation.

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Tao Hong Si Wu Tang

Source date: 1291 AD

Number of ingredients: 6 herbs

Key actions: Tonifies Blood and regulates the Liver. Moves Qi and Blood in the lower abdomen. Stops pain.

Formula summary

Tao Hong Si Wu Tang is a 6-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Peach Kernels (Tao Ren) and Safflowers (Hong Hua) as principal ingredients. Invented in 1291 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that tonify Blood.

Besides Blood Deficiency and Stagnation, Tao Hong Si Wu Tang is also used to treat Blood Stagnation or Qi and Blood Stagnation.

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