Treating Thalassemia Naturally

Thalassemia is a blood disorder that is inherited. It causes the body to make abnormal hemoglobin or less hemoglobin than what a person needs. Hemoglobin is the part of blood that helps the red blood cells transport oxygen throughout the body. Without it you face anemia, a condition that leaves you feeling weak and tired all the time. If anemia goes untreated it can lead to organ failure and death.

There are two main types of thalassemia. The first, less common type is alpha thalassemia. You have this type of thalassemia when one or more of the alpha-globin genes that make hemoglobin are missing or damaged leading to blood cells that are smaller than normal, mild to severed anemia or hydrops fetalis which causes stillborn fetuses.

The second type of thalassemia is Beta thalassemia; it is the more common form. Beta thalassemia when the genes that make beta-globin are gone or damaged causing mild to severe anemia requiring blood transfusions.

Thalassemia treatments include regular blood transfusions and you should always work in conjunction with your doctor before trying any natural or alternative forms of medicine. While there is no cure for thalassemia it can be helped through home remedies.

What are the symptoms of Thalassemia?

  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Jaundice
  • Bone deformities in the face
  • Poor appetite
  • Slow growth
  • Delayed puberty
  • Enlarged liver, spleen and heart
  • Low oxygen circulation

What causes Thalassemia?

Thalassemia is an inherited blood disorder. There is no way to prevent it. It is caused by a defect in the genes that control how your body makes and processes hemoglobin.

How do I treat Thalassemia?

Because of the severity of the disease, alternative treatments should only be done under the care of a qualified healthcare professional.

  • Drink wheatgrass juice daily. It may slow down your need for blood transfusions. Make sure it is properly cleaned and that you are not allergic.
  • A zinc supplement could help speed up growth in children with beta-thalassemia. It can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, however. If you don’t want to take a supplement look at rose hips, alfalfa, dandelion, parsley and chickweed.
  • Folate, one of the B vitamins, has been shown to help build red blood cells which, in turn, helps to slow the progression. It can be found in nettle leaf, red clover and oatstraw.
  • Monitor your iron intake. Cooley’s anemia is not like regular anemia and has different nutritional requirements.
  • Make sure you’re getting plenty of calcium. The disease can affect bone growth and strength.
  • Vitamin D is critical in the absorption of calcium. Make sure you’re getting plenty from foods like fish oil.
  • Make sure you eat a healthy, well balanced diet.
  • Avoid junk foods!
  • Try yoga! It helps to slowly and gently strengthen the bones and ligaments.
  • Ginger can be taken to help boost immunity and increase appetite.
  • Make sure you have good hygiene habits. Though it won’t always feel worth it, especially when you’re tired, you’ll be thankful as the disease progresses.
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