Heart Qi Stagnation

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Pattern factsheet

Chinese name: 心气郁结

Pinyin name: Xīn Qì Yù Jié

Associated TCM concepts: Heart Qi Qi Stagnation

Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Nausea Cold limbs Depression Purple lips Throat lumps and seven other symptoms

Pulse type(s): Overflowing (Hong), Empty (Xu)

Tongue description: Slightly pale purple on the sides

The symptoms of slight feeling of throat lump, the feeling of chest distension, frequent sighing and purple lips all indicate a certain degree of general Qi Stagnation

As for the specific Heart Qi Stagnation, slight short breath is the typical symptom.  

Pale face here is caused by stagnant Heart Qi fails to go up to the face rather than Heart Qi Deficiency. Poor appetite and slight nausea are caused by Heat Qi fails to go down to the Stomach

Diagnosing Heart Qi Stagnation

The Heart is a so-called "Zang" Organ. Learn more about the Heart in Chinese Medicine

Pulse type(s): Overflowing (Hong) or empty (Xu)

Tongue description: Slightly pale purple on the sides

Possible symptoms: Nausea Cold limbs Depression Purple lips Throat lumps Palpitations Poor appetite Chest fullness Pale complexion Frequent sighing Shortness of breath Feeling of oppression of the chest

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 Heart Qi Stagnation will tend to exhibit overflowing (Hong) or empty (Xu) pulses.

Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Heart Qi Stagnation might experience symptoms like throat lumps, shortness of breath, frequent sighing and poor appetite (full list here above).

Herbal formulas used to treat Heart Qi Stagnation

Ban Xia Hou Pu Tang

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 5 herbs

Key actions: Regulates the flow of Qi, treats esophageal spasm. Clears Phlegm.

Formula summary

Ban Xia Hou Pu Tang is a 5-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Crow-Dipper Rhizomes (Ban Xia) and Houpu Magnolia Bark (Hou Pu) as principal ingredients. Invented in 220 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that promote Qi movement.

Besides Heart Qi Stagnation, Ban Xia Hou Pu Tang is also used to treat Stomach Qi Stagnation or Pericardium Qi Stagnation.

Read more about Ban Xia Hou Pu Tang

Most important herbs used to treat Heart Qi Stagnation