Feeling of fullness in the chest

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Feeling of fullness in the chest 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 feeling of fullness in the chest 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 feeling of fullness in the chest is often associated with dizziness, depression and insomnia in the pattern “Qi And Blood Stagnation”.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of feeling of fullness in the chest 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 feeling of fullness in the chest.

Qi And Blood Stagnation, a "pattern of disharmony" that can cause feeling of fullness in the chest

In Chinese Medicine feeling of fullness in the chest 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 Qi And Blood Stagnation

Qi And Blood Stagnation

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

In addition to feeling of fullness in the chest, other symptoms associated with Qi And Blood Stagnation include dizziness, depression and insomnia.

From a Western Medicine standpoint Qi And Blood Stagnation is associated with health issues such as Menstrual Cramps, Absence Of Menstruation or Menopausal Syndrome.

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".

Read more about Qi And Blood Stagnation here

Two herbal formulas that might help with feeling of fullness in the chest

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.

Why might Ge Xia Zhu Yu Tang help with feeling of fullness in the chest?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Qi And Blood Stagnation' of which feeling of fullness in the chest is a symptom.

According to Chinese Medicine, Qi And Blood Stagnation can contribute to many health issues, including Absence Of Menstruation.

Read more about Ge Xia Zhu Yu Tang here

Tao Hong Si Wu Tang

Source date: 1291 AD

Number of ingredients: 6 herbs

Key actions: Tonifies Blood and regulates the Liver. Moves Qi and Blood in the lower abdomen. Stops pain.

Why might Tao Hong Si Wu Tang help with feeling of fullness in the chest?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Qi And Blood Stagnation' of which feeling of fullness in the chest is a symptom.

According to Chinese Medicine, Qi And Blood Stagnation can contribute to many health issues, including Absence Of Menstruation.

Read more about Tao Hong Si Wu Tang here

The five Chinese Medicinal herbs most likely to help treat feeling of fullness in the chest

Why might Dong Quai (Dang Gui) help with feeling of fullness in the chest?

Because Dong Quai is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat feeling of fullness in the chest as a symptom, like Ge Xia Zhu Yu Tang or Tao Hong Si Wu Tang for instance.

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

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.

Read more about Dong Quai here

Why might Szechuan Lovage Root (Chuan Xiong) help with feeling of fullness in the chest?

Because Szechuan Lovage Root is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat feeling of fullness in the chest as a symptom, like Ge Xia Zhu Yu Tang or Tao Hong Si Wu 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.

Read more about Szechuan Lovage Roots here

Why might Liquorice (Gan Cao) help with feeling of fullness in the chest?

Because Liquorice is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat feeling of fullness in the chest as a symptom, like Ge Xia Zhu Yu Tang or Wu Yao Tang for instance.

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

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.

Read more about Liquorice here

Why might Corydalis Tuber (Yan Hu Suo) help with feeling of fullness in the chest?

Because Corydalis Tuber is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat feeling of fullness in the chest as a symptom, like Ge Xia Zhu Yu Tang or Shao Fu Zhu Yu Tang for instance.

Corydalis Tubers is a Warm herb that tastes Bitter and Pungent. It targets the Spleen, the Heart, the Liver and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Moves the Blood, breaks Blood Stagnation and reduces associated pain. Regulates Stagnant Qi and reduces associated pain.

Read more about Corydalis Tubers here

Why might Peach Kernel (Tao Ren) help with feeling of fullness in the chest?

Because Peach Kernel is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat feeling of fullness in the chest as a symptom, like Ge Xia Zhu Yu Tang or Tao Hong Si Wu Tang for instance.

Peach Kernels is a Neutral herb that tastes Bitter and Sweet. It targets the Heart, the Large intestine and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Moves Blood and breaks up Stasis. Moistens the Intestines. Relieves coughing.

Read more about Peach Kernels here

Conditions associated with feeling of fullness in the chest

Absence of menstruation

Other symptoms often associated with feeling of fullness in the chest

Dizziness Depression Fatigue Dry mouth Night sweats Insomnia Lower back pain Low energy Dark face Dry throat