Heart Blood Stagnation

TCM Diagnostic Pattern

Heart Blood Stagnation TCM Pattern Connections

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

The primary diagnostic signs for heart blood stagnation involve

Tongue: Purplish.
Pulse: Knotted.

Note that in Chinese Medicine theory, treatment is generally directed towards "heart blood stagnation" and other patterns the individual may be presenting with. Issues may arise from other layered patterns and/or from other issues. Treatment approaches are 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.

Heart Blood Stagnation is one of many possible underlying factors from a TCM perspective for health issues, such as cardiomyopathy (dilated), convulsions among others, often involving layered combinations of issues.

Additionally, any of the above conditions may be involved with other patterns. Hence the web of relationships that Chinese Medicine is designed to approach.

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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, heart blood stagnation is referenced in the following acupuncture protocol section:

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    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:

  • EX Huatuojiaji at T5 (Sides of Spine at T5)
    .5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous processes…
    T5 influences the heart and pericardium systems - in the ta…
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  • HT 1 (Highest Spring)
    In the center of the axilla on the radial side of the axill…
    Regulate Qi flow from the torso to the arm and vice versa -…
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  • HT 5 (Connecting Li)
    1 cun above the wrist crease on the radial side of the flex…
    Speech a/or vocal disorders - aphasia (post-stroke), stiff …
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  • HT 6 (Yin Cleft)
    .5 cun above the wrist crease on the radial side of the fle…
    Night sweats, Steaming Bone Disorders, tonify Yin and Blood…
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  • HT 9 (Lesser Surge)
    .1 cun posterior to the corner of the nail on the radial si…
    Jing Well Point - clear heat a/or obstruction from the oppo…
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  • LI 16 (Great Bone)
    In the upper aspect of the shoulder between the acromial ex…
    Adjunctive point with LI 15 for shoulder issues, particular…
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  • SI 3 (Back Ravine)
    When a loose fist is made, at the ulnar end of the distal p…
    Master Point of the GV, effects entire pathway. Pain in th…
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