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Blood Heat, as well as being quite a nuisance itself, causes other syndromes too.
What’s the background for this?
First, to see what is meant by Blood, click here. As you’ll read, Blood is the basis for our consciousness, meaning that, in Chinese medicine theory, where ‘who you think you are’ resides is in your Blood.
If someone has a major haemorrhage, or a terrible accident that puts him into shock, his Blood is severely exhausted and disturbed, and you may see his personality literally ‘going to pieces’.
Conversely, if your personality is ‘all there’ but very disturbed, as described below, your Blood can be deranged. That derangement takes various forms, one of which is commonly from Blood-Heat.
Normally the Blood nourishes your body. It carries away unwanted matter, replacing it with new, healthier tissues. So far, so good, and much the same goes for the Western concept of blood.
When, however, something heats Blood, it tries to lose that Heat.
The most efficient way that your body clears Heat is by perspiration through your skin. With Blood Heat, however, this process is stymied and instead your body has to clear or contain Heat in other ways.
Any one of the following could cause Blood Heat, if strong enough.
But often they get together, and you don’t notice symptoms until a number of the causes have been going on concurrently for a while.
It may then be hard to disentangle any single cause.
In one sense, the cause is because, in Chinese medicine, the Heart may not be controlling the Blood, and the Spleen not keeping it in place.
Then you get a mixture of possible causes, including mental stress and dietary mistakes.
Heat is potentially a serious problem, in Chinese medicine. We all get it from time to time, and our bodies naturally clear it out within a few days, but what happens if it has become chronic, and your body doesn’t know what to do?
In Chinese medicine, Heat crops up as a cause of disease in many ways. To understand more about it here are some pages you might like to read:
Of course, that’s not all, but it gives you an idea of the way Chinese medicine explains a number of different Heat conditions.
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