The Concept of Blood (Xue) in TCM Acupuncture Theory
The concept of Blood (Xue) as it is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine theory comprises a host of different meanings, actions and effects than they way the term is commonly understood in western medicine. Chinese medicine states that the Blood is a dense form of body fluids that have been acted upon and enegized by Qi. The Blood of Chinese medicine flows both within the blood vessels as well as within the meridians, as it has a synergistic relationship with Qi. From a clinical perspective, these relationships indicate a broad spectrum of influences that must be considered when forming a TCM diagnosis. While conditions such as uterine bleeding have more obvious links to the Blood, an unsteady mind as it may arise in such conditions as depression and anxiety may also be strongly related.
Below you will find detailed information surrounding the theory of Blood in Traditional Chinese Medicine:
Basic Formation of Blood
Map of the Creation of Blood
Functions of Blood in the Body
- Moistens and provides nourishment to the organs, bones, muscles, tendons and skin.
- With Qi, provides the foundation for mental activity.
Blood Disharmonies with Signs and Symptoms
|HT, LV and/or SP Blood Deficiency||Fatigue, palpitations, numbness, dizziness, blurred vision||Pale w/thin coat||thin|
|LV, LI, ST Blood Stagnation||Pain that is fixed in location, dull complexion, petechiae||Purple a/or purple spots||deep, choppy maybe a little wiry|
|Heat in the Blood||Reckless bleeding (hemmorhage, bleeding between cycles, etc.), restlessness, irritability||Deep red tongue||rapid|
Sources and More Information
The information on our site is drawn from our own lecture notes and clinical experience.
For a complete list of valuable resources, see our (TCM) Chinese Acupuncture Resources section. The most recommended texts are below: