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Is acupuncture effective in treating blood related problems like anemia?

My mother is anemic, and while we have been given her hemoglobin injections, her levels still are below normal. Can acupuncture help her?

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Traditional Medicine or Traditional Asian Medicine is the medical system of which acupuncture is an aspect of that system. This system includes plant medical formulas and nutritional supplements. The plant formulas from Traditional Medicine would be more appropriate for anemia or blood generation as we would say in TM. It would be important for the patient to have a full initial intake interview with me so I could complete a diagnosis to see if there are any root causes that may be causing anemia. Even smoking cigarettes can effect the lung's capacity to generate blood as research in the last two years indicates that the lung produces a certain amount of blood cells in the human body.
Acupuncture is always worth a try. Because the hemoglobin is low, we know there is an imbalance with the energy of the body and how it nourishes the blood. With an acupuncture treatment we can place needles that help the body to nourish the blood. Acupuncture is not a quick cure, it takes time to make a change, but it can work to assist your body's own healing process for a good outcome. Your Mother will definitely feel better and respond better to her injections.
I do recommend you to try Chinese herbal medicine
Absolutely, not only acupuncture can help with anemia, but it will also help with proper growth and healthy new cell production, maintaining RBC, detoxification of blood, and oxidation.
Depending on the root cause of the anemia (ruling out bleeding, ulcer, etc.), acupuncture can help build the blood and tonify the system as a whole. Supplementation with herbs or nutritional supplements would be very helpful in this situation.
Yes, if you find an NAET practitioner....they can help get your mother's numbers up. It takes approx. 16 visits......the NAET practitioner can treat your mother so that her body better absorbs the iron.
For nutritional anemia, acupuncture has obvious therapeutic effects on the main symptoms and signs. Acupuncture can play the main role in treatment, but it is difficult to achieve complete treatment. For chronic aplastic anemia, acupuncture can relieve some symptoms, but can only be used as a method of comprehensive treatment, it is difficult to play a dominant role in treatment,.
In regards to whether acupuncture can help with your mother's anemia, the answer is yes.

To what degree it can help, in addition to the injections for a time, will depend on the level of anemia she is experiencing, how old she is and how long she's been anemic. The acupuncture can help stimulate the red bone marrow, the immune system and the specific organ functions involved in the production of the bodies blood.

Now, as much as acupuncture can be of some help with the anemia, it is specifically Chinese herbal medicine formulas and dietary nutrition that will both be far more helpful in
creating the red blood cells and providing the iron the body needs to create more healthy hemoglobin.

The other thing to understand is that these "natural" treatments are gentle and easy on the body's systems and therefore may necessarily take a long time, possibly (3 months, 6 months, 1 year or more) to help the body with the building of the red blood cell levels.

The body has its own healing time table and can't be forced, lest we should cause harm or damage, hence the term used with these modalities, "Natural."

So, finding yourself an acupuncturist with Chinese herbal medicine training is very advisable and also seeking out the advice, if the acupuncturist doesn't have the nutritional training, of a licensed nutritionist to help with the dietary part of the treatment regimen.

Hope this information helps with your mom's condition.

Jeffrey Beimler, L.Ac. MsTCM
Acupuncture treatment of anemia will be long. It can be treated with traditional Chinese medicine.
Need to know what is the cause of anemia. Then use acupuncture and herbs to help the anemia.
Acupuncture is part of a system of Traditional Chinese medicine that looks at the person as a whole and tries to help the body get back to optimal balance. Some of the treatment protocols are designed to help the person adjust the root causes and branch symptoms together, and this works well with traditional pharmaceutical treatments the person may be working with from other physicians. It is a more "Team Mom" approach.
It will not help. Sorry.
Yes, by improving the functions of the spleen and heart, the body will be able to build blood. It would be helpful to know why she has anemia.
Patients are often surprised to hear that acupuncture and Chinese herbs have been used for centuries to treat symptoms of anemia such as tiredness, weakness and pale complexion. Recent studies have verified that acupuncture can enhance the levels of the serum ferratin. The needling of specific acupoints can bolster nutrients that can enhance iron absorption. When a person suffers from anemia, it is also logical that his or her diet needs to be addressed. Acupuncture can be the catalyst to enhance the digestive function and absorption of food, but we may look at adding nutritional supplements or herbs during the course of treatment.
Hello and thank you for your question.
Yes, acupuncture can help the body and the bone marrow to produce more and better quality blood and her liver to transform food into nutrients.
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It can. We use a technique called moxabustion which helps to build blood within the body. This is also a technique that I can teach you and can be used at home. We also work with diet.
There are few acupuncture points to boost energy level. By unblocking the meridians plus, diet and exercise combined we can help with anemia. Thanks
Yes, acupuncture can help anemia, but in conjunction with herbs and the right diet based on the body type.

Payam Pourkashef, L.Ac.
I cannot say 100% yes, but acupuncture can definitely give positive effects to boost righteous energy to produce hemoglobin in the body, since acupuncture is not just focusing on treating symptoms.
Acupuncture would help in this case, but acupuncture stimulates the body's own healing energy so the effectiveness depends on many different factors, such as age, lifestyle, diet, etc.

Enjoy life to the fullest with endless possibilities!

Dr. Carol Lian, PhD, LAc, Dipl.O.M.
I have had success treating mild-moderate anemia with acupuncture and herbal therapies.
Yes, acupuncture has done good work on anemia. We'd want to see the patient first to find the root cause of the patient's anemia.Then, our treatment would tone the Qi and Blood. Your whole body will be stronger when your blood tests show your higher heme.
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine will absolutely aide in tonifying / strengthening the function of blood. In Chinese medicine, there are many modalities to employ in the treatment. Acupuncture is the strongest treatment method and would be augmented by blood strengthening Chinese herbal formulas that have been used for thousands of years to treat blood related problems like anemia.
Food therapy, using foods as medicine, according the Chinese medicine protocols is another treatment one well trained in the full spectrum of Chinese medicine would employ in a situation such as anemia.
I am confident that I would be able to help your mother as I have done so successfully in other cases over the last 14 years of my practice.
Thank you for the interest. Mari
Yes, it could be treated. It is not that simple like other ailments. We have to find out the cause of it. Check her digestive system with a gastro-intestinal specialist and make sure everything is alright. From my past experience, there is a good chance her large intestine condition is affecting her anemia.

Acupuncture will improve the blood circulation and generate blood. Herbs will increase hemoglobin. If your mother is willing to take herbs, the result will be better than just having acupuncture.
This is my suggestion. If you have more questions, please let me know.

Huan Wen Fang
Yes. I can tonify the blood with acupuncture and also prescribe Chinese herbs for that purpose.
I suggest you schedule a consultation with an Acupuncturist in your area.
Yes, acupuncture can help balance the body's systems - decreasing ones that are in excess and increasing those that are weak. Your practitioner will probably also recommend dietary changes and herbs to help with her anemia.
Acupuncture is not the primary mode of treatment for anemia with Chinese medicine. The most important action to take is to assess pulse signs, ear, blood pressure, and heart rate. Based on the findings, herbal prescriptions for anemia can be very effective to improve lab results and, more importantly, help with any symptoms of the anemia. Please call our office (805-450-2891) to set up an herbal consultation to diagnosis your specific cause of anemia and set up an appropriate herbal treatment plan. Thank you.
Anemia is one of the most common blood disorders in the western world. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs have been used for centuries to treat a variety of disorders including that of the blood. Acupuncture can be used to promote harmony in the body. In the case of Anemia, it could stem from a disharmony of the stomach and spleen, which can lead to blood deficiency (a Chinese medicine terminology), due to inability to proper absorb the Iron from the diet. Acupuncture will definitely help, however, lifestyle and diet will also need to be addressed. Find a licensed Acupuncture Physician in your area who may be able to assist your mother with this issue. Good luck to you and your mom!
Acupuncture can help with most any ailment, but as always we need to diagnose what we feel is the root cause of the issue. Along with acupuncture, the practitioner may also want to prescribe herbal formulas and/or have dietary suggestions. Don't expect immediate results, but look for other changes in the patient's health like sleep patterns, mood, energy level, etc. As she get's more healthy with treatments it is a sign that the treatments can help overall.
Acupuncture can help, as well as Traditional Herb Formulas that have been used for hundreds of years and researched by modern medicine.
Special acupuncture points can nurture nutrients that can enhance iron absorption. Studies have shown that acupuncture can enhance levels of serum ferratin. They can also resolve symptoms of anemia like shortness of breath, palpitations, paleness and tiredness. Acupuncture can enhance digestion and the absorption of food.
Eastern medicine consists of several methods; it does not limit to acupuncture only. While Herbal medicine is widely used in South Korea, China, and other countries, it is not considered as conventional medicine and/or drugs in the United States.
Acupuncture can boost your body’s ability to repair itself, but in some cases, you need outside resources(Herbs) to repair your body’s system.
For anemia, herbal medicine may bring a better result for your mother’s case since she has been given injections. It also depends on how long she has been given shots and how low her levels have been. Usually 2 month of herbal medicine should show improvement on her blood work. However, for thorough diagnosis, visiting the clinic is highly recommended.
Remember: Acupuncture is just ONE treatment modality that is part of Chinese medicine... so I think acupuncture could be helpful to treat anemia, but I would add other modalities such as dietary recommendations and perhaps supplements and herbs to a comprehensive plan for that particular condition. But yes, I think it would help.
Acupuncture can help with anemia, even more so when done with herbs and diet therapy.
Acupuncture can help anemia, though through a different perspective from allopathic/Western medicine.

Acupuncture views anemia as a type of deficiency within the blood. There are points to stimulate blood cell production, promote circulation, relieve stress, and regulate menses. All of which help anemic patients to strengthen and nourish their bodies.

Results of the most recent blood test should be brought to your acupuncture physician. It is also important to focus on proper blood-building diets, excercise, and working alongside the patient’s MD to give supplemental treatment depending on the type of anemia. Thank you for your question.
So, I have personally experienced improvements in Blood counts with regular treatments of Acupuncture and Chinese herbs combined. However, this is a chronic issue, so please expect 3 to 6 mo. I highly suggest getting a CBC done before visiting your acupuncturist and then retaking 3 to 6 mo later.
Yes acupuncture can help with stimulating the body to make blood. Finding a good herbalist would be the best way to treat anemia.
Yes acupuncture can help with anemia. Inherently acupuncture increases the absorption of nutrients from food and, in turn, increases the nutrient quality of the blood. It also improves circulation, reduces muscle tension which improves bloodflow, and also relaxes the patient. These factors all work to improve deliverance of blood and nutrients to the body tissues and organs. Research has shown that acupuncture increase his hemoglobin as well. I hope this helps and best of luck to you!
Absolutely. I have successfully treated many patients with different types of blood disorders. The organ systems mostly involved are the spleen and liver. Acupuncture can help the function of these organ systems. I would probably recommend some good supplements or dietary recommendations as well.
As an experienced professional, I consider Acupuncture a first line of defense when treating any imbalance in the body. I include the spirit / mind aspects, treating the whole person.
I personally haven't treated anyone with anemia. However, acupuncture does treat the body as a whole. We look at the body in a different light than a doctor might. There can be things we can do to help guide the body back to better place. Acupuncture, herbal formulas, some dietary changes and supplements can help those situations. Thanks!