What is Anemia or Iron Deficiency?

Anemia is defined as a decrease in the amount of red blood cells (RBCs) or hemoglobin in the blood. It is caused by insufficient dietary intake and absorption of iron, or iron loss from bleeding.  A very common ailment, wherein the hemoglobin and RBC (red blood corpuscles) counts fall from their normal levels of 15 gm of hemoglobin per 100 ml. of blood and approximately five million red cells per cubic millimeter of blood.


Weakness, dizziness and quick exhaustion.
A haggard look, lined with premature wrinkles.
Eyes stripped off its shine, mirroring fatigue.
Failing memory.
Shortness of breath and palpitation on exertion.
Occasional disturbing headache.
Slow healing of wounds
Pale looking skin and mucus membranes.

Root Causes

Loss of blood from the body i.e. haemorrhaging by injury, bleeding piles, bleeding from nose, mouth, lungs, anus, genital tracts or excessive menstruation in case of women.
Inadequate supply of blood-forming ingredients in food taken.
Destruction of red blood corpuscles inside the body after they are formed.
Deficiency in the production of blood because of defective functioning of liver and / or bone marrow.
Lack of hydrochloric acid in stomach, needed for digestion of iron and proteins.
Presence of hookworms, pinworms, round worms and tapeworms that feed on the supply of blood as well as on vitamins.


Go for a well-balanced diet rich in iron, sesame seeds, almonds, dairy products, animal protein, vegetables as beet, lettuce, spinach, soyabean, radish, carrots, tomatoes and fresh fruits as banana, black berries, strawberries, apple, amla, plum.


Enjoy sun-bathing as the sunlight stimulates the production of red blood cells.


Shoulder Stand
Posterior Stretch
Corpse Pose


Source: ayurveda.com


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