What is Anaemia?
Anaemia is a disease, which arises when red blood cells in your blood become less than their normal count, or if the quantity of haemoglobin in your blood reduces. This disease leads to lack of oxygen in the organs of the body. It also leads to various medical consequences. Anaemia can be short-term or mild, which can be easily treated by intake of a healthy diet. Although, there are other kinds of anaemia as well, which are severe and cannot be treated that easily. It can also engender a threat to an individual’s life.
What causes Anaemia?
Deficiency of iron is considered to be the major cause of anaemia, which can be rectified by having iron-rich diet. Various other reasons, which are held responsible as a cause of anaemia, are:
- Certain clinical effects, like bleeding from the intestine or gut
- Coeliac and Crohn's disease
- Heavy menstrual periods
- Bone marrow problems
- Kidney failure
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Hormonal troubles
- Improper diet
- Injury or accident
Signs and Symptoms of Being Anaemic
The most common symptom of anaemia is fatigue and weakness. If a person is anaemic, he/she may find it hard to indulge into activities that need physical stamina, and even into normal chores. The other signs and symptoms to recognize anaemia are:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Cold hands and feet
- Pale and dull skin
- Dizzy spells
- Altered taste
- Sound of ringing in the ear or tinnitus
- Sore gums and throat
- Brittle nails
- Low blood pressure
- Memory loss
Home Remedies for Anaemia
1. Apple : Stick to the citation of “an apple a day, keeps the doctor away”. Apple is rich in iron and various other supplements. However, not one but 2-3 apples in a day can fulfil a person’s need of iron for a day.
2. Epsom Salt : Take a bath with warm water mixed with Epsom salt. You can also soak your feet, if you wish so.
3. Honey : Honey is an excellent natural remedy for anaemia. Make a concoction of a tablespoon of honey, lemon juice, and apple cider vinegar. Eat this daily to cure anaemia. Honey increases haemoglobin in the blood and is rich in iron, manganese, and copper.
4. Black Currant : Soak 8-10 black currants for overnight in water and for 3-4 weeks maintain a regime of having this as the first thing in the morning. Don’t forget to remove the seeds of black currant before eating it.
5. Beetroot : Beetroot is one of the iron rich vegetables on the earth. You can either eat it as a salad or can extract its juice. Beetroot juice can be mixed with spinach juice, apple juice, or carrot juice.
6. Iron Pots : Cook your food in iron vessels and pots on a daily basis as it can combat the problem of iron deficiency by increasing the iron in your food.
7. Yellow Dock Root : ½ to 1 teaspoon of the tincture of Yellow dock root, thrice every day, can help you cure the problem of anaemia.
8. Dandelion and Burdock Root : Both these herbs are often mixed to form a great antidote to treat anaemia. These herbs increase the body’s ability to absorb iron from the food that is consumed.
9. Massage : Getting a whole body massage with oils, like mustard, olive or coconut can help in increasing the blood circulation of the body.
10. Cold Bath : Take cold water bath twice in a day as it is an effective remedy to treat anaemia.
11. Figs : Figs are also a great source of iron. 3-4 figs daily can enrich your body with iron. Figs can also be consumed after soaking in water during the night and consuming early in the morning, daily.
12. Tomato Juice : Imbibe the juice of tomato mixed with apple juice, daily, to alleviate anaemia.
13. Banana : Consume a ripe banana with two tablespoons honey, every day. It is a natural remedy for overcoming anaemia.
14. Sun Bath : Sunbathing is good for those people, who have less red blood cell count.
15. Almonds : Soak about 6-7 almonds in water for a night and eat it the next morning, after peeling its skin.
16. Amla : Mix 60ml of fresh amla juice with 25ml of honey and drink it every morning to alleviate anaemia.
17. Milk : Add about 5-7 black pepper balls in 200ml of milk and boil it well in an iron vessel. This milk is good for the deficiency of iron and haemoglobin in the body.
18. Spinach : Spinach, as a vegetable, is an excellent remedy to overcome anaemia. It also works great when its juice is mixed with honey.
19. Dates, Prunes and Raisins : Dates, prunes and raisins are also good sources of iron and improve red blood cells in the body. These should be soaked overnight and taken with milk in the morning.
20. Animal Protein : Animal protein and organic meats, such as kidney and liver are rich in vitamin B12 and iron, which are effective in the production of haemoglobin.
21. Blackstrap Molasses : Blackstrap molasses is the powerhouse of iron and hence, is an effective and excellent remedy to be imbibed for curing anaemia.
Homeopathic Remedies for Anaemia
1. Ferrum metallicum : Although, iron is a great allopathic and homeopathic remedy to treat anaemia, but it cannot cure all cases of anaemia. Ferrum metallicum treats when the person suffers from plethora, and his/her face has turned pale and colourless due to anaemia.
2. Pulsatilla : It is for patients having gastric and menstrual derangements in the body, which is the cause of anaemia in them.
3. Arsenicum : This medicine treats those people, who suffer vigorous palpitation, and extreme anxiety. It is not recommended for simple anaemia.
4. Calcarea carbonica : Calcarea carbonica is an excellent medicine for anaemia, caused due to improper nourishment and scrofulous diathesis.
The other medicines that can help patients having anaemia are Helonias, Secale, Aletris, and Natrum muriaticum.
Tips to Prevent Anaemia
- Take foods, which are rich in iron, like dried fruits, oysters, brown rice, green leafy vegetable, pastas and breads made from whole grain flour, etc.
- Intake vitamin B12 from sources, like meat and dairy products.
- Vitamin C should be taken daily as it helps in iron absorption.
- Consume an appropriate amount of folic acid.
- Cook food in iron vessels.
- Combine your food wisely, like fresh fruit with raisins, spaghetti with meat and tomato sauce, etc.
- Increase fibre in your diet.
- Avoid coffee and tea as they decrease the rate of iron absorption.