Anaemia; Symptoms, Causes, Natural Treatment
Anaemia is a condition where the amount of hemoglobin in the blood is below the normal level, or there are fewer red blood cells than normal.
It’s worth noting the different types of Anaemia as each one has a different cause, with iron deficiency being the most common form of the illness.
Anaemia can also be caused by lack of Vitamin B12 or folate in the body.
Iron Deficiency Anaemia – The main symptoms are tiredness and lethargy, resulting in a lack of energy, but other symptoms include shortness of breath, or changes in the appearance (such as a pale complexion and dry nails). If the cause is slow loss of blood, there may not be any symptoms at all.
Iron deficiency Anaemia occurs when there isn’t enough iron (found in meat, dried fruit and some veg) in the body. If the illness is left untreated it can make the sufferer more susceptible to illness and infection, as a lack of iron affects the immune system. Take a look at the Causes section of this report for more.
In some cases, severe iron deficiency anaemia may increase the risk of the patient developing complications which affect the lungs, such as tachycardia (an abnormally fast heartbeat) and heart failure.
Pregnant woman will also have a higher risk of complications before and after birth.
A number of things can trigger Anaemia, including the following:
Active bleeding – Loss of blood as a result of heavy menstrual bleeding or wounds can cause the illness. Cancer of the colon and gastrointestinal ulcers can also cause Anaemia.
Iron deficiency – If iron intake is limited or inadequate due to poor dietary intake, Anaemia may be the result. This condition can also occur when stomach ulcers or other sources of slow chronic bleeding are present.
Chronic disease – Any long-term condition can lead to the condition, but while the exact mechanism of this process is as yet unknown, any long-standing medical condition like chronic infection or cancer may cause Anaemia
Kidney disease – The kidneys release a hormone called the erythropoietin, which helps the bone marrow make red blood cells. This hormone is diminished in people with chronic kidney disease or end stage renal disease and this diminishes the production of red blood cells, which results in Anaemia.
Pregnancy – Fluid gain and water weight during pregnancy dilutes the blood, which may be reflected as Anaemia since the concentration of red blood cells is lower.
Poor nutrition/Vegetarianism – As well as iron, vitamin B12 and folate (folic acid) are needed for the proper production of haemoglobin. Poor diet is an important cause of low folate and low vitamin B12 levels. Strict vegetarians who do not take sufficient vitamins are also at risk of developing vitamin B12 deficiency.
Pernicious Anaemia – A problem in the stomach or intestines can lead to a poor absorption of Vitamin B12, which may lead to Anaemia.
Sickle cell Anaemia – The problem can be related to production of abnormal haemoglobin molecules, which can cause problems in the integrity of the red blood cell structure and they may become crescent-shaped. Sickle cell Anaemia may be quite severe and is typically hereditary, though it is more common in those of African, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean ancestry.
Natural Treatments for Anaemia
Introduce iron-rich foods into your diet if you’re Anaemic.
Try any of the following:
- dark-green leafy vegetables, such as watercress and curly kale
- dried fruit
It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef.
Try the following for some relief from your symptoms:
Peppermint – It refreshes and invigorates, has a strong, penetrating grassy-mint scent which helps disinfect the air and relieve body pains and normalize Anaemia.
Honey Lemon – With a natural healing aroma, honey lemon refreshes and helps normalize Anaemia.
To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.
Home remedies for Anaemia include eating leafy vegetables, bananas, beetroot, honey and spinach.
Try an Epsom salt bath for around 5-10 minutes, or take a cold bath.
You can also try massaging the body to keep the blood flowing; massage legs, hands and arms.
Increase iron intake daily by enjoying iron rich fruits and consume plenty of vitamin C to keep your body healthy.
Mix a teaspoon of honey, a teaspoon of lemon juice and a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, before eating this homemade concoction.
Owing to the principles behind homeopathy it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalised prescription.
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Herbs can offer relief to sufferers of Anaemia. Try any of the following:
Alfalfa – Alfalfa leaf concentrate is believed to be effective and a more palatable substitute for iron and folic acid supplements in the treatment of Anaemia in adolescent girls.
Chlorella – A nutritional blue-green algae, chlorella grows in fresh water and sunlight and is rich in protein, folate, vitamin B-12 and iron.
Angelica – Also known as dong quai, Angelica is a traditional herbal remedy for menstrual irregularities and menopausal complaints.