Dietary recommendation for Iron Deficiency Anemia in Persian Medicine

  • Somaye Fatali
  • Omid Sadeghpour
  • Amir-Hosein Emami
  • Jale Aliasl
  • Mitra Mehrabani
Keywords: Anemia, Iron deficiency, nutrient food, Persian Medicine, Anemia, Iron deficiency, Nutrient food, Persian Medicine

Abstract

Background: Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency in the world. Iron deficiency anemia may be associated with various symptoms, and most patients are treated with oral supplements or infusion therapy. In recent years, importance of nutrition in the improvement of Iron deficiency anemia has been highlighted. Based on the Iranian Traditional Medicine, foods have major effects on prevention and treatment of diseases.

Method: In this study Traditional Persian Medicine (TPM) books such as Canon of Avicenna, Kamel al -Sina'ah al- Tibbiyah and Makhzan al Advieh were assessed and the information about blood-producing foods and their effect on improving iron deficiency were investigated.

Result: There are some foods, which can be effective in iron deficiency anemia. Some of these foods have animal origin such as eggs and meat and some have plant origin such as chickpeas, grapes and figs.

Conclusion: According TPM, Nutritious foods and Blood humor-producing foods are the right options for iron supply. Also, these foods can help iron deficiency through various mechanisms alone or with medication.

Author Biographies

Somaye Fatali

Faculty of Traditional Medicine, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Iran

Omid Sadeghpour

 Research Institute for Islamic and Complementary Medicine, School of Persian Medicine, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, IR Iran

Amir-Hosein Emami

Department of Hematology/Oncology, Imam Khomeini Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, IR Iran

Jale Aliasl

Clinical Trial Research Center of Traditional Medicine, Shahed University, Tehran, IR Iran

Mitra Mehrabani

Herbal and Traditional Medicine Research Center, Kerman University of Medical Science, Kerman, IR Iran

Published
2020-03-24
Section
Review Articles