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Because Qi is said (in Chinese medicine) to move Blood, the Blood stops moving too. Then you have this syndrome of stagnation or stasis of Liver Blood.
So one can lead to the other, and to treat it you must also, and first, treat Liver Qi Stagnation.
Unfortunately, the symptoms of Liver Blood Stagnation are usually more severe than those of Liver Qi Stagnation.
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Stagnation of Liver qi over a long period is nearly always the cause. In traditional Chinese medicine, (very different from Western medicine!) Blood moves only because Qi moves it. If there isn’t enough Qi to move it because the Qi is stagnant, then the Blood will stagnate too.
Since the cause of Stagnant Liver Qi is nearly always emotional, in particular anger or frustration, it is these emotions, held over a long time that are the root cause of Stagnant Liver Blood.
An ancillary cause is sometimes that, because of prolonged Qi Stagnation, the whole system has slowed down, and there isn't enough Qi, and what little there is is stagnating. So sometimes it is necessary to help the body make more Qi, but clearing the Stagnation of Qi comes first.
Having said all that, I have treated some women with Liver Blood Stasis where there was not only an emotional cause, but an inherited tendency (ie the mother and even the grandmothers had it) AND there had been an ectopic pregnancy and various operations.
Surgery almost always causes Blood Stasis which, when added to Qi stagnation, makes Liver Blood stasis more likely.
In this case, when treating painful periods, there is more to be done than just ease Liver Qi stagnation, important though that is. One must also adjust what is called Chong Mo, which looks after the way the membranes inside you protect and support your inner organs.
First the Stagnant Liver Qi must be dispersed so that Liver Qi flows smoothly, then the Blood must be regulated. Acupuncture is usually very effective for this and so are Chinese herbs.
If you live in the Edinburgh area of Scotland, where the author of this site (and of the books described below) works, click on Edinburgh Acupuncturist.
If you live elsewhere, click on BAcC.
Please note! The Kindle editions are less easy to read! Although the paper editions cost more, they are much easier to read and to refer back and forth to the contents and index.
Here are some of the books Jonathan has written:
Still only one comment, though personally I think this is my best book so far.
Published 1986 and, amazingly, still selling. Was apparently used back then by at least one acupuncture college to help students understand Chinese medicine!
No comments yet: just published. (Despite the lurid cover, it explains the five main types of phlegm and what works best for each type. I hope it's easy to read and will be much more useful than all the websites on the subject.)
3000 years of Chinese being stressed, and at last, here's a book showing how all that experience can help you!
By the author of this website, it explains in simple English how to use stress to improve and enhance your life.
NB You can also order 'Qi Stagnation - Signs of Stress' from your bookseller.
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