In Chinese medicine, blood deficiency is a condition that underlies many illnesses. In Western medicine it can be diagnosed as anaemia. The heart has to beat much harder to supply the body with oxygen if the person is anaemic. Up to 40% of women will be anaemic during their lifetimes. Men only reach 26%. The high risk areas are during childhood, menstruation, pregnancy and old age. Exhaustion is one of the first signs and should be checked out if it continues.
Blood deficiency refers to insufficient blood production which fails to nourish the tissues. This can be due to malnutrition, chronic illness and massive blood loss without sufficient replacement as in childbirth, accident, heavy periods and inability to absorb nourishment effectively.
This leads to hypo-function of various organs such as missed periods in menstruating women, pale dull nails, hair, lips and tongue, pallor, exhaustion, dizziness, lassitude, numb limbs, stiff joints, blurry vision and dry eyes.
A poor vegetarian diet in teenage girls can put them at high risk of anaemia. This can lead to difficulties with their reproductive cycle and infertility later. The elderly over 65 years old are also at a higher risk as they tend to eat less meat and limit their food variety.
Diet therapy supported with Chinese herbs is the fastest way to regain energy and reverse this state. It is really important to eat red meat or rich proteins pulses like adzuki beans before and after menstruation, during pregnancy and after childbirth. I shall write about repairing the body after childbirth in future posts.
IRON DEFICIENCY ANEMIA
Boil 50 g of dried red dates (from a Chinese grocer or herbalist) with 50 g of mung beans till they soften, and add a little rock sugar or brown sugar. Drink daily for 7 days, if severe anaemia repeat that for another 7 days.
Make a bone stock with beef or lamb and add Dang Gui (Angelica sinensis – Chinese grocer or herbalist) to the broth in the last hour of simmering. Add vegetables and preferred herbs to flavour. This soup should be taken 3 times a week and will also help if there are missed periods or fertility issues. Chicken eggs also nourish the blood and Yin.
Simmer 30 g black soybeans with 100 g of sweet or brown rice till cooked, add 30 g red dates and simmer till soft. Brown sugar may be added. Eat warm once a day.
After soaking 30 g black fungus for half an hour, drain and boil with 30 g red dates and a little brown sugar. Eat daily till recovered.
Chop 50 g of pork, beef, veal or lamb kidneys or liver. Add 150 g fresh spinach, pan fry lightly for a few minutes, season with salt and pepper and eat daily till recovered cialis 100mg price.
There are many more herbs that nourish the blood and build the Qi that can get you on the path to feeling fabulous again. During an appointment you will be taught how to improve your own health as well as given a treatment and herbs to speed the process along.