Stomach Blood Stagnation

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Pattern factsheet

Chinese name: 胃血瘀

Pinyin name: Wèi Xuè Yū

Associated TCM concepts: Stomach Blood

Related conditions: Migraine Psychosis Depression and nine other conditions

Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Nausea Vomiting Bloody stools Epigastric pain Vomiting of blood and four other symptoms

Pulse type(s): Wiry (Xian)

Tongue color: Bluish-Purple

Blood Stagnation often causes a pain of a stabbing or boring nature, hence the stabbing epigastric pain. This pain is much more intense than in any of the other Stomach patterns.

Stasis of Blood always manifests with dark-colored blood, hence the vomiting of dark blood in some cases.

Since the Stomach is related to the Large Intestine, the stasis of Blood extends to it and is manifested with blood in the stools.

The Purple tongue is also a staple symptom of Blood Stagnation. Please note that the tongue may not necessarily be Purple: if a patient has clear manifestations of Blood stasis but the tongue is not Purple, it simply means that the Blood stasis is not severe.

Related conditions

Hypertension Intercostal neuralgia Migraine Trigeminal neuralgia Depression Psychosis Coronary artery disease Rheumatic valvular heart disease Cor pulmonale Thoracic strains Costochondritis Postconcussion syndrome

Diagnosing Stomach Blood Stagnation

The Stomach is a so-called "Fu" Organ. Learn more about the Stomach in Chinese Medicine

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 Stomach Blood Stagnation will tend to exhibit 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 Stomach Blood Stagnation might experience symptoms like severe epigastric pain that may worsen at night, dislike of pressure on epigastric area, nausea or vomiting and possible vomiting of blood (full list here above).

Herbal formulas used to treat Stomach Blood Stagnation

Xue Fu Zhu Yu Tang

Source date: 1830 AD

Number of ingredients: 11 herbs

Key actions: Invigorates the Blood. Dispels blood Stagnation. Spreads the Liver Qi. Unblocks the channels.

Formula summary

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.

Besides Stomach Blood Stagnation, Xue Fu Zhu Yu Tang is also used to treat Heart Blood Stagnation or Heart Vessel obstructed.

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Shi Xiao San

Source date: 1108 AD

Number of ingredients: 2 herbs

Key actions: Invigorates Blood. Dispels Blood Stagnation. Eases pain.

Formula summary

Shi Xiao San is a 2-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Cattail Pollen (Pu Huang) and Flying Squirrel Faeces (Wu Ling Zhi) as principal ingredients. Invented in 1108 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that invigorate Blood and dispel Blood Stagnation.

Besides Stomach Blood Stagnation, Shi Xiao San is also used to treat Blood Stagnation or Liver Blood Stagnation.

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Ge Xia Zhu Yu Tang

Source date: 1830 AD

Number of ingredients: 12 herbs

Key actions: Invigorates Blood. Eliminates Blood Stagnation below the diaphragm. Stops pain. Promotes Qi movement.

Formula summary

Ge Xia Zhu Yu Tang is a 12-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Szechuan Lovage Roots (Chuan Xiong), Safflowers (Hong Hua) and Peach Kernels (Tao Ren) as principal ingredients. Invented in 1830 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that invigorate Blood and dispel Blood Stagnation.

Besides Stomach Blood Stagnation, Ge Xia Zhu Yu Tang is also used to treat Blood Stagnation or Liver Blood Stagnation.

Read more about Ge Xia Zhu Yu Tang