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Blow Breast (Chui Ru) 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 Blow Breast (Chui Ru) gives rise to such diverse symptoms as breast pus discharge, breast pain, breast infection and breast distention (as well as eleven others).
To diagnose a pattern, analyzing a patient's pulse as well as their tongue is common practice. In the case of Blow Breast (Chui Ru) patients tend to exhibit weak (Ruo) pulses as well as a pale tongue with partial absence of coating.
Patterns aren't exactly the Chinese Medicine equivalent to Western diseases, they're rather the underlying causes behind diseases or health conditions. Here Blow Breast (Chui Ru) is thought to sometimes induce conditions such as breast engorgement or mastitis.
Pulse type(s): Weak (Ruo)
Tongue coating: Partial absence of coating
Tongue color: Pale
Possible symptoms: Fever Blister Breast pain Breast lumps Nippple crack Breast redness Breast nodules Breast hardness Breast infection Breast distention Breast skin crack Uneven milk supply Breast skin ichness Breast pus discharge White spots on nipples
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 Blow Breast (Chui Ru) will tend to exhibit weak (Ruo) pulses as well as a pale tongue with partial absence of coating.
Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Blow Breast (Chui Ru) might experience symptoms like breast pus discharge, breast pain, breast infection and breast distention (full list here above).
Source date: 1548 AD
Number of ingredients: 11 herbs
Key actions: Draws out toxicity. Expels pus from the interior. Tonifies Qi and Blood.
Tuo Li Xiao Du San is a 11-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Milkvetch Roots (Huang Qi) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 1548 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that clear internal abscesses and sores.
Besides Blow Breast (Chui Ru), Tuo Li Xiao Du San is also used to treat Jealous Breast (Du Ru).
Typical symptoms for mastitis caused by Blow Breast (Chui Ru): Fever Blister Breast pain Breast lumps Nippple crack Breast redness Breast infection Breast distention Breast skin crack Uneven milk supply Breast skin ichness Breast pus discharge White spots on nipples
It is easy for cracks to appear on the breast or the nipple skin if the breasts or nipples get irritated due to incorrect baby sucking technique or unsuitable feeding position. Cracks then leave the mother vulnerable to bacteria (e.g. Staphylococcus aureusfrom) passed from the baby's mouth and nose to the mother's breast or nipples. It causes infections and as a result, worsen the cracks. Sometimes there are also white stick spots, blisters or abscess appear in nipples or breasts.
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'Blow Breast' (Chui Ru, 吹乳) is when the feeding baby has Phlegm stagnating in the diaphragm, which makes his/her breath burning hot. This Heat is then transmitted to the mother when breastfeeding, which leads to the development of nodules (in Chinese Medicine hardnesses are often caused by Heat causing the coagulation of Body Fluids) that complicate the passage of milk flow.
Blow Breast needs to be dealt with fairly fast by drinking an appropriate herbal formula and massaging the nodules -...Read more about breast engorgement