Anemia Treatment - Herbs and Ayurvedic Remedies, Anemia Cure

By: Tom alter

Anemia is a condition in which the blood is deficient in the body. This deficiency of blood is caused due to the deficiency of iron which is an essential component of the protein complex, hemoglobin, present in the blood.

Anemia is caused as Pandu roga in Ayurveda. It is linked with the paachaka sub-dosha of the pitta. Paachaka is responsible for the proper assimilation of the digested food. If this does not happen, then the minerals in the foods - especially iron - do not pass out into the blood properly. As a result, the quality of the blood deteriorates. This leads to anemia.

There are many factors that can cause the condition of anemia in the body. Hemorrhoids or piles are an important factor. Due to this condition, there is continuous blood loss from the body. The same happens when the body has ulcers or cancers. During puberty, girls may suffer anemia. Anemia can also be caused after some major injury or a surgery in which there was major loss of blood. Hemolysis can also cause anemia. This is a condition in which there is a deterioration of red blood corpuscles.

(1)Useful Herbs in the Treatment of Anemia

1.Ash Gourd (Benincasa hipsida)

Ash gourd can prevent the risk of anemia by checking the amount of blood lost from the lungs, nose and if there are piles. Ash gourd is also effective in controlling hematuria, which is a condition in which there are blood cells in the urine.

2.Celery (Apium graveolens)

Celery has a high quantity of iron and magnesium content. Iron is a component of heme, which is necessary for the production of hemoglobin in the blood. Thus a diet rich in celery helps to increase the amount of blood in the body.

3.Chicory (Chichorium intybus)

Chicory is an effective tonic for the blood. If taken with celery and parsley, it shows excellent results. These three can be had as a salad by people suffering from anemia.

4.Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum graecum)

Known as methi, the bitter-tasting fenugreek is an important component of the Indian cuisine. Its leaves are helpful in building the volume of blood in the body. It is especially effective in girls who are suffering from anemic conditions due to the onset of puberty.

5.Onion (Allium cepa)

Onion has rich iron content. The advantage of the iron composition of onion is that it can be easily assimilated in the blood. Hence onion is the most effective remedy for anemia.

6.Wormwood (Artemisia absinthum)

Wormwood is another herb that is rich in iron. Hence it is regularly used in the treatment of anemia.

(2)Dietary Treatments for Anemia

1.A healthy diet, rich in iron, must be consumed. Whole grain cereals, legumes and pulses are good sources of iron. Nuts and dry dates also contain iron. Among the meats, organs such as kidney and liver contain iron in them.

2.Anemia that is caused due to deficiency of vitamins can be avoided by a proper intake of vitamins in the diet. The food must be properly balanced and contain the proper amount of nutrients. Consult a diet chart for better guidance.

3.In order to prevent anemia conditions that are linked with pregnancy, women can take multivitamin pills and other nutritional supplements at the advice of the doctor.

4.Anemia caused by vitamin deficiency can be aggravated by smoking. Smoking interferes in the proper absorption of several vitamins in the body. Hence these vitamins - especially folate and vitamin C which are water soluble - are flushed out of the body without getting assimilated.

5.Apples are very good for anemia as they have high iron content. They should be eaten regularly; preferably after every meal.

6.Beetroot is also a very good source of iron. Apart from iron it contains various other minerals that are protective in function to the body.

7.Figs must be eaten regularly, at the rate of three to four per day.

8.Organ meats like kidney and liver must be included in the diet.

9.Citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, etc. must be eaten in excess. They should be eaten at regular intervals and not all at once.

(3)Ayurvedic Treatment for Anemia

One of the best Ayurvedic therapies for the treatment of pitta is purgation therapy. Constipation needs to be corrected before the treatment of anemia can begin. Punarnava mandura may be prescribed. This not only increases the amount of blood, but it also acts as a laxative. Triphala is also commonly prescribed.

(4)Home Medications

1.Cold water bath is known to have beneficial effects in anemia. A person with anemia must have at least two cold water baths a day.

2.Flushing out the bodily toxins is necessary. This can be achieved by massages from professionals.

3.For about ten minutes every day, the anemic person must breathe deeply.

4.Anemic people must not lead a lazy lifestyle even though anemia tends to make people lethargic. They must indulge in light exercises to keep the circulation healthy.

5.Yoga has positive effects in anemia. The preferable asanas are paschimottasana and shavasana. These bring the body into a relaxed state of equilibrium and facilitate circulation of blood.

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