Anemia is defined as the decrease in the number of the Red blood cells in blood or decrease in the quantity of hemoglobin in the blood that ultimately leads to the decrease of oxygen in the blood as the number of hemoglobin molecules that bind with oxygen have decreased. There are a variety of anemias that can be classified depending on the underlying cause.
WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF ANEMIA?
Anemia is a complex condition that could occur due to certain direct medical or physical causes or as a result of some other disease. There is a wide range of causes that could enunciate Anemia.
There could be some impairment in the production of RBC’s. It could either be at the proliferation and differentiation level or at the maturation level. Some examples are:
- It could be due to RBC formation deficiency
- Hereditary anemia
- Deficiency in erythropoietin production due to renal failure
- Some endocrine disorders
- Vitamin B-12 deficiency
- Folic acid deficiency
- Iron deficiency anemia
- It could be due to excessive destruction of RBC’s
- Excessive blood loss due to some medical cause or injury may lead to anemia.
- Fluid overflow in the body leads to low concentration of hemoglobin in the blood.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF ANEMIA?
Anemia in many people goes undetected. The signs are usually very minor or vague that the person usually misses. Some common symptoms are:
- General weakness
- Lack of concentration
- Felling tired after little physical stress
- Shortness of breath
- Pale body and nail color
- Rapid breathing
HOW CAN AYURVEDA HELP IN CASE OF ANEMIA?
Ayurveda is an ancient Indian system of medicine that makes use of herbs existing in the nature and formulates herbal remedies using the inherent power present in these herbs. We in Ayurveda believe that herbal remedies bring to you the richness of the herbs in a natural, unadulterated form. These combinations help improve immunity and provide strength, endurance and will.
Ayurveda uses the inherent power of natural herbs to bring about wonderful results on the human body. The herbs are natural and 100% safe. The Ayurvedic herbs help overcome Anemia of extrinsic and intrinsic origins. The herbs for anemia help in increasing blood hemoglobin count and RBC production.
HERBS IN AYURVEDA THAT HELP RECOVER FROM ANEMIA
COMMIPHORA MUKUL (GUGGUL)
Guggul has highly potent rejuvenating properties. It revitalizes cells and therefore rejuvenates them. Its purifying properties as well as lipid- regulating properties make it a wonderful herb for many health tonics. It is useful for people who have low haemoglobin and are anemic. It is useful in many heath conditions as it has proved its versatility in several conditions. The effect it has on cholesterol and triglyceride levels indirectly protects the heart from atherosclerosis. As Guggul helps with reduction of cholesterol and triglycerides, it also prevents atherosclerosis to a significant degree. The herb also boosts the levels of HDL cholesterol. This herb also has been proved to have antioxidant properties. This property of the Guggul ayurvedic herb helps to prevent the oxidization of cholesterol and therefore control the subsequent hardening of the arteries. The herb is beneficial for hypothyroidism related disorders. The herb promotes the metabolism and therefore aids in weight loss. It is also beneficial for conditions like arthritis, pre-menstrual syndrome, bloating and many more. Guggul is used in the preparation of Chandraprabha vati.
EMBLICA OFFICINALIS (Amalaki)
The herb is known for its rejuvenating properties. It is a natural antioxidant that removes free radicals from the body and helps in regeneration of cells. Amla helps in increasing the body vitality and strengthening immunity. It helps in developing healthy, glowing skin and preventing premature aging. Anemia and blood related disorders are helped in a natural way. It helps in maintaining proper functioning of the liver. It aids digestion by soothing hyperacidity. This wonderful herb helps in improving immunity and boosting metabolism. The herb helps gain youthful skin and beauty. Amla has aphrodisiac, antipyretic, cardio-tonic, anti-diabetic, cerebral and gastrointestinal properties. It prevents premature greying of hair, hair loss and promotes hair and nail growth. It enhances eye sight, keeps the mouth clean, and nourishes bones and teeth. It helps to keep the intestine clean and also controls blood sugar. Amla is used to prepare Chandraprabha vati.
ACORUS CALAMUS (VACHA)
In Sanskrit ‘vacha’ literally means ‘speaking’; that relates to its wonderful anti-stammering property. Ayurvedic physicians believe that this herb alleviates Vada and kapha (kinetic and potential energies) but aggravates the pitta (thermal energy). The Indian Ayurvedic system uses it as a nerve tonic. The magical root of this herb has a reliever action over many mental disorders. Commonly known as ‘sweet flag’ it can relieve speech disorders, enhance speaking abilities and coordination, also working on the memory of the person. The regular intake has proved to increase and improve memory. Apart from these, other areas of its function are the digestive disorders and urinary dysfunctions. Its blood purifying action makes it a wonderful herb for our circulatory system. It helps in generation of RBC’s and increases hemoglobin count. The benefits of Vacha are added to Chandraprabha vati.
Spirulina, better known as chlorophyll is a wonderful natural source of energy and acts as a wonderful herb in Ayurveda. It helps to reverse age related decline in memory and learning. It possesses iron chelating properties. The chlorophyll molecule is also known as the plant blood as it acts as the haemoglobin of plants. In humans, haemoglobin is made up of iron whereas in plants it is made up of magnesium. It contains magnesium instead of iron as a central binding element. Hence, chlorophyll is popularly known as plant blood. Spirulina is the best known source of plant chlorophyll. It helps to in the growth and repair of body tissues. It is a well known antioxidant. It helps to boost the immune system and also maintains the circulatory system. Spirulina offers an endless number of health benefits. It is an excellent and pure source of chlorophyll. These special capsules contain natural ingredients that aid in preventing heart damage caused by chemotherapy. We use this herb to prepare SPIRULINA capsules.
BOERHAAVIA DIFFUSA (PUNARNAVA)
Punarnava is a wonderful Ayurvedic remedy with diuretic properties and increases the renal blood flow. It has astringent, bitter, anti-inflammatory and carminative properties. It is an excellent kidney and heart tonic. This medicine is useful in maintaining the health of the skin. These capsules can clear excess Kapha from the stomach and chest. They act as a rejuvenator and can be used in relieving impaired urinary condition. They are very useful in the reduction of excess body fluids, congestion and edema due to excess Kapha. Punarnava has properties to clear toxins from the blood and increase red blood cells in the body. The haemoglobin content increases and oxygen carrying capacity increases. It is helpful in the breakdown of the ‘fibrin’, a blood clotting protein. Punarnava is very effective in relieving infections of urinary tract. It is used in the preparation of PUNARNAVA MANDUR.
ASPHALTUM PUNIBIUNUM (SHILAJIT)
Ayurvedic physicians recommend Shilajit herb for improving skin texture, color, and glow. It is used as a multipurpose herb in cases of anemia, arthritis and diabetes.The trace minerals present in Shilajit help improve the body metabolism. The improved metabolism helps rejuvenate the ageing cells and enhances cell regeneration. The younger and better cells in the body improve the energy levels of the body and protect it from any type of stress, anxiety or depression. It is sued to prepare SHILAJIT capsules and Chandraprabha vati.
TERMINALIA CHEBULA (HARITAKI)
Haritaki is an important constituent of Triphala that has wonderful health benefits. It acts well in gastrointestinal ailments, in cases of spleenomegaly, hepatomegaly, tumors, ascites, and anemias. Its powder, when mixed with honey and ghee, is an effective remedy for anemia. The herb improves memory and is salutary in dysuria and urinary stones. Haritaki helps in improving appetite and helps in the digestion. In anemia of any origin, Haritaki herb is highly beneficial. It helps anemia due to haemoglobin deficiency, anemia due to red blood cell deficiency, and anemias of abnormal form origin. Haritaki is used in PUNARNAVA MANDUR and Chandraprabha vati.
TERMINALIA BELERICA (VIBHITAKI)
A very important herb in the Ayurvedic world, Vibhitaki is famous for its wonderful use in the formation of Triphala. It has numerous health benefits on the human body. Its action on the heart makes it an excellent heart tonic. It helps in purifying blood, thinning of blood, and removing toxins. It is used in cases of low RBC count and low haemoglobin. Vibhitaki helps cases of anemia of any origin and help regain healthy haemoglobin count and form. Our products PUNARNAVA MANDUR and CHANDRAPRABHA VATI have Vibhitaki.