According to “Introduction to Medicine”: People know that all diseases are born from qi, but not knowing that blood is the beginning of all diseases.
Blood is an important substance for human life activities. It contains various nutrients needed by the human body and plays a nourishing effect on the organs and tissues of the body.
Blood deficiency anemia can cause dizziness, tinnitus, headache, insomnia, dreaminess, memory loss, inattention, pallor, dyspnea, indigestion, oliguria, anuria, acute renal failure, and other symptoms.
Enriching blood can make the viscera tissues be fully nourished by blood and restore the function of viscera tissues to normal. Especially when women are in the special physiological activities of “menstruation, pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding”, they are most in need of blood supplementation. A woman can maintain a fresh complexion when the body has adequate blood flow.
The following three types of blood nourishing soup can be consumed often and can replenish the blood that you might have lost, so that your body can maintain warmth.
♦ 四物汤 ♦
Decoction of Four Herbs (Si Wu Decoction)
Replenishing blood and delay aging, best for gynecology
Si Wu Decoction is a classic Traditional Chinese Medicine for nourishing and replenishing blood. It has been recorded in books such as “Examination of Medical Prescriptions – Si Wu Decoction for Tiaojing” in the Ming Dynasty and “Jiyin Gangmu – Tiaojingmen” in the early Qing Dynasty. It was called “best for gynecology” and “blood syndrome legislation” by later generations of physicians, regulating all blood syndromes is its strength.
Chinese Angelica: warm in nature, sweet in taste, pungent, has the effects of nourishing blood, regulating menstruation, and relieving pain, moisturizing dryness, and smoothing intestines, resist cancer, delay aging, and enhancing immunity.
Szechwan Lovage Rhizome (Eu Yan San): The Eu Yan San is warm and dry in nature. It can promote qi, promote blood circulation, and relieve pain. It is often used for irregular menstruation, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, activating blood, and removing blood stasis, etc.
Paeoniae Alba (Bai Shao): A famous herbal flower. Its roots are made into Traditional Chinese Medicine with the medicinal value of antispasmodic and analgesic, dispersing depression and removing blood stasis, nourishing blood, and softening the liver. It has the functions of clearing heat, relieving heat, calming the liver, and improving eyesight, skin care and beauty. Drinking Bai Shao regularly can abundant qi and blood, face ruddy, and regulate female endocrine, and remove freckle.
Radix Rehmanniae Preparata (Shu Di): Sweet, slightly warm in nature, dark and oily inside and out, soft and sticky in texture. It is a good Chinese medicinal material. It has the effect of nourishing blood and nourishing yin. It can be used for blood deficiency and chlorosis, dizziness, palpitations, insomnia, irregular menstruation, metrorrhagia. Can also be used for symptoms such as hot flashes and bone steaming, night sweats, nocturnal emission, and thirst due to insufficient kidney yin.
With the combination of the four medicines, it can nourish blood without stagnating blood, regulate blood without hurting blood, can harmonize blood, and has the effect of regulating menstruation and removing blood stasis. Moreover, modern studies have shown that Si Wu Decoction can increase the number of red blood cells, increase the content of hemoglobin, and have the effects of enhancing immune function and delaying aging.
With 10 grams of each herbal medicine, add 300 ml of water, bring to boil, then boil 20 to 25 minutes on low heat, boil to concentrate 150 ml. Consume one dose per day, once in the morning and once in the evening. It can also be stewed with chicken and lamb.
Note: People with high physical fitness, spleen deficiency and no appetite should use with caution.
♦ 当归补血汤 ♦
Angelica Buxue Decoction
Replenish qi and produce blood
Angelica Buxue Decoction is a prescription for invigorating qi and blood created by Li Dongyuan in the Jinyuan era. It is composed of two herbs of Radix Axtragali and Chinese Angelica at a ratio of 5:1. It has the effects of promoting hematopoiesis, regulating immune functions, and protecting cardiovascular and cerebrovascular. Yuzhi’s syndrome of fatigue and internal injury, deficiency of qi and blood.
Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners believe that qi and blood have one yang and one yin, one movement and one static, one rigidity and the other softness, and they are mutually dependent and transform each other. Therefore, nourishing qi and producing blood is the method of nourishing blood, and qi produces blood.
Modern medical research has shown that Angelica Buxue Decoction can be used for blood system diseases such as anemia caused by various reasons. It can assist in the treatment of arrhythmia, trauma infection, blood cell reduction, postpartum, uterine bleeding, and blood loss.
You can use 30 grams of Radix Axtragali and 6 grams of Chinese Angelica, decoct it in 600 ml of water boil to 300 ml. It can be boiled repeatedly until the taste is light. In this recipe, the amount of Chinese Angelica for nourishing blood is much less than that of Radix Axtragali for nourishing qi.
♦ 三红暖身汤 ♦
Triple Red Body Warming Soup
Relieve cold hands and feet
Many women have cold hands and feet. From the Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective, hands and feet could easily get cold and numb. Majority of the time, cold hands and feet are due to qi deficiency and blood deficiency, blood is not running smoothly, and blood is insufficient, so they need to replenish qi and blood. Consuming the Triple Red Body Warming Soup made from red beans, brown sugar, and red dates can improve this type of physique.
Red beans are rich in iron, and have the effect of nourishing blood.
Brown sugar absorbed in spleen can replenishing qi and blood, promoting blood circulation, and removing blood stasis.
Red dates are sweet and warm in nature, they can replenish iron and blood, improve the body’s cold tolerance
【方法】 Cooking method
250 grams of red beans, 15 – 20 pcs of red dates, appropriate amount of brown sugar. Wash the red beans, pick out the impurities, and soak for 2 hours; wash and remove the pits of the red dates, put red beans and red dates in the same pot, add 600 ml of water, pour brown sugar, boil on high heat, boil for half a minute, the aroma is released, turn heat to low and simmer until the red beans are thoroughly cooked and soften. Ready to serve!
Note: Triple Red Body Warming Soup contains high sugar content, so it is not suitable for women with diabetes, nor for people with bloating and hot nature body.
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