Can anemia cause weight gain?

    What is Anemia?

    In Ayurveda, anemia is called ‘pallor disease’. There is a deficiency of blood, in quantity or quality. Anemia is usually caused by bile entering into and thinning the blood.

    Why does it occur?

    The causes of anemia are mainly wrong diet – eating excessive pungent, sour and salty food. It may also occur due to liver disorders, which impair the liver’s ability to build up the blood.

    What can it lead to?

    Depending on your unique, Dosha” or body-mind type. You may experience some of the following symptoms:


    Dry skin with darkish tinge, anxiety, tremors, insomnia, constipation and possible dehydration.


    Burning sensation, fever and thirst, yellowish skin texture.


    Excess mucus blocking proper digestion and thinning the blood giving a pale skin color. Urine is noticeably white, excess phlegm and salivation, edema or water retention, often overweight, excess sleeping and heaviness of the limbs.

    Beneficial Food for Treating Anemia

    • Red meat, bone soups, dairy products, mung beans, almonds and black sesame seeds.
    • Juice of pomegranate or black grapes.
    • Jaggery and molasses are beneficial.

     Our experience in treating patients with anemia

    “We have had several patients tell us that they are currently experiencing insomnia, indigestion, low immunity, and weight gain among others. Some of them were on medication for it, others had tried various treatments to cure these health conditions. Few of them knew that they were anemic for a long time. They also never realised that this could be the core issue leading to all the symptoms mentioned above. Most common understanding is that you loose weight and feel tired when anemic. However, it is not that simple. Here are some case studies.
    We have treated patients for RLS (restless leg syndrome). These patients also had insomnia, fatigue, drowsiness and cramps. On closer examination, we could see that they had been anemic for over 10 years and never really thought about treating it.
    Iron deficiency in the body, one of the important causes for anemia, can be caused by stomach inflammation due to bacterial infection and mal-absorption by small intestine. Physically this may “show up” as IBS or irritable bowel syndrome.
    A less obvious cause of anemia, that one may overlook, would be excessive sexual indulgence which can deplete and weaken bodily fluids, Symptoms would be allergies, skin issues and grogginess even after a restful night. Health supplements and energy booster shakes can give only temporary relief. 
    Oxidative stress caused from a hectic lifestyle is also an important trigger for aggravating anemia.
    So here comes the important question : how does one treat anemia or more important, by treating anemia does all the aforementioned conditions also disappear? 
    We believe that once the core issue of a health disorder is identified, healing measures can be taken to bring the body back in equilibrium and the group of conditions surrounding it are also pacified or treated along with it. There are no quick fixes but with a total treatment plan inclusive of professional treatments, right nutrition and lifestyle, you can see lasting cure. 
    In case of anemia our professional treatments would focus on strengthening the liver and spleen. We would work on the following, keeping in mind each person’s uniqueness and reflecting that in every aspect of our healing program. :
    • Strengthening various muscle groups like quadriceps and hamstring among others.
    • Re-balancing the stomach, spleen, urinary bladder, liver, gall bladder and kidney meridians. 
    • Increasing blood circulation in the knee, legs and pelvic region
    • Eliminating toxic salts naturally
    • Counseling sessions
    • Breathing exercises
    • Light and sound exercises
    We have helped several anemic clients using this regimen. We look forward to helping many more achieve robust health, which is everyone’s birthright.”
    ———Drs. Rajeev and Suchada Marwah
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    I feel rejuvenated by ten years, having recovered hope, thanks to this renewed energy and this greater serenity.

    Dominique Coquelle Bakery Chef, Chiang Mai April 14, 2020

    I am 66 years old, I live in Chiang Mai for 19 years and I had a heart attack 3 years ago, after which I was placed two stens.


    High cholesterol, high blood pressure, constipation, joints pain and poor sleep, fatigue.

    Since then I have been prescribed:

    A statin to lower my cholesterol, which is harmful to the liver.

    Candesartan to lower my blood pressure, which ruins my kidneys.

    Brilinta as anti-coagulant and aspirin as a blood thinner , which badly affects my stomach.

    As a result, the gastroenterologist diagnosed me with gastritis and oesophagitis with gastro-oesophageal reflux and therefore gives me Omeoprazole to reduce gastric acidity, which makes my bones weaker.

    So I find myself at this moment in a hellish cycle that destroys me slowly, and I realize that it is time to try something else.

    I started when I was 19 years old, doing three years of medical studies in Paris and then I went to do medical humanitarian work in India for the three months of university holidays.

    I came back 4 years later!

    I had the opportunity there to meet a "doctor" practicing Ayurveda, which I saw doing practically miracles, like heal me permanently from my malaria in two medicine balls, prepared in the evening and taken the next day morning after the mixture is turned into paste (mold?), stop in 30 minutes a reported tetanus of an English girl who made an abscess tucked behind the bone of the rock following the infection of a piercing at the ear. The infection was eradicated in three days of treatment, and several other cases almost as severe.

    All this, of course, without him touching us the month of the world.

    The aim of this medical approach is to strengthen the immune responses of the individual so that he is again able to fight the disease, and not, as allopathic medicine does, to suppress the symptoms by a chemical action upstream, without taking into account the general equilibrium thus disturbed.

    Ayurvedic medicine is not only interested in the immune system but thinks that the human being is a whole where the body and mind are interdependent and that many physical problems have a psychological or emotional origin and vice versa.

    The approach is therefore an awareness that it is often difficult to achieve alone especially without the knowledge necessary to achieve it.

    So I decided to meet Dr. Rajeev.

    I found in him someone who has the mastery of this knowledge, making it able to make an inventory of the strengths and weaknesses of each, because it is obvious that we are all different and that any Ayurvedic treatment is unique for each of us.

    Energy balance, diagnosis, dialogue, massage with effective essential oils (made on site), direct action by pressure on the various chacras, balanced lunches taken together, and other more specific techniques, more detox with juices easy to drink between 5 pm and 9 am the next day was offered to me.

    Result 8 days after the 15 sessions that represent the treatment practiced:

    Constipation problems significantly improved.

    By the Detox, I eliminated about fifty small stones stored in my gall bladder that were in sight of advanced calcification, freeing my liver from a brake to its proper functioning.

    Less problems with reflux and gastric acidity, although I stopped taking Omeoprazole after only three days of treatment

    A clear improvement in my energy and a clear decrease in my stress and anxiety.

    Better sleep

    An almost equal cholesterol level, without a statin to the one I had with it.

    In a word, I feel rejuvenated by ten years, having recovered hope, thanks to this renewed energy and this greater serenity.

    I did not stop the candesartan to lower my tension because it is still high, but it seems that it is likely to do in the near future estimated at a month or two.

    In any case I feel much better and I feel that the energy found will allow me to fight the rest of these health problems.

    I should have done this step years ago before the problems appeared.

    I wrote this paper today, August 5, 2019, in testimony and to help those who are unfamiliar with this Ayurvedic approach to better understand and encourage them to trust it.

    Ayurvedic medicine, just like acupuncture, is extremely effective provided that it is practiced by men of knowledge, which is the result of long studies and great experience, and these are rare.

    I think I'm very lucky to have found Dr. Rajeev practicing here in Chiang Mai.


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