Anemia

Anemia

The word ‘anaemia’ refers to deficiency of blood. Anemia indicates the drop of haemoglobin level in body. In adult female, it lies between 12 to 16 g/dl and for males it is between 14 to 18 g/dl.

Causes

  • Diminished production of red blood cells
  • Excessive bleeding due to gastrointestinal conditions, menstrual discharge, child birth
  • Faulty production of red blood cells due to diseases and deficiencies
  • Deficiency of iron, thyroxine, vitamins B12, C & folate
  • Increased destruction of RBCs due to infections, antibodies, toxins and congenital structural abnormalities.
  • Blood loss due to diseases like hypothyroidism, rheumatoid arthritis, intestinal worms, cancer, liver & kidney diseases

Symptoms:

  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Breathlessness
  • Nausea
  • Low Haemoglobin level
  • Insomnia
  • Puffed eyes
  • Whitish tint on skin, nails & eyes
  • Palpitations

Ayurvedic View
In Ayurveda, anemia is known as Pandurog that indicates one of its symptoms which is paleness in skin and nails. Its main causes are improper diet, malnutrition, worms, weak gastric fire, loss of blood and eating soil. These factors result into formation of ama (toxins) in stomach due to which the channels of rasa dhatu are blocked which causes paleness. The four types of anemia according to Ayurveda are Vataj, Pittaj, Kaphaj and Sannipatik.
Diet & Lifestyle Advice

  • Foods that are tough to digest should be avoided such as heavy, spicy and fried food.
  • Eggs should also be avoided.
  • For anemic patients, light meals such as vegetables, fruits, rice, lentils and soups are recommended.
  • Iron rich foods are highly suggested.
  • Food cooked in iron pots is good to recover the deficiency.

Home Remedies

  • Apple juice mixed with beet root juice and should be taken twice a day.
  • Take one cup of milk and add to it black sesame seeds and jaggery. Take it daily.