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.