Vitamin B12 Deficiency - Herbal Remedies, Ayurvedic Medicines
Vitamins are required in very little amount for a variety of functions in our body such as catalyzing enzymatic reactions and RBC production. These vitamins occur naturally in our food. 13 vitamins are there needed in our body, out of which 8 comes under vitamin B complex. The vitamin B complex helps as power source in various body activities.
These are eight vitamins are:
- Thiamin (B1)
- Pantothenic acid
- Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)
- Folate (folic acid )
- Vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin)
Vitamin B12 and folic acid (folate ) works in production of blood cells. Deficiency of folate increases the risk of birth defects in feotus that's why it is necessary in pregnant females. Vitamin B12 deficiency is related to pernicious anemia.
Common Symptoms of Vitamin B12 Deficiency
- General weakness
- Rapid heartbeat
- Pale skin
- Sore tongue
- Swollen and red gums
- Diarrhea/ constipation
- Ringing in ears
- Weight Loss
- Gastrointestinal Problems
- Shortness of Breath
- Tingling in Fingers and Toes
- Loss of balance
- Degeneration of peripheral nerves
Some Diseases associated with vitamin B12 deficiency (pernicious anemia)
- Addison's disease
- Diabetes Mellitus Type-I
- Grave's disease
- Myasthenia gravis
- Hypoactivity of pituitary gland
- Underactive parathyroid gland
- Secondary amenorrhea
Vitamin B12 deficiency can be diagnosed by
- Complete blood count (CBC)
- Reticulocyte count
- Schillings test
- Serum Lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) level
- Vitamin B12 level
- Folic acid (folate)
- Urine test for Methylmalonic acid
Ayurveda have an entirely different point of view on the anemia. Even in Vedas the anemia is mentioned. Iron compounds with some herb such haritaki has been used in Vedas. Ayurvedic classification of disease is based on the three dosha i.e. vata, pitta and kapha. The pitta related anemia can be correlated with anemia due to liver disorders, chronic disturbance in digestion, disorders related to metabolism. Vitamin B12 deficiency anemia can be credited to pitta balance. The kapha vitiation leads to hypoproteinemia. The cleansing and detoxifying herbs are recommended in Ayurveda to care any anemia or we can say these herbal formulations are also beneficial in vitamin B12 deficiency.
Herbal Remedies for Vitamin B12 Defeciency
The herbal remedies by Planet Ayurveda cures vitamin B12 deficiency; it is totally herb based and acts according to Ayurvedic way of treatment.
The wheat grass has been found rich source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, which makes it capable to help the body to combat each and every disease. It is regarded as 'green blood' as it detoxifies the blood and increases its oxygen containing capacity. The natural green pigment in grass is very much similar to 'heme' part of the blood as a result it enhances the power of hemoglobin. Researchers have proven its ability to boost immunity. These wheat grass capsules have powdered extract of organically grown baby wheat plants. Wheat grass helps in increasing metabolic rate and helps in proper timely secretion of metabolites and enzymes. It helps in cleaning our gastrointestinal tract and stimulates the digestion. Wheat grass powder beneficial in reducing acidity in the body. These capsules helps a lot to cope various conditions such as ulcers, hepatitis, colitis, metabolic disorders, infertility, skin ailments , wrinkles and general weakness. By using these wheat grass capsules one can be prevented from the bacterial and viral attacks. The side effects of radiotherapy and chemotherapy are managed well with the enzymes present in wheat grass and it constituents are also anti-inflammatory in action. It is a powerful liver protector and detoxifier. The enzymes and amino acids protect from side effects of modern medicines and toxic substances like nicotine, cadmium, mercury compounds. Wheat grass neutilizes the effect of pollutants also.
Andrographis paniculata is the name of herb Kalmegh, which is known as Indian Echinacea. Due to its excess bitter taste, it is famous as "kings of bitter". An active bitter constituent of leaves, Andrographolide is responsible for its anti-inflammatory actions. The bitter taste or tikta rasa according to Ayurveda, it cleanses the micro and macro channels and stimulates production of healthy blood cells. The healing ability of Kalmegh is due to its enzyme initiation. Kalmegh possess antibiotic, antithrombogenic, anti-carcinogen antimalarial, anti-inflammatory, immune enhancing and antihepatotoxic properties. A. paniculata also reduces glucose level to normal. It also reduces oxidative stress. Echinacea is a natural immune enhancer. It decreases the growth of virus responsible for hepatitis-b, herpes and influenza. It is also beneficial in prostrate and breast cancer. Wheat grass powder reduce the aggregation of platelets in the blood .The terpenes in Echinacea help in isolation of leukemia cells. The herb extracts exhibits anti rotavirus activity and antifungal activities. Ayurvedic herbal product Echinacea capsules gives effective results as these capsules have the extract of organically grown Echinacea in cleanest and natural environment. The alkaloids present in Andrographis paniculata increase the action of the inhibitors over the reverse transcriptase.
It is a herbomineral preparation used to care anemia, liver disorders and edema naturally in Ayurvedic texts. It is effective in removing toxins from the body. Punarnava is commonly known as 'hogweed' in English. It is a very wonderful natural diuretic. Punarnava is also known for flushing our excessive water from the body. Its chemical constituents rejuvenate the cells. Punarnava mandoor tablets are effective natural hemoglobin enhancer. These tablets are efficient in improving blood count, blood quality. The conditions like anemia, ascities, liver failure, puffy eyes, fatty liver, renal problems are cured by its usage.
A balanced diet is recommended. One must take iron, vitamin and mineral rich food to full little amount of highly required elements. Add fruits in your diet.
Good Source of Iron and Vitamins
- Whole cereals
- Food rich in iron and chlorophyll
- Fresh juices ( carrot, beet, cherry, pomegranate, apple )
- Figs, dates, raisins
- Anything of animal origin