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Iron Deficiency is not the only cause of Anemia

Anemia is often neglected by people either because they are un-aware of it or because they don't take it very seriously. Many people tend to associate anemia with iron deficiency which is the most common but not the only cause for the condition. Anemia could be due to various reasons such as a de-crease In number of red blood cells (erythrocytes), reduction In hemoglobin level or drop in the oxygen carrying capacity of the hemoglobin molecules owing to structural abnormalities. Decrease in the number of erythrocytes could be indicative of excessive destruction, decreased production in the bone marrow or actual loss through hemorrhages.

Anemic patients usually look pale and experience various symptoms due to poor oxygenation of the tissues. Fatigue, weakness, giddiness, headache, depression, irritability, breathlessness, palpitations, chest pain, decreased libido and hair' loss are common manifestations of anemia. Iron deficiency anemia, the most common type, affects about 400 million women worldwide. This happens often due to malnutrition and heavy bleeding during menses. Nearly 60 per cent of Indian women lose hair due to low iron levels.ln many cases, despite eating right, some patients show deficiencies of certain nutrients such as vita-min 812, folic acid and iron. This, however is due to ab-sorption problems. Homeopathic remedies could be a ray of hope in such patients. While conventional treatment advocates the supplementation of the deficient nutrients artificially, homeopathy recom-mends natural sources in-stead. This mainly includes eating fruits like apples, dates and amla and vegetables like brinjal, beetroot, broccoli, and spinach.

Homeopathic remedies work towards removing or reducing the tendency to anemia and tackling the causative factors, rather than just temporarily treating the condition or offering symptomatic relief. Ferrum Phos, for example, is a homeopathic remedy for people with a tendency to have low serum ferritin levels. China is useful in treating anaemia resulting from excessive menstrual bleeding and post infectious diseases like malaria or typhoid. Anaemia in young girls who get pale and emaciated in spite of eating well may require Natrum Mur.

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Suggested remedies are indicative. To be taken under medical supervision only.