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RED BLOOD CELLS & ANEMIA
Millions of Americans suffer from anemia, a reduction in either the number of red blood cells or the amount of hemoglobin in the blood. This results in a decrease in the amount of oxygen that the blood is able to carry. Anemia reduces the amount of oxygen available to the cells of the body. As a result, they have less energy available to perform their normal functions. Important processes, such as muscular activity and cell building and repair, slow down and become less efficient. When the brain lacks oxygen, dizziness may result, and mental faculties are less sharp.
ANEMIA SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
Of those suffering from anemia, 20 percent are women and 50 percent are children. It is often a hidden disease because the symptoms can easily go unrecognized. The first signs of developing anemia may be loss of appetite, constipation, headaches, irritability, and/or difficulty in concentrating. Established anemia can produce such symptoms as weakness, fatigue, coldness of the extremities, depression, dizziness, overall pallor, most noticeable in pale and brittle nails; pale lips and eyelids; soreness in the mouth; and in women, cessation of menstruation.
Anemia is significant not so much as a health problem in its own right, but as a sign/symptom of an underlying disorder. It is sometimes the first detectable sign of arthritis, infection or certain major illnesses, including cancer. Anemia should therefore always be investigated and the cause determined. If you are anemic and your diet is ironclad, your health care provider or midwife can run a simple test called ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate) to detect any inflammation luring in the body.
Anything that causes a deficiency in the formation or production of red blood cells, or that leads to the too-rapid destruction of red blood cells, can result in anemia. Drug use, hormonal disorders, chronic inflammation in the body, surgery, infections, peptic ulcers, hemorrhoids, diverticular disease, heavy menstrual bleeding, repeated pregnancies, liver damage, thyroid disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, bone marrow disease, and dietary deficiencies (especially deficiencies of iron, folic acid, and vitamins B-6 and B-12) can all lead to anemia. There are also a number of hereditary disorders, such as sickle cell anemia and thalassemia, that cause anemia. Pernicious anemia is a severe form of vitamin B-12 deficiency caused by improper absorption of B-12 from the gastrointestinal tract.
The most common cause of anemia is iron deficiency. Iron is an important factor in anemia because this mineral is used to make hemoglobin, the component of red blood cells that attaches to oxygen and transports it. Red blood cells exist only to oxygenate the body, and have a life span of about 120 days. If a person lacks sufficient iron, the formation of red blood cells is impaired. Iron deficiency anemia can be caused by insufficient iron intake and/or absorption, or by significant blood loss. The latter is commonly seen in women who suffer from menorrhagia (heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding), which in turn may be caused by a hormonal imbalance, fibroid tumors, or uterine cancer. Women who use intrauterine devices for contraception are also at a higher risk of blood loss, as are those who overuse anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin or ibuprofen, which can cause blood loss through irritation of the digestive tract. Excessive aspirin usage, particularly by elderly people, may cause internal bleeding.
TYPES OF ANEMIA
MoonDragon's Anemia Information: Folic Acid Deficiency
MoonDragon's Anemia Information: G6PD Deficiency
MoonDragon's Anemia Information: Iron Deficiency
MoonDragon's Anemia Information: Pernicious (Vitamin B-12 Deficiency) Anemia
MoonDragon's Anemia Information: Pregnancy & Anemia
MoonDragon's Anemia Information: Sickle Cell Anemia
MoonDragon's Anemia Information: Thalassemia
MoonDragon's Anemia Information: Index
ANEMIA HOMEOPATHIC MEDICAL TREATMENT
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Ferrum Metallicum [Ferr]: Iron is the great allopathic remedy for anemia from almost any cause. It is also a great homeopathic remedy, but it will not cure every case of anemia; careful individualization is necessary. When the patient has an appearance of full bloodedness or plethora, which is followed by paleness or earthiness of the face and puffiness of the extremities, then Ferrum will benefit. It is not the remedy for the anemia resulting from loss of fluids; that is Cinchona, or perhaps Natrum muriaticum. When Ferrum is indicated the mucous membranes are pale, more so than with Cinchona, and there is apt to be an anemia murmur in the veins of the neck. The patient is easily exhausted. Vomiting of food after eating may occur. The patient is constantly chilly and perhaps has an afternoon or evening fever simulating hectic fever. In very stubborn cases sometimes Ferrum Phosphoricum may serve better than Ferrum metallicum. Schuessler recommends first Calcarea Phosphorica, then Ferrum phosphoricum. In simple, uncomplicated chlorosis Ferrum is one of our best remedies. Hughes recommends Ferrum redactum 1x or 2X. Ludlam praises Ferrum et strychnia citrate 3X, Dr. Jousset, Ferrum aceticum or the Ferrum protoxalate, and Dr. Holcombe of New Orleans, used Ferrum phosphoricum. All these preparations of Iron may benefit cases of anemia and chlorosis; if so, it is by virtue of their similarity to the symptoms of the case, and not because one or the other preparation of Iron is a tonic in the allopathic sense. By giving the indicated preparation of Iron it removes the underlying dyscrasia giving rise to the anemic or chlorotic conditions and cures the trouble.
Pulsatilla [Puls]: Pulsatilla is the great antidote to Iron, and hence is indicated in the anemic condition produced by large or continued doses of it. The system is relaxed and worn out; the patient is chilly and suffers from gastric and menstrual derangements. Thus the symptoms resemble closely those calling for Ferrum. The cause of the anemia must be sought for, and if the case comes from allopathic hands it is safe to infer that much Iron has been given and Pulsatilla will surely be the remedy. The Pulsatilla patient feels better in the open air. Dizziness on rising, absence of thirst, and the peculiar disposition will lead to the remedy. Cyclamen, which is similar in many respects, differ from Pulsatilla in dreading the fresh air.
Cinchona is the chief remedy for anemia resulting from loss of fluids, as in lactation or hemorrhage, or from all exhausting discharges, such as menstrual flow, long-lasting diarrhea, and sexual excesses and loss of semen. The quality of the blood is actually poorer in cases calling for Cinchona. Special symptoms are heaviness of the head, loss of sight, fainting and ringing in the ears, pale sallow complexion, sour belching, poor digestion and bloated abdomen. The patient is sensitive to draughts of air yet wants to be fanned. Dr. George Royal thinks many physicians err in giving Cinchona too low in symptomatic anemia when much time has elapsed since the drain was made on the system. He finds the 30th productive of better results than the lower preparations.
Natrum Muriaticum is also a remedy for anemic and debilitated conditions due to loss of fluids, especially in women who suffer from menstrual disorders and in chronic cases with a dead, dirty-looking skin.
Chininum arsenicosum is sometimes prescribed for anemia, not, however, on the totality of the symptoms, but because it is said to be "good for it." It has been found curative in certain cases of pernicious anemia.
Acetic acid suits anemic nursing women, with waxy skin, and thirst.
Calcarea carbonica [Calc]: Almost any of the deeper acting constitutional remedies may be of use in anemic and debilitated conditions, and especially are the Calcareas useful. Thus we have Calcarea phosphorica as the remedy for the "green sickness," chlorosis of young girls, with a complexion like wax, alabaster lips and ears, a bright eye, and when they smile or laugh it is a sickly one. The face sometimes has a true greenish hue or a sallow one. In such cases the menses are apt to be too early and then calcarea phosphorica is well indicated for this condition. Calcarea carbonica is indicated by the psoric, scrofulous or tubercular diathesis and the general symptoms of the drug, by disgust for meat, craving for sour and indigestible things, swelling of abdomen, vertigo and palpitation on going upstairs. The patient is in a state of worry. Constantly imagining calamities. Alumina is also a remedy for chlorosis due to the scrofulous diathesis and from improper nourishment, such as occurs in some children brought up on artificial foods. Nux vomica, too, may be indicated in anemic conditions when due to gastro-intestinal derangements. Plumbum has been recommended for inveterate chlorosis with obstinate constipation. Alumina also, being an antipsoric, is the remedy for anemic conditions about puberty, with abnormal craving for indigestible substances, such as slate pencils, chalk, etc.
Arsenicum [Ars]: This being a direct poison to the red blood corpuscles takes first rank in cases of pernicious anemia or in anemia due to a malarial of toxic influence. Dr. Blackley, of England, reported four cases of pernicious anemia cured with small doses of the remedy. It does not correspond to simple anemia so well. Its indications are excessive prostration considerable edema, violent and irregular palpitation, marked appetite for acids and brandy, extreme anxiety and rapid emaciation. There is irritable stomach and intense thirst. When the allopathic school uses Arsenic as a blood tonic, and Dr. Bartholow says, "it is one of the most valuable remedies in the treatment of chlorosis and anemia," it does so on strictly Homeopathic principles. Picric acid. The extreme prostration of pernicious anemia, with a heavy tired feeling all over the body, burning pains along the spine and aggravation from excitement indicate this remedy.
Helonias [Helon]: An excellent remedy in anemia and chlorosis. It suits especially anemia from prolonged hemorrhage in women enervated by indolence and luxury, or such as are worn out with hard work; they are too tired to sleep and the strained muscles burn and ache A characteristic modality is that the patient is better when the attention is engaged, hence better when the doctor comes. This anemia is associated with disturbances in the urinary and sexual organs. Tired, anemic, backachey females need Helonias, "It is one of the best blood makers that we have." (E. G. Jones.)
Aletris [Alet]: Chlorosis. "The China of the uterine organs." (Hale.) Tired dull, heavy, confused. Debility of females from protracted illness; no organic disease. Power and energy of mind and body are weakened.
Secale [Sec]: This remedy produces a progressives general anemia. It is shown by the peculiar cachexia of anemia, pale, bloodless, jaundiced color. By its effect on the blood corpuscles it produces a general anemia, threatening not only the life of a part, but vitiating the whole life of the bodily economy. It is a sort of a mechanical anemia.
Natrum muriaticum [Nat-m]: This is one of our best remedies in anemic conditions. There is paleness, and, in spite of the fact that the patient eats well, there is emaciation. There are attacks of throbbing headache and dyspnea, especially on going up stairs, constipation and depression of spirits, and consolation aggravates. With these symptoms there is much palpitation, fluttering and intermittent action of the heart. The hypochondriasis in these cases is marked. Scanty menstruation is frequently an indicating symptom.
Kali Carbonicum is one of the most important remedies in anemia, weak heart, sweats, backache, especially with female complaints.
AYURVEDA MEDICAL TREATMENT & ANEMIA
AYURVEDIC MEDICAL TREATMENT
Anemia is a deficiency in the quality or quantity of one's blood. It is generally a pitta (fire) derangement. Generally the liver is involved, as bile enters the blood and thins it out. The refined eye of Ayurveda also notes that anemia, like most imbalances, can be caused by any of the three doshas. Vayu anemia is due to deficiency and/or malnourishment; Kapha anemia is caused partly by excess weight, congestion and edema. You can determine whether you have anemia by several factors, pale or lifelessness, low energy, low grade fever or burning sensation, irregular elimination or yellowish and scanty urine, indigestion, vertigo, fainting, fatigue, and women may notice a pale or scanty menstrual flow, or no flow at all., the inner part of the lower eyelid will have no redness to it and if you squeeze your hand into a fist for a few seconds and release, the blood will take a long time to return to the palm.
There are many causes for anemia, both dietary and lifestyle. Excess hot, sour and salty foods, and alcohol derange the blood. Malnutrition is another cause. A traumatic injury, pregnancy, excess menstruation or bleeding condition, febrile diseases, liver disorders and excess sexual indulgence can derange the kidneys, blood and ojas or life sap creating an anemic situation. For women, immediately after a menstrual cycle, blood building herbs are recommended.
GENERAL BLOOD BUILDERS: Organic milk from free range cows & boiled, Black Sesame Sseeds, Pomegranate or Black Grape juice, Molasses, Sucanat (Whole Cane Sugar) are all good foods. Iron supplements, Vitamin A and Vitamin E are useful only if taken with Ginger or Cinnamon to help assimilate the mineral. Chyavan prash, 2 to 3 teaspoon twice daily with the warm milk, Turmeric and ghee are all useful suggestions. A mild laxative is suggested to regulate the bowls, helping drain the excess bile from the liver; Aloe Vera gel and Triphala are the gentlest treatments.
GENERAL HERBAL THERAPY: In addition to Aloe and Triphala, Saffron, Shatavari, Manjistha and Punarnava are the main treatments.
GENERAL GEM THERAPY: Red coral (or any red stones like garnet or ruby) improve blood circulation, particularly for Vayu and Kapha doshas. Pearl or moonstone are good for Vayu and Pitta constitutions.
SPECIFIC TREATMENTS: Each constitution or dosha is suggested to follow their food guidelines.
MEAT: Ayurveda suggests using meat only as a medicine since meat does not actually rebuild and regenerate the cells and tissues. In the case of extreme weakness, such as advanced cases of anemia, red meat (or its substitutes like liver pills) and bone soups are useful to take until the anemia is treated.
This information was obtained from www.ayurvedahc.com. Please visit their website for more in depth information about Ayurvedic Treatment of ailments.
ANEMIA, NUTRITIONAL THERAPY & RECOMMENDATIONS
TREATMENT IS ANEMIA-TYPE DEPENDENT
Nutritional therapy will be dictated by the type of anemia you may have. The suggestions given here are basically for iron deficiency and folic acid anemia. Discuss your therapy options with your health care provider, midwife, or herbalist before beginning any self-help home therapy.
MoonDragon's Anemia Index
Have a complete blood test to determine if you have an iron deficiency before taking iron supplements. Excess iron can damage the liver, heart, pancreas, and immune cell activity and has been linked to cancer. Use Iron Supplements only under the supervision of a health care provider.
The average amount of iron in the average adult male is 4 grams and in the average adult female 2.5 grams. The normal North American diet contains approximately 15 to 20 mg of iron per day. Most is present in meat and green vegetables; approximately 1.0 mg is absorbed each day and just about an equal amount is lost in feces and sweat.
To absorb the prescribed daily requirement of 1 mg daily of iron, you would need to ingest 10 to 15 times that amount. Menstruating women should take 18 mg of iron a day. Post-menopausal women should take 10 mg, and those with anemia should take 30 mg two times a day to restore sufficient iron levels.
As a result, the average adult's iron intake is in delicate balance, but is of little consequence as there is slightly more iron absorbed than lost and a store of iron is gradually accumulated. If, for some reason, the rate of iron loss increases, these stores can be depleted and an absolute iron deficiency develops. Such a deficiency requires large doses of supplemental iron to resupply the body stores and sufficient monitoring to prevent iron overload.
Improving Absorption: Iron absorption is increased by the presence of sufficient stomach acid, glucose, fructose, some amino acids and ascorbic acid (vitamin C). These substances aid in the absorption process by either reducing ferric iron to the ferrous state or by helping bind the iron to the mucosal cell receptor sites. The established benefit of Vitamin C has resulted in many iron supplements being manufactured with this vitamin present. Heme iron (iron from meat myoglobin) is 10 times more easily absorbed than elemental iron, or iron from non-meat sources. Iron absorption is decreased by the presence of phosphate, bicarbonate or bile acids. Thyroid medication and iron supplements should be taken at different times of the day.
You can help increase your body's absorption of iron by avoiding such foods as almonds, cashews and chocolate, and such drinks as coffee, tea, beer and sodas. In fact, omitting all sugar from your diet increases iron absorption. Even iron supplements can be undermined if you are also taking vitamin E, calcium, zinc or antacids. Vitamin C will also aid absorption: drinking 1 glass of orange juice each day may double the amount of iron absorbed.
Daily Requirements: The adult male requires approximately 1.0 mg per day, just enough to cover normal iron loss. The adult female requires approximately 2.0 mg per day, enough for daily loss and menstruation. Pregnant females require approximately 3.0 mg, enough for normal, ongoing loss and fetal requirements. Children require approximately 2.0 mg, enough for normal loss and extra to produce some residual iron stores and allow for increasing red cell mass.
Normal Iron levels are 40 to 150 ug/dL (female) and 50 to 160 ug/dL (male). Normal values may vary from laboratory to laboratory.
About 60 percent of iron in meat is poorly absorbed; this is a form called non-heme iron. Eggs, dairy products, and vegetables that contain iron only have the non-heme form. Such plants include dried beans and peas, iron-fortified cereals, bread, and pasta products, dark green leafy vegetables (chard, spinach, mustard greens, kale), dried fruits, nuts, and seeds. (One study reported that even though non-heme iron is normally less easily absorbed, people who were iron deficient absorbed 10 times the amount of non-heme iron as people with normal iron levels.)
Cautions: Be sure that you do, indeed, have an iron deficiency before taking iron supplements. Excess iron can damage the liver, pancreas, heart and immune-cell activity and has been linked to cancer. Use any iron supplements under the supervision of a health care provider.
NUTRITIONAL SOURCES OF IRON
Liver and lean red meats are the richest sources of iron available. These contain heme iron, the most readily absorbed form. Chicken and fish usually contain 1/3 to 1/2 the iron in red meat. Other iron rich foods are apples, apricots, asparagus, beans, bananas, leafy greens, peas, prunes, raisins, parsley, and corn. Blackstrap molasses is another excellent source of iron and essential B vitamins. Take 1 tablespoon twice daily. Also eat foods high in vitamin C to enhance absorption.
Foods For Health - Despite its popularity as an iron-rich source, spinach will not help your iron levels much. It contains oxalates, substances that actually interfere with the absorption of the iron (3 mg in 4 ounces) that it does offer.
Iron Supplements - While iron supplements are an excellent source of iron, certain iron preparations can cause nausea and constipation. If you experience these unpleasant symptoms, try eating organic liver or using liquid liver extracts. They are good alternatives that contain all the essential elements needed for red-blood-cell production.
IRON RICH FOODS
Include the following foods in your diet: apples, apricots, asparagus, bananas, broccoli, egg yolks, kelp, leafy greens, okra, parsley, peas, plums, prunes, purple grapes, raisins, rice bran, squash, turnip greens, whole grains, and yams. Also eat foods and drink juices high in vitamin C to enhance iron absorption.
Increasing intake of Vitamin-C rich foods can enhance absorption of non-heme iron during a single meal, although regular intake of vitamin C does not appear to have any significant effect on iron stores. In any case, vitamin-C rich foods are healthful and include broccoli, cabbage, citrus fruits, melon, tomatoes, and strawberries. One orange or six ounces of orange juice can double the amount of iron your body absorbs from plant foods.
To combat anemia, it is important to increase your consumption of iron-rich foods and supplement with B vitamins and minerals like copper. Foods containing riboflavin (vitamin B-2) may help enhance the response of hemoglobin to iron. Sources include liver, dried fortified cereals, and yogurt. The only natural dietary sources of Vitamin B-12 are animal products, such as meats, dairy products, eggs, and fish (clams and oily fish are very high in B-12-); like other B vitamins, however, B-12 is added to commercial dried cereals. The recommended daily allowance (RDA) is 2 to 4 mcg a day. Deficiencies are rare in young people, although the elderly may have trouble absorbing natural vitamin B-12 and require synthetic forms from supplements and fortified foods.
Folate is best found in avocado, bananas, orange juice, cold cereal, asparagus, fruits, green, leafy vegetables, dried beans and peas, and yeast. The synthetic form, folic acid, is now added to commercial grain products. Vitamins are usually made from folic acid, which is about twice as potent as folate. Many experts now recommend that adults have 400 mcg of folic acid daily, which is considerably higher than standard recommendations of 400 mcg of folate, which does not take into consideration the possible benefits of folate on the heart. Low levels of folate during pregnancy are common without supplements; deficiencies at that time increase the risk of neural tube defects in newborns. Women who are planning to get pregnant should take 400 mcg of folic acid before conception as well as when they are pregnant or breast feeding.
Grape juice with no sugar or preservatives added is a wonderful source of iron. Drink 8 ounces every day.
Obtaining a juicer and making healthy juice drinks is a great way of getting unsweetened, pure, healthful fruit and vegetable juices. See MoonDragon's Therapeutic Liquids for more juicing recommendations.
MoonDragon's Nutrition Therapy: Juicing
Soak 10 currants overnight. Remove seeds and have for 3 to 4 weeks and have first thing in the morning.
Eat raw spinach salads often. Be sure to wash the spinach thoroughly. Combine any of the following in your spinach salad - watercress, radish, kohlrabi, garlic, chives, leek and onion. They are all high in iron.
Daily intake of 3 to 4 pieces of dry figs helps in curing anemia.
Every morning after breakfast and every evening after dinner, eat two dried apricots. Snack on raisins.
Beet juice is the best anemia remedy. You can easily make this using a juicer. Carrots and other vegetables can be added for a raw veggie drink. Throw a few beet roots into your soup a few times a week.
Try to cook in cast iron pots and skillets. It is proven that doing it can significantly increases the amount of iron in your foods.
Honey is very good for an anemic person because it helps increase the hemoglobin in the blood. It is rich in iron, copper and manganese. Caution: Do not give raw honey to babies or very young children under the age of one year.
Iron rich meats may include salmon, mackerel, clams, oysters, mussels, sardines, anchovies, shellfish, organ meats such as liver, heart, tongue, beef, pork, lamb, poultry, and other fish.
Consume at least 1 tablespoon of Blackstrap molasses twice daily (for a child, use 1 teaspoon in a glass of milk or formula twice daily). Blackstrap molasses is a good source of iron, calcium, and essential B vitamins.
Eat foods containing oxalic acid in moderation or omit them from the diet. Oxalic acid interferes with iron absorption. Foods high in oxalic acid include almonds, cashews, chocolate, cocoa, kale, rhubarb, soda, sorrel, spinach, Swiss chard, and most nuts and beans.
Avoid beer and other alcoholic beverages, candy bars, dairy products, ice cream, and soft drinks such as cola. Additives in these foods interfere with iron absorption. For the same reason, avoid coffee (which contains polyphenols) and black tea (which contains tannins). Avoid excessive bran since it contains phytic acid. Seeds also contain phytic acid that can impede the body's absorption of dietary iron.
Avoid alkalinizers and phosphates. They inhibit absorption.
Avoid or minimize your exposure to lead and other toxic metals such as aluminum, cadmium and mercury. Do not use aluminum cookware.
Because iron is removed through the stool, do not eat foods high in iron and/or iron supplements at the same time as Fiber. Avoid using bran as a source of fiber.
If you are a strict vegetarian, watch your diet closely. Taking supplemental Vitamin B-12 is advised.
Do not smoke. Avoid second hand smoke.
Take a daily Multivitamin. Do not take any iron supplement without consulting with your health care provider.
Do not take Calcium, Vitamin E, Zinc, or antacids at the same time as iron supplements. These can interfere with iron absorption.
Alfalfa, Bilberry, Wild Cherry, Dandelion Root, Goldenseal, Grape Skins, Hawthorn Berry, Mullein, Nettle, Oregon Grape Root, Pau D'Arco, Red Raspberry, Shepherd's Purse, and Yellow Dock are good for anemia. Parsley, Amaranth Greens, and Kelp are high in iron and helpful for anemia.
An herbal mix for anemia includes: Comfrey, Nettle, Red Clover, Echinacea, Sage, Rue, Elecampane and Yarrow.
Beneficial Bach Flower Remedies include:
- Gorse Flower Essence
- Olive Flower Essence
- Pine Flower Essence
- Scleranthus Flower Essence
- Wild Rose Flower Essence
You can help further by drinking Rosehips Tea and eating some meat and plenty of
Greens and green vegetables. You should consult your Herbalist if, after a course of 3 to 6 months on the anemia mix and with better habits, the symptoms return after stopping the mix. There will be other issues which need specific attention.
For pregnancy, I have my pregnant moms drink a Pregnancy Tea consisting of:
MOONDRAGON'S PREGNANCY TEA
2 Parts Red Raspberry Leaf
1 Part Nettle Leaf
1 Part Alfalfa Leaf
1 Part Peppermint Leaf
If a woman has problems with anemia, I increase the nettle and alfalfa to 2 parts each. This tea is very healthful in supplying the pregnant woman (and breast feeding woman after the birth) not only hormonal support through the Red Raspberry Leaf, but also supplies a large variety of nutrients, such as iron and calcium to her diet as well as adding digestive support with the use of the peppermint. Sometimes I have used Comfrey leaf as an additional herb for its healthful medicinal properties. Brew as usual using hot water and steeping. It has a great flavor and can be consumed without sweetener or by using a touch of honey as a sweetening agent. It is a great basic tea that other herbs can be added to during pregnancy to help other dietary needs or as a medicinal base for tinctures. It can be frozen into ice pops for use during labor. This tea makes great sun-tea and can be mixed and made up in a glass gallon jar (I use an old pickle jar, well cleaned) and steep it in the sun during the summer months. The loose dry herbs can be placed in a couple of 4X4 gauze pads, opened up, placing the herbal mixture in the middle of the gauze and tied with a string or a rubber band. It can also be made using a standard drip coffee maker and coffee filters or using a "tea ball". Hot or Cold, this is a great tea for women of all ages, regardless of pregnancy or not. At least a quart of tea should be consumed throughout the day.
Be sure to obtain quality dried herb from a reliable source with rich color and aroma. Our affiliated merchants, such as Mountain Rose Herbs have a great line of bulk herbs at a reasonable cost. See links further down on this page to visit these fine online stores.
As always, I recommend you consult with your midwife before taking any supplement, herbal or otherwise, during pregnancy. If you have any problems with this tea or it simply does not agree with you for any reason, discontinue use. However, in 27 years of midwifery, I have never had problems with a pregnant mom using this tea formulation.
Pernicious Anemia and low blood oxygen levels effects health of red blood cells. Herbal approach to treating anemia are the use of Kelp, Ginseng, Nettle, Rosehips, Rue, Yarrow, Comfrey, Echinacea, Red Clover.
Yellow Dock root is a easily assimilated source of iron. Yellow dock contains only a small amount of this important mineral, yet herbalists consider it one of the most effective herbs for raising your iron level. Although the way that this herb increases iron remains a mystery, the proof is in the results. Many women with anemia and their health care providers have been amazed when yellow dock brought their iron count up to normal in only a few weeks. For some of these women, yellow dock brought up their iron levels permanently and they were able to discontinue using the herb. Others found that they needed to continue taking it to maintain their iron count at a healthy level.
Even if your anemia is so stubborn that it does not respond to yellow dock, a few additional herbs will usually do the trick. Studies conducted around the world have shown that the roots of Burdock, Sarsaparilla, Dandelion, cooked Chinese Rehmannia and Chinese Wild Yam increase the assimilation of iron, as do carrots and most green vegetables. (Although Chinese herbs like Rehmannia and wild yam were once restricted to the realm of Chinese medicine, they are now available in most natural food stores or bulk herbal suppliers.) German researchers were so impressed with how Anise, Caraway, Cumin, Peppermint and Linden Flowers improved iron absorption that they suggested that anyone with an iron deficiency drink tea made with at least one of these herbs. Iron-rich herbs include Parsley, Watercress and the Seaweed Dulse.
If these herbs seem like the ingredients for the start of a delicious soup or stew base, you are right! Throw in a few Beet roots to add even more iron, and dine on this soup at least twice a week. The Chinese traditionally prescribe soups made from healing herbs like Rehmannia, Wild Yam and Burdock. When you wish to incorporate medicinal herb roots into your meals, all you need to do is finely chop or grate them, then treat them like Carrots. Caraway and Cumin can also be used to spice up beans and vegetables.
2 teaspoons Yellow Dock Root
1/2 teaspoon Nettle Leaves
1/2 teaspoon Dandelion Root
1/2 teaspoon Beet Root
1/2 teaspoon Licorice Root
1/2 teaspoon cooked Rehmannia Root (if available)
3 cups water
Bring herbs and water to a boil, then turn down heat and simmer for 5 minutes. turn off heat and let steep for 20 minutes. Strain out herbs. Drink 2 cups a day. This formula can also be taken as a tincture or in pill form. To take yellow dock by itself, you will want to use a tincture since the taste is so bitter.
For preventing anemia, take 1 tablespoon of Yellow Dock decoction or 25 to 40 drops of tincture daily. For treating anemia, use the same dosage as above but three times a day.
Caution: Do not take Goldenseal or Oregon Grape Root during pregnancy. Do not take Goldenseal for more than one week at a time, and use it only under a health care provider's supervision if you have a history of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or glaucoma.
Alfalfa Herbal Products Bilberry Herbal Products Dandelion Herbal Products Goldenseal Herbal Products Mullein Herbal Products Nettle Herbal Products Oregon Grape Herbal Products Pau D'Arco Herbal Products Red Raspberry Herbal Products Shepherd's Purse Herbal Products Yellow Dock Herbal Products
HERBS TO AVOID
People who have anemia should avoid damiana, fennel, grapeseed extract, and rooibos. Herbs containing high concentrations of tannins interfere with the absorption of iron supplements. Avoid taking iron supplements within 2 to 3 hours of using Agrimony, Chebula, Gambir, Green Tea, Uva Ursi, White Willow Bark, or any form of St. John's Wort other than hypericin-standardized capsules or tablets.
TCM (TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE) FORMULAS
Four-Substance Decoction: A traditional Chinese herbal formula that treats all forms of anemia.
Si Wu Tang [Four-Substance Decoction; Soup of Four Things; Tangkuei Four Decoction]
Subclass: Tonify the Blood
Source/Author: Tai Ping Hui Min He Ji Ju Fang (Imperial Grace Formulary of the Tai Ping Era)
Shu Di Huang (Radix Rehmanniae Glutinosae Praeparata) 35.70 %Actions: Harmonizes the Liver. Moves Blood. Nourishes Blood.
Bai Shao Yao (Radix Paeoniae Lactiflorae) 28.60 %
Dang Gui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis) 25.00 %
Chuan Xiong (Radix Ligustici Wallichii) 10.70 %
Indications: Blood Deficiency, primarily of the Liver.
Symptoms: Amenorrhea; Anemia; Blurred vision; Dizziness; Dysmenorrhea; Irregular menstruation; Pain of the lower abdomen; Periumbilical pain; Postpartum weakness; Threatened miscarriage; Agalactia; Brittle nails; Dry nails; Dull complexion; Generalized muscle tension; Headache; Lochiometra; Pale complexion; Restless fetus disorder; Urticaria; Pale tongue; Fine-Choppy pulse (Xi Se); Fine-Wiry pulse (Xi Xian)
Decoction Preparation: 40 to 50 g/liter until 40 cl remain.
Administration/Dosage schedule: Take decoction 3 to 4 times daily, before meals.
Contraindications: Acute and severe Blood loss (following hemorrhage, for example).
Iron-deficiency anemia should disappear when the underlying cause is corrected. Eating fish at the same time as vegetables containing Iron increases iron absorption. Omitting all sugar from the diet increases iron absorption as well.
Health care providers can sometimes detect Vitamin B-12 deficiency by measuring serum B-12 levels, taking a complete blood cell count, and doing a blood test called the Shilling test, which evaluates B-12 absorption. Persons with pernicious anemia must take Vitamin B-12 sublingually (dissolved under the tongue), by retention enema, or by injection. This treatment must be maintained for life, unless the underlying cause of the deficiency can be corrected.
Hydroxyuria (Droxia), a cancer drug, may be prescribed for people with sickle cell anemia who are over the age of 18 and have experienced 3 or more crises in a one-year period. The drug eases symptoms, but is not a cure for the disease.
Over 75 percent of people undergoing chemotherapy experience some degree of debilitating fatigue, and over 60 percent list fatigue as their number one problem. Usually, this fatigue results from a form of anemia known as thrombocytopenia, in which red blood cell counts are greatly reduced, a common side effect of cancer treatment.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that children under one year old not drink cow's milk. Milk can cause anemia by interfering with iron absorption and possibly causing internal bleeding. The AAP published the results of a University of Iowa study that found the blood content in the stool of infants fed cow's milk was 5 times higher than children fed infant formula. Researchers concluded the amount of iron lost was nutritionally important. MoonDragon recommends babies under the age of 1 year should be breastfed if at all possible rather than using baby formula. BREAST IS BEST! However there are situations in which breastmilk is not available or a mother is unable to breastfeed her baby due to an illness or medication she may need to take. If your baby must be fed a baby formula, research the brands and find one best suited for your baby. Do not afraid to shop around and compare brands. Not all formulas are created equally. Regardless of advertising, there is no formula on the market that duplicates breastmilk and the benefits of breastmilk.
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MoonDragon's Women's Health: Anemia Index
MoonDragon's Women's Health: Anemia, Folic Acid Deficiency
MoonDragon's Women's Health: Anemia, G6PD Deficiency
MoonDragon's Women's Health: Anemia, Iron Deficiency
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MoonDragon's Women's Health: Anemia During Pregnancy
MoonDragon's Women's Health: Anemia, Sickle Cell
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NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS Supplement Suggested Dosage Comments Essential Raw Liver Extract 500 mg twice daily. Contains all the elements needed for red blood cell production. Use liver from organically raised beef. Consider injections (under a health care provider's supervision). Very Important Blackstrap Molasses Adults: 1 tablespoon twice daily.
Children: 1 teaspoon twice daily.
A source of iron and other important nutrients. Folic Acid 800 mcg twice daily. Needed for red blood cell formation. Biotin 300 mcg daily. Needed for red blood cell formation. Iron As prescribed by a health care provider. Take with 100 mg Vitamin C. To restore iron. Use ferrous gluconate form. Caution: Do not take iron unless anemia is diagnosed. Floradix Iron Plus Herbs 2 teaspoons daily. Contains a readily absorbable form of iron that is non toxic and from a natural source. Vitamin B-12
2 cc once weekly or as prescribed by health care provider. Essential in red blood cell production and to break down and prepare protein for cellular use. Injections under health care providers supervision are best. If injectionsa are not available, use lozenge or sublingual form for best absorption. Vitamin B-12 2,000 mcg 3 times daily. Essential in red blood cell production and to break down and prepare protein for ellular use. Injections under health care providers supervision are best. If injections are not available, use lozenge or sublingual form for best absorption. Vitamin B-Complex 50 mg 3 times daily. B Vitamins work best when taken together. A sublingual form is recommended. Important Pantothenic Acid
50 mg 3 times daily. Important in red blood cell production. Vitamin B-6
100 mg daily. Involved in cellular reproduction. Aids absorption of Vitamin B-12. Vitamin C 3,000 to 10,000 mg daily. Important in iron absorption. Helpful Brewers Yeast As directed on label. Rich in basic nutrients and a good source of B vitamins. Coenzyme A As directed on label. Supports the immune system's detoxification of many dangerous substances. Copper 2 mg daily. Needed in red blood cell production. Note: If more Zinc is used, increase copper proportionately. Zinc 30 mg daily. Do not exceed this amount. Needed to balance with copper. Raw Spleen Glandular As directed on label. See Glandular Therapy for more information. SAM-e As directed on label. Helps reduce stress and depression. Caution: Do not use if you have manic-depressive disorder or take prescription antidepressants. Vitamin A 10,000 IU daily. Important antioxidant. Beta Carotene
15,000 IU daily.
As directed on label.
Important antioxidants. Vitamin E 200 to 600 IU daily. Take separately from Iron supplements. Important for red blood cell survival. Prolongs the life span of these cells. Use emulsion form for better assimilation. Use d-alpha tocopherol form, if available.
ANEMIA SUPPLEMENTS & PRODUCTS
Supplements and products for help with anemia, a condition that occurs when either the number of red blood cells or the amount of hemoglobin in the blood is reduced.
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ANEMIA RELIEF SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS
Kalyx: Anemia Relief Extract, Health & Herbs, 2 fl oz: HH
A blend of Yellow Dock, Dandelion Root, Barberry, Parsley Herb, Slippery Elm Bark, Myrrh, Kelp, Structured Water, 15 to 30% Grain Alcohol USP.
Kalyx: Anemia Relief Extract, Non-Alcoholic, Health & Herbs, 2 fl oz: HH
Yellow Dock, Dandelion Root, Barberry, Parsley Herb, Slippery Elm Bark, Myrrh, Kelp, Structured Water, Glycerine USP
Kalyx: Anemia Relief Extract, Health & Herbs, 8 fl oz: HH
Kalyx: Anemia Relief Extract, Non-Alcoholic, Health & Herbs, 8 fl oz: HH
Kalyx: Anemia Relief Extract, Health & Herbs, 16 fl oz: HH
Kalyx: Anemia Relief Extract, Non-Alcoholic, Health & Herbs, 16 fl oz: HH
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FERRUM METALLICUM HOMEOPATHIC PRODUCTS
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