It’s a sunny, pleasant day. Nearly everybody is walking around town in a t-shirt and shorts. But your hands feel like icicles. You bump into a colleague you haven’t seen in a long time. Self-conscious about your cold hands, you clench your fingers and instead of extending a “good-to-see-you” handshake, you offer a fist bump.
Cold hands and feet aren’t the only symptoms of poor blood circulation plaguing you. When you sit for long periods of time, your lower extremities swell or you experience numbness or tingling sensations. And from time to time, your hamstrings or toes cramp up. You often feel shortness of breath or have a tight, heavy feeling in your chest.
What Causes Poor Blood Circulation According to Chinese Medicine?
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory, feeling cold and other symptoms of poor blood circulation are caused by several factors: Qi deficiency in general, and more specifically, Yang Qi deficiency, as well as blood stasis and blood deficiency.
Cold hands and feet aren’t the only symptoms of poor blood circulation plaguing you
Of these four root causes of poor blood circulation, let’s take a look at Blood stasis, because it is a major underlying pathology of disease in Chinese medicine. Blood stasis can be compared to western medicine’s concept of blood coagulation. In more serious cases, blood stasis can cause deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and blood clots, hemorrhage, as well as anemia.
When you think of circulation, what organ comes to mind? Probably the heart, right? Well, in TCM theory, blood stasis is caused by lack of Qi (energy) in the Heart (in Chinese medicine, organs are capitalized). This lack of Qi is called “Qi deficiency.”
Whereas “blood stasis” is a pooling of the blood, “blood deficiency” is when your blood isn’t doing an adequate job of providing nutrients to the rest of the organs and tissues in the body.
What Are Symptoms of Poor Blood Circulation?
In addition to having cold hands and feet, blood stasis can lead to chronic fatigue, dizziness, pale complexion, dry skin, brittle hair, weak nails, numbness in the extremities, muscle spasms and cramps, and in women, scant or irregular menstrual cycles.
Because blood in TCM theory also nourishes the mind, having blood stasis or deficiency can lead to mood imbalances as well as insomnia, and memory and concentration difficulties.
How to Improve Blood Circulation – Can Herbal Medicine Help?
Yes. In fact, a 2016 study concludes TCM formulas have obvious advantages in the prevention and treatment of diabetic complications. People with type 2 diabetes often have circulation disorders such as neuropathy.
So how do Chinese herbs work to resolve blood stasis? Herbs such as Dan Shen promote blood flow while the herbs San Qi and Hong Hua invigorate the blood (move the flow of Qi). Dang Gui has been proven to help protect vascular endothelial function. There are several other famous herbs in TCM for circulation.
Top 3 Herbal Formulas For Blood Circulation
But taking several individual herbs isn’t the most convenient way to invigorate blood flow. Instead, try taking one of our 3 formulas for circulation.
Our strongest is Blood StasisClear. Based on a renown centuries-old formula, Blood StasisClear will invigorate your blood flow and alleviate painful conditions in the upper extremities caused by blood stasis, such as angina pectoris, stabbing headache, or migraines. This formula may also be very effective for DVT and blood clots. The herbal ingredients break down the solid constituents of blood clots to encourage normal blood flow and growth of new blood cells.
Here’s how Blood StasisClear has helped a customer from Kentucky:
“Was taking Coumadin for two blood clots. After two weeks the clots still were the same size. Ordered this product and three weeks later the ultrasound revealed the clots were gone.”
CircuFine is ideal for everyday usage to improve circulation, especially if you have less severe symptoms such as cold hands and feet and/or have a bluish tint to your nails, lips, or limbs. But don’t just take our word for it. Here’s how CircuFine has helped Bennie, a customer from Rome, GA:
“My doctor has me on atorvastatin, but my blood work usually wasn’t as good as I’d like. I started taking Huo Xue Tong Mai Wan [CircuFine] early last year and my blood work numbers are the best they have ever been I’m thinking of ditching the statins.”
If you experience palpitations, shortness of breath or other heart-related symptoms of poor blood circulation, try our formula Cardiovigor. Cardiovigor encourages fresh blood flow through the Heart and is one of the best-known TCM formulas for heart health.
Christina, an ActiveHerb customer from Southern California has had two heart attacks. Here’s what she has to say about taking CardioVigor:
“It definitely helps keep the angina down and I know my heart healed since the [attacks]….”
Another customer reports these benefits:
“I’ve been using this for over six months and my fatigue and shortness of breath have improved exponentially.”
And a customer with the profile name “Tonic Health” has this advice if you’re concerned about heart health:
“I would suggest all seniors taking this Fu Fang Dan Shen Pian (CardioVigor) for long term beneficial effect on the cardiovascular system.”