Breast Health and Chinese Medicine
Maintain optimal breast health using acupressure, topical remedies with pure essential oils, and organic tonic herbs. Caution: Only apply acupressure and topical remedies if you are currently on medication for breast cancer as there have not been adequate studies performed to determine interactions between hormonal-based pharmaceutical medications and herbal supplements.
Patterns of Imbalance Causing Breast Issues in Chinese Medicine
Liver Qi Stagnation and Breast Accumulations
The most common root cause of breast issues are pent-up emotions. When one does not work through emotional pain, Liver congestion can develop. Indications would include breast tenderness, distention, and pain; frustration, anger, or depression; menstrual irregularities, PMS symptoms, and menopausal complications. Consider our organic Free and Easy Wanderer formula!
Lymph Drainage and Breast Health
The lymphatic system helps to drain toxins away from the breasts; if lymph nodes are not functioning well, are swelling, or feel tender around the arm pits or on the upper chest, this does not bode well for breast health. Again, essential oils such as basil or cedar can be applied (diluted) to lymph node rich areas. Consider our organic Central River formula!
Blood-Qi Stagnation Causing Breast Problems
Long-standing Qi stagnation will likely lead to Blood Stagnation, as Blood goes where Qi goes. This is why regular exercise is so vital to prevention of the development of accumulations of the breasts. It is clear that the circulation of Qi and Blood are key in maintaining breast health. In addition to herbal therapy, women can consider applying pure essential oils with regular self-massage.
Spleen Qi Deficiency and Sagging Breasts
There are three clear associations with the breasts and the Spleen energetic organ system: First, the Spleen acupuncture channel traverses the breasts, and a smooth flow of Spleen Qi would be necessary for breast health. Second, when the Spleen is compromised, Damp-Phlegm accumulations often develop. Third, the Spleen Qi holds things up in the body, and sagging breasts would result with Spleen Qi Deficiency. Causes of Spleen imbalances include a poor diet with too many fried foods, sweets, and dairy products; worry, overthinking, or mother issues. Symptoms would include breast nodules and fluid filled cysts. Consider our organic Restore the Middle Way formula!
How Breast Issues Develop
Breast diseases develop over time, and no one imbalance causes breast lumps and congestion. Certainly Ancestral Qi (DNA) must be considered as a contributing factor. This would be a common scenario:
- Emotional issues are suppressed and Liver Qi Stagnation develops.
- Spleen Qi Deficiency leads to Internal Damp accumulations in the breasts.
- Liver Qi Stagnation is not resolved and develops into Heat that rises to the chest.
- The Heat congeals Damp accumulations in to thicker lumps.
- Worst Case Scenario: Blood Stagnation combines with phlegm and develops into dense accumulations.
While this is a simplified, scaled down explanation of how traditional Chinese medicine view breast disease, but it does help to demonstrate ways that women can influence their health through preventative health practices. Consider taking up meditation, healthy eating habits, and stress reduction practices.
Toxic-Heat and Breast Issues
Toxic-Heat can refer to both a breast infection (mastitis), or it can refer to chronic Internal Heat likely due to Liver Qi Stagnation causing Fire. This can be a serious condition and can have many symptoms of Heat including red rashes and bleeding or yellow discharge from the nipples. Contact your local healthcare provider.
Lung Qi Stagnation and Lung Disease
As mentioned, emotions are a key factor in the development of breast diseases. When a woman experiences great loss and grief that she is unable to work through, the Lung Qi can stagnate. The Lungs are part of the Metal Element and are associated with the ability to let go. Because the Lungs are in the vicinity of the chest, the congestion of Qi of the Lungs can cause Qi Stagnation of the breasts.
Candida-Yeast Overgrowth-Chinese Medical Perspective
The important thing to understand with a proliferation of candida or yeast is that this occurrence is not a random health condition that has stricken you. Fungus and candida require a damp environment in order to thrive; in our bodies, internal pathogenic Dampness must first develop before yeast and candida proliferate. Yeast and fungal overgrowth depends on a body with a compromised terrain and are simply opportunistic when presented with this type of imbalance.
How Does Internal Dampness Develop?
Internal Dampness is typically due to Spleen Qi Deficiency or a damaged Spleen Organ according to Traditional Chinese Medicine. Generally, Cold foods and greasy foods are at the root of Spleen damage, but many pharmaceuticals such as antibiotics and chemotherapy are very Cold and will Damage the Spleen also. You may read that pharmaceuticals cause candida to develop; this is incorrect according to Chinese medicine; rather, the pharmaceuticals damage the Spleen, thus causing Internal Dampness and resulting in candida and fungal overgrowth. Consider our organic Restore the Middle Way formula!
Damp-Heat is often the result of Liver Qi Stagnation that is unresolved and develops in to Heat in the body. The Heat combines with the Internal Dampness to create viscus phlegm, inflammation, or colored discharges. As Damp-Heat continues, it congeals and creates Qi Stagnation and possibly Blood Stagnation since Blood goes where Qi goes. This could also manifest as a secondary bacterial infection.
- Vaginal discharges with color and odor.
- Damp-Heat in Liver: Jaundice or acute hepatitis, acute pancreatitis, pain on the sides around the ribs.These conditions will require immediate care from your local health care provider.
- Damp-Heat injuring the Spleen: abdominal distention and discomfort, abdominal masses, alternating constipation and diarrhea with foul odor, or nausea and vomiting.
- Urinary tract infection and painful urination
- Lung-Phlegm: cough with phlegm, asthma, chest congestion, sinusitis, bronchitis, pneumonia.
Loose stools, abdominal distention and fullness, no appetite, white or clear vaginal discharge.
Diabetes and Candida-Yeast
Likewise, diabetes does not create candida or yeast; rather, the pancreas is part of the Spleen energetic organ system, and Spleen Qi Deficiency is indicated with diabetes, pancreatic enzyme deficiency, or hypoglycemia. One of the main symptoms of candida or fungal overgrowth is sugar cravings; this turns out to be an indication of a compromised Spleen as well. Additionally, consuming large amounts of sugary foods can damage the Spleen Qi.
Digestive Problems Associated with Candida-Yeast
The Spleen energetic organ system is in charge of the transformation and transformation of foods according to Chinese medicine and is central in the body’s ability to digest food efficiently. Bloating, flatulence, and abdominal pain are all symptoms of an overgrowth of fungus or yeast in the gut, but are also indications of Spleen imbalances. Consider our organic Restore the Middle Way formula!
Skin problems with Candida-Yeast Overgrowth
Many skin issues such as eczema, rashes, or psoriasis can have an element of Internal Dampness; especially if these skin problems tend to be weepy.
Many have had a nail fungal infection or skin fungal infection that just won’t go away. This is because the most common course of action is to first resort to topical anti-fungal medications of essential oils such as tea tree essential oil. While these efforts may result in temporary gains and relief, the condition returns because the Internal Dampness has not been address. Fungus is notoriously opportunistic; you only need to take a stroll in the woods after a good rain to witness a huge bloom of various fungus such as mushrooms to further understand this concept.
Internal Dampness will combine with other imbalances to create very complicated disease patterns. Often, symptoms of candida can be wildly diverse; this is likely an indication that the Dampness has begun to impact other organ systems in addition to the Spleen.
There seems to be a misconception that chronic candida and fungal infections can be quickly cleared with some types of herbs and probiotics. This would bring only temporary relief, as the underlying organ level imbalances that allow a Damp environment in your body must be present for yeast and candida to flourish. You must support the Spleen energetic organ system to experience lasting relief from candida and yeast.