Qi (pronounced chee) is the Chinese Fertility Medicine word used to describe energy, life force, or vitality inside and outside the body.
Qi must always flow efficiently through the body to properly support the thousands of functions required of the organs and systems every day.
If the flow of Qi slows down it is regarded as being a Qi Stagnation pattern.
This typically results in a variety of symptoms that can lead to stress, mood changes, hormonal imbalance, and other functional symptoms reflecting a lack of circulation in the body.
All of these have the ability to affect your fertility health as the regulation and ‘switching’ of hormones, fluids, energy, blood require a smooth and constant flow of energy to work properly.
There are 2 main causes of Qi Stagnation in the body:
- A deficiency of Qi that reduces the amount of Qi available, which creates a lack of circulation of the Qi
- A restriction of Qi due to psychical tension of the body (stress or coldness), or obstruction of the pathway of the Qi by accumulated fluids (blood and body fluid)
Both of these causes have the effect of reducing the flow of Qi throughout the body, causing the symptoms associated with stagnation.
Most of the thousands of people that I have assessed worldwide over the past 21 years have had some level of Qi stagnation.
This is one of the 8 patterns that is seen in most people in the industrialised parts of the world to varying degrees – due to increased internal and external stresses.
Qi Stagnation rarely causes fertility issues on it’s own, unless it is more extreme. In such cases it can disrupt the Pituitary balance and cause an elevated Prolactin level, which may disrupt or even stop ovulation and cause irregular cycles, anovulatory cycles, or ammenorrhea (no cycles).
Typically this pattern will be involved alongside one or all of the 7 other patterns of health imbalance.
If you’ve read all of the other 7 patterns listed I’ve written about in this blog, you may have noticed that this is the only one that can be involved in all other 7 patterns.
It is therefore involved in most fertility issues to some degree.
Common symptoms of Qi Stagnation for men and women are:
- Feeling irritable, angry, crying, shouting, rage, short tempered
- Depression or lack of motivation
- Stop start mood changes that come and go
- Feelings of stress
- Unable to tolerate stress
- Sighing frequently
- Regular or constant frustration, or jealousy
- Problems getting to sleep
- An overactive mind
- Aggression or feeling ‘harsh’ towards others
- Frequent restricted feeling of the rib cage
Qi Stagnation Symptoms unique to women during either the Pre-Period or Ovulation Phases are:
- Breast tenderness
- Temple headaches
- Changeable bowel movements (diarrhea to constipation)
- Mild pain around the ovaries
- Mood changes – typically feeling irritable, angry, or tearful
- General feelings of tension
- PMS symptoms
Qi Stagnation Symptoms unique to men are:
- Performance anxiety
- Uneasy or unsmooth ejaculation
- A semen analysis won’t typically reveal a Qi Stagnation pattern, but will show the other patterns that may be involved alongside it.
Key disorders related to Qi Stagnation:
PMS, Irregular Cycles, Mood Changes, Irregular Menstrual Flow, Clotted Periods, Painful Periods, Hormone Imbalance, Ovarian Cysts, Endometriosis, Fibroids, Polyps, COS, Blood Clotting Disorders and Immune Issues – to name a few.
Long term effects of Qi Stagnation:
If Qi Stagnation is present for an extended time it will typically present along with one or more of the following: Qi Deficiency, Blood Deficiency, Blood Stagnation, Dampness, Yang Deficiency, Yin Deficiency, Heat.
Some common foods to help with Qi Stagnation are:
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