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Qi and Blood Stagnation 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 Qi and Blood Stagnation gives rise to such diverse symptoms as lower abdominal pain, breast distention, abdominal distention and fullness and pre-menstrual tension (as well as twenty nine others).
To diagnose a pattern, analyzing a patient's pulse as well as their tongue is common practice. In the case of Qi and Blood Stagnation patients tend to exhibit choppy (Se) or wiry (Xian) pulses as well as a normal (light red), red, red sides tongue.
Patterns aren't exactly the Chinese Medicine equivalent to Western diseases, they're rather the underlying causes behind diseases or health conditions. Here Qi and Blood Stagnation is thought to sometimes induce conditions such as prolonged periods, menopausal syndrome, absence of menstruation or menstrual cramps.
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 Qi and 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.
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Pulse type(s): Choppy (Se) or wiry (Xian)
Tongue color: Normal (light red), Red, Red sides
Possible symptoms: Insomnia Moodiness Dark face Dizziness Depression Chest pain Breast pain Hot flushes Restlessness Irritability Breast lumps Restlnessness Scanty periods Clots in blood Abdominal pain Chest fullness Breast distention Abdominal fullness Dark colored blood Intense period pain High blood pressure Lower abdominal pain Dark menstrual blood Flooding and leaking Abdominal distension Pre-menstrual tension Irregular menstruation Pre-menstrual irritability Dark clots in menstrual blood Menstruation decreases gratually Feeling of fullness in the chest Abdominal distention and fullness Pain relief after clots discharge
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 Qi and Blood Stagnation will tend to exhibit choppy (Se) or wiry (Xian) pulses as well as a normal (light red), red, red sides tongue.
Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Qi and Blood Stagnation might experience symptoms like lower abdominal pain, breast distention, abdominal distention and fullness and pre-menstrual tension (full list here above).
Source date: 846 AD
Number of ingredients: 4 herbs
Key actions: Restores and nourishes Blood. Stimulates Blood circulation.
Si Wu Tang is a 4-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Prepared Rehmannia (Shu Di huang) and White Peony Roots (Bai Shao) as principal ingredients. Invented in 846 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that tonify Blood.
Source date: 1107 AD
Number of ingredients: 6 herbs
Key actions: Harmonizes the function of Liver and Spleen. Relieves Liver Qi stagnation. Nourishes the Blood.
Xiao Yao San is a 6-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Bupleurum Roots (Chai Hu) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 1107 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that harmonize Liver-Spleen.
Source date: Ming dynasty
Number of ingredients: 10 herbs
Key actions: Clears Liver and Spleen Qi Stagnation. Tonifies Spleen. Clears Deficient Heat. Nourishes the blood.
Jia Wei Xiao Yao San is a 10-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Bupleurum Roots (Chai Hu) as a principal ingredient. Invented in Ming dynasty, it belongs to the category of formulas that harmonize Liver-Spleen.
Typical symptoms for menstrual cramps caused by Qi and Blood Stagnation: Restlessness Scanty periods Clots in blood Breast distention Intense period pain Lower abdominal pain Dark menstrual blood Pre-menstrual tension Pre-menstrual irritability Dark clots in menstrual blood Abdominal distention and fullness Pain relief after clots discharge
Qi and Blood Stagnation is one of the most common patterns behind painful periods and it often comes along other patterns. For instance, when there is dysmenorrhea due to Qi and Blood Deficiency as the main pattern, some degree of Qi or Blood Stagnation often occurs at the same time. Similarly the pattern Cold in the Uterus, another frequent cause of menstrual cramps, also causes Blood Stagnation.
Typical symptoms for absence of menstruation caused by Qi and Blood Stagnation: Moodiness Dark face Dizziness Depression Chest pain Breast pain Irritability Abdominal pain Chest fullness Breast distention Abdominal fullness Menstruation decreases gratually Feeling of fullness in the chest
Qi and Blood Stagnation discussed here typically occurs in the Liver. It normally results from emotional factors such as anger, frustration, resentment, irritation, worry or anxiety. If it is not treated for a long period of time, stagnated Blood can not flow freely from the Liver to fill the Penetrating Vessels and the Uterus. Therefore the menstruation...Read more about absence of menstruation