Blood constraint refers to constrained circulation of blood around the body.

This can manifest in any aspect of the body but is prevalent in many male fertility and also gynecological issues.

There are 2 main causes of Blood constraint:

  1. A genetic clotting disorder that directly causes the blood to clot more easily
  2. A Blood Deficiency pattern where the blood is weaker and cannot flow efficiently, causing it to become constrained

Healthy Blood flow is vital to nourishing all the cells in your body, which include egg and sperm cells.

If blood flow reduces it may cause male and female fertility issues that typically present with either an obstruction in flow of blood or fluids, or the development of a growth or mass.

In women this can result in a variety of circulatory issues affecting the uterus, ovaries, or fallopian tubes.

In men it can affect the testicles and cause issues such as a varicocele and sperm abnormalities.

Women will typically see one or more of the following:

  • Clotted periods
  • Dark coloured menstrual blood
  • Spotting post period that is brown
  • Clotting issues during pregnancy
  • Poor uterine or ovarian blood flow
  • A thin endometrium
  • Fibroids
  • Cysts
  • Endometriosis
  • Polyps
  • Blocked fallopian tubes
  • Immune issues (such as raised NK cells or elevated TNFa)
  • Diagnosed clotting issues such as: Factor V Leiden or DVT

Men will typically see one or more of the following:

  • Varicocele
  • Cysts or growths in the testes
  • Poor sperm count
  • Poor sperm morphology
  • Poor sperm motility
  • Elevated red blood cells in the semen
  • Pain or discomfort in the testes
  • Immune issues (such as elevated TNFa)
  • Diagnosed clotting issues such as: Factor V Leiden or DVT

When healthy your blood circulates to all of your cells (including sperm and eggs) and will deliver nutrients for the cells to use. The blood also removes waste from the cells and delivers it to the organs and systems responsible for elimination.

If your blood flow decreases then Blood constraint develops. This negatively affects the delivery of nutrients to the cells, and the removal of waste from the cells.

Over time waste and blood become constrained and collect to form masses, which damage blood vessels causing further progression of the Blood constraint pattern along with an accumulation of fluids and blood in the local area. This causes the physical fertility issues for men and women as listed above.

Long term effects of Blood constraint:

If Blood constraint exists for an extended time then it typically leads to more progressed versions of the issues listed above, as well as creating one or more of the following patterns of health imbalance too: Dampness, Qi Constraint and Blood Deficiency.

Key disorders related to Blood constraint:

Endometriosis, Fibroids, Polyps, Ovarian Cysts, PCOS, Hormone Imbalance, Irregular Cycles, Painful Periods, Heavy Periods, Clotted Periods, Blood Clotting Disorders and Immune Issues.

Some common foods to treat Blood constraint are:

Rhubarb, Chilli, Aubergine, Crab, Leek, Spring onions,  Butternut Squash, Kohlrabi.

Important note: Blood constraint is a complex imbalance and generally needs treating with herbal medicine. Most foods are not strong enough to treat this pattern alone, but the ones listed above will certainly help a little.

If you suspect any of the above symptoms please visit your doctor and ask for further investigations.






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