Blood Stagnation

TCM Diagnostic Pattern

Blood Stagnation TCM Pattern Connections

Below you will find various relationships to the concept of and potential approaches for blood stagnation.

Blood Stagnation is one of many possible underlying factors from a TCM perspective for health issues such as abdominal pain, amenorrhea (absence of menstruation), anemia, angina, arrhythmia (palpitations), atherosclerosis, atrial fibrillation, bedwetting, bells palsy, blood clot, cardiomyopathy (dilated), chest pain, coma, congestive heart failure, convulsions, coronary artery disease, deafness (hearing loss), delirium, dementia, depression, diabetes type ii, disseminated intravascular coagulation (dic), dizziness (vertigo), dysmenorrhea (menstrual pain - cramps), emphysema, endometriosis, epigastric pain, fever, gastritis, headache, hemiplegia, hypersomnia, hypertension (high blood pressure), hypochondriac pain, incontinence, infertility, irregular menstruation, lung cancer, myasthenia gravis, myocardial infarction, nausea, nephrotic syndrome, neuritis, neuropathy, numbness, obesity (weight loss), osteoarthritis (oa), palpitations, pancreatic cancer, pancreatitis, parkinson's disease (pd), peptic ulcer, psoriasis, raynaud's disease, rheumatoid arthritis (ra), rosacea, scleroderma, stroke (cva), transient ischemic attack (tia), trauma, trigeminal neuralgia, ulcerative colitis, and/or vomiting.

The above issues are common examples. In clinical situations, however, there are any number of other possibilities. Many times there will be a layered combination of issues intermixed from a variety of causal patterns in TCM terms. While initially complex, this is illustrative of the the web of relationships that Chinese Medicine is designed to approach.

Treatment approaches are often akin to unravelling an onion, with the goal of resolving the root factor involved in the constellation of resulting issues. The current and historical array of issues and signs must be taken into consideration as well as the timing of the onset of each individual aspect.

Related Acupuncture Protocols

When developing an acupuncture protocol a practitioner is very often focusing on the causal diagnoses in Chinese Medicine terms, not on the condition itself. To guide you towards treatment potentials, blood stagnation is referenced in the following acupuncture protocol sections:

Related Acupuncture Points

Some acupuncture points are considered "empirically" related to a specific diagnostic patter or condition. While this would rarely, if ever, dictate the entire composition of a treatment, the following points should be considered, possibly even more so within the context of acupressure:

  • View KD 18 (Stone Pass)

        3 cun above CV 8, .5 cun lateral to CV 11.

        Local Point for abdominal and intestinal issues.   Pain, hiccups, vomiting, harmonizes stomach. Fertility issues involving stagnation in the lower warmer. Abdominal pain following childbirth.
  • View LI 16 (Great Bone)

        In the upper aspect of the shoulder between the acromial extremity of the clavicle and the spine of the scapula.

        Adjunctive point with LI 15 for shoulder issues, particularly chronic issues related to blood stasis. Resolve Blood stagnation in the chest & lungs, vomiting a/or coughing of Blood.  
  • View SP 8 (Earth's Crux)

        3 cun below SP 9 on line connecting SP 9 and the tip of the medial malleolus.

        Xi Cleft Point - acute and painful menstrual issues due to Blood stagnation - clotting, fibroids, dysmenorrhea, irregular menstruation. Male infertility - seminal emission, depleted essence.
  • View SP 10 (Sea of Blood)

        With knee flexed, 2 cun above the superior medial border of the patella on the bulge of the medial portion of quadricep…

        Any Gynecological issues originating from Blood, Heat, Stasis a/or Deficiency - irregular menstruation, dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, cramping, lin disorders, PMS, uterine bleeding. Skin problems from damp-heat or hot Blood - eczema, painful/…
  • View ST 37 (Upper Great Hollow)

        6 cun below ST 35, one finger width lateral from the anterior border of the tibia.

        Generally for excess and more acute disorders of the intestines and digestive system involving dampness and/or heat - diarrhea, dysentary, boborygmus, abdominal pain, bloating, distention, constipation. Sea of Blood Point - if excess the …
  • View ST 38 (Ribbon Opening)

        8 cun below ST 35, one finger width lateral from the anterior border of the tibia.

        Empirical point for shoulder issues - pain, motor control, adhesive capsulitis or "frozen shoulder."  Local point for lower leg issues - pain, atrophy, numbness.
  • View UB 17 (Diaphragm Shu)

        1.5 cun lateral to GV 9, level with T7.

        Hui-meeting Point of the Blood, useful for all Blood related conditions. Classically combined with UB 19 to create the "Four Flowers" which is used to nourish the Blood, although in clinical practice UB 18 & UB 19 may used equally as o…

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