Clinical Information For the Treatment Of Anemia

What Is Anemia?


Anemia - Basics

Anemia is a condition characterized by an abnormally low number of red blood cells or deficient levels of hemoglobin, an iron-rich protein found in red blood cells that helps facilitate the travel of oxygen throughout the body. When these are low, the body is unable to receive sufficient amounts of oxygen-rich blood, resulting in symptoms ranging from fatigue to heart damage. Other symptoms can include headache, dizziness, chest pain, shortness of breath, pale appearance of the skin, and sensitivity to cold in the extremities.

Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for Anemia.

What Patterns Are Related To Anemia?


Anemia - Diagnostic Patterns

The Chinese Medicine treatment of anemia generally involves arriving at the appropriate TCM diagnosis or pattern. This pattern within the individual is what treatment is based on not the general condition (see treating the cause and not the symptoms).

The following patterns may represent the underlying contributing factors for the development of anemia:

Blood StagnationHeart Qi DeficiencyKidney Qi DeficiencyLiver Blood DeficiencySpleen Qi DeficiencyStomach Qi Deficiency

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Which Acupuncture Point Protocols May Be Applied For Anemia?


Anemia - Acupuncture Protocols

The treatment of conditions with acupuncture can be a complicated endeavor that should only be undertaken by individuals with a deep understanding of the underlying Chinese Medicine theory (and/or whatever system being used for treatment). There are many approaches, but generally speaking few viable approaches are involved on a point to condition basis. Rather using proper diagnostic procedures the patients diagnostic pattern is ascertained and that is what is treated. The protocols listed here exemplify some of these clinical approaches.

The following acupuncture treatment protocols may be used with anemia:

Which Tam Healing and Tongren Therapy Protocols Apply To Anemia?


Anemia - Tam Healing and Tongren Therapy Protocols

Tong Ren Therapy is the energy healing/medical qi gong aspect of the Tam Healing System. The areas of focus for anemia that we would use in Tong Ren techniques form the basis for our acupuncture treatments as well. Generally you would mix these primary points with points specific to the patients underlying TCM pattern and then our tuina (medical massage) would be largely focused on these points as well.

The following Tam healing and tong ren therapy protocols may be used with anemia:

1 Point Is Empirically Important For Anemia

Formulas and Products @ Our Store Associated With Anemia

The Following (7)Formulas TCM Herbal Formulas May Be Useful For Anemia

Ba Zhen Wan (Eight Treasure Combination)

Clinical Usages

  • For recovery of qi and blood after acute trauma or accident
  • For frequent heavy menstrual cycles
  • Pale complexion, fatigue, dizziness from qi deficiency
  • Vertigo, palpitations, anxiety from blood deficiency

    Clinical Categorization


      • Do not confuse with Ba Zheng Wan - which is a clearing formula.

        Bu Zhong Yi Qi Wan (Tonify the Middle and Augment the Qi Formula)

        Clinical Usages

        • Coldness of the limbs, borborygmus with loose stools or diarrhea due to spleen yang deficiency.
        • Spontaneous or easy sweating, general fatigue, changes in appetite due to spleen qi deficiency.
        • Pale complexion and preference for warm food or drinks due to spleen yang and qi deficiency.
        • Shortness of breath and noticable lack of desire to speak may present if both spleen and stomach qi are weak.
        • This formula is also commonly used for prolasped organs.

          Clinical Categorization


            • Use with caution for yin deficient patients.

              Dan Gui Shao Yao Wan (Dang Gui And Peony Powder)

              Clinical Usages

              • Blood deficiency with poor water circulation - generally used for abdominal pain during pregnancy - mild to moderate possibly with cramps, lower body edema and difficult urination.
              • Above issues with blood deficient signs - anemia, dizziness, palpitations, low energy, cold hands and feet.
              • May be appropriate for general hormonal/blood related issues - dysemenorrhea, irregular cycles, uterine bleeding, anovulation.

                Clinical Categorization

                Dan Gui Yin Zi (Tangkuei Decoction)

                Clinical Usages

                • Exterior wind skin conditions with underlying blood deficiency - eczema (particularly dry and flaky), hives  (urticaria), neurodermatitis, psoriasis, dry skin, itchy skin that is generally worse at night.
                • Anemia generally, particularly when associated with related skin issues.
                • Alopecia.


                  Clinical Categorization


                    • Avoid alcohol and spicy, greasy, fried, and/or fatty foods while taking.

                      Dang Gui Wan (Tangkuei Powder)

                      Clinical Usages

                      • For recovery of qi and blood after acute trauma or accident, similar in usage to ba zhen wan.
                      • A range of menstrual issues when they arise from qi and blood deficiency - amenorrhea, menorrhagia, irregular cycles - also related fertility issues.
                      • For pregnancy with the right diagnostic factors for habitual miscarriage, unstable pregnancy - as well as aiding with difficult labor and post-partum deficiencies such as weakness, anemia, and/or insufficient lactation.
                      • Weakness and deficiencies from qi and blood deficiency generally - strong fatigue, orthostatic hypotension, anemia, floaters.
                      • Any of the above issues may arise from malnutrition and/or eating disorder issues for which this formula may be supportive.
                      • Vertigo/dizziness, possibly with anxiety and/or palpitations from blood deficiency.

                        Clinical Categorization

                        Ren Shen Yang Rong Wan (Ginseng Decoction to Nourish the Nutritive Qi)

                        Clinical Usages

                        • Tonifies both qi and blood and nourishes the heart and calms the spirit - generally used for weakness from longer term or deep diseases such as cancer and for a host of other conditions affecting a broad range of the body and psyche such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and autoimmune conditions such as Lupus, Scleroderma, MCTD.
                        • Anemia.
                        • May be used alone or in conjunction with a formula such as yu ping feng wan to enhance immunity - particularly in patients with frequent colds and flus.
                        • Raynaud's condition in addition to the other connective tissue issues listed above.
                        • Micturition syncope, nephritis, cancers of the genitourinary tract.
                        • Male infertility, possibly with Gui Zhi Fu Ling Wan, for sperm volume and motility issues.
                        • Along with other immune benefits, hepatitis C.
                        • Lung cancer.

                          Clinical Categorization


                            • Use with caution or seek an alternative in deficiency cases with very pronounced sensations of coldness.  Part of this is due to the relatively neutral (i.e. non warming) aspects of this formula.

                              Si Wu Tang Wan (Four Substances Pills)

                              Clinical Usages

                              • The primary base formula for tonifying the blood and regulating menstruation in Chinese Medicine terms - irregular cycles, amenorrhea or long cycles.
                              • Postpartum issues such as uterine bleeding when arising from blood deficiency.
                              • General blood deficiency symptoms - dry skin, dry eyes, dry hair, anemia, calf cramping.  Certain version of dermatitis, psoriasis and other skin conditions - diabetic ulcers, etc.
                              • With the right underlying factors threatened miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy.
                              • Fertility issues, endometriosis.

                                Clinical Categorization


                                  • Avoid during the early phases of a cold or flu.

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