Qi Stagnation And Why You Should Address It

lady experiencing mood swings-due to qi stagnationQi is the circulating life energy or force. It’s properties and existence are the basis of much Chinese medicine and philosophy. So when it moves in the wrong direction or contests, there will be Qi stagnation. It is another typical disharmony in the body that usually affects the liver. It also affects organ functional status and even the seven emotions as well.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Frequent mood swings and sighing
  • Purple tongue
  • Abdominal distension and masses that appear and disappear
  • Irritability
  • Mental depression
  • Feeling gloomy
  • Severe or accelerated pulse

Causes for Qi Stagnation

Several factors result to Qi Stagnation. Here are some;


Turbulent emotions are among the leading causes of Qi Stagnation. Particularly anxiety, shock, stress, fear, passive aggressive behavior, and frustration. Most of us either repress feelings or give in to them so much that it snowballs rather than dissipating.

Physical trauma

Slight injury could only result in mild stagnation. Severe trauma could include both Qi stagnation and blood stasis in the injured area. It could lead to pain, swelling and bruising.

Misalignment of the spine

Spinal misalignment whether from poor posture or injury could impinge on nerves. This can cause disruptions. Especially in the communication between the corresponding organs and the central nervous system. Qi cannot move swiftly. In turn, it will encumber proper function leading to some disturbances. Which is often experienced as digestive issues and headaches.

Sedentary lifestyle

Qi is what helps in the movement towards lymph, blood, toxins, and nutrients in and out of our bodies. This movement is a required health component. So we should help our Qi flow. This guarantee that all our tissues, organs systems, and cells are functioning.

When you sit too long, you stagnate your blood flow and energy making areas of pain and tension. Often seen in people who sit all day during work and get neck or back pain.

Taking Action

Diet therapy:

You can eat foods that decongest and aid the liver like bitter foods and vegetables. Also avoid fried, oily and fatty foods like red meat, avocados, and spicy foods.

Emotional therapy:

Turning the vices of the liver to virtues can help smooth Qi stagnation. Liver virtues are forgiveness, respect, and benevolence. Its vices are frustration and anger. These actions contribute to cultivating positive aspects of the liver. It also helps the smooth and regular flow of Qi.

Lifestyle therapy:

person sleeping in bed

To re-balance the liver, you can get enough sleep. You can also move through swimming, walking, and cycling. Engaging in creative projects releases the pent-up energy of the liver. It also stimulates the movement of Qi. You can also take part in regular life activities like exercise and sex. Daily habits assist in regulating the flow of Qi.

We’re cautioned daily to be aware, but one of the most deadly is Qi stagnation. Prolonged Qi stagnation can lead to severe and sometimes fatal patterns. It is also one of the least discussed, least understood and least researched issues.

It is important to address people about they can do to protect themselves. Also, the reasons why the care and prevention must be at the forefront of their health objectives. Both the BioScan MSA and BioScan SRT helps identify appropriate care.  Please contact us to learn more on how BioScan can be integrated into your practice.


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