Liver Blood Stagnation

TCM Diagnostic Pattern

Liver Blood Stagnation TCM Pattern Connections

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

The primary diagnostic signs for liver blood stagnation involve

Tongue: Purple, possibly w/purple spots.
Pulse: Wiry.

Note that in Chinese Medicine theory, treatment is generally directed towards "liver 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.

Liver Blood Stagnation is one of many possible underlying factors from a TCM perspective for health issues, such as amenorrhea (absence of menstruation), bells palsy, cataracts, chronic cholecystitis, gallstones (cholelithiasis), hepato-cirrhosis, liver cancer - hepatocellular carcinoma (hcc), pneumothorax, raynaud's disease 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, liver blood stagnation is referenced in the following acupuncture protocol sections:

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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:

  • GB 37 (Bright Light)
    5 cun above the tip of the external malleolus on the anteri…
    Eye issues, especially LV related - redness, itching, blurr…
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  • KD 5 (Water Spring)
    1 cun directly below KI 3 in a depression on the medial sid…
    Generally nourishes Yin and Blood and moves the uterus. KD…
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  • SP 10 (Sea of Blood)
    With knee flexed, 2 cun above the superior medial border of…
    Any Gynecological issues originating from Blood, Heat, Stas…
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  • ST 29 (Return)
    2 cun lateral to the AML level with CV 3.
    Excess or Cold/Deficient disorders of the Lower Warmer - am…
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  • UB 18 (Liver Shu)
    1.5 cun lateral to GV 8, level with T9.
    Main point for all Liver related conditions in TCM terms - …
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  • UB 32 (Second Bone Hole)
    On the sacrum medial and inferior to the PSIS, level with t…
    UB 31, UB 32, UB 33 & UB 34 together form the "Eight Li…
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