Frequent bleeding (in stools urine or vomit) according to Chinese Medicine

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 fever, dizziness and dark clots in menstrual blood in the pattern “Heat in the Blood”. 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 five 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.

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, dizziness and dark clots in menstrual blood.

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

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

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), Firm (Lao), Wiry (Xian)

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 traumatic swelling, blotchy skin and itching scalp.

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

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

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 episodes is a symptom.

Read more about Xi Jiao Di Huang Tang here

Gu Jing Wan

Source date: 1481 AD

Number of ingredients: 6 herbs

Key actions: Nourishes Yin . Clears Heat. Stops bleeding. Stabilizes the menses.

Why might Gu Jing Wan 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 episodes is a symptom.

Read more about Gu Jing Wan here

Shi Hui San

Source date: 1348g

Number of ingredients: 10 herbs

Key actions: Cools the Blood and . Stops bleeding. Clears Heat and drains Fire.

Why might Shi Hui San 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 episodes is a symptom.

Read more about Shi Hui San here

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 episodes is a symptom.

Read more about Tao He Cheng Qi 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 episodes is a symptom.

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 Rhubarb (Da Huang) help with frequent bleeding (in stools urine or vomit)?

Because Rhubarb 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 Da Huang Zhe Chong Wan for instance.

Rhubarb is a Cold herb that tastes Bitter. It targets the Spleen, the Stomach, the Large intestine, the Liver and the Pericardium.

Its main actions are: Drains Excess Heat and eliminates Dampness, especially when in the Bright Yang stage according to the Six Stages Theory. Cools the Blood and stops bleeding. Invigorates Blood, breaks up Stasis and relieves pain. Clears Heat and toxins from Excess. Applied topically for Hot sores and Blood Stasis.

Read more about Rhubarb here

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 Di Dang 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.

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Why might Liquorice (Gan Cao) help with frequent bleeding (in stools urine or vomit)?

Because Liquorice 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 Zhe Chong Wan 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 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.

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Why might Baikal Skullcap Root (Huang Qin) help with frequent bleeding (in stools urine or vomit)?

Because Baikal Skullcap Root is an ingredient in several formulas indicated to treat frequent bleeding (in stools urine or vomit) as a symptom, like Gu Jing Wan or San Zhong Kui Jian Tang for instance.

Baikal Skullcap Roots is a Cold herb that tastes Bitter. It targets the Gallbladder, the Heart, the Large intestine, the Lung, the Small intestine and the Spleen.

Its main actions are: Expels Heat and Dampness. Clears Upper Burner Heat, especially of the Lung. Clears Heat and stops reckless movement of Blood. Clears pathogenic Heat which is upsetting the fetus. Cools the Liver, reducing Liver Yang rising syndrome.

Read more about Baikal Skullcap Roots here

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

Fever Traumatic swelling Blotchy skin Itching scalp Skin capillaries Shoulder stiffness Dizziness Absence of menstruation Dark face Purple lips