Root Causes of Anemia in TCM

Explore below more details about what might cause Anemia according to TCM.

  • By Syndrome
  • By Organ
  • Blood Deficiency
  • Cold
  • Liver
  • Spleen
Detailed description of the cause

Blood Deficiency

Blood Deficiency in TCM is like when your body's tank runs low on the vital energy that blood provides. It's not exactly the same as anemia in modern medicine, which is about having too few red blood cells. Instead, Blood Deficiency in TCM is about your body not having enough of the life-giving qualities that blood brings, like nourishment and moisture. This can make you feel tired, look pale, and even feel dizzy or have blurry vision. It's like a garden not getting enough water to stay lush and vibrant. TCM sees this as an imbalance where the body isn't being nourished as it should be, impacting overall health and well-being.... see more

Blood Deficiency Patterns That Can Lead to Anemia

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Blood Deficiency with disharmony of Liver and Spleen Anemia, Chest distension, Chest pain, Dizziness, Headaches, Xerostomia, Dry throat, Lack of appetite, Irregular periods, Leukorrhea, Breast engorgement... see more Xiao Yao San
Detailed description of the cause

Cold

In TCM "Cold" as a pattern of disharmony refers to a specific type of imbalance within the body's systems, often linked to a deficiency or weakness. It's not about feeling physically cold or having a common cold, but rather a metaphorical description of certain symptoms and underlying conditions. When a TCM practitioner says someone suffers from "Cold," it usually implies that the body's Yang energy, which is warm and active, is insufficient or overpowered by Yin energy, which is cool and passive. Symptoms of Cold in TCM can include a general feeling of coldness, cold limbs, pale complexion, low energy, slow metabolism, and a preference for warmth. ... see more

Cold Patterns That Can Lead to Anemia

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Empty-Cold Anemia, Chills, Cold extremities, Pale face, Absence of thirst, Low energy, Perspiration, Diarrhea, Clear urination, Frequent urination... see more Huang Qi Jian Zhong Tang | Da Jian Zhong Tang
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Liver

In TCM the Liver is viewed as the organ responsible for the smooth flow of Qi, Blood, and emotions throughout the body. It plays a key role in regulating mood, storing blood, supporting digestion, and ensuring the health of tendons and eyes. When the Liver malfunctions or is imbalanced in TCM, it can lead to a range of issues such as irritability, mood swings, menstrual irregularities, eye problems, and muscular stiffness or pain. A malfunctioning Liver in TCM reflects not only physical disturbances but also emotional and mental disharmony, emphasizing the holistic approach of TCM in addressing health and wellness.... see more

Liver Patterns That Can Lead to Anemia

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Blood Deficiency with disharmony of Liver and Spleen Anemia, Chest distension, Chest pain, Dizziness, Headaches, Xerostomia, Dry throat, Lack of appetite, Irregular periods, Leukorrhea, Breast engorgement... see more Xiao Yao San
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Spleen

In TCM the Spleen plays a vital role in digestion and transformation, converting food into energy and nutrients, and overseeing the distribution of Qi and Blood. It's also crucial in maintaining the health of muscles and limbs and ensuring the blood remains within the vessels. When the Spleen malfunctions in TCM, it can lead to a variety of issues such as digestive disorders, fatigue, weak muscles, bloating, and a feeling of heaviness. It can also cause a pale complexion, poor appetite, and a tendency to bruise easily. Emotionally, a Spleen imbalance is often associated with excessive worry or overthinking, reflecting its role in the interplay between physical and mental health.... see more

Spleen Patterns That Can Lead to Anemia

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Blood Deficiency with disharmony of Liver and Spleen Anemia, Chest distension, Chest pain, Dizziness, Headaches, Xerostomia, Dry throat, Lack of appetite, Irregular periods, Leukorrhea, Breast engorgement... see more Xiao Yao San

TCM Herbal Formulas for Anemia

Explore below some TCM herbal formulas used to address anemia, organized by cause and by formula type.

  • By Cause
  • By Formula Type
  • Blood Deficiency
  • Cold
  • Formulas that tonify qi and blood
  • Formulas that warm the middle and dispel cold
  • Formulas that tonify blood
  • Formulas that tonify qi
  • Formulas that tonify
  • Formulas that tonify yin and yang
  • Formulas that harmonize liver-Spleen
  • Formulas that warm yang and tonify

All Formulas Recommended for Anemia Caused by Cold

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Huang Qi Jian Zhong Tang Empty-Cold
Da Jian Zhong Tang Empty-Cold

All "formulas that warm the middle and dispel cold" recommended for anemia

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Huang Qi Jian Zhong Tang Empty-Cold
Da Jian Zhong Tang Empty-Cold
Xiao Jian Zhong Tang Not applicable

All "formulas that tonify qi and blood" recommended for anemia

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Ba Zhen Tang Not applicable
Gui Pi Tang Not applicable
Zhi Gan Cao Tang Not applicable

All "formulas that tonify blood" recommended for anemia

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Bu Gan Tang Not applicable
Dang Gui Bu Xue Tang Not applicable

All "formulas that tonify qi" recommended for anemia

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Shen Ling Bai Zhu San Not applicable
Si Jun Zi Tang Not applicable

Acupoints for Anemia

See more details below about Dazhu BL-11, an acupoint used to address anemia.

  • By Meridian
  • Bladder Channel
Dazhu BL-11

Dazhu BL-11

On the level of the lower border of the spinous process of the 1st thoracic vertebra (T1), 1.5 cun (about 2 finger-breadths) lateral to the posterior midline.