Sickle cell anemia is a serious disease where in the body makes sickle-shaped red blood cells. The red blood cells are shaped like a ‘C’. The red blood cells are disk shaped and they move easily with in blood cells. The red blood cell contains hemoglobin which is needed to carry oxygen from the lung to the rest of the body.
The sickle cells contain abnormal hemoglobin which causes the cells to have sickle shape.
The sickle cells due to their shape are unable to move easily in the blood vessels. They are stiff and sticky and get stuck in the blood vessels. This causes blockage of blood flow and this can cause pain, infections and organ damage.
The life of the sickle cells is limited and they last for about 16 days while the normal red blood cells go on for 120 days. The body is unable to replenish the red blood cells at the rate at which they die in the case of a person with sickle cell anemia. This is an inherited lifelong disease. It is necessary that both the parents are required to have sickle cell gene for their offspring to inherit the disease. If the sickle cell gene is received from only parent and a normal gene is received from the other, the child will have sickle cell trait by which the child becomes carrier to pass on this trait to the next generation and the child will not have sickle cell disease.
There is no cure for this disease. Its complications are treated to provide relief to the patient. Some natural therapies based on homeopathic, Chinese, Ayurvedic, Synergic and biotech research are available. They are supposed to correct deficiencies and assist in blood cell regeneration. They are known to improve the quality and quantity of blood.
Dietary cyanate from foods containing cyanide derivatives also has been used as treatment for this disease.
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