Women’s Health Issue (Gynecology) #2 – Blood Stagnation

January 3, 2021 Trisha Han HighlightsOriental Herbal MedicineWellness & Prevention

In the previous blog, we talked about Women’s health issue #1. Here is #2.

In Chinese Medicine, Blood-Qi stagnation is a huge factor that causes a wide variety of illnesses and disorders, especially for women.  The healthy, regular circulation of blood is crucial to women’s health, but is often times obstructed due to stress from home or the workplace. Stress can cause liver-Qi stagnation, which directly affects blood circulation. If the condition of the blood is unhealthy, women will miss their menstruation, a clear sign of imbalance, or they will develop blood clots.

Blood clotting is either helpful or dangerous–it is a beneficial process during hemostasis, when the body must act to stop excessive bleeding and loss of blood from an open wound.  But other times, when blood clots are caused by abnormal flow of blood or blood vessel leakage, it can often lead to gynecological disorders and fatal conditions such as heart attacks.  According to Chinese Medicine, as long as there is a presence of harmful or unnecessary blood clots in the body, it is a sign of blood stagnation, and can give rise to many other illnesses.

Diet and lifestyle can also cause abnormalities in blood flow– for example, if women drink iced beverages frequently during menstruation and introduce excess cold into their bodies.  It is hard to avoid this situation because virtually all restaurants and bars will put ice in any drink you order, whether you ask for it or not.  But drinking iced beverages during menstruation leads to all sorts of gynecological disorders, including clotting and menstrual cramps, so it is better to ask for ‘no ice’ when ordering a drink.

Blood clots, or hematomas, can also be caused by physical trauma, such as a car accident, heavy bruising or an abortion. It is also easier to develop blood clots during pregnancy; if the clots are not removed after giving birth, they will remain in the body for an indeterminate amount of time and obstruct the flow of blood.  Physical injury is actually a very common cause of blood clotting.

If blood is stagnated in the body, a person will feel pain in various parts of his/her body, develop a pale and sickly complexion, and–in the case of a woman–have sparse and irregular menses.

So how do you get rid of blood clots and ensure proper circulation?

The best time to dissolve blood clots is during menstruation. Few doctors know of this method, but many are beginning to take notice of its effectiveness–they’ve discovered that prescribing clot-dissolving formulas for women during menstruation not only regulates the menstrual cycle, but treats all accumulated problems due to blood clots over the years. During menstruation, a woman’s body undergoes a cleaning and self-healing process–with the help of the right herbs, the body will easily rid itself of clots and regulate its own circulation. Even chronic conditions that don’t respond well to treatment can disappear after the body cleanses itself of blood clots.

Many people don’t realize that when Chinese Medicine doctors use herbs to regulate a woman’s menstrual cycle, they are also ensuring the balance of the rest of the body.

For example, I had a patient who complained of having a cough every time her period came; after menstruation the coughing would gradually stop, only to come back again every month.  It couldn’t be treated with cough medicine or the traditional means, so after a detailed consultation, I discovered that she had missed her period once, several months ago; I figured that her coughing had something to do with the blood stagnation, and after taking herbs for one week, her cough disappeared.

Cases like these show that blood clotting and stagnation can lead to a variety of other, seemingly unrelated illnesses, but it can be easily treated by clot-dissolving herbs during menstruation that allow the body to heal itself and regulate blood circulation.

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