Blood Deficiency

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Pattern of Illness

High blood pressure
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Symptoms of Blood Deficiency

Forgetfulness, poor memory
Shortness of breath
Excessive dreaming
Pale complexion
Pale and dry cracked lips
Dry mouth
A headache with lightheadedness
Numbness or tingling in limbs
Dry skin
Dry, brittle hair
Light menses

Tongue appearance

Pale tongue


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

Since symptoms of imbalances in alternative medicine may be linked to a number of medical conditions, it's important to consult your physician if you have any health concerns. Self-treating a health condition and avoiding or delaying standard care may have serious consequences.


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Lu, H. Chinese Natural Cures, New York: Black Dog and Leventhal Publishers, 1994.

Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis or treatment by a licensed physician. It is not meant to cover all possible precautions, drug interactions, circumstances or adverse effects. You should seek prompt medical care for any health issues and consult your doctor before using alternative medicine or making a change to your regimen.

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