by Dr Vaid Ji on Sep 27, 2023
Thalassemia is an inherited blood disorder that causes your body to have less hemoglobin than normal. Hemoglobin enables red blood cells to carry oxygen. It causes anemia. Thalassemia affects your body’s ability to produce hemoglobin and healthy red blood cells. Hemoglobin is a protein in red blood cells; it allows your red blood cells to transport oxygen throughout your body nourishing your body’s other cells.
- Types of thalassemia- there are two types of thalassemia- alpha thalassemia and beta thalassemia
- Alpha thalassemia –when one or more genes are defective you develop alpha thalassemia.
One detective or missing alpha gene
Two defective or missing alpha genes
Three defective or missing alpha genes
Four defective or missing alpha genes
- Beta thalassemia- you inherit two beta- globin genes, one from each parent.
One defective or missing beta gene
Two defective or missing beta genes
Mutations in the DNA of cells caused Thalassemia and make hemoglobin the substance in red blood cells which carries oxygen throughout your body.
Hemoglobin consists of four protein chains, two alpha globin chains and two beta globin chains. Each chains both alpha and beta – contains genetic information, or genes passed down from your parents. If any of these genes are defective or missing, you will have thalassemia.
Alpha globin proteins chains
Beta globin protein chains
Sign and symptoms of thalassemia can include-
- Pale or yellowish skin
- Facial bone deformities
- Slow growth
- Abdominal swelling
- Dark urine
In some cases some babies show signs and symptoms of thalassemia at birth, others develop them during the first two years of life.
Some factors that increases your risk of thalassemia include-
- Family history of thalassemia
- Certain ancestry
Complications of moderate to severe thalassemia include-
- Iron overload
- Bone deformities
- Enlarged spleen
- Slowed growth rates
- Heart problems
Treatment in modern medicine-
- A blood transfusion
- Iron chelation
- Folic acid supplements
- Bone marrow and stem cell transplant
Management of Thalassemia in Ayurveda-
In Ayurveda thalassemia can be correlated as a Beejadhustijanya Vikara . The main causes are Vishamaavastha of dosha, dhatu and mala which can lead to tridosha prakopa. Pitta pradhana tridosha and ultimately the process of formation of Rakta dhatu is affected and produces Raktavikriti . Persistent production of vikrita rakta dhatu leads to various symptoms in the form of Tridoshajanya pandu.
Panchkarma treatment for thalassemia – there is no such panchkarma thearpies that are recommended for thalassemia, the ayurvedic medicines have enough properties and power to provide strength, stamina to the patient and can also ease the symptoms.
Diet and healthy lifestyle-
Exercising regularly can help thalassemia patient’s deal with the condition quite effectively.
- Limit the intake of pork, oysters, beans, beef, peanut butter and tofu from their diet.
- Avoid consumption of prune juice, watermelon, dates, broccoli, raisins and peas
- Increase the intake of Cereals like rice, maize, wheat bran, oats, and soy can decrease absorption of iron
Yoga asana –
- Ardha matsyendrasana
Thalassemia Care Kit
ALL PRODUCTS DESCRIPTION IN DETAIL
It is purely a herbal formulation that helps to remove toxins from the body due to its antioxidant properties. It maintains the hormonal balance of the body. It comprises of Moti Pishti, Parwal Pishti, Shukta Pishti, Giloy Satav, Kamdudha Ras, Jahar Mohra, Akik Pishti, Gandhak Rasayan, Shankh Bhasma, Sutshekhar Ras, Sudhyog Tab, Shwet Parpati, Yavakshaar. It has an antibacterial action and provides a cooling and calming effect to the body. It rejuvenates the body cells and gives strength, stamina and power to the patients. It mainly works on pitta doshas vitiation.
Recommended Dosage – Take 1 sachet twice daily with normal water.
2. Giloy Capsule
Giloy herb due to its medicinal properties is widely used to treat ailments in Ayurveda. The capsules are made up of extracts of the Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia). In the case of thalassemia, it reduces the anxiety and mental stress, boosts immunity, helps in the formation of healthy RBC’s and increases the blood supply to all parts of the body that helps in the normal functioning of all the body organs. Giloy is a universal herb that helps to boost immunity. It improves digestion, reduces stress, anxiety, respiratory system, hence it maintains overall immunity of the body.
Recommended Dosage – Take 1 capsule twice daily with normal water.
3. Liver Care Tablet
These tablets are 100% safe and purely ayurvedic formulation. It maintains the proper functioning of the liver and stimulates the growth of new liver cells. Liver Care Tablets contains Ingredients like Kalmegh (Andrographis paniculata), Kutaki(Picrorhiza kurroa), Bhumi amla( phyllanthus niruri), Giloy(Tinopora Cordifolia), Yavakshar( Hordeum vulgare), Imli Kshar( Tamarindus indica), Mukta Shukta pisti etc. These herbs balances excess Pitta Dosha and helps in problems like abdominal bloating,flatulence, abdominal pain, loss of appetite and indigestion.
Recommended Dosage: Take 1 tablet twice daily with normal water.
4. Trikatu Syrup
Trikatu syrup is pure ayurvedic formulation comprises of mainly three herbs such as Pippali (Piper longum), Shunthi (Zingiber officinale), & Marich (Piper nigrum). the main function of trikatu syrup is it removes excess of Kapha doshas and supports the respiratory system, helps to reduce body weight and hence detoxifies the body. It has anti-inflammatory , analgesic and antioxidant properties. It boosts metabolism and works in the removal of impurities of the body. It is free from chemicals, additives, colors and fillers.
Recommended Dosage – Take 2 teaspoonfuls twice daily.
5. Platfer Tablet
These are herbal combination prepared from herbs like Papaya (Carica papaya) & Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia) that in combination increases the platelet counts naturally. It provides good & effective results for patients. It increases the physical and mental strength of a person and builds up immunity.
Recommended Dosage –Take 1 tablet twice daily with normal water.
6. Nerve Up Tablet
It is a pure herbo-mineral formulation which helps to balance the vata dosha. It acts as a nervine stimulator and also reduces Kapha doshas. It mainly acts on the central nervous system. It contains natural ingredients like Shudha kuchla, Shudha shilajeet, Praval pishti, Shankh bhasma etc. These contain natural Vatahar properties and helps in curing Vata diseases. It speeds up physical and mental processes. It helps in stiffness, inflammation, swelling and general weakness IT deal with the ringing, clicking, buzzing, hissing, humming, & roaring sounds.
Recommended Dosage – Take 1 tablet twice daily with normal water after meal.