Managing “Blood” Deficiency

Managing "Blood" Deficiency

A 45year old woman came to my office suffering severe vertigo and anxiety since giving birth to her first child.

She was taking western medication to help manage her symptoms, however her episodes continued.

My Findings

During her physical exam, her face, wrists and hands were pale.

Her pulse was deep, had little strength and her blood pressure was 95/65mm Hg (low).

After more tests, I concluded her primary problem was “Blood Deficiency”.

Blood tests pick up information that indicate anaemia, red and white blood cell counts and more.

However, they often miss signs of an overall Blood deficiency that plays a role in many health problems.

Women are particularly prone to this problem. The loss of Blood from menstrual bleeding and giving birth without replenishment are common reasons for this.

Signs of Blood Deficiency

  • Pale nails & skin around the wrist with veins barely visible
  • A strength-less and empty pulse in the left “guan” position of the radial pulse
  • A pale tongue body

Common Problems From Blood Deficiency 

  • Delayed, irregular or scanty menstrual period
  • Muscle cramping and proneness to injury
  • Headache, migraines & vertigo
  • Poor Memory (Empty Head)
  • Chronic constipation
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Insomnia
  • + More

What You Can Do 

A person with Blood Deficiency must replenish their “Blood”.

There are foods that nourish blood such: almonds, Chinese dates, cherries, peas, soybean and more but can take a long time to have an effect.

Avoiding excess physical and mental stress is important, so to is resting during a woman’s period.

The quickest and safest way to build up Blood is through Chinese medicinal herbs.

Chinese herbal medicine is prescribed accordingly to the underlying problems and pulse diagnosis.

Common herbal medicine used to generate blood include:

  • Si Wu Tang
  • Ba Zheng Tang
  • Ren Shen Yang Ying Yang
  • Gui Pi Wan

David L. Edwards is an author, Chinese Medicine Physician and acupuncturist. He is the author of The Body Fat Formula and The Pocketbook guide to Chinese medicine and painless cures. David is the director of Barefoot Health and Wellness programs in Melbourne.

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