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Cure Anaemia with Ayurvedic Herbs and Treatment Methods

20-Oct-2020
Cure Anaemia with Ayurvedic Herbs and Treatment Methods

Anaemia (also spelled anemia) is a disorder in which the blood doesn’t have the normal amount of red blood cells or has dysfunctional red blood cells. This results in a lack of sufficient oxygen flow to the organs. 

Red blood cells contain haemoglobin, a protein that is responsible for carrying oxygen in our blood and makes red blood cells, red. When there is insufficient haemoglobin in the blood, it leads to symptoms like pale skin, shortness of breath, fatigue, light-headedness, and more. 

Why Anaemia Occurs

In this blog, we will talk about some Ayurvedic herbal remedies and tips to treat anaemia, but first, it is important to know the reasons that cause this disease:

  • When the number of erythrocytes gets reduced because they are either not produced enough or get destroyed prematurely, anaemia occurs.
  • Iron is essential for the creation of haemoglobin, and its deficiency is one of the main causes for this disease. This is because inadequate quantities of iron leads to a disturbance in the structure of haemoglobin and makes it unable to carry enough oxygen. Be wary of any iron deficiency symptoms like dizziness or lightheadedness.
  • Excessive blood loss can cause anaemia as well. Some reasons for blood loss are - 
    • Internal inflammation
    • Open wounds
    • Bleeding ulcers in the digestive system
    • Uterine bleeding
    • Ectopic pregnancy
  • When erythrocytes in the blood get deformed, they alter the functioning of haemoglobin, causing a type of anaemia called sickle cell anaemia.
  • Another cause of anaemia, specifically megaloblastic anaemia, is a vitamin B12 deficiency. This has a negative effect on the cell division that creates erythrocytes, thereby affecting their production.
  • The deficiency of folic acid and Vitamin B9 also creates issues in many biochemical synthesis reactions. 
  • Certain anomalies can cause anaemia as well, such as the entrance of poison into the bloodstream.
  • Anaemia can also be caused due to some congenital abnormalities. 

Chief Symptoms of this Disorder

Anaemia can occur as a direct result of a disruption in an organism’s natural processes. It can also be caused as a consequence to other prevalent conditions. The most common signs of anemia are the following:

  • Shortage of breath and breathlessness
  • Chest pain or a heavy feeling in the chest 
  • Muscle aches
  • Frequent fatigue
  • Lightheadedness
  • Pallid appearance 
  • Cracked and chapped lips
  • Anxiety or other mental issues, that may also be causing weight loss 

Understanding Anaemia through an Ayurvedic Perspective

Ayurveda determines the type of anaemia after understanding the type of disturbance of the body’s vital energies or Doshas. Each of these Doshas is responsible for a set of processes occurring in an organism. 

Every person has these three Doshas in a unique set of quantities to form an equilibrium with one of them being predominant. When one of these falls off-balance, it disturbs organ function and causes disorders. Generally, when a Dosha goes out of balance, it also affects the other two Doshas, leading to a combination of problems.

From an Ayurvedic perspective, the Pitta type anaemia is a major variant and is typically caused because of a lack of vitamin B12 or after liver disorders like hepatitis. Anaemia caused by a Vata imbalance is caused due to iron deficiency. On the other hand, anaemia caused from a Kapha imbalance has an insufficiency of protein. 

Ayurvedic Remedies for Anaemia Treatment

Treatment varies from person to person due to their unique dispositions. However, there are some fruits, vegetables, and herbs that are extremely helpful in anemia treatment, such as the following  - 

  • Carrots, Beetroots, Apples, Grapes, and raisins - Combine equal quantities of these to make a juice, and add a bit of cumin before drinking.
  • Yoghurt - Eat a bowl of yoghurt mixed with a bit of turmeric at least twice daily - once before breakfast and during the afternoon. Yoghurt has a lot of micronutrients like iodine, iron, and many more.
  • Chyawanprash - This is a blend of ghee, honey, sugar, amla and other berries as well as various herbs and spices cooked into a paste, according to Ayurvedic specifications. A dosage of one teaspoon on an empty stomach in the morning and a teaspoon a few hours before bedtime is recommended for anaemia, as it boosts the production of erythrocytes.
  • Triphala - Take a small quantity of Triphala mixed with saffron in a glass of milk before you go to bed. Triphala is available as an Ayurvedic supplement.
  • Shatavari - Take a teaspoon of this herb twice daily - once in the morning before breakfast and once an hour or two before you sleep. If possible, take it with a glass of milk, especially if the anaemia is of Pitta type.
  • Ashwagandha - This herb is useful for a wide range of issues and also helps in weight loss. Take a teaspoon of this powder with hot milk every day, if the anaemia is of the Vata type.
  • Trikatu - In case the anaemia is of the Kapha type, take a combination of trikatu, cinnamon, honey, red pepper, and saffron as these are the best herbs for this type of anaemia. 

 

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