Anaemia is a deficiency of red blood cells that can lead to a mild lack of oxygen-carrying ability causing unusual tiredness.
Red blood cells are manufactured in the combinations of bone marrow, Kidney, Spleen and Liver. Usual life expectancy of approximately four months. Anaemia occurs either through the reduced production of red blood cells or an increased loss of red blood cells.
What are red blood cells?
Red blood cells are the cells that circulate in the blood plasma (fluid). Through its pumping action, the heart propels the blood around the body through the arteries. The red blood cells obtain oxygen in the lungs and carry it to all the body's cells.
The cells use the oxygen to help make sugar and fat which produces the body's energy Qi.
When the muscles are used, carbon dioxide is created as a waste product. It binds itself to the red blood cells that have delivered their load of oxygen. The carbon dioxide is then transported back to the lungs where it is exchanged for fresh oxygen by breathing.