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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.
Blood (Xue) is one of Chinese Medicine's vital subtances. Learn more about Blood in Chinese Medicine
Pulse type(s): Choppy (Se), wiry (Xian) or fine (Xi)
Tongue color: Pale
Possible symptoms: Insomnia Dizziness Amenorrhea Palpitations Blurred vision Muscle tension Lower abdominal pain Irregular menstruation Thin body lacking strength Generalized muscle tension Lusterless complexion and nails
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).
Source date: 846 AD
Number of ingredients: 4 herbs
Key actions: Restores and nourishes Blood. Stimulates Blood circulation.
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.
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.
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.