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Chinese name: 心包血瘀
Pinyin name: Xīn Bāo Xuè Yū
The Mind resides in both the Heart and the Pericardium and it can be greatly impacted by Blood Stagnation in both Organs. Therefore all mental related symptoms of Pericardium Blood Stagnation are very similar to the ones of Heart Blood Stagnation.
However, the chest related symptoms such as sensation of pain, stiffness or oppression only happen to the Pericardium as it is located in the middle of the chest. The Pericardium channel also go though the chest. The pain mentioned here is severe, like the feeling of stabbing or pricking in the chest. It can also spread to the inner aspect of the left arm or to the shower.
Due to the connection between the Pericardium and the Lung Channel, the patients may also experience light short of breath.
Please keep in mind that a Western Medicine condition can be caused by several Chinese Medicine patterns of disharmony and vice versa. As such a patient suffering from one of the conditions below will not necessarily be suffering from Pericardium Blood Stagnation, it is just one pattern that's commonly associated with the condition. Click on a condition to learn what other patterns it's associated with.
Hypertension Intercostal neuralgia Migraine Trigeminal neuralgia Depression Psychosis Coronary artery disease Rheumatic valvular heart disease Cor pulmonale Thoracic strains Costochondritis Postconcussion syndrome
The Pericardium is a so-called "Zang" Organ. Learn more about the Pericardium in Chinese Medicine
Pulse type(s): Knotted (Jie) or wiry (Xian)
Tongue color: Bluish-Purple
Possible symptoms: Cold hands Chest pain Purple lips Palpitations Purple nails Chest fullness Painful period Hypochondriac pain Shortness of breath Dark clots in menstrual blood Stifling sensation in the chest 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 Pericardium Blood Stagnation will tend to exhibit knotted (Jie) or wiry (Xian) pulses as well as a bluish-purple tongue.
Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Pericardium Blood Stagnation might experience symptoms like cold hands, palpitations, chest pain and chest fullness (full list here above).
Source date: 1830 AD
Number of ingredients: 11 herbs
Key actions: Invigorates the Blood. Dispels blood Stagnation. Spreads the Liver Qi. Unblocks the channels.
Xue Fu Zhu Yu Tang is a 11-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Peach Kernels (Tao Ren), Safflowers (Hong Hua) and Szechuan Lovage Roots (Chuan Xiong) as principal ingredients. Invented in 1830 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that invigorate Blood and dispel Blood Stagnation.