Pattern Diagnosis: Blood Deficiency

Blood is the nutritive substance that circulates through the body to nourish the skin, muscles, bones, and organs. It also supports the brain in mental functions.

It's made by extracting nutrients from food, combined with oxygen that is breathed in through the air. Major organs involved in its production and distribution are the Spleen, Heart, and Liver

A lack of blood may occur due to heavy blood loss (postpartum, heavy menses, peptic ulcer, trauma), insufficient nutrient intake, or compromised digestion.

Signs of blood deficiency include dizziness, sallow or lusterless facial complexion, pale lips and tongue, dry skin and hair, stiff muscles, and blurred vision or floaters. 

Beneficial foods for general blood deficiency include:

  • Beets
  • Black beans
  • Black sesame seeds
  • Blackstrap molasses
  • Bone marrow
  • Carrots
  • Coconut
  • Eel
  • Eggs (whole)
  • Fermented bean products (miso, tempeh)
  • Goji berries
  • High quality organic/free range meats (beef, chicken, pork)
  • Leafy greens
  • Legumes
  • Lychee
  • Marmite/Vegemite
  • Mussels
  • Oysters
  • Parsley
  • Rice
  • Seaweed
  • Shark
  • Spirulina
  • Stocks
  • Stout beer (Guinness)
  • Tuna
  • Wheatgrass

Beneficial specifically for Liver blood deficiency:

  • Apples
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Carrot juice
  • Cherries
  • Crab
  • Duck
  • Eggs
  • Fennel 
  • Grapes
  • Green vegetables
  • Liver (organic/free range)
  • Lotus root
  • Lychee
  • Oyster
  • Parsley
  • Plums
  • Poultry
  • Red cabbage
  • Red tea
  • Red wine (in moderation)
  • Rice (short grain)
  • Sesame seeds
  • Spinach
  • Sprouts
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Tomato
  • Watercress
  • Wheat
  • White fish

Beneficial specifically for Heart blood deficiency:

  • Beef
  • Black sesame seeds
  • Cherries
  • Chicken
  • Goat and sheep milk
  • Grapes
  • Oats
  • Oysters
  • Pheasant
  • Poppy seed
  • Red berries
  • Short grain rice
  • Wheat