One doesn't always have to consult a doctor to treat minor ailments. Remedies can be found in herbs and minerals, plants and other natural substances, collectively known as alternative medicine. These consist of traditional substances Indians have used for over 3,500 years to detoxify their bodies and keep it free from disease.
What is Anaemia
Anaemia is called Pandu Roga in Ayurveda. King Pandu, father of the five Pandavas was known for the pallor of his kin, which is where the disease takes its name. Practically unknown in the days when ghee and other wholesome foods were part of the diet, anaemia is today a fairly frequently occurring problem.
A decrease in haemoglobin, which is the main constituent of red blood corpuscles, is called Anaemia. Deficiency may occur due to blood loss, gastrointestinal tumors, alcohol abuse and dietary deficiencies. A red blood cell has a life span of 120 days after which it is destroyed and replaced. Almost a trillion new cells are formed everyday in our bone marrow. Each human being has about 15 grams of haemoglobin per 100 ml of blood and a blood count of approximately 5 million red cells per millimeter of blood. Over 400 different types of anaemia have been identified some of which are rare and need medical care. However, many of them stem from improper nutrition and can be treated at home once the doctor diagnoses the cause.
● Fatigue and a general feeling of lethargy
● Decreased Appetite
● Poor concentration
Vitamin B12 :
Most doctors recommend the immediate use of vitamin B12 tablets when anaemia is diagnosed. Naturally they occur in animal proteins, specially the liver and kidney. Some dairy products also contain B12.
Vegetables and Nuts :
Beetroots, fenugreek, lettuce, spinach, Honey, sesame seeds, and other products like tofu and soybean can help anaemics. However, foods that are high in protein, especially Soya bean and diary products, will have to be diluted as anaemics usually have poor digestion.
Fenugreek leaves help in blood formation especially in young girls at the onset of puberty. Being rich in iron, the seeds of fenugreek can be soaked and a teaspoon eaten every morning. Almonds are high in copper and iron. Seven almonds soaked in water for at least 2 hours and ground in a paste should be eaten for at least 2 months. Black sesame seeds soaked in warm water, ground and strained and added to a glass of milk along with a spoon of honey makes an excellent drink and is very good for curing anaemia. Apple juice too can be taken an hour before meals and just before retiring for the night. Apples are rich in iron, arsenic and phosphorus.
recommends cold baths twice daily. Alternatively an Epsom salt bath for 10 minutes twice a week and a steam bath once a fortnight is also recommended. Also useful is going on a fruit diet for at least an initial five-day period. This will assist in detoxifying the body and cell rejuvenation.
Punarvana Madura is what is normally advised by Ayurvedic practitioners. This should be taken four times a day with honey. The main ingredient of this drug is Punarnava or boerhaavia diffusa, which is said to have rejuvenating properties. Other Ayurvedic preparations, which can be bought from any shop or dispensary, are Vyoshadi Ghrita, Pandu Panchanan Rasa and Lauhasava.Whether ayurveda or naturotherapy, alternate medicine as well as allopathy stress the need to eat wholesome foods followed by some moderate exercise. Fresh fruit juices, soups, green vegetables and food free from fats and spices are recommended. In these days of extreme weight consciousness, starving almost necessarily leads to anaemia. The right mental attitude would also go a long way in helping cure not just this problem but most other ailments. After all there is no better medicine than mind power.