Blood stasis can lead to heart illnesses such as angina and coronary heart disease. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) addresses these chronic issues primarily by using herbal formulas. Below is a summary of the main formulas used and how they work in Eastern medicine.
“The two main TCM formulas are Xue Fu Zhu Tang (Anti-Stasis Chest Decoction) and Guan Xin Er Hao Fang (Coronary Decoction No. 2).
Both formulas can be used to address a diverse array of cardiovascular disease presentations. Research has been pursued in China on using these formulas for issues such as angina, coronary heart disease, thrombotic stroke, palpitations and arteriosclerotic heart disease. All of these Western disease conditions have blood stasis as an etiological factor, particularly in diseases of a chronic nature. Two statements by the famous TCM physician Ye Tian-shi reflect this idea and are as follows: “New diseases are in the channels; enduring diseases enter the network vessels,” and “If enduring disease is not cured, damage reaches the blood network vessels, the blood vessels do not flow smoothly, and this results in blood stasis.” Wang Qing-Ren, another legendary TCM practitioner later stated succinctly “In enduring disease, there must be stasis.”
These TCM statements reflect the idea that cardiovascular disease develops slowly over time and that disease mechanisms have been in motion long before the presentation of acute symptoms. Another TCM statement: “If warm qi is not moved, congealed blood brews and is not scattered, the movement of fluids and humors is rough and they seep downward; if these adhere and are not removed, various accumulations will be produced.” This statement reflects the etiology of arteriosclerotic heart disease resulting from dampness and phlegm accumulating and damaging the cardiovascular system. This in turn causes more blood stasis due to blood viscosity and arterial occlusion with concomitant qi stagnation.”
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