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Anemia can be the consequence of several so-called “patterns of disharmony” in Chinese Medicine.
Chinese Medicine sees the body as a system, not a sum of isolated parts. A "pattern" is when the system's harmony is disrupted, leading to symptoms or signs that something is wrong (like anemia here). It is similar to the concept of disease in Western Medicine but not quite: a Western disease can often be explained by several Chinese patterns and vice-versa.
A pattern often manifests itself in a combination of symptoms that, at first glance, do not seem necessarily related to each others. For instance here anemia is often associated with poor appetite, vertigo and irregular menstruation in the pattern “Blood Deficiency with disharmony of Liver and Spleen”.
Once identified, patterns are treated using medicinal herbs, acupuncture, and other therapies. In the case of anemia we’ve identified that a herbal formula called Xiao Yao San can help treat the patterns behind the symptom.
In Chinese Medicine anemia is a symptom for the pattern "Blood Deficiency with disharmony of Liver and Spleen". Below is a small explanation for it with links for more details.
The Spleen is a so-called "Zang" Organ. Learn more about the Spleen in Chinese Medicine
Pulse type(s): Empty (Xu), Wiry (Xian)
Tongue color: Pale
In addition to anemia, other symptoms associated with Blood Deficiency with disharmony of Liver and Spleen include poor appetite, vertigo and irregular menstruation.
Blood Deficiency with disharmony of Liver and Spleen is often treated with Xiao Yao San, a herbal formula made of 6 herbs (including Bupleurum Roots - Chai Hu - as a key herb). Xiao Yao San belongs to the category of "formulas that harmonize liver-spleen", which might be why it is often recommended for this pattern. Its main action as a formula is: "Harmonizes the function of Liver and Spleen".
Source date: 1107 AD
Number of ingredients: 6 herbs
Key actions: Harmonizes the function of Liver and Spleen. Relieves Liver Qi stagnation. Nourishes the Blood.
Because it is a formula often recommended to treat the pattern 'Blood Deficiency with disharmony of Liver and Spleen' of which anemia is a symptom.
Its main actions are: Tonifies the Blood. Lubricates the Intestines. Relieve constipation. Promotes circulation and dispels Bi Pain. Reduce Dysmenorrhea and help with irregular menstruation.
Its main actions are: Tonifies the Blood and preserves the Yin. Nourishes the Liver and assists in the smooth flow of Qi. Regulates the meridians and eases the pain.
Because it is a key herb in Xiao Yao San, a herbal formula indicated to treat the pattern 'Blood Deficiency with disharmony of Liver and Spleen' (a pattern with anemia as a symptom)
Its main actions are: Harmonizes exterior and interior. Smoothes the Liver and upraises the Yang.
Because it is a herb specifically indicated to treat anemia as can be seen on Donkey-Hide Gelatin's page.
Its main actions are: Tonifies and nourishes Blood. Stops bleeding. Moistens and lubricates Yin.
Because it is a herb specifically indicated to treat anemia as can be seen on Fleeceflower Root's page.
Its main actions are: Nourishes the Liver, Kidneys and Essence. Tonifies the Blood. Moistens the Intestines. The raw form of this herb is used for Fire and toxicity.