Stomach Blood Stagnation

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Diagnosis

Common symptoms: Nausea Vomiting Epigastric pain Vomiting of blood

Pulse type(s): Wiry (Xian)

Tongue color: Bluish-Purple

Stomach 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 Stomach Blood Stagnation gives rise to such diverse symptoms as epigastric pain, nausea, vomiting and vomiting of blood.

To diagnose a pattern, analyzing a patient's pulse as well as their tongue is common practice. In the case of Stomach Blood Stagnation patients tend to exhibit wiry (Xian) pulses as well as a bluish-purple tongue.

Patterns aren't exactly the Chinese Medicine equivalent to Western diseases, they're rather the underlying causes behind diseases or health conditions. Here Stomach Blood Stagnation is thought to sometimes induce conditions such as hypertension, intercostal neuralgia or migraine (as well as nine others).

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

Pulse type(s): Wiry (Xian)

Tongue color: Bluish-Purple

Possible symptoms: Nausea Vomiting Epigastric pain Vomiting of blood

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 epigastric pain, nausea, vomiting and vomiting of blood.

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 Pericardium Blood Stagnation.

Read more about Xue Fu Zhu Yu Tang

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