• Blood Deficiency is usually caused by poor nutrition, but may accumulate as a result of parasites stealing nutrients or other digestive dysfunction. Over-sweating (prolonged cardio) can also deplete minerals in the body and if not properly replenished blood deficiency may develop. Blood deficiency is considered a more advanced type of deficiency than qi deficiency: while qi deficiency can develop overnight blood deficiency generally occurs from imbalance over time.

    Symptoms for blood deficiency may include poor memory, poor concentration, poor vision, palpitations, and may include dryness (dry eyes, skin, or other organs). In Chinese medicine there is a saying that "yin is the basis of blood, and blood is the physical manifestation of yin". Therefore yin deficiency and blood deficiency may overlap with regards to certain symptoms such as night sweating and hot flashes.

    Advanced blood deficiency combined with empty heat can result in a very severe type of deficiency symptom known as steaming bone disorder. This kind of patient feels hot at night, may feel "burned out" overall, and has a heat sensation coming from the bones themselves.

    Foods that nourish the yin will also nourish the blood, and vice versa. To nourish the blood and yin choose foods that are cooling, moisturizing, and high in magnesium such as juicy fruits and dark leafy greens.


        Foods to Avoid:

    Foods to Avoid mainly include foods that are spicy and pungent. Spicy foods heat the body and cause sweating, which results in mineral excretion and dryness. Pungent moves also have a blood moving quality, and anything that moves the blood eventually exausts the blood.

    Licensed acupuncturist and Master of Oriental medicine Justin Hays offers telephone TCM diet consultations: contact us to schedule your telephone consultation today!


        Foods to Resolve Blood Deficiency:

    On the other hand, the following foods and herbs may help to resolve Blood Deficiency:

         Aduki bean
         Alfalfa Sprout
         Amasake
         Apricot
         Artichoke, globe
         Avocado
         Bai Shao
         Bai Zi Ren
         Barley
         Beef
         Beef Liver
         Beets, root
         Black Bean
         Carp
         Chard, Swiss
         Cheese
         Cherry
         Chicken
         Chickweed
         Coconut
         Cuttlefish
         Da Zao
         Dandelion Leaf
         Dang Gui
         Dang Shen
         Dangui
         Date
         Du Zhong
         Duck
         E Jiao
         Eel
         Egg yolk
         Egg, chicken
         Egg, Quail
         Fig
         Folic Acid
         Fu Pen Zi
         Gentian
         Goat
         Gou Qi Zi
         Grape
         Gui Ban
         Hazel Nut
         He Shou Wu
         Hei Zhi Ma
         Huo Ma Ren
         Iron
         Ji Xue Teng
         Kale
         Kelp (Kombu)
         Kidney Bean
         Lamb
         Lamb Liver
         Long Yan Rou
         Longan
         Lu Rong
         Lychee
         Microalgae
         Milk, cow
         Milk, cow (raw)
         Milk, goat/sheep
         Miso
         Molasses
         Mulberry
         Mussel
         Mutton
         Nettle
         Oats
         Octopus
         Oyster
         Parsley
         Peanut
         Pearled Barley (coix)
         Pigeon
         Pollen
         Pork
         Pork Liver
         Pork Trotter
         Quail
         Reishi Mushroom
         Rice
         Rice, sweet
         Rou Cong Rong
         Salmon
         Sang Ji Sheng
         Sang Shen
         Sesame, black
         Sesame, white
         Shark
         Shiitake mushroom
         Shu Di Huang
         Soybean, black
         Soybean, yellow
         Spinach
         Spirulina
         Squid
         Suan Zao Ren
         Suo Yang
         Sweet Potato
         Tempeh
         Tuna
         Vitamin A
         Vitamin B Complex
         Vitamin E
         Vitmain A
         Watercress
         Wheat Germ
         Wheatgrass
         Xian He Cao
         Xue Yu Tan
         Ye Jiao Teng
         Yellow Dock
         Yogurt
         Zi He Che
         Zinc
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