What is it?
Anemia is a blood disorder in which red blood cells or Haemoglobin count is low. Red blood cells are essentially the oxygen-carrying cell of the body and so when they are low in presence, they lead to a variety of symptoms like:
- Weakness and tiredness
- Rapid heart rate, especially on exertion
- Light headedness and giddiness
- Poor memory
- Poor concentration
- Inability to fall asleep or stay asleep despite tiredness.
- Weak hair and nails
- Other vitamin deficiency symptoms like burning mucosa, unexplained pains, etc.
Various kinds of anemia such as thalassemia, sickle cell anemia, hemolytic anemia, iron deficiency anemia and a host of other kinds exist. Causes for anemia depending on the type are varied:
- Inadequate nutrition
- Excessive bleeding: from injury, bleeding cancers, etc
- Genetics: some forms of anemia like thalassemia are genetic
- Alcoholism: often leads to poor nutrition and inability of body to absorb required nutrients
- Other illnesses like poisoning, viral infections, parasitic infections, AIDS,
- Some medications may cause anemia as well.
If the reason for the anemia is known, medical help will often control or manage most anemias. But most anemias, are not curable and need constant medical intervention and supervision.
Iron deficiency anemia can be largely contained by proper nutrition and health care. Below are effective ways to manage your iron deficiency anemia at home.
- Beet root: A blessing for those who dont’ like eating vegetables. A sweet and versatile vegetable, it can be use in various preparations as salads, sambhars, stir fries, etc. The red urine it causes is often an added benefit for children!
- Apple: Easy and fast, consumption of apple is a must for anemics
- Sesame seeds: in breads, seasonings or raw, help iron supplies in the body.
- Spinach, Methi and other green leafy vegetables in various forms are very good for controlling anemia.
- Tomatoes: Versatile and abundantly available, tomatoes are full of vit c which makes iron absorption easy.
- Dates: In addition to being easily palatable, they are a wonderful source of iron and fiber. In it’s original form or chutneys, cakes and shakes, dates are a tasty source of help.
- Nuts/Legumes: almonds, cashewnuts,
- Raisins: black or golden, raisins help anemia patients tremendously.
- Gourds: Cooked into vegetables and dhals they are full of nutrients.
- Shatavari: Asparagus, is a well known go to ayurvedic treatment for anemia.
- Jaggery: Sweet and friendly. Easy to eat, jaggery in any form is good for anemics.
- Dandelions: in extract or green form are expected to help.
- Other tips
- Avoid coffee as it does not help with iron absorption.
- Increase consumption of foods rich in manganese, like pumpkins, cloves, beet greens, hazelnuts, bass, etc
- Cook in iron vessels
- Talk to your doctor about iron supplements. Too much however, may cause constipation
- Eat fiber rich diets
- Spend more time in the early morning sun. It is believed to be very good for blood formation and supply.
- Make sure you get enough rest and sleep. The liver, spleen, brain and hormones of the body need the rest and rhythm that regular sleep provides.
- Homeopathic medications may include pulsatilla, arsenicum, ferrum metallicum, calcarea carbonica etc, but must be taken after a consult with the homeopath as there are many other variables for choosing the right medicine for you..
- Practise Pranayama with the help of a yoga teacher.
- Cold baths a few times a day are recommended for circulation and energizing the body.
- Massages are considered very good for circulation and new blood formation in anaemics.
- Consider an integrated medical consult for anemia like Syncremedies.com that provides allopathic, ayurvedic and homoepathic support for your condition.
- Yoga asanas