Blood Building Tips

Blood Deficiency

The concept of blood in traditional Chinese medicine shares a close relationship with the western concept in that it has both a nourishing and moistening function. However, with the concept of blood deficiency, emphasis is placed on your body’s qi. Blood is seen as a condensed form of qi, with qi playing a vital role in helping the blood to circulate to where it is needed. Attention is also focused on the strength of your digestive system’s ability to successfully obtain the nutrients from your food necessary for the production of blood.

Symptoms include: dizziness, palpitations, insomnia, dry skin a/or hair, poor memory, paleness, fatigue, scanty periods 

Food to build blood includes: 

•Grains: barley, corn, oats, rice, sweet rice, wheat, bran 

•Vegetables: alfalfa sprout, artichoke, beetroot, button
mushroom, cabbage, celery, dandelion leaf, dark leafy greens, kelp, shiitake mushroom, spinach, watercress, wheatgrass 

•Fruit: cherry, apple, apricot, avocado, date, fig, grape, longan, mulberry 

•Beans: aduki, black soya, kidney 

•Nuts and seeds: almonds, black sesame 

•Fish: mussel, octopus, oyster, sardine, tuna 

•Meat: all red meat especially bone marrow and liver
(beef, pork, sheep) 

•Dairy: chicken egg,

•Herbs, spices: nettle, parsley 

•Oils, condiments: amasake, molasses 

•Beverages: soy milk 

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