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Acupuncture for Anaemia

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Aug 25, 2020

If you're constantly running out of breath and experiencing dizziness and weakness, you could be suffering from anaemia, a condition of the blood in which the red blood cells, or hemoglobin levels, are lower than normal. Several factors can cause anaemia, and they include:

  • Vitamin B12 deficiency
  • Lack of folic acid
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Chronic illness
  • Blood loss due to heavy menstruation, childbirth, accident and surgery
  • Medications such as antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs and anticoagulant medicines
  • Infections
  • Cancer
  • Periods of rapid growth such as puberty and pregnancy

Using Acupuncture to Help Treat Anaemia

Acupuncture is an aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that is widely used in different parts of the world for its efficacy in treating a range of health issues. It involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles into various points on the body, called acupoints, to regulate the flow of Qi, or life force energy, which is crucial to health.

This holistic healing system has been proven effective in treating anaemia. An acupuncturist performs the needling method on different acupuncture points on the body to stimulate their corresponding internal organs and improve the health of the red blood cells.

How Does It Work?

In acupuncture, a specific acupoint called zu san li, which is located below the kneecap, is linked to the spleen. This organ is one of the busiest in the body. Among its many jobs are fighting off infection, balancing fluids in the lymphatic system and filtering of the blood. 

Stimulating this organ will help relieve fatigue, shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat and other symptoms of anaemia. Acupuncture also regulates the energy in the liver to balance the iron levels in the blood.    

Besides working on different acupoints on the body, your acupuncturist will also recommend dietary changes to strengthen your bone marrow and increase the production of your red blood cells. In TCM, foods that help tonify the blood include red meat, green leafy vegetables, molasses, beans, cereals and fortified foods.

The Benefits of Acupuncture to Anaemic People

Acupuncture doesn't only treat anaemia, but it also prevents its recurrence by holistically addressing all areas of the body that are energy deficient. Because of this, you can be assured of the following:

  • Improved blood circulation
  • Speedy metabolism 
  • Strong immune system
  • Normal blood pressure
  • Healthy digestive system
  • Normal heart rate

Don't disregard the symptoms of anaemia as these can lead to a slew of health problems if left untreated. Visit our listing pages to get in touch with an acupuncturist in your local area.

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FAQs About Anaemia & Natural Therapy

What herbs are good for anaemia?

Several herbs can help ease the symptoms of anaemia. However, of them all, it's dandelion, nettle and yellow dock which have been found effective as these herbs are rich in iron, calcium, vitamins A and C, and phosphorus.

Can anaemia be cured permanently?

Yes, anaemia can be treated permanently with complementary medicine and conventional treatments. Conditioning the bone marrow to produce healthy blood cells will treat the disorder. If this isn't possible, you may need to undergo a marrow transplant.

What fruit is best for anaemia?

Consuming fruits that are rich in vitamin C, such as oranges, strawberries, pineapple and kiwi, can help prevent anaemia. It's also recommended to include red meat and kidney beans in your diet to improve iron absorption.

What vitamins help with anaemia?

Daily consumption of foods and supplements that are rich in vitamins B12 and C, as well as folic acid, can help reduce the symptoms of anaemia.

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