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  • Kate Kotlarska

Blood in Chinese Medicine

Blood deficiency:

In Chinese Medicine Blood has a nourishing and moistening function. It is derived mostly from food Qi produced by the Spleen. Blood deficiency is one of the most common patterns seen in women. There is a distinction between Liver Blood deficiency (cramps, numbness, dry hair, blurred vision, floaters, dry/brittle nails, insomnia and excessive dreaming, scanty or no periods) and Heart Blood deficiency (palpitations, insomnia, mild anxiety, poor memory, dizziness, dull-pale complexion)

Food that strengthen Blood:

Grains: Barley, corn, oats, rice, brown rice, wheat, bran

Vegetables: Alfalfa sprout, artichoke, beetroot, button mushroom, cabbage, carrot, celery, dandelion leaf, dark leafy greens, kelp, shiitake mushroom, spinach, watercress, wheatgrass,

Fruit: Apple, apricot, avocado, cherry, date, fig, grape, goji berries, longan, mulberry, raisins

Beans: Aduki, black soya, kidney, Bean products: tofu, miso, tempeh

Nuts and seeds: Almonds, black sesame, sesame seeds, spirulina, tahini, wheatgerm

Fish: Mussel, octopus, oyster, salmon, sardine, tuna

Meat: All red meat especially bone marrow and liver (beef, pork, sheep)(except during pregnancy as they are high in vit A)

Dairy: Chicken egg

Herbs, spices: Nettle (tea), parsley

Oils, condiments: Amasake, molasses

Beverages: Soya milk

Common supplements: Algae, pollen

Thanks to Debora Betts https://acupuncture.rhizome.net.nz/acupuncture/dietary-therapy/

I am a big advocate of drinking Beetroot juice daily for people who need to nourish their Blood, There is a good quality organic juice called BEETIT (http://beet-it.com/), which can be found in most supermarkets and local helthcare food shops.

If you are looking for receipes to eat beetroot here is a nice website with some good ideas:



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I’ve had lots of acupuncture over many years. Some more effective than others. Kate Kotlarska left no stone unturned in finding out about my entire health, physical, mental and emotional. And she then set about working on the key issues whilst also giving me ideas to help with nutrition and lifestyle. The acupuncture itself was fantastic - I could feel it working deeply on me, giving my body the immediate rest it needed to begin healing. Feeling huge gratitude.

Toby P.

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