All About Chinese Medicine

Understanding Chinese Medicine & Qi Gong

Kay Hutchinson - Chinese Medicine Expert
Vital Health Zone is proud to announce Kay Hutchinson, who is our resident chinese medicine and qi gong expert and who is available to answer all your questions about chinese medicine and alternative health.

Kay has a private practice and is available for distance consultation, via telephone or email.

Kay answers all your chinese medicine and qi gong questions below:

Q: I am a 37 year old female who is currently taking an iron supplement for anaemia which was pretty severe.

I started with 2 pills of an iron supplement a day for a week and he cut me back to 1 pill. My iron level was up last month but not to normal. I ordered a yellow dock extract to try, but I am concerned about dosage, especially with a lot of my symptoms coming back (restless leg syndrome, heart palpitations and low energy).

I also had an heterotopic pregnancy with my first pregnancy, which required a large blood transfusion. I have also been diagnosed with fibromyalgia by my chiropractor. I take many daily supplements and probiotics, but I do not take any conventional medications, as I am a believer of holistic medicines.

Can you help with any of my questions?


A: In the Chinese medicine system the liver and spleen are important factors in the development of anaemia, fibromyalgia and low energy. Both of these organs along with the kidneys can become deficient in energy especially after the the type of birthing experience you describe which often results in poor blood or anaemia.

Low energy (the type associated with fibromyalgia) often has a root in the spleen, but the kidney and liver must also be strengthened. Unfortunately it is rare to find one herb that addresses all of those issues, so formulas are much preferable to higher dosages of a single herb. For example, yellow dock resonates with the liver but does not resonate as well with the spleen or kidneys.

Zhi Shi Ping Wei Wan is a popular spleen tonic that also contains a combination of herbs that builds the blood while eliminating what is known as dampness in Chinese medicine, a primary factor in fibromyalgia. In combination with Ren Shen Shou Wu Wan, a tonic for both kidney and liver and also a blood builder, you can address root issues of the anaemia, fibromyalgia and low energy.

Of course, this is a general recommendation. A consultation with an herbalist is recommended to determine if these herbs would be the most appropriate for your individual constitution and also to determine the optimal dosage for your body. Please feel free to email Kay for such a consultation.

Please note that the information provided is for educational purposes only and is not meant to diagnose or treat medical conditions. Consult with your medical physician regarding appropriateness of using herbs in your healing process.

Contact Kay Hutchinson, CAMQ, CAMT at Aiki Healing today for a consultation for a custom herbal formulation.


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