Insomnia and Blood Deficiency are related from a Chinese perspective. This does not necessarily mean you have what Western Medicine calls Anemia. AND, it is possible to have both at the same time. Blood can be deficient when not enough is manufactured in the body. This is mostly caused by a deficiency of Spleen-Qi and Stomach-Qi. However, the Liver and Kidneys are also implicated in Blood deficiency.
Blood deficiency manifesting primarily in the menstrual function shows up as scanty periods or amenorrhea (lack of period). This is generally due to a deficiency of the Kidneys and Liver.
What does this mean?
In order for our Spleen and Stomach to due its job of making good Blood in our bodies, we need to eat a proper diet. Our bodies make what is called “Post natal Qi” when we eat nutritious foods. This is what eventually becomes our Blood. If we do not eat a healthy, well-balanced diet, our Spleen and Stomach will become deficient and not have the capacity to produce an adequate supply of Blood.
When our Blood becomes deficient, we have signs and symptoms such as:
- Dull, white, sallow complexion
- Poor memory
- Numbness or tingling
- Blurred vision
- Pale lips
- Scanty periods or amenorrhea
- Slight anxiety
- A pale, and slightly dry tongue
- A choppy or Fine pulse (more on this later)
Insomnia and Blood deficiency
The Spleen, Kidneys and Liver are the organs that are chiefly Several involved in the making of Blood. Therefore, Blood deficiency usually stems from a deficiency of one or more of these organs. Liver-Blood Deficiency is the most common one and is especially common in women.
Once Liver-Blood becomes deficient, it may begin to affect the Heart. The above symptoms are mixed symptoms of Liver Blood Deficiency (numbness, blurred vision, dizziness, scanty periods) and Heart Blood deficiency (sallow complexion, poor memory, insomnia, depression, slight anxiety).
In other cases, the long-standing dryness of the Blood can give rise to Wind in the skin, which, combined with Dryness, can cause some skin diseases characterized by dry, itchy skin. Go here for healthy skin tips and products that can help your dryness.
Liver Blood deficiency is a frequent cause of Liver-Yang rising (especially in women); finally, Liver-Blood deficiency may also give rise to internal Wind, which manifests with vertigo, tics and fine tremors.
In addition to eating a healthy diet, another great way to help with insomnia and Blood deficiency, is to relax in a hot epsom salt bath at the end of the day with a glass of red wine. The grapes in red wine contain something called Resveratrol. One glass a day is actually good for your heart, helps relax you and will help you sleep better. Here is an article on healthy sleep habits. Be sure your bath has both epsom salt and essential oils that help with sleep, such as lavender.
Other ways to help Insomnia and Blood deficiency:
And one more thing…if you have some of these above symptoms, or having trouble sleeping, start taking one teaspoon of Black Strap Molasses a day. This is a great, natural way to build your Blood. It doesn’t taste wonderful, but it will do the trick. I use it every day myself.