Breast pain according to Chinese Medicine

Breast pain can be the consequence of several so-called “patterns of disharmony” in Chinese Medicine.

Chinese Medicine sees the body as a system, not a sum of isolated parts. A "pattern" is when the system's harmony is disrupted, leading to symptoms or signs that something is wrong (like breast pain here). It is similar to the concept of disease in Western Medicine but not quite: a Western disease can often be explained by several Chinese patterns and vice-versa.

A pattern often manifests itself in a combination of symptoms that, at first glance, do not seem necessarily related to each others. For instance here breast pain is often associated with breast distention, breast lumps and depression in the pattern “/tcm-education-center/patterns/qi-and-blood-stagnation”.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of breast pain we’ve identified two herbal formulas that may help treat patterns behind the symptom.

We’ve also selected below the five medicinal herbs that we think are most likely to help treat breast pain.

Qi And Blood Stagnation, a "pattern of disharmony" that can cause breast pain

In Chinese Medicine breast pain is a symptom for the pattern "Qi And Blood Stagnation". Below is a small explanation for it with links for more details.

Peach Kernels (Tao Ren) is the king ingredient for Xue Fu Zhu Yu Tang, a formula used for /tcm-education-center/patterns/qi-and-blood-stagnation

Qi And Blood Stagnation

Pulse type(s): Choppy (Se), Deep (Chen), Fine (Xi)

In addition to breast pain, other symptoms associated with /tcm-education-center/patterns/qi-and-blood-stagnation include breast distention, breast lumps and depression.

From a Western Medicine standpoint /tcm-education-center/patterns/qi-and-blood-stagnation is associated with health issues such as Menstrual Cramps, Absence Of Menstruation or Menopausal Syndrome.

/tcm-education-center/patterns/qi-and-blood-stagnation is often treated with Xue Fu Zhu Yu Tang, a herbal formula made of 11 herbs (including Peach Kernels - Tao Ren - as a key herb). Xue Fu Zhu Yu Tang belongs to the category of "formulas that invigorate blood and dispel blood stagnation", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Invigorates the Blood".

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Two herbal formulas that might help with breast pain

Unblock Nursing Tea

Number of ingredients: 12 herbs

Key actions: Alleviates milk blockages and uneven supply issues*

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Why might Unblock Nursing Tea help with breast pain?

Designed by Me & Qi's expert practitioners to tackle some of the patterns that can cause breast pain, Unblock Nursing Tea is a 100% natural and vegan product composed solely of the 12 herbs listed in its ingredients.

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Chai Hu Shu Gan San

Source date: 1602

Number of ingredients: 7 herbs

Key actions: Disperses Stagnant Liver Qi and Blood. Alleviates pain. Harmonizes Blood.

Why might Chai Hu Shu Gan San help with breast pain?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern '/tcm-education-center/patterns/qi-and-blood-stagnation' of which breast pain is a symptom.

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Acupuncture points used for breast pain

The five Chinese Medicinal herbs most likely to help treat breast pain

Why might Dong Quai (Dang Gui) help with breast pain?

Because Dong Quai is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat breast pain as a symptom, like Xia Ru Yong Quan San or Jia Wei Xiao Yao San for instance.

Dong Quai is a Warm herb that tastes Pungent and Sweet. It targets the Heart, the Liver and the Spleen.

Its main actions are: Tonifies the Blood. Lubricates the Intestines. Relieve constipation. Promotes circulation and dispels Bi Pain. Reduce Dysmenorrhea and help with irregular menstruation.

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Why might Szechuan Lovage Root (Chuan Xiong) help with breast pain?

Because Szechuan Lovage Root is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat breast pain as a symptom, like Ge Xia Zhu Yu Tang or Shao Fu Zhu Yu Tang for instance.

Szechuan Lovage Roots is a Warm herb that tastes Pungent. It targets the Gallbladder, the Liver and the Pericardium.

Its main actions are: Regulates and moves the Blood. Relieves Wind-Cold and pain. Circulates the Qi in the Upper Burner, relieving headaches.

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Why might Liquorice (Gan Cao) help with breast pain?

Because Liquorice is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat breast pain as a symptom, like Tuo Li Xiao Du San or Jia Wei Xiao Yao San for instance.

Liquorice is a Neutral herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Heart, the Lung, the Spleen and the Stomach.

Its main actions are: Tonifies the Basal Qi and nourishes the Spleen Qi. Clears Heat and dispels toxicity. Moistens the Lungsexpel phlegm and stop coughing. Relieves spasms and alleviates pain. Harmonizes and moderates the effects of other herbs.

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Why might White Peony Root (Bai Shao) help with breast pain?

Because White Peony Root is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat breast pain as a symptom, like Jia Wei Xiao Yao San or Xia Ru Yong Quan San for instance.

White Peony Roots is a Neutral herb that tastes Bitter and Sour. It targets the Liver and the Spleen.

Its main actions are: Tonifies the Blood and preserves the Yin. Nourishes the Liver and assists in the smooth flow of Qi. Regulates the meridians and eases the pain.

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Why might Poria-Cocos Mushroom (Fu Ling) help with breast pain?

Because Poria-Cocos Mushroom is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat breast pain as a symptom, like Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan or Jia Wei Xiao Yao San for instance.

Poria-Cocos Mushrooms is a Neutral herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Heart, the Kidney, the Lung and the Spleen.

Its main actions are: Encourages urination and drains Dampness. Tonic to the Spleen/Stomach. Assists the Heart and calms the Spirit.

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