Painful Obstruction with Qi and Blood Deficiency

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Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Difficulty in moving Numbness in the extremities General sensation of heaviness Stiffness in the neck shoulder and upper back

Pulse type(s): Slowed-down (Huan)

Tongue coating: Thin white coating

Painful Obstruction with Qi and Blood Deficiency 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 Painful Obstruction with Qi and Blood Deficiency gives rise to such diverse symptoms as general sensation of heaviness, numbness in the extremities, difficulty in moving and stiffness in the neck shoulder and upper back.

To diagnose a pattern, analyzing a patient's pulse as well as their tongue is common practice. In the case of Painful Obstruction with Qi and Blood Deficiency patients tend to exhibit slowed-down (Huan) pulses as well as a tongue with thin white coating.

Patterns aren't exactly the Chinese Medicine equivalent to Western diseases, they're rather the underlying causes behind diseases or health conditions. Here Painful Obstruction with Qi and Blood Deficiency is thought to sometimes induce conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or periarthritis of the shoulder.

Diagnosing Painful Obstruction with Qi and Blood Deficiency

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Pulse type(s): Slowed-down (Huan)

Tongue coating: Thin white coating

Possible symptoms: Difficulty in moving Numbness in the extremities General sensation of heaviness Stiffness in the neck shoulder and upper back

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 Painful Obstruction with Qi and Blood Deficiency will tend to exhibit slowed-down (Huan) pulses as well as a tongue with thin white coating.

Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Painful Obstruction with Qi and Blood Deficiency might experience symptoms like general sensation of heaviness, numbness in the extremities, difficulty in moving and stiffness in the neck shoulder and upper back.

Herbal formulas used to treat Painful Obstruction with Qi and Blood Deficiency

Juan Bi Tang

Source date: 1178 AD

Number of ingredients: 9 herbs

Key actions: Tonifies and harmonizes the Protective and Nutritive Qi. Dispels Wind. Eliminates Dampness.

Formula summary

Juan Bi Tang is a 9-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Notopterygium Roots (Qiang Huo) and Saposhnikovia Roots (Fang Feng) as principal ingredients. Invented in 1178 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that dispel Wind-Damp.

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Most important herbs used to treat Painful Obstruction with Qi and Blood Deficiency