Anemia

Anemia is a medical condition in which the blood has a deficiency of red blood cells or of the hemoglobin these cells need to carry oxygen.

 

The symptoms of anemia include weakness, fatigue, dizziness, headaches and heart palpitations. These symptoms result from the body not getting enough oxygen through the bloodstream. In many cases, however, the symptoms are mild or unnoticed. It can become a life-threatening condition if left untreated for a long time. The most common form of anemia is caused by iron deficiency. This can occur either through prolonged blood loss, as through heavy menstrual periods or slow bleeding ulcers or hemorrhoids. About ten percent of women in their childbearing years are anemic. Overuse of aspirin or ibuprofen can also cause internal bleeding which leads to anemia. Other people who are at risk for anemia include smokers, alcoholics, vegetarians and people over 50. Anemia is often associated with serious illnesses, like cancer, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis. Women need to be checked for anemia throughout pregnancy as well. Less common forms of anemia include pernicious anemia, caused by a deficiency of vitamin B12 or folic acid. These components of the B vitamin complex are necessary for the production of red blood cells. B-12 and folic acid should always be taken together. Usually, iron supplements are prescribed for the treatment of anemia. These should be taken with vitamin C for best absorption. Unfortunately, iron is extremely toxic when too much is taken. In many cases, even standard doses can cause an upset stomach and constipation. It also interferes with the absorption of essential trace minerals. People with an inherited disorder called hemochromatosis have to be particularly careful with iron supplements. For these reasons, herbs are a much better alternative. Herbs are  combined with more modest doses of iron. Nutritionists and herbalists feel that blood nourishing herbs aid in the absorption of iron as well as providing other benefits to the blood. And with lower doses of iron, the unpleasant side effects can be avoided.

One of the most widely recommended herbs for anemia is yellow dock root. Yellow dock is a common roadside weed. But it has been found to be effective in raising iron levels. Many people with anemia have surprised their doctors when they reported that their good results came from this simple plant. Some have been able to raise their hemoglobin count in a few weeks with yellow dock and then discontinue the use of the herb. It is available in tincture form as well as capsules; however the best way to use it is the tincture because it absorbs 250 times faster then when taking it in a capsule. This herb can have the side effect of causing diarrhea if the dosage is too high.

Another herb useful in the treatment of anemia is stinging nettle, also called nettle leaf. It can be obtained as the bulk dried herb, tincture, or capsule form at Health & Herbs.While a few sources suggest nettle shouldn’t be used in pregnancy, many midwives use it with their patients and get good results. It is often combined with Quercetin/NettlePlus, red raspberry leaf and oat straw herb. The addition of anise seed seems to improve results.

Dandelion and barberry bark are often used in combinations of herbs to treat anemia.  They work by increasing the body’s ability to absorb iron from food. 
Anemia Relief, its a combination of Yellow Dock, Dandelion Root, Barberry, Parsley Herb, Alfalfa, Myrrh,  and Kelp. Alfalfa is a plant that is very nourishing. It is often included in combinations of herbs designed to build up the blood. Alfalfa doses are usually large because it is more like a food than a medicine. 

Truman’s super green foods with a smoothie every morning for a nice boost of energy. (2 tablespoons in the equivalent serving of 5-6 serving a of veggies and fruits.)

Dong quai, a Chinese herb, has been reported to help in the treatment of anemia because of its high B12 content. It is a blood tonic for women and a digestive stimulant. It has been shown to assist the body in efficiently using hormones. Many other herbs have been used down through the ages to treat “tired blood,” but usually they are used in combination with the ones mentioned. Herbs are usually most effective when taken throughout the day instead of in one or two large doses per day. Teas are one of the best methods to extract the healing properties of herbs. Herbalists, like my self differ in their recommendations for brewing teas, but in general, a cup of medicinal tea can be made by pouring boiling water over a teaspoon (or more) of the herb, and steeping it 5 to 10 minutes. It is good to cover the cup with a saucer in order to keep the volatile oils from evaporating away.

The best tea to drink every morning is Daily health tea. This tea builds and cleans the blood and boosts the immune system.

Since the dosage needs to be repeated frequently, many people prefer to take their herbs in the form of tinctures or capsules.

Tinctures are herbs that have been soaked in high proof alcohol that extracts the herb in to a concentrated form. Dosages are measured by an eyedropper.  Held under the tongue for 30 seconds provides 300 % more absorption than capsules.

For those who prefer to avoid alcohol, formulas called glycerine are available (call store at 541-791-8400).

Tinctures are useful for people who have trouble swallowing capsules. Dosages of herb capsules usually are in the range of 3 or 6 capsules 3 times a day. That amounts to a lot of pill swallowing! Again, better results are often obtained with smaller doses more frequently administered, like every 2 hours of the tincture and sometimes more often until a situation is controlled. Then reduce dosage as needed.

One more natural remedy for anemia that should be mentioned is plant derived, though not exactly an herb. That remedy is liquid chlorophyll. It has been used to raise hemoglobin levels in a hurry, and is safe to use during pregnancy.   Herbs can be helpful in the treatment of anemia. Including iron-rich foods, such as black strap molasses, legumes, leafy greens, and red meat, in the diet should not be overlooked in managing anemia. It is also helpful to use iron cookware.

Always recommended to do a Total detox before starting on herbs so that your body can get rid of excess toxins and absorb the herbs better.

5-10 day Cleanse (detox)

Gland Rejuvenator-This formula helps balance blood sugar levels. It helps regulate the lymphatic system, stimulates and strengthens the spleen and pancreas. It stimulates the thyroid, balances the endocrine system, and helps to keep the heart in proper function. Also, it can be used to aid digestion, help to eliminate toxins. Take 1 teaspoon in juice or water or under the tongue. May be taken 3 times daily.

Detoxifier– Aid’s  the body in a cleansing program. Can also be used for acne, colitis, croup, lupus, mucus, mumps and weight loss. Can-Free– Boost’s your immune systems and releases toxins from your body.

Daily Health Tea: (Pau d’ Arco)- Drink 2-4 cups per day. Add stevia, xylitol or raw honey to sweeten.        

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