What Is Anemia?
Signs And Symptoms

Anemia is when a person does have enough red blood cells or the proper concentration of hemoglobin (iron-containing portions of red blood cells). These deficiencies occur when the body either does not make enough red blood cells or destroys too many red blood cells. One of the major functions of red blood cells is to carry oxygen throughout the body. A decrease in red blood cells means the body's tissues don't get enough oxygen, causing the symptoms of anemia. There are several different types of anemia.:

The Most Common Are:
Iron Deficiency Anemia Anemia Of Chronic Disease Megaloblastic Anemia (caused by lack of some B vitamins)

Symptoms Of Anemia Can Be Mild At First And Can Be Mistaken For Other Conditions:
Tiredness Pale Skin Shortness Of Breath Headache Lightheadedness
Weakness Chest Pain Rapid Heartbeat Feeling Cold

What Causes It?

Anemia May Have The Following Causes:

Complementary And Alternative Therapies

Most cases of anemia will respond well to nutritional therapy. You should, however, already have the underlying cause of anemia diagnosed so you can begin the right treatment. For example, excess iron is toxic, and you should not take supplements unless you have iron deficiency anemia and your health care provider recommends them. Herbal and nutritional treatments may be helpful when used along with medical treatment.

Nutrition And Supplements


Herbs can strengthen and tone the body's systems. As with any therapy, you should work with your provider to get your problem diagnosed before starting any treatment. You may use herbs as dried extracts (capsules, powders, teas), glycerites (glycerine extracts), or tinctures (alcohol extracts). People with a history of alcoholism should avoid using tinctures. Unless otherwise indicated, you should make teas with 1 tsp. herb per cup of hot water. Steep covered 5 - 10 minutes for leaf or flowers, and 10 - 20 minutes for roots. Drink 2 - 4 cups per day. You may use tinctures singly or in combination as noted.

You may be treated with the following herbal therapies for 1 -3 months and then reassessed.


Although few studies have examined the effectiveness of specific homeopathic therapies, professional homeopaths may consider the following remedies for the treatment of anemia based on their knowledge and experience. Before prescribing a remedy, homeopaths take into account a person's constitutional type -- a person's physical, emotional, and psychological makeup. An experienced homeopath assesses all of these factors when determining the most appropriate treatment for each individual.

A homeopath will usually consider anemia as symptomatic of an underlying condition, and treat that condition.

Supporting Research

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Anemia Information: Dr. Mercola 6/25/2007 - How Do You Know If You Are Anemic?

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