Blood stasis (also blood stagnation) is an important underlying pathology of many disease processes according to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Described in TCM theory as a slowing or pooling of the blood due to a disruption of heart qi, it is often understood in terms of hematological disorders such as hemorrhage, congestion, thrombosis or local ischemia (microclots), and in terms of tissue changes.[1] Pharmacologist Li Lianda received a National Science and Technology Progress Award for his work on the scientific basis of blood stasis.[2]

In TCM, the spleen and kidneys govern the movement and transformation of qi and fluid and these organs cooperate with each other to participate in the metabolism of water. A functional disorder of the spleen or kidneys would lead to qi stagnation and blood stasis.


  1. ^ Dan Bensky and Andrew Gamble, Chinese Herbal Medicine Materia Medica, Rev Ed, p. 265-266
  2. ^ "中药药理学家李连达院士逝世". Sciencenet. 2018-10-18. Retrieved 2018-10-23.