Breast Health

Natural 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.

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Patterns of Imbalance Causing Breast Issues in Chinese Medicine

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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 complicationsConsider our organic Free and Easy Wanderer formula!

Lymph Drainage and Breast Healthlymphatic drainage essential oils

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 Problemsbreast topical essential oils

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!

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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:

  1. Emotional issues are suppressed and Liver Qi Stagnation develops.
  2. Spleen Qi Deficiency leads to Internal Damp accumulations in the breasts.
  3. Liver Qi Stagnation is not resolved and develops into Heat that rises to the chest.
  4. The Heat congeals Damp accumulations in to thicker lumps.
  5. 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.

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Acupressure Points for Hot Flashes During Therapy

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