Anemia treatment - Herbal remedies can aide in better absorption of iron and provide essential vitamins in red blood cells production.
Anemia is a deficiency in the hemoglobin of the red blood cells which diminishes the ability of the blood to transport oxygen to our cells and to remove carbon dioxide.
Common causes of anemia in women include loss of blood during menstruation, and nutritional deficiency of iron, folate or vitamin B12.
That is why anemia diet include a healthy intake of iron, folic acid, Vitamin C and B-12.
Common anemia symptoms include tiredness, weakness, fatigue, dizziness, headaches and heart palpitations. These symptoms result from the body not getting enough oxygen through the bloodstream.
Usually iron supplements are prescribed in case of anemia. However, iron is toxic when too much is taken. That is why herbs can be helpful in anemia treatment. They will aide in the absorption of iron, thus requiring lower doses of iron. This way the unpleasant side effects can be avoided.
1. Nettle (Urtica dioica) has been used for centuries in treating wounds, and slowing down bleeding and menstrual bleeding.
It acts like vitamin K by reducing the excessive flow of blood in menstruation. It also contains high amounts of iron and is said to stimulate the production of hemoglobin. Even though this herb contains a stinging irritant to skin, it can be cooked and eaten like spinach.
Seems that adding red raspberry leaf, oat straw herb or anise seed potentiate the effect of nettle leaf on anemia.
2. Gentian root (Gentiana lutea) has been used for centuries in Europe in treating digestive disorders. The bitter qualities of gentian helps to stimulate the digestive system, making iron and other nutrients easier to be absorbed.
Add 1 teaspoon powdered dried rhizome to 3 cups of water. Take 1 tablespoon about a half hour before eating.
Gentian tincture stimulates the appetite and harmonizes food digestive processes.
Gentian macerate tea prepared from Gentian roots macerated in cold water for eight hours combat anemia, help cure heart and liver diseases, stimulate the liver functions and decrease white blood cell count. Drink half an hour before the main meals.
This herb is not indicated for pregnant women.
3. Dandelion is an extremely efficient plant for anemia treatment. Dandelion contains high levels of iron and B vitamin complex.
It has been used in Chinese medication over many generations in treating anemia due to deficiencies of folic acid, iron, and vitamin B12 by increasing the production of hydrochloric acid resulting in better nutritional absorption.
Make an infusion from 50 g / 1.76 oz dandelion roots and leaves in 1 l / 34 oz of water. Boil for 2 minutes, strain and let steep for 10 minutes. Drink 3 cups of tea daily before meals.
4. If Dandelion is used in combination with Burdock root it will have an even stronger effect.
Burdock root has long been used to fortify and cleanse the blood. It contains high amounts of iron which is vital for anemia. It also helps to increase the levels of hemoglobin that is diminished for people with anemia.
5. Yellow dock (Rumex crispus) root is very good against anemia, because it contains iron absorbed from the earth.
Yellow dock is also used in herbal remedies to treat constipation and other digestive issues. Besides its high content in iron and flavonoids, it helps to strengthen the capillaries.
It also helps to enhance our digestive system in absorption of protein, iron and other nutrition that is vital for people with nutritional deficiency anemia.
The properties of this herb are alterative, depurative, laxative, purgative, cholagogue, and astringent. The primary chemical constituents of Yellow Dock Root include anthraquinone glycosides, tannins, resins, oxalates, and iron.
It also contains varying amounts of phosphorus, vitamins A and C, and calcium. It helps to free up iron stored in the liver, thus making it more available to the rest of the body.
Prepare a decoction from a teaspoon of Yellow dock root. Boil the herb in a cup of water for 5 minutes. Strain and drink two cups daily, before meals, one in the morning and one in the evening.
It is also available in tincture form as well as capsules. This herb can have the side effect of causing diarrhea if the dosage is too high.
6. Spirulina. Unlike many other plants, the iron content of Spirulina is easily absorbed by the body.
Before using synthetic iron sources (very harmful to the health of the digestive tract) it would be better to try a diet with Spirulina. Take 2-4 g / 0.07 - 0.14 oz (4-8 tablets) per day, in 30 day cures, followed by at least 15 days of rest.
Spirulina or blue green algae is effectively with various types of anemia, but also in various vitamins and minerals deficiencies. It is found often in the form of tablets with a not-so-pleasant odor and the treatment should take several months to see the effects.
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