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Craving Ice, Dirt or Paint? Maybe You’re Anemic– Acupuncture Can Treat Anemia!

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Acupuncture Helps Anemia!

Or maybe you’re just the creative type — but either way, acupuncture is very helpful for treating the cause and symptoms of anemia!

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 and strength and experience headaches or shortness of breath.  Other symptoms can include dizziness, chest pain, pale or sallow appearance of the skin, ringing in the ears and sensitivity to cold in the extremities. Some people display an unusual symptom of having cravings for ice, clay, dirt, starch or paint.

Because all cells depend on oxygen, long-term oxygen deprivation can have a wide range of clinical consequences, from an inability to concentrate to inferior motor skills, to 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. There are several types, with iron deficiency anemia being the most common. Iron is an important factor because it is used to make hemoglobin.  In the US, 20% of all women of childbearing age have iron deficiency anemia, compared to only 2% of men. The difference is that women can lose an excessive amount of blood during menstruation.

Acupuncture works by effectively treating the primary cause of anemia. The key to prevent anemia is to have adequate nutrition daily. Stimulation of appropriate acupuncture points can improve nutrient and hence iron absorption. 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 stimulates bone marrow for more effective red blood cell production.

Acupuncture is an effective way to help improve nutrient absorption and treat the symptoms of anemia. This is one instance where a small amount of treatment can equal a large amount of cure!

For more information, please visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com

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