Inside your body, there are over 60,000 miles of blood vessels, which laid end to end would circle the earth two and a half times. The blood, flowing through these tiny vessels nourishes every cell of the body with water, nutrients and life-giving oxygen, making the flow of blood the river of life for the human body.
In each drop of this precious life-giving fluid, there are about five million red blood cells. Each of these cells contains about 270 million hemoglobin molecules, each of which can carry four molecules of oxygen. It takes one of these cells only 20 seconds to leave the heart, circulate through the body and return. Millions of them die every second to be replaced with fresh red blood cells produced in the bone marrow.
The blood also carries the white blood cells that protect us from infectious disease, the vitamins, minerals, and fuel the body needs to maintain its structure and function, waste materials and toxins that must be processed for elimination and chemical messengers like hormones that regulate cellular processes. It’s little wonder modern medicine tests the blood for so many things to determine a person’s state of health.
Traditional medicine has always placed great emphasis on blood. Checking the flow of blood through pulse diagnosis is one of the most universally used diagnostic systems in traditional medicine, and terms like blood purifier, blood mover, blood builder and blood tonic are still used to describe the healing actions of various herbs.
So, in this month’s Sunshine Sharing hour, we talk about the importance of blood to your health. We discuss a little about blood chemistry, with emphasis on blood cell counts. Specifically, we’ll talk about red blood cells and anemia, white blood cells and immune function and platelets and clotting disorders. We’ll include concepts from traditional herbalism like toxic blood, blood purifiers, blood deficiency, and blood tonics. Learn how to maintain a healthy and clean river of life so that all the cells of your body can be properly sustained by watching this program.