Frequent bleeding (in stools urine or vomit)

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Frequent bleeding (in stools urine or vomit) 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 frequent bleeding (in stools urine or vomit) 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 frequent bleeding (in stools urine or vomit) is often associated with stabbing pain, abdominal masses and purple nails in the pattern “Blood Stagnation”. As you will see below, we have in record two patterns that can cause frequent bleeding (in stools urine or vomit).

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of frequent bleeding (in stools urine or vomit) we’ve identified three 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 frequent bleeding (in stools urine or vomit).

The two "patterns of disharmony" that can cause frequent bleeding (in stools urine or vomit)

In Chinese Medicine frequent bleeding (in stools urine or vomit) is a symptom for 2 patterns that we have on record. Below is a small explanation for each of them with links for more details.

Peach Kernels (Tao Ren) is the king ingredient for Tao He Cheng Qi Tang, a formula used for Blood Stagnation

Blood Stagnation

Pulse type(s): Choppy (Se), Wiry (Xian), Firm (Lao)

Tongue color: Reddish-Purple

Blood Stagnation, like the name indicates, is when Blood flow becomes Stagnant. It can happen in the whole body or in specific Organs.

It is one of the most important diagnostic conditions in Chinese Medicine because it is frequently the cause of intractable pain syndromes anywhere in the body.

In addition to frequent bleeding (in stools urine or vomit), other symptoms associated with Blood Stagnation include stabbing pain, abdominal masses and purple nails.

From a Western Medicine standpoint Blood Stagnation is associated with health issues such as Scanty Menstruation, Abnormal Uterine Bleeding or Heavy Menstruation.

Blood Stagnation is often treated with Tao He Cheng Qi Tang, a herbal formula made of 5 herbs (including Peach Kernels - Tao Ren - as a key herb). Tao He Cheng Qi 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: "Dispels Heat and".

Read more about Blood Stagnation here

Water Buffalo Horns (Shui Niu Jiao) is the king ingredient for Xi Jiao Di Huang Tang, a formula used for Heat in the Blood

Heat in the Blood

Pulse type(s): Rapid (Shu)

Tongue color: Red

Heat in the Blood (or Blood-Heat) refers to a condition whereby Heat, as a so-called "Pernicious Influence", entered the Blood. This invasion tends to accelerate Blood flow (leading to a faster pulse) and to manifest itself in various types of bleeding as well as other symptoms.

In addition to frequent bleeding (in stools urine or vomit), other symptoms associated with Heat in the Blood include fever, dark clots in menstrual blood and feeling of heat.

From a Western Medicine standpoint Heat in the Blood is associated with health issues such as Early Menstruation, Abnormal Uterine Bleeding or Heavy Menstruation.

Heat in the Blood is often treated with Xi Jiao Di Huang Tang, a herbal formula made of 4 herbs (including Water Buffalo Horns - Shui Niu Jiao - as a key herb). Xi Jiao Di Huang Tang belongs to the category of "formulas that clear nutritive-level heat", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Treats severe fevers and Heat in the Blood system".

Read more about Heat in the Blood here

Three herbal formulas that might help with frequent bleeding (in stools urine or vomit)

Tao He Cheng Qi Tang

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 5 herbs

Key actions: Dispels Heat and. Eliminates Blood Stagnation.

Why might Tao He Cheng Qi Tang help with frequent bleeding (in stools urine or vomit)?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Blood Stagnation' of which frequent bleeding (in stools urine or vomit) is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Blood Stagnation include stabbing pain, abdominal masses and purple nails.

Read more about Tao He Cheng Qi Tang here

Xi Jiao Di Huang Tang

Source date: 650 AD

Number of ingredients: 4 herbs

Key actions: Treats severe fevers and Heat in the Blood system. Removes Blood Stagnation.

Why might Xi Jiao Di Huang Tang help with frequent bleeding (in stools urine or vomit)?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Heat in the Blood' of which frequent bleeding (in stools urine or vomit) is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Heat In The Blood include fever, dark clots in menstrual blood and feeling of heat.

Read more about Xi Jiao Di Huang Tang here

Da Huang Mu Dan Pi Tang

Source date: 220 AD

Number of ingredients: 5 herbs

Key actions: Clears Stagnant Heat in the intestines. Reduces swelling and disperses lumps.

Why might Da Huang Mu Dan Pi Tang help with frequent bleeding (in stools urine or vomit)?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Blood Stagnation' of which frequent bleeding (in stools urine or vomit) is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Blood Stagnation include stabbing pain, abdominal masses and purple nails.

Read more about Da Huang Mu Dan Pi Tang here

The five Chinese Medicinal herbs most likely to help treat frequent bleeding (in stools urine or vomit)

Why might Peach Kernel (Tao Ren) help with frequent bleeding (in stools urine or vomit)?

Because Peach Kernel is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat frequent bleeding (in stools urine or vomit) as a symptom, like Tao He Cheng Qi Tang or Da Huang Mu Dan Pi 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

Why might Mudan Peony Bark (Mu Dan Pi) help with frequent bleeding (in stools urine or vomit)?

Because Mudan Peony Bark is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat frequent bleeding (in stools urine or vomit) as a symptom, like Da Huang Mu Dan Pi Tang or Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan for instance.

Mudan Peony Bark is a Cool herb that tastes Bitter and Pungent. It targets the Heart, the Kidney and the Liver.

Its main actions are: Cools the Blood, activates Blood circulation and resolves Blood stasis.

Read more about Mudan Peony Bark here

Why might Mirabilite (Mang Xiao) help with frequent bleeding (in stools urine or vomit)?

Because Mirabilite is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat frequent bleeding (in stools urine or vomit) as a symptom, like Da Huang Mu Dan Pi Tang or Tao He Cheng Qi Tang for instance.

Mirabilites is a Cold herb that tastes Bitter and Salty. It targets the Stomach and the Large intestine.

Its main actions are: Purges Stagnation in the Intestines caused by Heat and Dryness, Cools Heat and abates swelling

Read more about Mirabilites here

Why might Red Peony Root (Chi Shao) help with frequent bleeding (in stools urine or vomit)?

Because Red Peony Root is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat frequent bleeding (in stools urine or vomit) as a symptom, like Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan or Xi Jiao Di Huang Tang for instance.

Red Peony Roots is a Cool herb that tastes Bitter. It targets the Liver.

Its main actions are: Moves Blood, relieves pain and reduces swelling. Cools the Blood and the Liver.

Read more about Red Peony Roots here

Why might Cinnamon Twig (Gui Zhi) help with frequent bleeding (in stools urine or vomit)?

Because Cinnamon Twig is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat frequent bleeding (in stools urine or vomit) as a symptom, like Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan or Tao He Cheng Qi Tang for instance.

Cinnamon Twigs is a Warm herb that tastes Pungent and Sweet. It targets the Spleen, the Heart and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Adjusts the nutritive Ying and defensive Wei Qi. Relieves the Exterior through sweating. Warms and disperses Cold. Removes obstruction of Yang. Promotes the circulation of Yang Qi in the chest. Regulates and moves blood.

Read more about Cinnamon Twigs here

Other symptoms often associated with frequent bleeding (in stools urine or vomit)

Fever Stabbing pain Abdominal masses Purple nails Painful period Dark clots in menstrual blood Lumps Purple lips Feeling of heat Red skin eruptions