Self-Test - What Are the Symptoms of Blood Deficiency?
I often hear friends around me complain that the quality of sleep is getting worse and worse, memory loss is significantly reduced, and sometimes it is accompanied by symptoms of chills, dizziness, tinnitus, and pale complexion. These problems have brought great trouble to our daily life and work. So, what exactly is causing these problems? How can we avoid such problems and make ourselves more energetic? In fact, from the point of view of our traditional Chinese medicine, all of this is likely to be caused by "insufficient qi and blood". I hope this article can help you have a deeper understanding of qi and blood deficiency and reduce unnecessary damage.
What is "Blood Deficiency"?
"Insufficiency of Qi and Blood" refers to Qi deficiency and blood deficiency in Chinese medicine. The result of insufficient qi and blood will lead to the decline of liver function, causing premature aging lesions. The so-called "Qi" refers to the power that enables the human organs to function, and has physiological functions such as maintaining vitality, warming the human body, and defending against external evils. "Qi" is like the "oil" of the human body, which promotes the operation of the internal organs, keeps the body surface at a normal temperature, and defends against the invasion of various viruses.
Therefore, qi deficiency is manifested in the decline of viscera function and poor disease resistance, while qi deficiency leads to chills, cold limbs, spontaneous sweating, dizziness, tinnitus, listlessness, fatigue and weakness, palpitations, shortness of breath, and growth retardation.
"Blood" has two meanings, one refers to the "blood" that flows in the blood vessels in Western medicine, and has the physiological function of nourishing and moisturizing the whole body, and the other refers to the running carrier with "Qi".
Blood deficiency is manifested as: pale complexion, dry skin, withered hair, dry and cracked nails, blurred vision, numbness of hands and feet, insomnia, dreaminess, forgetfulness, palpitations, and trance. The patients with qi and blood deficiency are mainly female. Both qi and blood are the carriers of life, and together they nourish the body, so that the body can function normally and harmoniously. Women are prone to lack of qi and blood due to menstruation, physical and other reasons.
There is a saying in Chinese medicine that "Qi is the commander of blood, and blood is the mother of Qi". Qi promotes the movement of blood, and blood nourishes and nourishes Qi. If the human body is compared to a growing plant, qi is sunlight and blood is rain and dew. The two work together to make the human body thrive. This is true not only for the entire human body, but also for a viscera. Qi and blood can be found in some details of the human body.
As long as you distinguish these small details, you can recognize the running state of Qi and blood in each viscera, which helps to predict diseases and maintain health.
How to Debate a Diagnosis
1. Look In The Eyes
Mainly depends on the color and clarity of the eyes. Children have a pair of clear eyes, and "people old pearl yellow" is generally used to describe middle-aged people. The eyes are clear and bright, and the spirit is full of vitality. The color of the whites of the eyes is cloudy and yellow, indicating that the liver is insufficient. The whites of the eyes are closely related to the lungs and the large intestine. If the whites of the eyes are bloodshot, it means that the lungs and large intestines are hot; if the eye bags are large, the spleen is deficient; dry eyes and heavy eyelids also indicate a lack of qi and blood; It is a manifestation of blood failure.
2. Look At The Ears
The ear is the epitome of the human body. The changes of almost all organs can be manifested from the ear, and the most closely related one is the kidney. People often say "big ears are blessed", people with thick ears are a sign of sufficient kidney qi; people with thin and small ears are mostly kidney qi deficiency. The ears are large, soft, with more flesh and less bones, and full earlobes, indicating that the person has a good nutritional status; small ears, stiff, less meat and more bones, and thin earlobes, means that the human system is inherently deficient. Pale white ears, more common in colds and colds, and in people with insufficient oxygen; red and swollen ears, most of which are signs of “getting on fire”, commonly seen in liver and gallbladder fire or damp heat; there is an obvious slash on the earlobe, indicating a deficiency of heart qi and tinnitus Deafness and deafness indicate that the kidney qi is weak. People with local nodular or cord-like bulges, point-like depressions, and lack of luster in the ear are more likely to have chronic temperamental diseases, such as liver cirrhosis and tumors. The local blood vessels of the ear are overfilled and dilated, and changes such as circles and segments can be seen, which are common in people with abnormal cardiopulmonary function, such as coronary heart disease, asthma, etc.
3. Look At The Hair
Hair is closely related to liver and kidney. When the liver blood is sufficient, the hair can have sufficient blood supply; the essence and qi in the kidney are the foundation of the human body, and the growth of hair and the maintenance of a healthy state are closely related to the kidney. The graying of hair is a manifestation of the decline of liver, blood and kidney qi. However, some teenagers have gray hair for a period of time, accompanied by bad temper and easy to get angry, mostly due to liver congestion and heat; if accompanied by lack of sleep, weak waist and knees, and tinnitus, it is a signal of insufficient kidney qi. If there is a lot of shedding and the hair is getting thinner and thinner, be wary of blood problems throughout the body. If the hair is greasy, it means that the spleen and lungs are too qi, and the qi of the lungs is deficient, which will lead to excessive oily scalp. Hair growth is related to liver blood. If liver blood is insufficient, hair grows slowly and is easy to be dull.
4. Watching Hands
First of all, the temperature of the hand is a direct manifestation of the body's qi and blood. If the qi and blood are sufficient, it is always warm, and if the palm is prone to hot, cold, and flat fingers, it is a sign of insufficient qi and blood. If the palm is thick, strong and elastic, it generally means that the qi and blood are sufficient, and the physique is strong; The palms are soft, thin and weak, mostly due to weak energy and sickness.
5. Look At The Skin
Mainly look at gloss, elasticity and wrinkles. The skin is closely related to the lungs. The skin is white and pink, shiny, elastic, without wrinkles and spots, which means that the lungs are full of qi and blood. On the contrary, the skin is rough, dull, dull, yellow, whitish, and long spots, all of which represent poor physical condition and lack of qi and blood. In addition, complexion is also a "barometer" of qi and blood. Pale complexion means lack of kidney qi, and pale complexion means lack of liver qi.
6. Look At Your Teeth
The relationship between teeth and kidneys is the most closely. He admits that problems such as sparse teeth, loose teeth, and exposed tooth roots are mostly caused by lack of kidney qi. Teeth are associated with the gastrointestinal tract. If there is simple red and swollen gums, it is mostly caused by rising stomach fire, and it may also be related to gastritis. Recession of the gums means lack of qi and blood. When you find that the gap between the teeth has become larger and it is more and more likely to jam the teeth, you should pay attention to the condition of your body.
7. Listen To The Sound
The human voice is also the representative of qi and blood. People with sufficient qi and blood have a loud and powerful voice, which is also an important manifestation of sufficient lung qi. When qi and blood are not normal, human voice will also be expressed. For example, people with excessive liver qi or hyperactivity of liver yang often yell; people with stagnant liver qi will sigh for a long time.
8. Watch Your Sleep
Those who fall asleep quickly, sleep well, breathe evenly, and wake up naturally after a night of sleep indicate that there is sufficient qi and blood; those who have difficulty falling asleep, are easily startled and wake up easily, breathe deeply or snoring, all have the performance of deficiency of qi and blood. In addition, feeling tired after a long sleep is also a sign of qi and blood deficiency.
Above, we used a simple method to introduce to you how to identify the lack of qi and blood and the relationship between qi and blood and the five internal organs through the details of the human body. When the above typical symptoms appear, self-care should be carried out under the guidance of experts in time to prevent the situation from worsening. In the next article, we will continue to introduce to you how to use traditional Chinese medicine, diet therapy, and exercise to help you relieve and treat the troubles caused by insufficient qi and blood.