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In Chinese medicine Blood is a condensed a dense form of Qi. It is derived from the food we eat and air we breathe. The Spleen, Lungs and Heart all aid in production of Blood.
Blood provides nourishment and moisture to the entire body. It provides the fuel for movement and keeps muscles, skin and hair healthy. Having sufficient blood also nourishes the mind and keeps our reactions and memory sharp.
If your memory is poor, skin, hair and nails dull and limbs weak and fatigued Blood deficiency may be involved.
Heavy menstruation, poor diet, Blood loss through physical trauma, overwork and excessive worry can all cause Blood deficiency.
Blood deficiency is mainly treated though diet. There are specific foods and herbs used to build blood and support the organs that produce them. Eating regular meals unhurried is also important. Avoid raw food. Any practice or relaxed exercise which quites mental activity and physically grounds you (walk in the park, yoga, tai chi, cooking a meal) will help you out. Acupuncture and shiastu also calm the mind and move Qi and Blood to where it's needed. Good quality rest will also do wonders.
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