Managing Poor Blood Circulation

Managing Poor Blood Circulation

A 35year old woman came to my office having difficulty falling pregnant.

She received test results from her doctor, however no abnormalities were found.

Her partner was also tested and got the all clear.

During our appointment she asked “If the tests showed everything was perfect, then why wasn’t I getting pregnant?”

Great question.

My Findings

During her exam, her nails, veins on her wrists, ear and tongue were all dark purple.

After palpating her pulse, it was deep, sluggish and difficult to palpate.

Her period gradually became more delayed over the past three months with large blood clots and there were several dark blood vessels on her legs. Her hands and feet were always cold.

After more tests, it was clear her primary problem was “poor systemic blood flow and poor blood flow through her reproductive organs”.

More specifically, there was old stagnant blood stuck in the uterus, impairing her ability to fall pregnant.

Common Signs Of Poor Blood Circulation 

Poor blood flow can be missed by modern tests. Luckily there are signs that point toward poor blood flow without invasive procedures or expensive tests.

  • Purple/dark nail beds
  • Dark purple veins around the wrist
  • Varicose veins
  • A deep and dispersing radial pulse
  • Dark veins and patches on the ear
  • Cold hands and feet
  • A purple tongue
  • Blood clots during period

Problems Due To Poor Blood Circulation 

  • Unexplained pain & fibromyalgia
  • Mental restlessness
  • Irregular menstrual cycle
  • Poly cystic ovary syndrome
  • Infertility
  • Pre-menstrual tension
  • Chronic constipation
  • Tension headache and migraines
  • & more

What You Can Do 

Including the following foods into your diet such as:

  • Cherries
  • Grapefruit
  • Squash
  • Peas
  • Garlic
  • Peppermint
  • Celery
  • Fennel seed
  • Red wine
  • Plums

Gentle exercise such as walking and massage also supports Blood flow.

Both food and exercise are good but take time to notice improvement.

The quickest and most reliable method is using Chinese herbal medicine.

This is possible by using Blood moving medicinal herbs that promote blood circulation,and in this case move old blood out of the uterus.  

Commonly used herbal medicine for poor blood flow include:

  • Xue Fu Zhu Yu Tang
  • Shao Fu Zhu Yu Tang
  • Si Ni Tang
  • Dang Gui
  • Chuan Xiong

Acupuncture can also be used to support blood circulation. Common points include:

  • PC6
  • LI4
  • LR3
  • SJ5
  • SP6

Chinese medicine is an advanced medical system that focuses heavily on underlying problems and the nature of a persons problems.

Always consult a Chinese medicine physician and refrain from self prescription of herbal medicines.

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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