A lack of red blood cells causes anemia. Common symptoms include fatigue, skin pallor, shortness of breath, lightheadedness, dizziness, or a rapid heartbeat. Acupuncture resolves anemia naturally by prompting your body to build more blood. Learn about this unique process in today’s blog post.
Anemia is Rare – Blood Deficiency is Common
Most people will never be diagnosed with anemia, but many will suffer from blood deficiency, which has the same symptoms. Blood deficiency is a Chinese medicine diagnosis for mild anemia, a condition your doctor will not necessarily pick up on a blood test, but one that can affect your day-to-day health. There are many causes of blood deficiency, including working too hard over an extended time, heavy menstrual bleeding, a vegetarian diet, or giving birth followed by breastfeeding.
The root cause of both anemia and blood deficiency is your body not generating enough blood. In Chinese medicine, the Spleen takes food digested by the Stomach and converts it into blood. The Heart then circulates blood throughout the body, where the blood nourishes the organs. Spleen, Stomach, or Heart Qi deficiency can all lead to blood deficiency.
Acupuncture Resolves Anemia Naturally
Treatment for blood deficiency first identifies the organs responsible for the problem. In some, it will be Spleen Qi deficiency. People will often be tired, have loose stools, and crave sweets. Their tongue will be pale, often with scallop markings on the sides, and their pulse will be weak.
Blood deficient patients with a root imbalance of Heart deficiency will often present with anxiety and fatigue, and difficulty sleeping. These are just two possible presentations. During your intake exam, we will ask you questions to identify the exact imbalance responsible for your blood deficiency. And once we make a pattern diagnosis, treatment begins to correct the imbalance and restore your health.
Treatment for Blood Deficiency
We treat anemia and blood deficiency with acupuncture and Chinese herbs. Treatments are safe and natural – needles are sterile, single-use, and hair-thin. Sessions are incredibly relaxing – many of our patients fall asleep while being treated. Activating the Qi not only prompts your body to build blood, but it also releases endorphins that feel wonderful. That’s one reason why acupuncture is so useful for reducing stress. It’s better than a spa treatment – you feel great and get healthy at the same time! Acupuncture resolves anemia naturally.
Case Study #1 – Postpartum Mom With Anemia
A 32-year-old woman came to our clinic exhausted and feeling dizzy throughout the day. She had given birth to a healthy baby girl five months earlier and had recently returned to work. She was still breastfeeding, and her daughter was not quite sleeping through the night. Her doctor diagnosed her with anemia and started her on iron supplements, which caused severe constipation.
We explained to her that giving birth caused her to lose a great deal of blood. Also, breast milk is considered the equivalent of blood in Chinese medicine, so she exerted energy making this nutritious food for her daughter. While iron would boost her red blood cells, acupuncture could help her build blood naturally, helping her recover more quickly.
Our patient’s treatment included acupuncture points ST36, SP6, CV12, CV6, SP10, BL17, and BL20. These points helped her body recover from childbirth, restore her digestive function, and transform food into blood more efficiently. We did not prescribe herbs because she was still breastfeeding. Within six treatments, acupuncture resolved her anemia, fatigue, and dizziness.
Case Study #2 – The Anxious Vegetarian
A 43-year-old man came for his first appointment, recently diagnosed with anemia by his primary care physician. He had become vegetarian the previous year but had not spent enough time learning about proper nutrition. After discussing his diet, it was clear he was not eating the right foods to get all the protein he needed. He had long struggled with anxiety, but his feelings of overwhelm and fear had escalated in the past six months to the point he had panic attacks.
Our patient’s pulse was thin, and his tongue was pale. He was feeling dizzy and had a difficult time concentrating. His Chinese medicine diagnosis was Heart and Spleen Blood deficiency. His weekly acupuncture included the following points: PC6, HT7, CV12, CV14, BL15, BL18, and BL20. We prescribed the herbal formula Gui Pi Tang, which builds Qi and Blood specifically for the Heart and Spleen.
It took eight treatments to overcome our patient’s anemia and related symptoms. The combination of acupuncture and herbs helped his body generate more blood, resolving his anxiety, dizziness, and low concentration. His pulse was more robust, and his tongue was now pink, indicating sufficient blood levels.
Acupuncture resolves anemia naturally. If you or a loved one had been diagnosed with anemia, come in for acupuncture to boost your blood levels. And if you have not been diagnosed with anemia but are presenting with the common symptoms of blood deficiency (fatigue, dizziness, pale tongue, thin pulse), let acupuncture activate your body’s blood-generating ability. An acupuncture tune-up is probably all you need to reestablish balance and get back on track.
Anemia Acupuncture Treatment
Acupuncture resolves anemia naturally and safely, in as few as four to eight treatments. Treat anemia at the root by strengthening your digestive system. Once your body is in balance, it will generate all the blood you need to feel healthy.
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