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Blood Deficiency

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Pattern of Illness

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Updated September 13, 2005


Symptoms of Blood Deficiency
Palpitations
Forgetfulness, poor memory
Insomnia
Shortness of breath
Dizziness
Fatigue
Excessive dreaming
Constipation
Pale complexion
Pale and dry, cracked lips
Dry mouth
Headache with lightheadedness
Floaters
Anxiety
Numbness or tingling in limbs
Dry skin
Dry, brittle hair
Light menses

Tongue
Pale tongue

Pulse
Thin or choppy pulse

Herbs Used For Blood Deficiency
  • Dang gui -- Also known as Chinese angelica root, dang gui nourishes and tonifies blood.
  • Longan -- Longan berries tonify blood.
Foods Used For Blood Deficiency
These are just some of the foods that are believed to help blood deficiency
  • asparagus
  • egg
  • grape
  • beef
  • oyster
  • potato
  • royal jelly
  • yam
  • red black dates
  • squash
  • carrot

    References
    Kaptchuk TJ. The Web That Has No Weaver: Understanding Chinese Medicine. Chicago: Contemporary (McGraw-Hill) 2000
    Lu, H. Chinese Natural Cures, New York: Black Dog and Leventhal Publishers, 1994.
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