Anemia comes from the Greek word, anaimia, which means lack of blood. It refers to insufficient red blood cells or hemoglobin in the red blood cells, which means that the body has difficulty delivering oxygen to tissues, including muscle and brain cells. The result? If you’re anemic, you probably feel tired and possibly grumpy, lack energy, strength and experience headaches or shortness of breath.
Because all cells depend on oxygen, long-term oxygen deprivation can have a wide range of clinical consequences, from inability to concentrate, to inferior motor skills, to even a heart attack. Causes of anemia include B12, folic acid or iron deficiency, insufficient red blood cell production, immune system problems or excessive loss of blood.
Acupuncture works by effectively treating the primary cause of anemia. If the primary cause is nutrient deficiency, along with increased nutrients, acupuncture will improve nutrient absorption by helping to heal the intestine lining. If the primary cause is lack of hemoglobin or red blood cells, acupuncture can stimulate bone marrow for more effective red blood cell production. This is one instance where a few treatments can bring significant improvement.