Treat Anemia Using Herbal Home Remedies

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Feeling dizzy, nauseated or clammy? If you notice you are pale and feel shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat, weakness and/or pain in the chest, you may need to see a doctor because you could be suffering from anemia.

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Anemia is a common reason for fainting spells and can be dangerous, especially if it causes you to hit your head on the hard floor or other objects. It is a medical condition in which the blood doesn't have enough red blood cells (RBC) or erythrocytes to bring oxygen to the cells. The condition is directly caused by inadequate iron in the blood, which can be a result of malnutrition, poor diet, pregnancy, and/or menstruation.

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If it is not any of these, brace yourself for something worse, such as another medical condition like celiac disease, bone disorder, or cancer. There are also worse cases of anemia. This is why symptoms of anemia must not be taken lightly. The most important thing to do is to see a doctor to validate or your suspicions or confirm otherwise with a proper diagnosis and treatment.

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Anemia, if it is not caused by another medical or genetic disorder, is treatable. In fact, there are preventive ways to keep your blood healthy that will not cost you much. Rather than go for expensive medical treatments once anemia already sets in. For families with constraints in their budget and for those who want treatments to be all-natural, there are herbal home remedies to prevent and/or treat anemia.

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First, try and understand your affliction. Here is some vital information for you.

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Typical Causes of Anemia

Anemia develops when the body, specifically the bone marrow, produces less red blood cells than the number that are destroyed. This blood condition can be triggered by any of the following causes:

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    Iron deficiency anemia.
    Plain and simple, anemia ensues when your body is not getting enough iron from your diet. To manufacture or synthesize hemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying factor in your RBCs, your body needs iron. Without iron, there will not be enough materials to produce the hemoglobin for the red blood cells.
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    Vitamin deficiency anemia.
    Aside from iron, your body also needs vitamin B-12 and folate to synthesize enough red blood cells. If you are getting enough of these through diet or supplements, but still suffer from the condition, your body may not be absorbing the vitamins due to certain medications you are taking or because of certain medical conditions like celiac disease.
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    Hemolytic Anemia.
    This occurs when the bone marrow cannot produce the red blood cells as fast as they are being destroyed. This happens due to certain genetic defects such as thalassemia, sickle cell anemia, and hemolytic anemia caused by G6PD deficiency. It can also be triggered by autoimmune disorders that make antibodies attack the body's own RBCs. This can also be caused by having blood clots in the smaller blood vessels or when the blood types of the donor and recipient in a blood transfusion do not match
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    Aplastic Anemia.
    This type of life-threatening anemia is not common. The problem is physiological having bone marrow that cannot manufacture all the three types of blood cells�" RBCs, WBCs (White Blood cells), and platelets. Sadly, despite modern medicine and technology, the root of this blood condition remains unknown.
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    Sickle Cell Anemia.
    This type is triggered by a genetic predisposition and one is born with it. A certain type of enzyme necessary in the synthesis of RBCs is not present or cannot be produced by the body. As a result, the hemoglobin acquires, a crescent form that makes it incapable of binding with oxygen and the RBCs, do not reach maturity, causing the chronic condition.
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    Anemia caused by a chronic disease.
    Chronic diseases such as HIV/AIDS, kidney malfunction and cancer can interfere with the physiology of the bone marrow and cause diminished production of red blood cells. This leads to chronic anemia.
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    Others types of anemia.
    There are other types of anemia that can develop as a consequence of having defective hemoglobin or thalassemia.
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Natural Herbal Remedies to Get Battle and Prevent Anemia

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    Decoct yellow dock root in water.
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    This is a European native/wild herb that easily proliferates even on roadsides. This herb is not only an excellent source of iron, but it also contains other phytonutrients - anthraquinone glycosides, as well as resins, tannins, and oxalates. In addition, yellow dock root contains vitamins A, C, phosphorus, and calcium.
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    1. These nutrients are vital in releasing the iron stored in the liver to make it available for use in the production of RBCs in the bone marrow.
    2. This can be decocted in water that you can drink. To successfully treat anemia, you need about 1/2 to 1 tsp. of the tincture of yellow dock root, taken three times a day.
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    Make tea using stinging nettle.
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    Drinking this herb best known for its irritant properties can scare anyone. What you may not know is that this plant can be cooked and consumed like spinach. Nettle likes to grow in shaded and damp areas. These can be dried and used as such or in making nettle tincture, capsule or extract.  
    1. To prepare a delicious nettle tea, add raspberry.
    2. For best results you can also blend prambos fruit, oat straw herb, and anise or fennel.
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    The dandelion-burdock root blend.
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    Combining these two plants can make them work synergistically and deliver better results in treating anemia. These two can bolster the body's ability better absorb iron from the food they eat. The following dosage is recommended:  
    1. 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of dandelion leaf/root extractor, and two dandelion capsules taken twice daily.
    2. A delicious alternative is eating fresh salads with dandelion greens.
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    Rejuvenating alfalfa.
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    This plant has loads of nutrients that make it a good herbal supplement. This is particularly good because of its rejuvenating or tonic effect.
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    A drink of Gentian (Gentianalutea).
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    This herb actively works on the gastrointestinal system to make it better absorb iron. Prepare this beverage by adding a teaspoon of its dried form into 3 cups of water. Drink it up an hour before eating.
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    Spirulina (blue-green algae).
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    These herbs work wonderfully in the treatment of the so-called microcytic and macrocytic anemia. You can treat anemia by easily gulping a teaspoon of spirulina a day.
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    Ginseng and Codonopsis Root.
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    These can be used together with Spirulina. These are known to have tonic properties that can be useful in supporting the other herbs in treating anemia.
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    Dang quai and Parsley.
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    These two herbs can be used to help address anemia. Take note however, because they have blood thinning properties that can lead to excessive bleeding and is not recommended for susceptible individuals or those scheduled to go under the knife.
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Other Herbs for Anemia Used in Chinese Herbal System and Ayurveda

  • Red Raspberry Leaf
  • Liquid Chlorophyll
  • Suma
  • Chlorella
  • Emblicmyrobalan or Amla
  • Jujube date
  • Mullberries
  • Peony
  • Blackberries
  • Fleeceflower
  • Shiitake Mushrooms
  • Fenugreek
  • Pau d'arco
  • Cress
  • Longan berries
  • Rehmannia
  • Ginger

How to Prepare and Take These Herbal Home Remedies

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    Herbal Teas.
    Herbal remedies are generally prepared as infusions or decoctions; these are also referred to as herbal teas. The taste can be unpleasant, so you can enhance it by adding a bit of sugar or honey, which is another home remedy for various ailments.
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    Herbal Tinctures.
    Another way is by making tinctures that are akin to extraction using alcohol.
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    Glycerites.
    This is an alternative form which does not make use of alcohol.
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    Herbal capsules or tablets.
    These are commercially prepared using dried herbs. They offer the convenience of being able to take a fixed dosage anytime and anywhere.
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Other Natural Solutions to Treat Anemia

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    Load up on iron-rich food.
    Know the good sources of iron and heap them up onto your plate - liver, beets, dried fruits, green leafy vegetable, oysters, eggs, lentils bran flake, molasses, yams, raisins, almonds, prunes, whole grain pastas and breads.
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    Supply your body with nourishing foods.
    Eat what can provide you with a good balance of nutrients - cereals, rice, pastas, fiber (fruits and veggies), dairy products (milk, cheese and yogurt), poultry, meat, and fish, and finally dry beans, nuts and eggs.
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    Know what to avoid.
    Know what foods, drinks or medications can impede the absorption of iron in the small intestine - tea, coffee, and antacids are among these.
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    Help your body with supplements.
    These include organic forms of iron such as iron citrate, aspararte or picolinate, liver tablets and folic acid tablets with vitamins B-6 and B-12.
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    Get a healthy daily dose of manganese daily.
    Manganese is essential for fat and protein metabolism, immune system, blood sugar regulation, and healthy nerves. Excellent sources of manganese include wheat germ and bran (oat bran and rice bran), spices and herbs (saffron and cloves), nuts (pine nuts, pecans, hazelnuts), seafood/bivalves (mussels, clams, and oysters), seeds (flax, squash, sesame, sunflower), and chili powder.
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    Cook in iron pots.
    Somehow, cooking using iron cookware can increase the concentration of iron in your foods.
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Tips, Tricks and Warnings

  • Increase your iron intake by knowing which foods are naturally excellent sources.
  • Know too and increase intake of those foods that can improve the absorption of iron.
  • Avoid foods and drinks that can impede in the absorption of iron.
  • Know the cause of anemia and address the condition by treating the cause. For instance, fibroids can cause excessive blood loss during a menstrual period.
  • Do not just self-medicate. Seek professional medical help to properly address your problem.
  • DISCLAIMER. This wiki is written for the purpose of education and discussion and not as medical advice. The information contained herein must not be used for diagnosing or treatment of anemia. It is not recommended as a substitute for professional medical care. If you have anemia or suspect you may have it, you must seek medical help.

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