Blood Deficiency

In TCM, blood deficiency is closely related to anemia, but it doesn’t always show up like that in blood tests. Often, an acupuncturist can diagnose blood deficiency before it shows up in a blood test, and therefore prevent it or treat it early. The causes may be from childbirth, heavy periods, overwork, or internal bleeding.

The treatment includes: food-based iron sources such as liver, lamb, eggs, and dark leafy green vegetables. People with blood deficiency would not make good candidates for a vegan diet. If being vegan is essential for you, there are also herbs that can help build your blood: Dang Gui, White Peony, Ginseng, and Astragalus combinations are helpful. But, as always, see a licensed herbalist for more specific instructions.