According to this shloka, the prodromal symptoms of pandu roga are:
- Increased heartbeat
- Dryness in body parts
- No perspiration
What is Aplastic Anemia?
In Ayurveda, Aplastic anemia is correlated with Pandu roga that develops due to the depletion of rasa dhatu(tissue element) which reduces the production of rakta dhatu. In Ayurveda, it is described in three forms i.e., in the form of a disease, complication and a sign of certain diseases. The common symptoms related to aplastic anemia are daurbalya (weakness), shrama (fatigue), adhirata (irritability), hridyaspandana (heart palpitation), vaivarnata (pallor skin), aruchi (anorexia) and shotha (edema).
Acquired aplastic anemia is a hematologic disease associated with mortality and morbidity. Destruction of hemopoietic stem cells plays an important role in its pathogenesis. This comprises a group of pathogenetically heterogeneous bone marrow failure. Bone marrow failure is caused due to the exposure of ionizing radiation. Anemia is normocytic, mild macrocytosis and can also be observed in association with elevated fetal hemoglobin levels and erythropoiesis.
What are the Causes of Aplastic Anemia?
Aplastic anemia occurs when there is damage occurs to the bone marrow that slows down or shuttles down the production of new blood cells. Bone marrow is the spongy and red material present in the bones that produce stem cells which gives rise to other cells. Stem cells in it produce blood cells such as white cells, red cells, and platelets. In this condition, the bone marrow is described as hypoplastic or aplastic which means that it contains very few cells or it is empty.
Factors that cause the damage to the bone marrow which may be temporary or permanent and affect the production of blood cells are:
Exposure to Toxic Chemicals
Pesticides and insecticides may also cause Aplastic anemia. This type of anemia may get better on its own if the patient avoids the repeated exposure to the chemicals.
These are disorders in which the body’s immune system attacks the healthy cells that may involve the stem cells in the bone marrow.
Radiation and Chemotherapy Treatment
These treatments kill the cancer cells but may also damage the healthy cells which include the stem cells in the bone marrow.
Viral infections play an important role in the development of Aplastic anemia. Viruses that develop aplastic anemia include HIV, hepatitis, cytomegalovirus, parvovirus B19, and Epstein-Barr.
Weak immune system during pregnancy may attack the bone marrow.
There may be an unknown cause in many cases. This is termed as idiopathic aplastic anemia.
What are the Symptoms of Aplastic Anemia?
This condition may progress slowly and may take over weeks or months or may come suddenly. The condition of the disease may be acute or chronic. It can be very severe and even fatal.
Symptoms of aplastic anemia may include:
- Pale skin
- Skin Rashes
- Shortness of breath with exertion
- Irregular or rapid heart rate
- Easily bruising
- Bleeding from nose and gums
- Fatigue and weakness
- Prolonged infections and bleeding from wounds and cuts
What are the Risk Factors of Aplastic Anemia?
Several factors that may increase the risk of aplastic anemia include:
- Pregnancy (rare)
- Certain autoimmune disorders and infections
- Use of drugs such as chloramphenicol as it is used to treat bacterial infections and rheumatoid arthritis.
- Direct exposure to chemicals
- High dose of chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
Natural Treatment for Aplastic Anemia
Planet Ayurveda offers the best combination of effective and natural herbal remedies such as anemia care pack for the Ayurvedic treatment of aplastic anemia. This pack is formulated by using the best quality of natural herbs that strictly follow the principles of Ayurveda. These formulations are 100% natural and are prepared without any chemicals and preservatives.
Chandraprabha Vati is a classical formulation useful in weakness due to Vata disorders and general debilities. This formulation is enriched with shilajit and Loha bhasma along with many effective herbs that pacify Vata Dosha. It is very effective in treating aplastic anemia. In Ayurveda, it is also useful in the treatment of urinary tract infection, urinary calculi, lower back pain, and abdominal colic.
Dosage: 2 tablets two times a day with plain water after the intake of food.
Punarnava is a wonderful and effective herb which has diuretic properties. This formulation helps in maintaining the health of the skin. It clears the excessive Kapha from the chest and stomach. It has the property of clearing the toxins from the blood and increases the level of RBCs in the body.
Dosage: 2 tablets two times a day with water after the intake of food.
Wheatgrass powder is formulated from the fresh and organic leaves of baby wheat plants. This powder improves the strength and immunity of the body. It also heals wounds and fractured bones. It balances Vata and Pitta dosha but does not increase Kapha Dosha. It improves the digestion process, balances the pH level, boosts the formation of red blood cells and treats anemia.
Dosage: 1 teaspoonful two times a day.
Aarogyavardhini vati is an ancient Ayurvedic formulation that has been used in Ayurveda for many years for the treatment of fatty liver and jaundice. This formulation contains kutki herb which clears out the accumulated bile and is also an excellent liver stimulant.
Dosage: 2 tablets twice daily with plain water after the intake of food.
Some Useful Tips
Take a healthy and proper balanced diet for maintaining the overall health of the body. Include foods such as nuts, eggs, beetroot, spinach, beetroot, soybeans, pomegranate, whole grain bread, honey, dates, red meat, tomatoes, seafood and dates in the diet