Liver Blood Deficiency is a 'syndrome' in Chinese medicine. Once it arises it tends to be chronic. In other words, it is very hard to get rid of without treatment.
However, many people experience mild symptoms of it as they grow older or when they are tired.
The following symptoms may occur to a greater or lesser degree in people with this form of Blood deficiency. (Blood is a really important concept in Chinese medicine and it forms the basis for who you are, so you might wish to read that page first - Blood.)
Going back to Liver Blood deficiency symptoms, you might notice just one or two of them if you have the condition mildly: more as it progresses.
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And what if you don't have Deficiency of Liver Blood? What if you have excellent levels of Liver Blood?
Then you probably have Bright Eyes and you're full of fun!
The following are common signs of this kind of deficiency but I wouldn't expect you to have all of them! In fact you might have only a few of them, with more developing as your deficiency deteriorates.
If any of these Organ energies is deficient, so eventually will be your Liver Blood. If food you eat is deficient in nutritive quality, this will affect your Liver Blood. Click to read more on Nutrition.
The sort of food eaten matters too, even if otherwise nutritious: food lacking protein leads to Liver Blood deficiency and this is noticeable in
(I'm not sure whether the teenager in the picture is a girl, however.)
Whatever you eat, after eating always take a little rest or go for a gentle walk !
2/ Serious blood loss from haemorrhage from which it can be hard to recover. Because there is less Blood to store, the Liver cannot nourish the tendons and the eyes and cannot spare it to produce healthy periods.
3/ Kidney Qi deficiency can lead to deficient Liver Blood.
4/ In women, Liver Blood deficiency usually coexists with Liver Qi Stagnation. Trapped Qi easily transforms to Heat, especially before the monthly period, giving signs of Liver Fire or Liver Yang Rising. When Liver Qi stagnation interferes with the Spleen energy, the process of transforming food into proper nutrition for your body, and then transporting that nutrition to where it's needed, is weakened, leading to even more Liver Blood deficiency.
5/ This syndrome can combine with Liver Yin deficiency to create conditions for internal Wind to occur: trembling becomes extreme, embarrassing and very hard to control. (Some of the symptoms of Parkinson's disease, like the tremor, are often classified in Chinese medicine as being due to Liver Blood and Liver Yin deficiency, though the dementia that accompanies it, and other symptoms, are more due to Kidney deficiency.)
What your acupuncturist will do is Tonify Liver and Nourish Blood.
Acupuncture is often an excellent way of treating this. But you'll almost certainly need more than one treatment, and your acupuncturist may suggest some foods or supplements to help.
Of course, you should reduce actions that cause it or make it worse!
Better nutrition means not just more foods containing what's good for you and less foods containing what's bad, but time to choose the food, cook it, eat it properly (no rush, chew well, don't get stressed when eating,) and take time afterwards to digest before returning to work - perhaps a short walk in the open air?
In general, if your body is sick, avoid iced or cold foods or drinks.
Instead eat food that is warm to the touch and don't worry about whether cooking it has destroyed all the vitamins. (In the long run vitamins are important, of course, but not in the short run unless you clearly have a major deficiency in one or more of them.)
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Read our page on Nutrition.
Meantime, consider the following ways to help yourself:
There are eyesight exercises you can learn which help your eyes refresh themselves. Even closing your eyes and taking a few deep breaths can make a difference.
Many years ago, my father gave me a book to read when he realized that my sight was beginning to weaken. (He was right!)
I wish I'd read it properly back then! But you can be sure that I use its suggestions now. The link above gives you access to it free.
To reduce Yang, consider the following:
Nowadays we use our eyes intensively for most of our activities. Electric power means we can read, write and view 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
In the past, when it got dark, we went to bed, providing more time for sleep, and consequently, recovery of Liver Blood.
So we are over-using our eyes and this leads to Liver Blood deficiency.
It's important that if you work at a computer you make time to rest your eyes regularly: preferably every hour for a few minutes go and do something other than stare at a screen.
If you can, surround your workspace with green plants, or have a window nearby with a view out to a garden or park.
At break-time, go for a walk outside and walk fast enough to get out of breath for twenty minutes. Or go to a gym and do a medium work-out. Or do some yoga: anything to move and work your body and lungs that doesn't put more strain on your eyes.
There are nutritional supplements that help. In Chinese medicine a traditional herbal mixture for eye conditions caused by Liver Blood deficiency contained bat droppings, because bats have good eyesight and eat insects that supply what you, and they, need.
However, you may have reservations about eating bat droppings, so consider other possibilities.
We favour a supplement that has piles of published independent clinical research about it - probably more than any other nutritional supplement available. It includes lots that's good for vision.
Derived from real vegetables and fruit it contains what you need in the right proportions for general nutritional needs: easily absorbed.
To read about it and the clinical research they've had done on it click here. (Opens in a new window.)
Read about the main Liver syndromes by clicking on the following links. each of which opens in a new window:
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Was just told about this. Had acu treatment today. Was given Liu qei di huang wan. We'll see what happens.
I have been receiving Acupuncture for about the last 12 months for Liver Damp Heat and blood deficiency. A few months before finding my acupuncturist …
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