About the Illness

A person with anaemia has thin blood (a reduced number of red blood cells). This happens when blood is lost or destroyed faster than the body can replace it. Anaemia can be caused by losing blood because of large wounds, bleeding ulcers, menstruation or dysentery as well as by malaria which destroys red blood cells.
Not eating enough iron-rich foods can cause anaemia or make it worse. Pregnant women are at greater risk of becoming severely anaemic because they need to make extra blood for their growing babies. HIV+ people are also at great risk of developing anaemia, being more vulnerable to the illnesses that cause it.


Common Symptoms

Pale or transparent skin (pale palms, nails, eyes and gums); weakness and fatigue; headache;  dizziness; if anaemia is very severe, face and feet may be swollen, heartbeat rapid and the person may become short of breath; women and children who like to eat dirt are usually anaemic.


Children's Issues

Children get anaemia if there is not enough iron in their food. It can also develop in babies over  6 months by failing to supplement breast milk with iron-rich food. Otherwise, the most common causes of anaemia in children are hookworm, chronic diarrhoea and dysentery.


Important Information

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Herbal Therapy

The best way to treat anaemic people is to make sure there is enough iron in their diet.
The following treatments are very rich in iron:
Stinging Nettle Tea Take a handful of fresh leaves and boil them in 1 ltr water. Eat the leaves as a vegetable and drink 1 glass of the liquid 2-3x daily. (6-10 yrs: 1/2 glass 2-3x daily. 2-6 yrs 1/4 glass 2-3x daily; up to 2 yrs: 2-3 tbsp 2-3x daily). If you are using powdered leaves, dilute 1 tsp in 1 glass hot water and drink as above.



Tea/Decoction
 
This is a good method for extracting substances from thick leaves, roots or bark.  
  • Boil 1 handful of plant material together with 1 ltr of water for about 20 minutes.  
  • Try to use a clay pot or stainless steel saucepan. Do NOT use aluminium saucepans as they can react adversely with the medicine.
  • Prepare a fresh decoction every day.  
  • If you need to sweeten the decoction, use honey instead of sugar because honey has more medicinal value than sugar.

[Tea/Decoction]
Good for:All
Kigelia africana Tea Boil 2 pieces of bark in 1 1/2 ltr water for 30-40 minutes.  Drink 1 glass 3x daily. (6-10 yrs: 1/4 glass 3x daily; 2-6 yrs: 3 tbsp 3x daily; up to 2 yrs: 1 tbsp 3x daily).

Tea/Decoction
 
This is a good method for extracting substances from thick leaves, roots or bark.  
  • Boil 1 handful of plant material together with 1 ltr of water for about 20 minutes.  
  • Try to use a clay pot or stainless steel saucepan. Do NOT use aluminium saucepans as they can react adversely with the medicine.
  • Prepare a fresh decoction every day.  
  • If you need to sweeten the decoction, use honey instead of sugar because honey has more medicinal value than sugar.

[Tea/Decoction]
Good for:All
Moringa Leaves or Moringa Leaves Infusion Cook the leaves and eat as a vegetable OR dissolve 1 tsp leaf powder  in1 glass water and drink 3x daily. (All children: 1flat tsp in 1 glass water or in uji.)

Infusion
 
  • Boil water and pour over herbs.  
  • Leave for 5-10 minutes.  
  • Filter through a clean cloth and use within 1 day.

[Infusion]
Good for:All

Food and Nutrition Advice

  • Eat iron-rich foods.
  • Eat foods rich in B vitamins, folic acid, zinc and vitamin C to help your body absorb the iron.


Body Work and General Advice

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