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.
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:
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
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/Tong Ren Therapy Protocols May Be Used With Anemia
The following herbal formulas are potentially useful in the process of treating anemia. For a complete list from our store with more details see our anemia formula section.
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Generally treatment would be based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting points by function alone, (see general points selection rules.)