Treatment of Thalassemia Major

Treatment of Thalassemia Major at Welling Homeopathy Clinics involves our specially formulated Homeopathy treatment. Welling Homeopathy CUREPlus treatment offers customised medication which can help to reduce the need for frequent blood transfusion. Homeopathy medicines for Thalassemia Major also help to improve immune status, which in turn also controls frequent attacks of respiratory infections. Visit one of our clinics for more clarity on the treatment of Thalassemia Major and to know if our treatment can help you.

What is Thalassemia Major ?

Thalassemia is a blood disorder passed down through families in which the body makes abnormal hemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen. The disorder results in excessive destruction of red blood cells which leads to anemia.

Thalassemia is a genetic blood disease. People born with this disease cannot make normal hemoglobin which is needed to produce healthy red blood cells. Thalassemia is not infectious and cannot be passed from one individual to another by personal contact.

Thalassemia is most often found in families of Chinese, South Asian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean or African origin. The only way to know if you carry the Thalassemia trait is to have a special blood test called hemoglobin electrophoresis. If you are in an at-risk group, request a test from your doctor.

Our red blood cells carry hemoglobin. Hemoglobin, a protein, carries the oxygen we breathe in through our lungs and transports it to the rest of the body. A spongy material inside some of our bones – bone marrow – uses iron that our body takes from food and makes hemoglobin. The bone marrow of people with Thalassemia does not produce enough healthy hemoglobin or red blood cells, which causes anemia and fatigue, because the body is short of oxygen. In more severe Thalassemia cases, the patient’s organs may be damaged, there is restricted growth, heart failure, liver damage, and even death. People with mild thalassemia may not require any treatment at all. In more severe forms of the disease, the patient may need regular blood transfusions. Doing plenty of exercises and eating a healthy diet can help some of the symptoms of thalassemia, especially fatigue.

Symptoms

Jaundice can be a symptom of thalassemia.

The symptoms of thalassemia vary depending on the type of thalassemia.

Symptoms will not show until the age of 6 months in most infants with beta thalassemia and some types of alpha thalassemia. This is because neonates have a different type of hemoglobin, called fetal hemoglobin.

After 6 months “normal” hemoglobin starts replacing the fetal type, and symptoms may begin to appear.

These include:

  • jaundice and pale skin
  • drowsiness and fatigue
  • chest pain
  • cold hands and feet
  • shortness of breath
  • leg cramps
  • rapid heart beat
  • poor feeding
  • delayed growth
  • headaches
  • dizziness and faintness
  • greater susceptibility to infections

Skeletal deformities may result as the body tries to produce more bone marrow.

If there is too much iron, the body will try to absorb more iron to compensate. Iron may also accumulate from blood transfusions. Excessive iron can harm the spleen, heart, and liver.

Patients with hemoglobin H are more likely to develop gallstones and an enlarged spleen.

Untreated, the complications of thalassemia can lead to organ failure.

Treatment for Thalassemia

However, transfusion-related infections (primarily Hepatitis B and C, or HIV) are now considered the major cause of death in developing countries where proper blood testing facility is not available. Although regular transfusion therapy can help maintain growth and development and also reduces hepato-spleenomegaly due to extra medullary hematopoiesis, transfusion therapy is often taken as the last resort in the developing countries, partly for economic reasons and partly for lack of infra-structural facilities. Therefore, iron chelation therapy occupies a pivotal place in the control and management of thalassemia, because this therapy is reported to double the life expectancy of patients with thalassemia major . Of the different chelators, Deferiprone, Deferoxamine, etc., are regularly used, although they have been reported to have considerable side effects and they are generally more costly , precluding their use to a large extent by poor patients.

Homeopathy Treatment for Thalassemia

Homeopathy medicines for Thalassemia Major helps to reduce blood transfusion, prevent complications of blood transfusions and to improve immune status, which in turn also controls frequent attacks of respiratory infections. Visit one of our clinics for more clarity on the treatment of Thalassemia Major and to know if our treatment can help you.

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