Anaemia may be described as a condition in which there is a decrease in the quantity of haemoglobin, in the number of red cells, in the volume of packed cells, or in a combination of these. The World Health Organisation defines it as a condition in which haemoglobin concentration, or the number of red blood cells, is below the level which is normal for a given individual.
Anaemia is particularly common in old people who are sick. It is also not rare in apparently healthy old people. Evidence, however, shows that the incidence of anaemia is much higher in sick and neglected elderly people than in the healthy, presumably due to dietary deficiency.
The patient usually complains of weakness, easy fatigue, lack of energy and dizziness. Other symptoms include a haggard look, premature wrinkles, dull and tired looking eyes, poor memory, shortness of breath on exertion, headache, slow healing of wounds, palpitation of heart and mental depression. The skin and mucous membranes look I pale, and nails appear brittle and there may be sores at the corners of the mouth.
Low formation of red blood cells in the bone marrow,either due to defects in the bone marrow or to an inadequate intake of iron, vitamin and protein, is one of the main causes of anaemia. Another important cause is heavy loss of blood due to injury and other conditions. Other causes include lack of digestive acid or hydrochloric acid needed for digestion of iron and proteins and emotional strain, anxiety and worry which interferes with the manufacture of hydrochloric acid in the body. Nutritional factors play an important role in causing anaemia in the elderly.
Diet is of utmost importance in the treatment of anaemia. Refined foods like white bread, polished rice, sugar and desserts rob the body of the much-needed iron. Iron should always be taken in its natural organic form in food as the use of inorganic iron can prove hazardous. It may cause destruction of protective vitamins and unsaturated fatty acids, serious liver damage, miscarriage during pregnancy and delayed or premature birth in younger females.
The diet should be predominantly alkaline. The emphasis should be on raw fruits and vegetables which are rich in iron. Iron-rich vegetables are spinach, green onions, squash, carrots, ralishes, beets, celery, yams, tomatoes and potatoes (with jackets). Fruits which are rich in iron are bananas, apples, dark grapes, apricots, plums, raisins and strawberries. Bananas are particularly beneficial as they also contain, besides easily assimilable iron, folic acid and B12, both of which are extremely useful in the treatment of anaemia.
"A stay at any naturopathy hospital, expert doctors on naturopathy and yoga treat you with natural foods, yoga and your daily schedule during your stay". Below is an example of daily routine at naturopathy hospital.
The Schedule ::
5 AM -5. 15 AM
Morning wake up with Tanasan, Relaxation, Holy & Healthy creative auto suggestion.
5. 15 -6.45 AM
Meditation, Prayer, Amritvani, Jalneti, Walking therapy, Kunjal, Dhouti, Basti and THERAPY as required (according to ailment)
6. 45 -7. 00 AM
Lemon Juice, Honey and water or Methi and water.
7. 00 -8. 30 AM
8. 30 -9. 00 AM
Swasthya Sadhak's Breakfast, with Juice or Fruit therapy
Treatment for ailment / Rejuvenation (various therapies)
11. 30-12. 30PM
Lunch - Vitalizing food therapy
12. 30 -2. 30PM
Relaxation (body, speech and mind), silent relaxed awareness
2. 30 -3. 00PM
Fruits or Juice Therapy
3. 00 -6. 45PM
Treatment for ailment / Rejuvenation Juice of Fruit Therapy
6. 45PM- 7.45PM
Dinner - Treatment or Vitalizing food Therapy
After dinner vajrasan or slow walking or Relaxation
Group Therapy - (satsang or group dsicussion or self awareness