Looking pale? Feeling weak and tired? There’s a quick blood test available to assess whether anaemia is to blame and if so, whether it’s caused by iron-poor blood or something else. Your doctor is the best person to ask about whether certain supplements might be right for you.
What is Anaemia?
Anaemia is a condition in which there is a shortage of red cells in the blood or a deficiency of haemoglobin (the oxygen-carrying pigment) in these cells. When anaemia occurs, the body doesn’t get enough oxygen and weakness, fatigue result. Although symptoms may not appear— or may be very mild—for a long time, the condition can be life-threatening if it is left undiagnosed and untreated. Should you suspect you are anaemic, it’s essential that you see your doctor promptly to ascertain the underlying cause. Treatment will vary, depending on the diagnosis.
Causes For Anaemia
Iron deficiency, the most common cause of anaemia, usually results from a gradual, prolonged blood loss, which depletes the body’s iron stores. Without enough iron, haemoglobin levels fall. Menstruating women, particularly those with heavy periods, are prone to iron-deficiency anaemia.
However, men and women can develop iron deficiency from any condition that causes slow bleeding—including long-term haemorrhoids, rectal polyps, or ulcers; stomach or colon cancer; or prolonged use of aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAlDs), such as ibuprofen.
Because so many foods are fortified with iron, iron-deficiency anaemia can rarely be attributed to a lack of this mineral in the diet.
How supplements can help in Anaemia
Before taking supplements, you need to determine the underlying cause of your anaemia. It’s especially important to see a doctor about iron-deficiency anaemia, which may be caused by internal bleeding. If you’re advised to take supplements, have blood work every month to see if they are worthwhile. If iron-deficiency anaemia is diagnosed, the mineral iron combined with vitamin C may be of value. Iron is a key component of haemoglobin and vitamin C helps the body absorb the mineral. Take iron only under your doctor’s supervision, because too much can be dangerous. Various herbs may also be useful. Yellow dock has modest amounts of iron, but it’s well absorbed and can raise blood iron levels. Other iron- rich herbs include seaweed and dulse. Taken as a tincture juice or tea some herbs (dandelion, burdock, mint, and linden flowers) may enhance the body’s ability to absorb iron from foods or supplements.
Healing Options Herbs
• Punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa)
• Ghritkumari (Aloe vera)
• Lauh Bhasma
• Dhatri Lauh
• Navayas Lauh
• Go for a well-balanced diet rich in iron, sesame seeds, almonds, dairy products, animal protein, vegetables as beet, lettuce, spinach, soya bean, radish, carrots, tomatoes and fresh fruits as banana, black berries, strawberries, apple, amla, plum.
• Enjoy sun-bathing as the sunlight stimulates the production of red blood cells.
• Shoulder Stand (Sarvangasana)
• Posterior Stretch (Paschimotthanasana)
• Corpse Pose (Shavasana)