Hemorrhage according to Chinese Medicine

Hemorrhage 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 hemorrhage 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 hemorrhage is often associated with feeling of bearing down, poor appetite and tiredness in the pattern “Spleen Qi Sinking”.

Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of hemorrhage we’ve identified that a herbal formula called Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang can help treat the patterns behind the symptom.

Spleen Qi Sinking, a "pattern of disharmony" that can cause hemorrhage

In Chinese Medicine hemorrhage is a symptom for the pattern "Spleen Qi Sinking". Below is a small explanation for it with links for more details.

The Spleen is a so-called "Zang" Organ. Learn more about the Spleen in Chinese Medicine

Spleen Qi Sinking

Pulse type(s): Weak (Ruo)

Tongue color: Pale

The causes and symptoms of Spleen Qi Sinking is quite similar to the ones of Spleen Qi Deficiency. It happens more to people who have unhealthy diet and eating habits, emotional stress, damp living environment or these have to stand up long hours.

In addition to hemorrhage, other symptoms associated with Spleen Qi Sinking include feeling of bearing down, poor appetite and tiredness.

Spleen Qi Sinking is often treated with Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang, a herbal formula made of 10 herbs (including Milkvetch Roots - Huang Qi - as a key herb). Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang belongs to the category of "formulas that tonify qi", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Tonifies Qi of the Spleen and Stomach (Middle Burner)".

Read more about Spleen Qi Sinking here

A herbal formula that might help with hemorrhage

Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang

Source date: 1247

Number of ingredients: 10 herbs

Key actions: Tonifies Qi of the Spleen and Stomach (Middle Burner). Raises the Yang. Detoxifies. Lifts what has sunken.

Why might Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang help with hemorrhage?

Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Spleen Qi Sinking' of which hemorrhage is a symptom.

Other symptoms characteristic of Spleen Qi Sinking include feeling of bearing down, poor appetite and tiredness.

Read more about Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang here

Milkvetch root might help with hemorrhage

Why might Milkvetch Root (Huang Qi) help with hemorrhage?

Because it is a key herb in Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Spleen Qi Sinking' (a pattern with hemorrhage as a symptom)

Milkvetch Roots is a Warm herb that tastes Sweet. It targets the Spleen and the Lung.

Its main actions are: Tonifies the Wei Qi and stops perspiration. Tonifies the Spleen Qi and the Yang Qi of the Earth Element. Tonifies the Qi and Blood. Expels pus and assists in the healing of wounds. Helps to regulate water metabolism in the body and reduce edema.

Read more about Milkvetch Roots here