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Liver Qi Stagnation invading the Stomach 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 Liver Qi Stagnation invading the Stomach gives rise to such diverse symptoms as belching, abdominal distension, epigastric distension and depression (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 Liver Qi Stagnation invading the Stomach patients tend to exhibit wiry (Xian) pulses as well as a red tongue with thick coating.
Patterns aren't exactly the Chinese Medicine equivalent to Western diseases, they're rather the underlying causes behind diseases or health conditions. Here Liver Qi Stagnation invading the Stomach is thought to sometimes induce conditions such as morning sickness.
The Liver is a so-called "Zang" Organ. Learn more about the Liver in Chinese Medicine
Pulse type(s): Wiry (Xian)
Tongue coating: Thick coating
Tongue color: Red
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 Liver Qi Stagnation invading the Stomach will tend to exhibit wiry (Xian) pulses as well as a red tongue with thick coating.
Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Liver Qi Stagnation invading the Stomach might experience symptoms like belching, abdominal distension, epigastric distension and depression (full list here above).
Source date: 220 AD
Number of ingredients: 5 herbs
Key actions: Regulates the flow of Qi, treats esophageal spasm. Clears Phlegm.
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.
Source date: 1481 AD
Number of ingredients: 2 herbs
Key actions: Clears Liver Heat. Directs Rebellious Qi downward. Stops vomiting.
Zuo Jin Wan is a 2-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Goldthread Rhizomes (Huang Lian) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 1481 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that clear Heat.
Besides Liver Qi Stagnation invading the Stomach, Zuo Jin Wan is also used to treat Stomach Qi Stagnation.
Typical symptoms for morning sickness caused by Liver Qi Stagnation invading the Stomach: Belching Dry mouth Depression Dry throat Acid reflux Irritability Poor appetite Vomiting of food Abdominal distension Epigastric distension Desire for sour foods
Compared to Stomach Deficiency, morning sickness due to Liver Qi Stagnation is much more severe. Affected women may vomit food and drinks right after ingesting them. The frequent vomiting can last beyond the first 3 months of pregnancy. It is more common among women who have pre-existing Liver Qi issues. Emotional stress such as anger, resentment or frustration are the main reasons for Liver issues.