Anemia is a condition in which hemoglobin concentration, or the number of red blood cells, is below the defined level. The job of hemoglobin is to carry oxygen around the body. When red blood cells; and therefore, hemoglobin, are low – the blood fails to supply the body’s tissues with sufficient amounts of oxygen. Your lungs and heart will then have to work harder to get oxygen into the blood. Proper food, correct treatment, and the practice of asanas and pranayama, have proved very valuable for the production of hemoglobin, and necessary elements in the blood, in the pure form.
Trikonasana and its variations, Sarvangasana (If the child is younger than 12 years, then in place of Sarvangasana, the child can practice Viparita-karani-mudra), Surya-namaskara, Yoga-mudra
The practices of above asana are useful for purification of blood and increase of blood cells.
Sivananda Pranayama, Shitali, Sitkari and Anuloum Vilom
Spread a blanket or a warm cloth on the ground; over it, spread a cotton sheet. The reason for this type of blanket, being spread and lying down, therein, is that the energy or capability in the form of electrical charge that gets produced from meditation or Pranayama may not be conveyed away to the ground. It is the characteristic of the ground to conduct away electricity; hence at the time when we sit for meditation, Pranayama or concentration, one should use a spread, which is not a conductor of electricity.
By doing Sivananda Pranayama, we get maximum oxygen by inhaling. The air, (containing oxygen) that we breathe into our lungs, is transferred into our blood, which travels around our body – delivering oxygen to our brain, organs, and all other parts of our body. It helps the nervous system, the heart, the digestive system, muscles, sleep, energy levels, mental soundness, concentration, memory, and much more. When we exhale properly, we also get rid of waste products, such as – carbon dioxide, toxins, etc.
This Pranayama can be done in the morning, noon, and evening – as well as late night, whenever your stomach feels light – about three hours after meals.
Lie down on your back, bend the legs from knees, knees and feet apart – make sure heels are not touching to the buttocks – keep both the arms a little away from the body, with palms facing upwards.
When one lies down with legs bent from the knees, and the knees are pointing upward – the blood circulation in the thighs, and parts of the lower body, reduces – the intestines get enough of a good quantity of blood.
Focus your mind on the solar plexus (navel)…Start watching the breath… Breathe in as slowly as possible… Breathe out as slowly as possible… Now begin to deepen, lengthen, and extend this movement consciously… While inhaling, let the abdomen rise to its limit… at exhalation let it fall completely… Keep watch on each breath… Do this practice ten to fifteen minutes. Once you are finished, turn to the left side, with bent knees. Place your left hand under the head, right hand on the right thigh. Relax for some more time. Then sit up from that side.
Here, the mind gets concentrated on the solar plexus, and it is drawn away from the surrounding atmosphere; hence, the body gradually gets relaxed. The Pran Vayu, lying above the navel, and the Apana Vayu, lying under the navel, both get together and awaken Samana Vayu. The energy created, thereby distributes any element found to be short. Thus, whichever element is insufficient in the body, the same element is sent at the spot in enough quantity.
The practice of Shitali Pranayama is useful; especially for the supply of oxygen in a greater quantity.
Spread a blanket or a warm cloth on the ground; over it, spread a cotton sheet.
Sit facing East on Padmasana, Sukhasana, Siddhasana or Swastikasana or Vajrasana, in the early morning hours, before sunrise, to practice this Pranayama.
Open your mouth and stretch your tongue outside the lips, fold the tongue like a pipe from both sides, inhale gently (not forcefully), through the folded tongue, take the tongue inside your mouth and close the lips firmly, hold the breath as long as possible, then very – very slowly, exhale through the nose. This is one round. Make 15-20 rounds like this.
Sheetkari is a variation of Sheetali Pranayama. Those people, who cannot fold the tongue outside the mouth, can turn the tongue inside the mouth – towards the throat.
Turn the tongue in, behind the rows of the teeth, Keep the upper and lower teeth together, open the lips, inhale deeply and gently, through the teeth, with a sound like (si-si-si), then keep the lips closed and hold the breath as long as you can; slowly – slowly exhale through the nose, without opening the mouth. This is one round. Make 15-20 rounds like this.
If these two Pranayamas are performed in the early morning, before sunrise, a very good digestive power is observed, hunger increases, blood gets purified.
Anuloma and Viloma
If the breath is simply inhaled and exhaled, this process is known as Anuloma and Viloma. The proportion of time to be maintained is 1:2. That means to the time spent in exhaling – will be twice the time spent in inhaling.
Bring the palm of the right hand facing the face. Bend the first two fingers next to the thumb inside. Now, put the right thumb on the right nostril and last two fingers, of the same hand, should be used to press the left nostril. Remember, for the practice of this Pranayama, always start and finish the breathing from the left nostril.
• Breathe in through the left nostril – slowly and deeply. Close the left nostril, with the ring and little fingers, and breathe out through the right nostril – gently and deeply.
• Breathe in through the right nostril. Close the right nostril with the thumb and breathe out through the left nostril.
• This completes one round of Anulome-vilome.
• Make 15-20 rounds.
Never make any hurry or haste in inhaling or exhaling. The belly should expand when you breathe in, and the belly should move inward when you exhale. In the execution of all breathing exercises, this fact has to be perfectly observed.
Increased working capacity of intestines creates a new process of sending the iron that is produced additionally, in the various organs of the body.
So the practice of asana, pranayama, relaxation, concentration, and meditation, play a major role in the arranging of missing elements in the blood.
Other natural remedies
• Close the left nostril with the ring finger and little fingers of the right hand; inhale and exhale from the right nostril, whenever it is possible.
• Cold-water bath is very good. After that rub dry the body, with the palms of the hands.
• Sun bathe in the morning for about quarter of an hour daily.
• Steam baths, massage, and exercise – such as walking and swimming, are very beneficial.
First thing in the morning:
Take a glass of warm water with the juice of a lemon, with two teaspoons of honey.
Drink freshly prepared beet juice.
Munacca / raisins (15 nos.) figs (4 nos.), washed and soaked in water overnight, in a glass container. The water, in which they are soaked, should also be drunk – in addition, seasonal fruit (dates, apple, orange, papaya, black grapes, strawberries, melon, musk melon, guava, musambi). Eating one variety of fruit each time is very beneficial.
Salad – in any quantity (onion, cucumber, tomatoes, sprouts, lettuce, carrots, beetroots, radish, cabbage, soaked peanuts)
Chapatti of wheat flour with extra bran, + seasonal green leafy vegetables, brinjal, cabbage, carrot, celery, beets, tomatoes, spinach + curd / buttermilk of skimmed milk.
Vegetable soup, vegetable juice (spinach / carrot)
Same as lunch or dalia (broken wheat), fruit / salads.
Fried, fatty spices, starchy and sugar, containing food, tea, coffee, cocoa, white flour, tinned fruit, and refined cereals.
• Drink water, as much as possible, during the whole day – other than at mealtime. You can have soup and buttermilk, along with the meals.
• Add milk, cheese, egg, almonds, peanuts, wheat germ, and soybeans, in your daily diet.
• Honey, taken in any form, is ideal for an anemic patient because of its high content of iron, manganese, and copper.
• A combination of ripe banana, with honey, is considered to be a good source of energy, as well as all the essential minerals.
• Take black sesame seeds (soaked for a few hours in warm water, ground, strained) and mix with 1 cup of warm milk with honey or jaggery.
• Garlic can help get rid of some types of intestinal parasites.
• The anemic patient must have his full quota of sleep.
• Avoid excessive worry and tension. Try to be cheerful.
These are some of the most effective and safe, natural remedies for anemia. Though these natural remedies are safe – it is advisable to consult your doctor before adopting them.
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Dr. Rita Khanna is a well-known name in the field of Yoga and Naturopathy. She was initiated into this discipline over 25 years ago by world famous Swami Adyatmananda of Sivananda Ashram in Rishikesh(India).
She believes firmly that Yoga is a scientific process, which helps us to lead a healthy and disease-free life. She is also actively involved in practicing alternative medicines like Naturopathy. Over the years, she has been successfully practicing these therapies and providing succour to several chronic and terminally ill patients through Yoga, Diet and Naturopathy. She is also imparting Yoga Teachers Training.
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