Blood Stagnation with Heat

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Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Pain in the groin Alternating fever and chills Guarding of the abdominal musculature Lower abdominal distension and pain that increases with pressure

Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu), Slippery (Hua)

Tongue coating: Yellow coating

Tongue color: Pale

Blood Stagnation with Heat 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 Stagnation with Heat gives rise to such diverse symptoms as lower abdominal distension and pain that increases with pressure, guarding of the abdominal musculature, pain in the groin and alternating fever and chills.

To diagnose a pattern, analyzing a patient's pulse as well as their tongue is common practice. In the case of Blood Stagnation with Heat patients tend to exhibit rapid (Shu) or slippery (Hua) pulses as well as a pale tongue with yellow coating.

Patterns aren't exactly the Chinese Medicine equivalent to Western diseases, they're rather the underlying causes behind diseases or health conditions. Here Blood Stagnation with Heat is thought to sometimes induce conditions such as pelvic inflammatory disease, conjunctivitis or appendicitis (as well as nine others).

Related conditions

Pelvic inflammatory disease Conjunctivitis Appendicitis Iliac fossa abscess Subdermal abscess Renal abscess Hepatic abscess Pulmonary abscess Bacillary dysentery Pyelonephritis Osteomyelitis Folliculitis

Diagnosing Blood Stagnation with Heat

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

Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu) or slippery (Hua)

Tongue coating: Yellow coating

Tongue color: Pale

Possible symptoms: Pain in the groin Alternating fever and chills Guarding of the abdominal musculature Lower abdominal distension and pain that increases with pressure

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 Stagnation with Heat will tend to exhibit rapid (Shu) or slippery (Hua) pulses as well as a pale tongue with yellow coating.

Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Blood Stagnation with Heat might experience symptoms like lower abdominal distension and pain that increases with pressure, guarding of the abdominal musculature, pain in the groin and alternating fever and chills.

Herbal formulas used to treat Blood Stagnation with Heat

Da Huang Mu Dan Pi Tang

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 5 herbs

Key actions: Clears Stagnant Heat in the intestines. Reduces swelling and disperses lumps.

Formula summary

Da Huang Mu Dan Pi Tang is a 5-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Rhubarb (Da Huang) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 220 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that clear internal abscesses and sores.

Besides Blood Stagnation with Heat, Da Huang Mu Dan Pi Tang is also used to treat Blood Stagnation.

Read more about Da Huang Mu Dan Pi Tang

Most important herbs used to treat Blood Stagnation with Heat