Aplastic anemia one of serious health condition in children where the bone marrow cannot produce sufficient blood cells. This causes lack of oxygen to tissues and cells, decreased or lowered immunity, increased risk of bleeding problems and frequent infections. This is a very serious and grave condition and usually is difficult to cure but can be managed efficiently with supportive and complementary therapies.
For most of the time, the cause is unknown. Sometimes it is due to hereditary factors. It may be acquired during the childhood due to severe infections such as Hepatitis, Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), cytomegalovirus (CMV) or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Some of the other causes are autoimmune disorders, cancers, certain medications, radiation therapy and chemotherapy, heavy metal poisoning, etc.
- Irregular heartbeat and enlarged heart
- Chest pain and palpitations
- Lack of energy and easy fatigue
- Shortness of breath
- Pale skin, lips, dark circles around the eyelids
- Bleeding gums and mouth sores
- Frequent infections
- Heavy bleeding from least injuries
- Heavy bleeding during menses
- Bleeding from nose and per rectum
- Skin rashes and easy bruising
- Tests to diagnose aplastic anemia are:
- Haemoglobin and Haematocrit
- A complete blood count (CBC)
- Peripheral smear examination
- Bone marrow aspiration and biopsy
- Delayed growth and development
- Develop cancers
- May lead to heart failure
- Uncontrolled bleeding
- Keep the children in a safe and clean environment
- Keep them away from sick people
- Give them proper balanced and nutritious food
- Avoid feeding uncooked foods to the child
- Avoid taking them to places of higher altitudes as the oxygen level decreases
- Avoid them from participating in games which might cause injuries and bleeding
- Regular blood check-up at least once in six months.
- Give them iron-rich foods
The treatment depends on the cause, severity of the condition and in consideration with the age and symptoms of the child. In mild cases, just medicines and supplements can help to treat the condition. But severe cases may require blood and platelet transfusions, immunosuppressive medications, etc.
Homeopathic management in Aplastic anemia
The role of homeopathy medicines in treating aplastic anemia is mostly supportive and complementary, and it depends on the severity of the symptoms as most severe cases need blood or platelet transfusions. Homeopathic medicines try to restore the functions of the bone marrow and increase the cell production. The indicated or the constitutional medicine selected can help to the symptoms such as bleeding, fatigue, in healing of the injuries and bruises, etc. It also boosts up the immunity and counter act the side effects of long term modern medications needed to support this condition. Along with the conventional treatments and transfusion, homeopathy can be very helpful in managing this serious condition.
Some of the homeopathic medicines useful in managing the symptoms of aplastic anemia are Aletris Farinosa, Calcarea carbonica, Ferrum metallicum, Helonias, Natrum muriaticum, Pulsatilla, China, Ferr-phos, Nit-acid, Plumbum met, Phosphorus, Kali-carb, Ars-iod, etc.
It is a useful homeopathic remedy for anemia indicated for anemia with dizziness and fainting. The skin looks pale with extreme weakness and fatigue. It is essentially a female remedy for excessive bleeding during menses. Frequent episodes of fainting and palpitation.
It is one of the best homeopathic medicines for anemia indicated for symptoms of excessive bleeding due to traumatic injury or during menses. It is used to control bleeding and to stimulate production of blood cells. Haemorrhage of all kinds from all parts of the body. It is the best remdy to treat anemia from blood loss of any form. Anemia due to blood loss with frequent fainting episodes. Coldness and pallor of the skin especially the face appears pale with sunken features.
It is one of the best remedies in homeopathy to treat anemia with severe palpitations and chest pain. Very weak with paleness, frequent flushings from least excitement. Vertigo, pulsating headaches and ringing in ears. Difficulty in breathing, shortness of breath with palpitations and coldness of the body. It is also indicated for females with excessive bleeding during menses.
It is a very useful homeopathic medicine for anemia to treat the symptoms of palpitations with fluttering sensations in the heart, headache, nausea and vomiting. Violent palpitations which shakes the whole body. The child is lean and emaciated with loss of flesh. The headache due to anemia with craving for salty foods. Heart palpitations due to decreased blood.
It is the best homeopathic remedy for anemia to increase the haemoglobin level. The skin appears pale with palpitation of heart and weakness. The pulse rate is quickened with frequent episodes of vertigo and headache.
Some of the best products available in homeopathy to manage anemia are Schwabe India?s, Ferrum phosphoricum, Biofungin, Biocombination No. 01, Anekind, etc.