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Important Terms in Oriental Medicine

The following expressions are used in Oriental medicine to describe various conditions. I will provide a brief explanation for each one, and I hope you will gradually become familiar with them.

Qi-related conditions

Qi-related conditions

Qi stagnation (excess pattern)

Qi stagnation (excess pattern)

Pathology: Qi in the body does not flow as it should. Stagnation can occur at any place in the body, including visceral organs. If it persists, it causes blood stasis, intense pain, and a tumor.    Signs and symptoms: A localized, painful tightness (frozen shoulders, headaches, etc.), various pains, irritability.      Pathology: Depression, inadequate diet, lack of exercise, a sprain, contusion, etc.

Pathology:
Qi in the body does not flow as it should. Stagnation can occur at any place in the body, including visceral organs. If it persists, it causes blood stasis, intense pain, and a tumor.
Signs and symptoms:
A localized, painful tightness (frozen shoulders, headaches, etc.), various pains, irritability.
Pathology:
Depression, inadequate diet, lack of exercise, a sprain, contusion, etc.

Qi counterflow (excess pattern)

Qi counterflow (excess pattern)

Pathology: The qi of the visceral organs does not flow in the right direction and moves upwards, causing disease.    Signs and symptoms: Asthma and cough (when lung qi moves upwards) Nausea, vomiting, hiccups and burping (when stomach qi moves upwards) Headache, dizziness, and in serious cases sudden unconsciousness and hematemesis (when liver qi moves upwards)     Pathology: Qi counterflow primarily occurs in the lungs, stomach and liver when the functional balance within each organ is lost. This tends to happen when an organ becomes the subject of intense stress.

Pathology:
The qi of the visceral organs does not flow in the right direction and moves upwards, causing disease.
Signs and symptoms:
Asthma and cough (when lung qi moves upwards) Nausea, vomiting, hiccups and burping (when stomach qi moves upwards) Headache, dizziness, and in serious cases sudden unconsciousness and hematemesis (when liver qi moves upwards)
Pathology:
Qi counterflow primarily occurs in the lungs, stomach and liver when the functional balance within each organ is lost. This tends to happen when an organ becomes the subject of intense stress.

Qi sinking (deficiency pattern)

Qi sinking (deficiency pattern)

Pathology: Qi’s lifting function is lost due to a lack of healthy qi, resulting in qi falling.      Signs and symptoms: Dizziness, breathlessness, lethargy, bloating sensation in the lower abdomen, prolapse of the uterus, prolapse of the anus, abnormal bleeding, hematochezia, hematuria (non-febrile origin), pale tongue, etc.     Pathology: Extreme weakness in the spleen and stomach tends to cause this condition because one of the spleen’s qi actions is the lifting action.

Pathology:
Qi’s lifting function is lost due to a lack of healthy qi, resulting in qi falling.
Signs and symptoms:
Dizziness, breathlessness, lethargy, bloating sensation in the lower abdomen, prolapse of the uterus, prolapse of the anus, abnormal bleeding, hematochezia, hematuria (non-febrile origin), pale tongue, etc.
Pathology:
Extreme weakness in the spleen and stomach tends to cause this condition because one of the spleen’s qi actions is the lifting action.

Qi deficiency (deficiency pattern)

Qi deficiency (deficiency pattern)

Pathology: Source qi is deficient, causing disease.    Signs and symptoms: Dizziness, unsteady gait, breathlessness, social withdrawal, lethargy, spontaneous sweating (sweating without apparent cause, which makes the person tired), pale tongue, weak pulse, etc. The symptoms worsen if the person moves around.      Pathology: Overworking, extreme mental fatigue, poor recovery from childbirth, lack of sleep, malnutrition, etc.

Pathology:
Source qi is deficient, causing disease.
Signs and symptoms:
Dizziness, unsteady gait, breathlessness, social withdrawal, lethargy, spontaneous sweating (sweating without apparent cause, which makes the person tired), pale tongue, weak pulse, etc. The symptoms worsen if the person moves around.
Pathology:
Overworking, extreme mental fatigue, poor recovery from childbirth, lack of sleep, malnutrition, etc. Blood-related conditions

Blood-related conditions

Blood-related conditions

Blood stasis (excess pattern)

Blood stasis (excess pattern)

Pathology: Blood stagnates at a particular point, or a meridian is congested with blood.     Signs and symptoms: Bluish purple skin and tongue, dry skin, localized pain (at the site of stasis), blood clots in menstrual blood, inguinal pain, swollen and dark veins on the underside of the tongue, etc.     Pathology: A long period of qi stagnation or a contusion.

Pathology:
Blood stagnates at a particular point, or a meridian is congested with blood.
Signs and symptoms:
Bluish purple skin and tongue, dry skin, localized pain (at the site of stasis), blood clots in menstrual blood, inguinal pain, swollen and dark veins on the underside of the tongue, etc.
Pathology:
A long period of qi stagnation or a contusion.

Blood deficiency (deficiency pattern)

Blood deficiency (deficiency pattern)

Pathology: This condition is caused by a lack of blood. The liver, spleen and heart are the blood-related organs, and the signs and symptoms vary in accordance with the affected organ.     Signs and symptoms: Dizziness, blurred vision, muscle cramps, palpitation, insomnia, numbness, light or no menstruation, very pale face, pale auricles, pale lips, pale nail plates, etc.    Pathology: Poor recovery from childbirth, severe bleeding, malnutrition, or an extended period of damage to the blood-related organs: spleen, liver or heart.

Pathology:
This condition is caused by a lack of blood. The liver, spleen and heart are the blood-related organs, and the signs and symptoms vary in accordance with the affected organ.
Signs and symptoms:
Dizziness, blurred vision, muscle cramps, palpitation, insomnia, numbness, light or no menstruation, very pale face, pale auricles, pale lips, pale nail plates, etc.
Pathology:
Poor recovery from childbirth, severe bleeding, malnutrition, or an extended period of damage to the blood-related organs: spleen, liver or heart.

I think that knowing these basic important terms is useful for you. They may be used in the Director’s Blog. The condition sometimes appears by itself, but in most cases a number of conditions appear together and they are interrelated in a complex way.

   

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