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Spleen Blood Deficiency is not really a pattern per se, more of a consequence of Spleen Qi Deficiency. It describes what happens when a deficient Spleen cannot generate enough Food-Qi (Gu Qi) which in turn induces a depressed production of Blood.
As such the symptoms of Spleen Blood Deficiency are basically the same as for Spleen Qi Deficiency when it leads to not enough Blood being produced.
The Spleen is a so-called "Zang" Organ. Learn more about the Spleen in Chinese Medicine
Pulse type(s): Choppy (Se) or fine (Xi)
Tongue description: Pale and Thin
Possible symptoms: Anxiety Insomnia Dizziness Pale lips Tiredness Poor memory Palpitations Loose stools Easily scared Poor appetite Scanty periods Muscle weakness Dull-pale complexion Dream disturbed sleep
Diagnosing a pattern in Chinese Medicine is no easy feat and should be left to professional practitioners.
In particular one has to know how to differentiate between different types of pulses and tongue coatings, shapes and colors. Here patients with Spleen and Heart Blood Deficiency will tend to exhibit choppy (Se) or fine (Xi) pulses.
Practitioners also learn to read from a long list of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Here patients with Spleen and Heart Blood Deficiency might experience symptoms like palpitations, dizziness, insomnia and dream disturbed sleep (full list here above).
Source date: 1529 AD
Number of ingredients: 12 herbs
Key actions: Tonifies and nourish Qi and Blood. Tonifies Heart and Spleen.
Gui Pi Tang is a 12-ingredient Chinese Medicine formula with Ginseng (Ren Shen), Milkvetch Roots (Huang Qi), Atractylodes Rhizomes (Bai Zhu) and Liquorice (Gan Cao) as principal ingredients. Invented in 1529 AD, it belongs to the category of formulas that tonify Qi and Blood.
To counter Spleen Blood Deficiency, it's important to eat a diet rich in Blood-nourishing foods like meats and grains.
It's also important to steer away from excessive physical activity, at work or sport. It injures the muscles and therefore the Spleen. Favor mild activities: if sport, Qigong is ideal.
Emotional stress is also very damaging for this pattern, particularly emotions like sadness, grief, anxiety and worry.