notice that my hands and feet are usually much colder than the rest of my
body. In which ways can I improve my circulation, perhaps even thin my
Your situation may not be as
directly related to the viscosity of your blood as the state of your vital
Qi (Chi). You may also have blood deficiency, such as anemia. I would first
check to ensure that you are not suffering from anemia. Once you have ruled
that out, check to ensure you are not suffering from a more severe pathology
called Raynaudís syndrome.
From a traditional Chinese medicine perspective, your hands and feet may
feel cold due to stagnation of Qi in the middle of your body, preventing the
vital substances, including blood, to flow to the extremities to warm them.
I suggest acupuncture and herbal prescriptions to help invigorate the Qi. I
also suggest you take up tai chi or qigong exercises. These are great
martial art forms that help with the body's internal circulation and
cultivation of Qi. From a dietary perspective, I suggest you incorporate
more pungent moving foods such as tangerines, tangerine peel, Chinese
chives, lettuce, hawthorn berries, black pepper, and cardamom seeds.
Try this remedy: peel tangerines, dry the peel, and then use the dried peel
to make tea.
Doctor question was answered by:
Maoshing Ni, L.Ac., D.O.M., Ph.D.
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