Iron Deficiency Anemia

The traditional Chinese medicine view of blood deficiency (xuexu) doesn't correspond completely to the modern medical concept of anemia. This divergence in interpretation often leads to difficulty in discussing the matter with patients. Although there are many types of anemia described in modern medicine (some of them related to rare deficiencies of blood cell production or altered hemoglobin formation), by far the most common type-and the one that might come closest to the usual description of blood deficiency in Chinese medicine-is iron deficiency anemia.