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Liver Qi Stagnation     故碪dY


by: Joe Hing Kwok Chu          梓緩心嶄猟


Gan qi yu jie (liver qi stagnation)


Liver qi stagnation is a term used in Traditional Chinese medicine. It has nothing to do with the physical organ liver.


The syndrome includes:

Primary: fullness and pain in the chest; depressed mood.

Secondary: tightness and discomfort in the chest area, frequent sighing, lack of appetite, difficulty in ejaculation during intercourse (male), dislike talking, pain before and during menses (female), fullness in the breasts or breasts with lumps, pale tongue with thick fur, tight pulse.

Liver stagnation sufferers have low immune function. It can be due to the imbalance of cAMP and cGMP and over production of cortisol.



A study using Beck Depression Inventory shows that most of the gan qi yu jie (liver qi stagnation) patients were depressed.


Another study shows that the increase of antidiuretic hormone is a significant correlative index of gan qi yu jie ((liver qi stagnation). Gan qi stagnation is closely related with the function of regulating emotion of the central nervous system.


Herb therapy:


Name of formula: chai hu shu gan tang




chen pi    chai hu    zhi ke   xiang fu zi  chuan xiong  bai shao   gan cao



Blood deficient: add dang gui

Blood stasis, insomnia, anxiety: add yan hu suo

Urination difficulty: add chuan lian zi  

Weak digestion: add yu jin  


Editor's Note:

The increase of antidiuretic hormone is usually caused by shenyangxu condition which is common among the liver qi stagnation  patients. Also, the patients usually show condition of blood stasis (xue yu).

Antidiuretic hormone (ADH), is a water-retaining hormone, promotes water retention by increasing the permeability of nephrons (filtering units of the kidneys).


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