CC BY 4.0 · Chinese medicine and natural products 2023; 03(01): e9-e14
DOI: 10.1055/s-0043-1764129
Review Article

Treating Benign Accumulation Pattern in Young and Middle-Aged Women According to the Theory of Yang Stagnation

Wenke Zhang
1   First Clinical Medical College, Henan University of Chinese Medicine, Zhengzhou, Henan, China
Xufeng Cheng
2   Breast Surgery, The First Affiliated Hospital of Henan University of Chinese Medicine, Zhengzhou, Henan, China
Zhikun Li
1   First Clinical Medical College, Henan University of Chinese Medicine, Zhengzhou, Henan, China
Huiduo Zhao
2   Breast Surgery, The First Affiliated Hospital of Henan University of Chinese Medicine, Zhengzhou, Henan, China
Beibei Wang
2   Breast Surgery, The First Affiliated Hospital of Henan University of Chinese Medicine, Zhengzhou, Henan, China
› Author Affiliations
Funding This work was funded by the Inheritance Studio of Professor Wang Wanlin, the National Famous Chinese Medicine Expert {41st Letter of Education of TCM in 2019 (CZ0175)}, Special Research Project of Clinical Research Base of TCM Administration of Henan Province (2017JDZX017), and Special Research Project of TCM Research of Henan Province (2018ZY2089).


Benign breast nodules, thyroid nodules, and myoma of the uterus are similar in etiology and pathogenesis. These three diseases are classified according to accumulation patterns in traditional Chinese medicine theory and can be treated with the same prescription. Yang stagnation is the basic pathogenesis of benign accumulation patterns in young and middle-aged women. Its treatment principle should be “unblocking yang,” and its treating methods should include diffusing yang, warming yang, dissolving phlegm, and dissipating stasis, which can unblock yang qi and dissolve stasis. Meanwhile, heart-nourishing and mind-calming ingredients should be included in the prescriptions to improve the clinical manifestations.

CRediT Authorship Contribution Statement

W.Z. and Z.L. were responsible for writing—original draft, investigation, conceptualization. X.C., B.W. and H.Z. were responsible for supervision, funding acquisition, and writing—review and editing.

Publication History

Received: 20 June 2022

Accepted: 29 August 2022

Article published online:
14 March 2023

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