What is Anemia?
Anemia comes from ancient Greek meaning “lack of blood”, being the most common disorder related to the blood. In Pandu Roga (anemia) the body becomes pale (skin, nails, eyes) due to rakta alpata (deficiency of blood). Ayurveda addresses that the imbalanced digestive capacity (Agni) creates Ama (toxins) which disturbs Pitta dosha (while circulates along the whole body affecting its subdoshas Sadhaka (heart) and Ranjaka (liver)) affecting Vata. When is not treated on time can lead to heart disease, tinnitus, jaundice, vomiting, severe thirst and edema, which are the common complications of chronic, or severe anemia.
Types from western perspective
- Reduction in the quantity of hemoglobin and red blood cells in the blood
- Possible deformations in hemoglobin molecules in the blood, which influence their ability to carry oxygen
- Megaloblastic anemia- Due to vitamin B12 and folate deficiency, the red blood cells are large (macrocytic)
- Haemolytic anemia- Normal size but there is blood loss or excessive red blood cell destruction
- Due to genetic or chronic diseases (example: Thalassemia)
- Sickle cell anemia, (Example Leukaemia)
Types of Anemia (Pandu) In Ayurveda
- Vata type: Iron deficiency. Usually expressed by dry and rough skin, aches and pain, tremors, and cracking of the joints. The person may be pale or look emaciated, suffering breathlessness, constipation or black stools.
- Pitta type: Caused by blood loss due to bleeding hemorrhoids and bleeding gums. Normally is expressed through dizziness, sensitivity to light, yellow eyes, fever and burning sensation, bad breath, indigestion, passing colored urine and dark brown or yellow stools.
- Kapha type: Swelling and hypo-protein emic anemia. Often is expressed by edema, chills, laziness, cough, obstruction in speech and voice, drowsiness and the skin is cool to touch.
- Caused by all three doshas – Sannipataj has mixed qualities from the mentioned above.
- Caused by eating clay – Mrttika bhakshan janya pandu roga. Edema in the cheeks and eyes, feet and pudendum, worm infection, loose motions and breathlessness.
There are many factors which can cause anemia, due to a diet lacking in the right combination of foods or with poor nutritional value. Ayurveda links Anemia to the Pachaka Pitta (sub dosha of Pitta), which is in charge of the proper assimilation of the digested food and its nutrients (as the minerals which would be passed into the blood) and it is located at the stomach. Identifying the root of the origin of the problem and eliminating it, is crucial any time we would like to get ride of it. What of the below points could the causative factor or factors in your case?
- Unsuitable foods for the personal constitution.
- Eating too sour, salty, hot or pungent foods (Pitta aggravating food).
- Eating Ama forming combinations (dairy and fish together / fruit with other foods / milk with other foods)
- Exercise, or sex, during the process of digestion.
- Suppression of natural urges.
- Infants and pregnant women (Garbhini-Pandu) are more susceptible since they have higher iron requirements.
- Loss of blood i.e. hemorrhaging by injury, bleeding piles, bleeding nose, mouth, lungs, anus, genital tracts or excessive menstruation.
- Inadequate supply of blood-forming ingredients in food.
- 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.
- Family history of inherited anemia, such as sickle cell anemia or thalassemia.
- Consumption of drugs like aspirins or anticoagulants which can increase the blood loss.
Emotional causative factors of Anemia
Bio-decoding, what is the emotion behind?
In general Anemia can be linked to negative emotions as Anxiety, grief, fear, jealousy and anger. The reasons behind these emotions which interfere in our ability to feel joy, can be separated in two types, since they have a thin variation:
1. Low concentration of hemoglobin in the blood: Anemia is related to a lack of joy in the process of life itself and with a feeling of not worth.
- Emotional conflict: Devaluation of what makes us to live, that which transports life.
- Feeling: “I do not want to disturb my family”, “I have to live as little as possible because it bothers me” and “I drown in this family.”
2. Anemia due to lack of iron (not hemoglobin): If there is also a lack of Calcium, there is a feeling of lack of the paternal function, when also magnesium, is related to the maternal function.
- Emotional conflict: Attitude of “yes, but». There is a lack of joy and present fear to the life.
- Feeling: “I need you to help me in my maternal role”, “I drown in my family”, someone close to you is dying and you want to give him the oxygen to live “,” Toxic atmosphere, no I breathe well “.”I don’t worth enough”
EMOTIONAL BLOCKAGE: In metaphysics, blood represents the joy of living: this is what the anemic person has lost. It may even be difficult to accept this incarnation until the extreme of not wanting to continue living. It is often invaded by discouragement and no longer establishes contact with your wishes or your needs. The person feels weak.
MENTAL BLOCKAGE: Take more awareness of the negative thoughts that prevent you from finding joy in your life. Let the child out there is in you, the one who wants to play and take life less seriously.
New mental model: I can confidently experience joy in all areas of my life. I love life. I worth to live a joyful life. I create my life without depending on others.
Symptoms and signs as result of anemia
- Poor/pale complexion and mucus membranes
- Loss of strength due to loss of blood and fat tissue
- Palpitations or irregular heartbeat
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Dry skin with cracks
- Trouble concentrating
- Fatigue, breathlessness, weakness, dizziness and quick exhaustion
- Feeling of ‘looseness’ in the whole body
- Irritability, behavioral changes
- Edema under the eyes, eyes reflecting fatigue
- Aversion to cold, cold hands and feet
- Premature wrinkles
- Failing memory
- Occasional, disturbing headache
- Low healing of wounds
- Falling of hair, brittle nails
- Strange cravings to consume items that aren’t food
- Swelling of the tongue or soreness
- Sexual dysfunction
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Knowledge is power, let’s keep the empowering cycle running. All the best my sister!
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