Iron deficiency in the human body causes anemia, however, you should not get alarmed as this can be cured by the use of oral iron supplementation with ferrous sulfate and ferrous fumarate. While taking these iron supplements, patients experience darkening of the face and stomach upset. Vitamin C aids in the absorption of iron in the body, so taking orange juice with these supplements is advised.
This is not your doctor’s first choice as blood transfusion is painful and at times a dangerous procedure. However, if oral iron is not working for the patients, a doctor might choose to take this approach.
The use of hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) is indicated when the tissues do not receive the required amount of oxygen in patients who cannot be given blood transfusions due to medical or religious reasons.
To maintain the lowest level of haemoglobin, Erythropoiesis-Stimulating Agent (ESA) is used which minimizes transfusions and meets the requirements of the patient. However, ESA is not recommended to patients with kidney disease.
Apart from medical procedures, anemia can also be cured by some home remedies, which have been found effective.
- The use of honey is recommended, the darker the honey the better for an anemia patient. Mash a banana with a tablespoon of honey and eat this once or twice a day. Stir a spoon of honey in a glass of orange or lemon juice and drink first thing in the morning.
- Another, seemingly shocking, remedy is taking two cold baths every day which is as an effective home remedy for anemia.
- A sunbath is another important remedy for this disorder as sunlight stimulates the production of red blood cells in the body.