Anaemia happens when there is a decrease in the number of the red blood cells in our blood or in the quantity of haemoglobin in our blood. This ultimately leads to the decrease of oxygen flowing in the blood.
What causes Anaemia?
- Deficiency of iron
- Deficiency of thyroxine and vitamin B12
- Deficiency of vitamin C & folate
- Various infections, diseases, toxins, and antibodies further worsen the problem
- Congenital structural abnormalities lead to increased destruction of RBCs
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Intestinal worms
- Various types of cancers
- Liver & kidney diseases
- Excessive bleeding due to any reason
What are the Symptoms of Anaemia?
- Loss of appetite
- Whitish tint on skin, nails & eyes
- Haemoglobin level below normal
- Swelling around eyes
Ayurveda’s Perspective on Anaemia
Ayurveda, an ancient Indian medicinal approach and science makes use of natural herbs to formulate remedies various combinations of which help improve your immunity and provide strength and endurance as well. There are plenty of Ayurvedic herbs that help us overcome Anaemia both of extrinsic and intrinsic origins by increasing our blood haemoglobin count and RBC production.
Panchakarma Treatment for Anaemia
Panchakarma is a preventive and curative therapy that helps detoxify the body and mind. The first is the Purvakarma/Preparation stage which aims to separate the doshas and other body ailments and imbalances from our body.
It consists of Snehan therapy which involves lubrication of the body with natural herbal oils and clarified butter. Then comes the Swedan therapy, which comprises a steam bath to produce sweat. A herbal concoction may at times be added to the steam to eliminate toxins from your body.
The second and the most important step to cure anaemia is the Pradhakarma or Main Course. This stage includes 5 elimination processes out of which the Vamana is ideal for curing anaemia. This therapy is best suited for inducing vomiting and getting rid of the mucous that causes excess kapha. The patient is served rice, salt and yoghurt to aggravate Kapha. Application of steam to the chest and back helps liquefy the kapha further. Also a concoction of liquorice, honey and madanaphalam is given to the patient that induces vomiting. Vomiting occurs either spontaneously or can be induced by rubbing the tongue. After 4 to 8 vomits the patient feels comfortable and when practiced regularly it is a very effective way to cure anaemia for good.
Foods to avoid if you are Anaemic
- Phytate-Rich Foods
- Foods that contain tannin are coffee, tea both green and black, grapes, and wine
- Calcium-Rich Foods
Foods that can help to cure Anaemia
- Black Currants
- Whole grain bread
- Peanut butter
- Oils rich in omega 3 acids and MUFA PUFA
- Lean white meat
- Dried fruit or Nuts
Herbs and Herbal Remedies for Ayurvedic Treatment of Anaemia
1. Commiphora Mukul (Guggul)
It has highly potent rejuvenating properties that revitalize your cells. Its purifying and lipid regulating properties make it an ideal herb for anaemia patients.
2. Emblica Officinalis (Amalaki)
This herb is well known for its rejuvenating properties and it is a natural antioxidant that helps remove free radicals from your body. It also helps in regeneration of cells. Amalaki further helps in developing a healthy and glowing skin and also prevents premature aging. It also helps in maintaining proper liver functioning and helps in increasing RBCs.
3. Acorus Calamus (Vacha)
Many Ayurvedic physicians believe this herb to be helpful in alleviating Vada and kapha (kinetic and potential energies). Regular intake of this herb is helpful in increasing and improving memory. Apart from this it also improves the digestive system and cures urinary dysfunctions. Its blood purifying properties make it a wonderful herb for anaemic patients as it helps in generation of RBC’s and increases haemoglobin count.
4. Spirulina (Chlorophyll)
Every student knows what chlorophyll is. But only a few of us know that it is a natural source of energy that acts as a wonderful herb to reverse age related memory decline and learning disabilities. It also possesses iron chelating properties and thus helps in the production of more haemoglobin in our bloodstream. It is also a well-known antioxidant which helps boost our immune system and maintains circulatory system.
5. Boerhaavia Diffusa (Punarnava)
Punarnava is an amazing Ayurvedic remedy with incredible diuretic properties. It helps clear out toxins from our blood and further increases the red blood cells count in our body. This way the haemoglobin content in our blood increases and so does its oxygen carrying capacity.
6. Asphaltum Punibiunum (Shilajit)
Ayurvedic experts recommend the Shilajit herb not just to enhance the RBC count in our body but also for improving skin texture, complexion and glow. It is in fact used as a multipurpose herb in severe cases of anaemia, arthritis and madhumay (diabetes). The trace minerals that are present in Shilajit help improve our metabolism and blood circulation which in turn helps rejuvenate our skin and slow down the ageing process.
7. Terminalia Chebula (Haritaki)
Haritaki is a very important constituent of the Triphala powder which again has wonderful health benefits. It acts very well in gastrointestinal ailments. It is also very effective in cases of spleenomegaly, hepatomegaly, anaemia, tumours, and ascites. It helps drastically in regeneration of red blood cells in the body when taken on a regular basis. Ayurveda helps you take back control of your body and mind through natural remedies and practices that bring relief in time.
There is no health problem or deficiency that Ayurveda cannot cure! All you need to do is consult an expert Vaid at the right time! Award-winning Vaidya at Chandigarh Ayurved and Panchakarma Centre can help you in keeping healthy and happy with their holistic Ayurvedic approach.