Orange and breast fullness and pain before period

Orange and breast fullness and pain before period

1. Breast fullness with pain and liver Qi stagnation

Breast fullness with pain before menstruation are very common symptoms that present in my clinic. If the condition is very mild it is normal, but if it is very severe it is abnormal. Many people do not realise that it is an unhealthy sign from the body, until we mention it to them. This condition can be a symptom of other disorders such as PMS, stress, endometriosis, polycystic ovaries, menopause or migraines. Sometimes the breast fullness and pain can be a result of cysts of fibrosis of the breast. I suggest that if we treat it early it will not result in a disorder.

How does breast fullness with pain relate to liver Qi stagnation?

Chinese medicine considers the liver channel to dominate the breast area. If live Qi and energy flow is very good, the breast will be healthy. If something effects the liver Qi or energy from flowing smoothly, stagnation may occur which may reside in the breast causing fullness and pain that will be more severe before menstruation. Breast fullness and pain is a sign that there is a liver function disorder, in particular liver Qi and blood stagnation.

When the body has these disorders, some may experience other symptoms as well, such as;  bloating, fullness, pain in rib area, very emotional, depression, head ache, insomnia, vivid dreams and period pain. Some may have more than one disorder which we mentioned above. In my clinical experience, many women suffer from pregnancy problems that are associated with liver Qi and blood stagnation. Once I balance the liver, they have fallen pregnant straight away. I suggest that if you are undergoing treatment for the disorders mentioned above, you can eat certain foods to help improve the liver Qi. Orange is one of these foods which is beneficial.

2. Health effects of oranges

i) Smoothes the liver Qi and reduces breast fullness.

Traditional Chinese medicine diet therapy text books mentions that oranges taste sour with cooling characteristics. One ancient Chinese herbal books “Ben cao gang mu shi yi” mentions that oranges can release the tension (stagnation of Qi or energy) around the chest area, so can help reduce breast fullness and pain before menstruation. I suggest that you can eat one orange per day as required.

ii) Can help to reduce the side effects of alcohol

Oranges can help relieve the toxins and symptoms associated with drinking too much alcohol. As oranges are able to balance liver function they can help to repair the liver.  I suggest drinking orange and celery or orange and carrot juice before, during or after drinking alcohol. Please see the recipe below.

I would like to suggest that you control how much you drink, as it is very important for your health.

3. Recipe

i) Orange and celery juice
1 Fresh orange
2 Stems of celery

Blend together and drink. You can drink this 2 or 3 times a day or as required.

Effects: Balance liver function; Clears liver heat and body toxins.

ii) Orange and carrot juice

1 Fresh orange
1 Carrot

Blend together and drink. You can drink this 2 or 3 times a day or as required.

Effects: Nourish the liver; benefits the eyes.

4. Precaution

i) It is best to avoid eating a large amount of oranges at one time as it may make your stomach uncomfortable.

ii) If you are unsure if you can eat oranges or how much to eat, please see you experienced TCM practitioner.


Dr Ping Wang is the clinic founder and senior practitioner of Ping Ming Health. She has over 30 years of experience in traditional Chinese medicine teaching and practice. Dr Ping especially enjoys sharing her knowledge of Chinese medicine through our popular clinic articles, seminars and clinical training of students and practitioners.