Do You, or Someone You Know, Suffer From These Symptoms?
“Blood stasis may agitate the Mind and Spirit causing anxiety and insomnia. . . . It may also lead to some loss of insight causing mental confusion.” — G. Maciocia
- anxiety, insomnia
- confusion, restlessness about one’s aims in life
- prone to being irritable, frustrated, outbursts of anger
- severe or constant headache
- sharp pains of head, eyes, joints, limbs, breasts, organs
- painful hemorrhoids, cysts or lumps
- traumatic bruises, swellings and sprains
- stabbing or throbbing aches or pains
- pain aggravated at night or from inactivity
- severe cramping, numbness or paralysis
- dark red or purple complexion
The signs and symptoms above point towards a diagnosis of Blood Stagnation. The meaning of Blood in Chinese Medicine is quite different from that of Western Medicine. Blood is a denser form of Qi, and Qi is more dynamic than Blood. Both support each other in maintaining health. Due to its dense nature, Blood has a tendency to stagnate. When Blood stagnates, Qi is impeded. When Qi is hindered, the natural homeostasis of the body is affected and health problems occur.
Whereas Qi Stagnation causes distention, Blood Stasis causes, in most instances, intense pain. The organs that are most affected by Blood Stasis are Liver, Heart, Lungs, Stomach, Intestines, and Uterus, each with their own sets of symptoms. The pain caused by Blood Stasis is of a stabbing, fixed, or boring quality. In other words, whether we are talking about headaches or stomach or muscular cramps, the pain is often relentless and/or excruciating.