by Dr Vaid Ji on Nov 14, 2023
WHAT IS ANEMIA ?Anemia is a medical condition characterized by a lower than normal number of red blood cells or a lower than normal amount of hemoglobin in the blood. Hemoglobin is a protein in red blood cells that helps transport oxygen to the body's tissues. Anemia can result in symptoms such as fatigue, weakness, pale skin, and shortness of breath, as the body may not be getting enough oxygen.
CAUSES OF ANEMIA :Anemia can have various causes :
- Iron-deficiency anemia: This is the most common type of anemia and is often caused by a lack of sufficient iron in the diet, poor iron absorption, blood loss (e.g. through heavy menstrual periods or gastrointestinal bleeding) or increased iron needs (e.g. during pregnancy).
- Vitamin-deficiency anemia: Deficiencies in essential vitamins like vitamin B12 (pernicious anemia) and folic acid can lead to anemia.
- Chronic diseases: Some chronic conditions, such as chronic kidney disease, inflammatory disorders, and certain cancers, can interfere with the production of red blood cells and lead to anemia.
- Hemolytic anemia: These result from the destruction of red blood cells, either due to inherited conditions, autoimmune disorders, or certain medications and toxins.
- Aplastic anemia: In this rare condition, the bone marrow fails to produce an adequate number of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets.
- Sickle cell anemia: An inherited genetic disorder where red blood cells are abnormally shaped, leading to their destruction and a decreased ability to carry oxygen.
- Thalassemia: A group of inherited blood disorders that affect the production of hemoglobin.
- Bone marrow disorders: Conditions like myelo-dysplastic syndrome and leukemia can disrupt the normal production of blood cells.
- Blood loss: Acute bleeding from injuries, surgery or gastrointestinal bleeding can result in anemia.
- Chronic alcohol consumption: Excessive alcohol use can lead to vitamin deficiencies that contribute to anemia.
TYPES OF ANEMIA :
- Iron-deficiency anemia
- Vitamin B12 deficiency anemia (Pernicious anemia)
- Folate deficiency anemia
- Hemolytic anemia
- Sickle cell anemia
- Aplastic anemia
- Chronic diseases anemia
- Normocytic anemia
- Macrocytic anemia
SYMPTOMS OF ANEMIA :
- Fatigue: Feeling unusually tired or weak, even with adequate rest.
- Pale skin: Anemia can cause a paler complexion.
- Weakness: Muscles may feel weak and less capable of physical exertion.
- Shortness of breath: Difficulty catching your breath, even during mild physical activity.
- Dizziness or lightheadedness: Anemia can lead to a decreased supply of oxygen to the brain.
- Cold hands and feet: Poor circulation and reduced oxygen delivery to extremities can result in colder sensations.
- Headaches: Anemia may cause frequent or severe headaches.
- Irritability: Changes in mood and irritability can occur.
- Chest pain: In more severe cases, anemia may lead to chest pain or angina.
- Cognitive difficulties: Difficulty concentrating and memory problems can be related to anemia.
- Brittle nails and hair: Changes in the texture and strength of nails and hair.
- Swelling of the tongue or mouth: In some cases, anemia can cause glossitis (inflammation of the tongue) or mouth sores.
AYURVEDIC TREATMENT OF ANEMIA
Ayurveda, a traditional system of medicine originating in India, offers various natural remedies and treatments for anemia. Here are some common Ayurvedic approaches for managing anemia:
- DIETARY RECOMMENDATIONS:
- Consume iron-rich foods such as leafy greens (spinach, kale), lentils, beans and beetroot.
- Incorporate vitamin C-rich foods (citrus fruits, amla) to enhance iron absorption.
- Use iron cooking utensils, as Ayurveda recommends cooking in iron pots to increase dietary iron intake.
- AYURVEDIC MEDICINES:
- Ayurvedic herbs like Punarnava, Manjistha, Triphala and Ashwagandha are often used to boost hemoglobin levels and improve overall health.
- Specific formulations like Loha bhasma, which are ayurvedic iron supplements.
- LIFESTYLE AND YOGA:
- Engage in regular physical activity, including yoga and pranayama (breathing exercises) to improve circulation and overall well-being.
- Follow a balanced daily routine, including proper sleep and stress management.
- PANCHAKARMA THERAPY:
- Panchakarma therapies like "Virechana" (therapeutic purgation) or "Basti" (enema) to cleanse the body and improve iron absorption.
CAC TREATMENT FOR ANEMIA
ANEMIA CARE KIT
- Detox Premium Powder:
These herbal sachets are prepared from ingredients such as Shankh bhasma, Sutshekhar ras, Parvalpishti, Shukta, Giloy, Kamdudha ras, Shvetparpati that gives calming effect on the stomach.
- Shankh bhasma: This ayurvedic bhasma is prepared from conch shell. The bhasma shows antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antacid, digestive stimulant properties. The problems like indigestion, heartburn, acid reflux, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, etc are easily treated with it.
- Sutshekhar ras: It is an ayurvedic preparation that maintains pitta dosha in the body. This ras provides effective results in abdominal pain, heartburn, nausea, fever, headache, epigastric tenderness, etc.
- Parval pishti: This pishti is prepared from coral calcium processed in rose water. It provides effective results in acidity, burning sensation, headache, etc.
- Shukta pishti: This pishti balances the pitta dosha in the body and removes all toxins from the body.
- Giloy satv: Giloy satv possesses antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, carminative, immunomodulator, etc properties. It eliminates the ama from body hence provide good results in acidity problem.
- Kamdudha ras: This ras reduces heat, burning sensation, epigastrium tenderness, irritability, heartburn, and acidity.
- Shwet parpati: It is also effective in acidity.
Recommended Dosage: Take one sachet twice daily.
- Platfer Tablet:
Platfer Tablet Boosts platelet count and reverse the thrombocytopenia (low platelet count) associated with dengue. It decreases the peripheral platelet destruction and strengthens the host immune system. Platfer tablets also helps reduce fever (antipyretic property) and protect the liver (hepatoprotective property). This herbal combination is prepared from herbs like Papaya (Carica papaya) and Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia) which increases the platelet counts naturally. It provides good and effective results for patients. It increases the physical and mental strength of a person and builds up immunity.
Recommended Dosage: Take one tablet twice daily.
- Power Blood Syrup:
Power Blood Syrup is 100% natural & safe prepared from various extracts of herbs. The herbs used for formulation of this syrup shows antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and immuno-modulator properties. It is best known for purifying the blood. It helps in eliminating the toxins from blood that cause acne and blemishes. It’s a perfect herbal remedy for skin diseases like acne vulgaris, boils, skin rashes, blemishes, urticaria, and nose bleeding.
Recommended Dosage: Take 2 Teaspoon twice daily.
- Noni capsules:
These are herbo mineral and purely ayurvedic formulation. Noni is a fruit found mainly in South India which contains many health benefits. Noni fruit is known for its high level of antioxidants like beta carotene, vitamin E, vitamin C and various other minerals which help to Strengthen the immune system. People suffering from Respiratory problems may benefit from this. Noni Capsules promotes immunity, Arthritis relief, circulation of blood, energy and digestive health. It contains standard extract of Morinda Citrifo. Noni capsules have anti inflamatory properties that help reduce inflammation of the body.
Recommended Dosage: Take one capsule twice daily.
- Kutki Capsules:
Kutki is an amazing herb of Ayurveda. Kutki means bitter. It has a cooling action, used to treat bleeding disorders like nasal bleeds, menstrual problems, etc. Also known as Bedhniya herb due to its piercing nature. CAC Kutki capsules are a pure herbal extract of Kutki herb whose main function is to balance Vata and pitta doshas. It helps in the removal of harmful toxins from the body. Kutki capsules of CAC show great results in the case of liver diseases, purify the blood, and treats respiratory disorders. It maintains the overall digestive system and useful in various diseases like abdominal distension, ascites, constipation, etc. it has anti-inflammatory properties, also reduces the stiffness of joints.
Recommended Dosage: Take one capsule twice daily.