Are you experiencing heavy bleeding during your menstrual period, month-after-month?
Are you having breakthrough bleeding between your menstrual period?
Do your hemorrhoids continually bleed?
Is your face or inside lower eye lid a pale color?
Fingernails a light pink or white color, instead of dark pink?
If you have any of these symptoms you are more than likely anemic.
Other Signs of Anemia:
- Hearing a thumping in your ears, like someone is off in the distance hammering
- Getting out of breath, chest pain, irregular heartbeats when walking (especially walking upstairs)
- Thighs hurt when you walk, especially when walking on an incline
- Extremely fatigued and have weakness
- Feel irritable
- Have headaches, dizziness or lightheadedness
- Cold hands and feet
- Your tongue is inflamed or sore
- Brittle nails
- Craving chewing on ice chips or cubes
What is Anemia?
Anemia occurs when your blood doesn’t have enough red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to your body’s tissues; referred to as low hemoglobin. Anemia can be temporary or a long-term issue; ranging from mild to severely anemic. Depending on the cause of your anemia, you may not notice any symptoms.
Iron Deficiency is the Most Common Cause of Anemia
Iron deficiency anemia is when you lose red blood cells through bleeding; causing low levels of iron in your body. This can happen slowly over a long period of time, and you may not even notice that you are anemic. But as the body becomes more deficient in iron and the anemia worsens, the signs and symptoms intensify, and you become tired and short of breath.
Common Causes of Iron Deficiency:
- Blood Loss (i.e., menstrual periods, peptic ulcers, hemorrhoids, intestinal bleeding from a polyp or from pain relievers such as aspirin, ibuprofen, post trauma or post-surgery).
- Lack of Iron in Your Diet (i.e.,iron-rich foods include meat, eggs, leafy green vegetables).
- Inability to Absorb Iron – Iron from your food is not being absorbed into your bloodstream from your small intestine, because of an intestinal disorder (i.e., celiac disease).
- Pregnancy – Pregnant women’s iron stores become low, which is needed for her own increased blood volume and growing fetus’ hemoglobin.
Menstrual Period Case Scenarios: Client consults with me about her heavy menstrual bleed; telling me how she is changing pads every 1-2 hours. She also becomes tired during and after her period. My client stated, “I will start to feel more like myself, my energy is better, and then; it’s time for my period again.
Break-Through Bleeding Scenario: Client tells me how she has been having her period every 2-3 weeks for the past 8-9 months, and the amount of blood she passes can vary from month-to-month. For the most part, her break-through bleeding is accompanied with clots.
When you have a heavy period month-after-month, your body is not able to make enough iron to replenish what I call your “iron bank account” (Ferritin iron levels bank). In a matter of time, you become anemic. What happens is, every time you have your period, you are withdrawing more iron from your ferritin iron bank. Eventually you become overdrawn in your iron ferritin bank account. It’s like you don’t have enough time between bleeds to save the iron cells you are producing to be utilized for your next period. You are always deficient.
In these two case scenarios my clients need homeopathic remedies to address why there are bleeding issues and homeopathic remedies to address their anemia:
Blood Loss During Childbirth Scenario: Client consults with me about her chronic fatigue. She states that she is always tired for quite some time now. For the most part she say’s, “I can do my daily house chores, and make meals for my family (3 children ages 4 years old – 10 years old). It’s when I do the extra activities, such as driving my kids here and there to their activities, that I start to feel very tired to the point of exhaustion by evening. “
I asked her when did she started to notice her chronic fatigue. Her reply was, 4 years ago. I followed up asking what happened 4-5 years ago. At this point, in my questioning to help select a homeopathic remedy, I am looking for what’s called “Etiology” (never well since). “I had my son 4 years ago”, she replied. I went on to ask how the delivery of her son went. She stated, “it was a very traumatic delivery; I ended up having a cesarian”. The doctors told me I lost a lot of blood during the delivery”.
I told her the loss of blood she had during her son’s delivery is the reason she was chronically tired, and is anemic. I asked her when was the last time she had a Complete Blood Count (CBC) done. She stated her last blood work was done 4 years ago, when she was pregnant with her son.
Hemorrhoid Case Scenario: My client consults with me about his bleeding hemorrhoids. He said, “there are some days the bleeding is so much, I feel lightheaded or dizzy and can have heart palpitations”.
Hemorrhoids (piles) are swollen veins in your anus. Your veins become hemorrhoids, from straining to have a bowel movement, or during pregnancy, the pressure of the fetus and uterus on the pelvis. Having slight bleeding hemorrhoid in most cases is nothing to worry about. It’s when you continually have bleeding from your hemorrhoid(s) over time that can cause you to become anemic. My client needs a homeopathic bleeding hemorrhoid remedy to fix his bleeding hemorrhoids, along with homeopathic remedies for his anemia.
How Can Homeopathy Address Your Iron Deficiency?
There are several homeopathic remedies for blood loss that you can take acutely to address your anemia from blood loss at that time, (i.e., during period). The most common homeopathic remedies, which I often recommend taking for several months, is Hyland’s Cell Salt Ferrum Phos (#4) 6x tablets to increase your iron levels. Along with Ferrum Phos 6x, you will want to take the homeopathic remedy China Officinalis 30c to help replenish your blood loss and address the symptoms from the blood loss, (i.e., tiredness, weakness, etc.); especially when you are bleeding. However, you still need to fix what is causing you to become anemic. Whether it be your fibroids, endometriosis, straining to pass a stool (constipation) or never well since childbirth. A case health history needs to be taken, to gather information about what your symptoms are to help select a 6c homeopathic remedy for your anemia. You will be put on a 6c homeopathic remedy, to be taken daily to address why you are becoming anemic; along with Ferr Phos 6x tablets. And when you are bleeding, you will be taking China Officinalis, and any other homeopathic remedies needed acutely to help with the acute bleeding.
How to Test for Anemia
A Complete Blood Count (CBC) test is done to measure your red blood cells, hemoglobin, and other parts of your blood related to anemia. When your iron blood levels, (i.e., hemoglobin, hematocrit), go below normal range, it means your anemic.
2 Simple Techniques to Help You Monitor Your Anemia at Home
These simple techniques are easy to do to at home to check if your iron count is, or is not, moving in the right direction in between routine bloodwork.
- Pull your lower eye lid down and look into a mirror to check the color between your eyeball and lower eye lid. Normal skin tone is a dark pinkish red. When you are a lighter pink to whitish color, you are anemic.
- Press down on your thumbnail with your other thumb and index finger and quickly release. Normal nail color is a dark pinkish red color and the color quickly returns soon after releasing your thumbnail. When your nail color does not quickly turn back to a dark pinkish color after releasing, you are anemic.
You may want to check someone else’s lower eye lid or thumb nail color, to see what is a normal color and not. These 2 techniques can be used for any anemic conditions.
Other Types of Anemias
The anemias listed below are associated with specific chronic health conditions, and can range from mild to life-threatening conditions. There are homeopathic remedies specifically for some of the following anemic conditions. The homeopathic remedies listed for the specific anemia conditions can be administered acutely, and in some cases, may even be used as a chronic daily remedy for why you are anemic.
Since these are chronic health conditions, it would be best to have your case health history taken to help in selecting a homeopathic 6c remedy, taken daily for why you have the anemia health condition. The selected homeopathic remedy may not be able to completely address your inherited anemia. However, the homeopathic remedy will help improve your overall health, by helping to relieve your symptoms and lessen complications that come with these health conditions.
- Vitamin Deficiency Anemia – Folate and vitamin B-12 is needed to produce enough healthy red blood cells. When your diet lacks these and other nutrients, it can cause decreased red blood cell production. When you are taking in enough B-12, but aren’t absorbing the vitamin, this can cause a vitamin deficiency anemia, called Pernicious Anemia.
Homeopathic Remedies for Pernicious Anemia:
- Arsenicum Album
- Crotalus Horridus
- Anemia of Inflammation – There are certain diseases, such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, rheumatoid arthritis, kidney disease, Crohn’s disease and other acute or chronic inflammatory diseases, that can interfere with production of your red blood cells.
Homeopathic Remedies for Anemia Inflammation:
- A homeopathic remedy would be specifically selected for the health condition that is causing your anemia, (i.e., cancer, HIV, Kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.).
- Aplastic Anemia – Is a rare and life-threatening anemia that occurs when your body doesn’t produce enough red blood cells. Infections, certain medicines, autoimmune diseases and exposure to toxic chemicals can cause Aplastic Anemia.
Homeopathic Remedies for Aplastic Anemia:
- Acetic Acid
- Anemias Connected with Bone Marrow Disease – There are a variety of diseases related to bone marrow, such as leukemia and myelofibrosis, that can cause anemia by affecting blood production in your bone marrow.
Homeopathic Remedies for Leukemia:
- Arsenicum Album
- Natrum Arsenicum
- Hemolytic Anemias – Develop when red blood cells are destroyed faster than bone marrow can replace them. Certain blood diseases increase the destruction of red blood cells. Hemolytic Anemia is either inherit, or you can develop it later in life.
Homeopathic Remedies for Hemolytic Anemia:
- Arsenicum Album
- Calcarea Carbonica
- Calcarea Phosphoricum
- China Officinalis
- Ferrum Phosphoricum
- Sickle Cell Anemia – Is aninherited red blood cell disorder, in which there aren’t enough healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout your body. The red blood cells are shaped like a crescent moon (sickle), instead of the healthy round shaped red blood cell. The sticky cells can get stuck in small blood vessels, and can slow down or block blood flow and oxygen to parts of the body.
Homeopathic Remedies for Sickle Cell Anemia:
- Ferrum Metallicum
- Ferrum Phosphoricum
- Thalassemia – Is an inherited blood disorder that causes your body to have less hemoglobin than normal. Thalassemia can cause anemia, leaving you fatigued. Thalassemia is seen more often in African-Americans and those of Mediterranean and Southeast Asian descent.
Homeopathic Remedies for Thalassemia:
Food is Always the Best Medicine. Eating foods that are high in iron and other nutrients needed to help you produce iron, is the one of the best ways to help your anemia.
- Red meat, pork and poultry
- Dark green leafy vegetables, such as spinach
- Dried fruit, such as raisins and apricots
Whether you have a mild or severe case of anemia, Homeopathy can help support your overall health in helping you feel better overall.
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