Nourishing ‘Blood’ is a really important therapeutic strategy in Chinese Medicine. This strategy you can take on for your own self-care to strengthen the effects of your treatment. This will help you get where you want to be and maintain it. Nourishing ‘Blood’ is really important for women, as most women of menstruating age literally lose blood regularly.
So what do we mean when we say Blood in Chinese Medicine? It can be very confusing. Let’s clear it up. When we talk about Blood in Chinese Medicine, we don’t mean blood in the way you know it from a Western biomedical sense. It’s the same with organs.
It’s a translation issue. Classically, the Chinese have a very precise way to describe the functional physiology of the human body. They have Chinese terms for it, I would prefer to call them by their original Chinese terms. But in Western translation, we use Western words that unfortunately have already important associations – ie blood, organs.
Chinese Medicine is systems medicine. We are looking at how various systems in your body function together to generate health but also how they behave in dysfunction.
‘Blood’ in Chineses Medicine primarily includes the functional relationship AND physiology of the:
It also includes:
Blood is a broad term that you can drill down into depending on what type of pathology you are experiencing.