About the Illness
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.
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 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.
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 good for all
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.
Kigelia africana Tea good for all
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).
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.