General Hemophilia Information
Hemophilia is a rare disease that prevents the blood from clotting normally. A person with hemophilia lacks the necessary clotting factors to stop bleeding, so he often needs some sort of intermittent treatment to avoid serious blood loss in the event of a cut or injury. Approximately 20,000 Americans suffer from hemophilia. The disease can be mild, moderate or severe, depending on the how impaired a person’s clotting factors are.
The idea that a hemophiliac can bleed to death from a minor cut is a fallacy. A person with hemophilia may bleed a bit longer from a minor external injury or cut, but most of these problems can be easily remedied using typical first aid practices. The biggest concern for hemophiliacs is internal bleeding because it can occur without obvious signs and can cause very serious, life-threatening situations. Bleeding into the joints, muscles and other soft tissues is of major concern.
There are two major types of hemophilia, classified depending on which particular clotting protein is missing:
Hemophilia A is caused by a lack of factor VIII. It accounts for approximately 80% of all hemophilia cases. It is passed to male children from a mother who carries the disease.
Hemophilia B, also caused Christmas disease, is caused by a deficiency of factor IX. It is also passed to male children by a mother who is a carrier.
It is also possible to experience clotting problems due to a factor XI deficiency. This condition can be carried by both males and females and can be inherited by male and female children.
Initial symptoms of hemophilia usually occur during infancy, but some people with mild forms of the disease may not notice symptoms until adulthood. Symptoms in newborns with hemophilia include bleeding into the muscles and a deep bruise following a routine vitamin K shot, and profuse bleeding following circumcision. Other symptoms include bleeding into a joint that is accompanied by pain and swelling, easy bruising, recurring nosebleeds, abnormal bleeding following injury and blood in the urine. Signs of bleeding into a joint are warmth, tingling, swelling, inflammation and pain in a joint. Signs of bleeding into a muscle are bruising, swelling, tenderness and pain in the muscle.
Eat a diet high in vitamin K. Watch for early signs of internal bleeding, including a tingling sensation or feeling of warmth or stiffness in the area. Exercise with care and maintain a healthy body weight. Learn proper first aid techniques to stop bleeding and have necessary first aid materials available in case of injury. All hemophiliacs should wear identity bracelets that identifies their condition in the event of emergency. Do not take aspirin, which is an anticlotting agent. Be especially observant when caring for a child who is a hemophiliac by watching for signs of muscle and joint pain.
Beneficial Dietary Supplements
Calcium is essencial for blood clotting.
Magnesium is necessary to balance calcium.
Liver Extract is made up of vital nutrients for blood clotting.
Multivitamin and Multimineral Complex provides all necessary vitamins and minerals.
Vitamin B Complex aids in blood formation and clotting.
Vitamin C with Bioflavnoids aids blood coagulation.
Vitamin K is essential for blood clotting.
Alfalfa is a good source of vitamin K.
REFERENCES: Prescription for Nutritional Healing, 3rd Edition, Phyllis Balch, CNC; James F. Balch, M.D.
Supplements and herbs
It is important that physicians use traditional or predictable medications to treat hemophilia such as factor. If you are suffering from hemophilia, always ask for immediate medical attention whenever you experience bleeding or pain and swelling at the joints. Nevertheless, there are a few therapies that are likely to be effective when they are used in combination with traditional medications for specific symptoms of hemophilia. For instance, emotional and mental strain often influences the amount of bleeding. In fact, there are a few mind-body treatments that may be effective in alleviating pressure and nervousness. Findings of a number of researches have also hinted that hypnosis may perhaps lessen and not totally do away with the requirement for blood transfusions.
However, thus far there has been no research that has scrutinized the worth of herbs in particularly treating hemophilia and hence, it is not advisable to utilize herbal remedies without consulting a physician or without their directions in using herbs with traditional factor regimn. Nevertheless, depending on their individual experiences, some physicians or healthcare providers may suggest certain herbs that fortify the blood vessels as well as work as astringents to lessen the severity of the bleeding. These astringents actually help to cause contraction of the blood vessels.
Some of the herbs that your healthcare providers may recommend in the treatment of hemophilia may include:
- Hawthorn berry (Crataegus monogyna)
- Bilberry fruit (Vaccinium myrtillus)
- Scotch broom (Cytisus scoparius)
- Grape seed extract (Vitis vinifera)
- Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
- Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica)
- Witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)
While the above-mentioned herbs may be useful for hemophilia patients, there are a number of herbs that they should avoid, as using these herbs will only increase the severity of bleeding. Some of the herbs that need to be avoided by hemophilia patients are as follows:
- Garlic (Allium sativum)
- Ginko (Ginko biloba)
- Ginseng (Panax spp.)
- Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
- Turmeric (Curcuma longa)
- Horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum)
Acupuncture Before we discuss this topic, it needs to be mentioned that people suffering from hemophilia should not try acupuncture as it may enhance the hazards of bleeding. However, despite this, if they desire to try out acupuncture, they should essentially work with a qualified and certified acupuncturist experienced in handling hemophilia cases and make sure you are factored up for the procedure and consult with your physician as well. In fact, it is always advisable that hemophilia patients should go for non-invasive acupuncture like laser acupuncture, as this will not augment the risk of bleeding. So proceed with caution.
This Therapy is not recommended and can be quite dangerous to anyone with a bleeding disorder.
Raindrop Therapy technique does not have the support as a “best practice” within the large segment of the professional community of aromatherapy practitioners. National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy did a article on the RDT and the conclusion were that it is not safe practice and can be quite dangerous.
The chief problem with Raindrop Therapy is that it makes use of undiluted essential oils, many of which are high in phenolic compounds. These compounds delaminate the keratin mantle of the skin, creating a chemical burn. Numerous people have suffered adverse reactions to these treatments, ranging from mild burning sensations to outright second degree burns of the skin. Recipients of the procedure are told that any adverse reaction is the result of (unnamed) “toxins” exiting the body.
Practitioners of Raindrop Therapy have made many unusual and extremely questionable claims regarding health benefits of the treatment. These bizarre claims have included magical disappearance of incurable spinal tumors and spontaneous healing of skeletal deformities such as scoliosis.
It has been said the RDT come from Lakota Sioux practice Fact is Native American healers of old were unfamiliar with the process of steam distillation, and were therefore unable to produce essential oils. Native Americans tribes were introduced to aromatherapy at the same time as most other Americans: in the 1970s, when increased interest in herbal remedies created an import market for essential oils. In reality, Raindrop Therapy is an invention of Don Gary Young, owner of Young Living, an MLM company dealing in aromatherapy products. Lakota e Elders say they have never heard of the treatment and have never taught any of their native healing practices to Young.
Never ever use RDT on anyone with and especially with a bleeding disorder!
Essential Oils Which “May Inhibit Blood Clotting”
In (parenthesis) is listed the prefix that often goes along with the common name. Some companies may list “Basil” without distinguishing which kind (Holy Basil, Madagascan Basil, etc.). Some may list “Cinnamon” without distinguishing “Cinnamon Leaf.”
Also in parenthesis are the chemotypes, indicated by “CT.” Please note that only the chemotypes here “may inhibit blood clotting.” Some essential oils have various chemotypes, and not all of them have the same safety precautions.
Take care to read the Latin names which distinguish the essential oil from other species. Some essential oils have more than one Latin name associated with them. Most companies provide this information right on the bottle, or on their website.
Anise (synonym Aniseed) Pimpinella anisum
Anise (Star) Illicium verum
Basil (estragole CT) Ocimum basilicum
Basil (Holy) Ocimum tenuiflorum synonym Ocimum sanctum
Basil (Madagascan) Ocimum gratissimum
Basil (Pungent) Ocimum gratissimum synonym Ocimum viride
Bay (West Indian) Pimenta racemosa synonym Pimenta acris
Cassia Cinnamomum cassia synonym Cinnamomum aromaticum
Cinnamon (Bark) Cinnamomum verum synonym Cinnamomum zeylanicum
Cinnamon (Leaf) Cinnamomum verum synonym Cinnamomum zeylanicum
Clove (Bud) Syzygium aromaticum synonym Eugenia caryophyllata and Eugenia aromatica
Clove (Leaf) Syzygium aromaticum synonym Eugenia caryophyllata and Eugenia aromatica
Clove (Stem) Syzygium aromaticum synonym Eugenia caryophyllata and Eugenia aromatica
Fennel (Bitter) Foeniculum vulgare subspecies Capillaceum
Fennel (Sweet) Foeniculum vulgare
Lavandin Lavandula x intermedia synonym Lavandula hybrida, synonym Lavandula hortensis
Marjoram (Wild, carvacrol CT) Origanum marjorana, synonyn Marjorana hortensis synonyn Origanum dubium
Myrtle (Aniseed) Backhousia anisata
Oregano (Mexican) Lippia graveolens synonym Lippia berlandieri synonym Lippia amentacea synonym Lippia tomentosa
Thyme (borneol CT) Thymus satureioides
Thyme (limonene CT) Thymus vulgaris synonym Thymus serphyllum
Thyme (thymol CT and carvacrol CT) Thymus vulgaris synonym Thymus serphyllum synonym Thymus zygis
Thyme (Spike) Thymbra spicata
Essential oils listed as “inhibits blood clotting”
These essential oils present the highest risk of thinning the blood:
Birch (Sweet) Betula lenta
Garlic Allium sativum
Oregano Origanum onites as well as the following synonyms Origanum smyrnaeum, Origanum vulgare, Origanum compactum, Origanum hurtum, Thymbra capitata, Thymus capitatus, Coridothymus capitatus, Satureja capitata
Tarragon Artemisia dracunculus
Wintergreen Gaultheria fragrantissima
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