The information provided here is not a replacement for a doctor. You shouldn't use it for the purpose of self-diagnosing or self-medicating but rather so you can have a more informed discussion with a professional TCM practitioner.
In normal times Liver Qi travels horizontally to assists the the Stomach and the Spleen's digestive functions. When it rebels its movement becomes excessive and that causes Stomach Qi to ascend instead of descend, causing belching, nausea and vomiting.
This differs from Liver Qi Stagnation which gives rise to very pronounced emotional symptoms like irritability or anger. Here the emotional symptoms are milder but the digestive ones much more pronounced. This is because, far from being slowed down like in Liver Qi Stagnation, the movement of Liver-Qi is actually accentuated.
In Women breast distention is a common symptom because of the connection between the Liver and the breasts: when it rebels Liver Qi flows upward to the breasts instead of the contrary.
The Liver is a so-called "Zang" Organ. Learn more about the Liver in Chinese Medicine
Pulse type(s): Wiry (Xian)
Tongue description: In light cases the tongue-body color may not change. In severe cases the sides will be 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 Rebellious Liver Qi will tend to exhibit wiry (Xian) pulses.
Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Rebellious Liver Qi might experience symptoms like hypochondrial distention, epigastric distension, hiccuping and frequent sighing (full list here above).
Source date: 1602
Number of ingredients: 7 herbs
Key actions: Disperses Stagnant Liver Qi and Blood. Alleviates pain. Harmonizes Blood.
Chai Hu Shu Gan San is a 7-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Bupleurum Roots (Chai Hu) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 1602, it belongs to the category of formulas that promote Qi movement.
Source date: 220 AD
Number of ingredients: 4 herbs
Key actions: Regulates Liver and Spleen. Eliminates Internal Heat.
Si Ni San is a 4-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Bupleurum Roots (Chai Hu) as a principal ingredient. Invented in 220 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that harmonize Liver-Spleen.
Try to stay clear from emotional stress.
Try forming good eating habits such as eating while sitting, taking the time to eat and avoid working while eating (or doing any other stressful activity).