Q:I 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 blood?
A: 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
Try this remedy: peel tangerines, dry the peel, and then use the dried peel to make
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