Anemia (low blood count) is a decrease in the amount of hemoglobin in the blood, often accompanied by a decrease in the number of red blood cells. Hemoglobin is the red blood cells that deliver oxygen to cells and remove carbon dioxide. Symptoms of anemia include paleness, rapid heartbeat and breathing, fatigue, and occasionally dizziness, headaches, ringing in the ears, and other signs of brain oxygen starvation. Types of anemia include:
- Iron-deficiency (hypochromic microcytic),
- Aplastic (insufficient red blood cell production by bone marrow),
- Hemolytic (destruction of red blood cells),
- Sickle cell (hereditary pathology),
- Posthemorrhagic (loss of hemoglobin due to bleeding),
- Megaloblastic (disruption of red blood cell synthesis),
- Mixed. Causes of iron-deficiency anemia include poor nutrition, impaired iron absorption from the intestine, pregnancy, body depletion, growth period, atrophic gastritis, etc.
Psychosomatics of Iron-Deficiency Anemia
Considering that this ailment is related to blood, remember that blood is a symbol of joy in life. Some psychologists also note that blood is a symbol of family, lineage. Hence, the occurrence of anemia indicates a joyless life and problems in family or lineage relationships, suggesting a lack of unity in the family. Another point: the lack of oxygen (air symbolizes life) due to decreased hemoglobin means that a person is not living a full life, forbidding themselves to live fully for various reasons, postponing it for later.
Psychological Causes of Anemia
Renowned author Louise Hay writes that blood symbolizes the expression of joy, freely circulating in the body. She believes experiences such as self-doubt, joyless life, fear of life, or feeling not good enough lead to blood problems. She considers relationships of the “Yes, but…” type (where a person is never satisfied, always wanting more) and negative internal states like a lack of joy, fear of life, poor well-being as causes of anemia.
Sickle cell anemia indicates that belief in one’s own inadequacy deprives life of joy. Psychologist Liz Bourbo characterizes a person with anemia as having lost the joy of life, beginning to lose their desires and needs, experiencing melancholy, feeling that they are wilting. Such a person may have difficulty accepting their incarnation or lose the desire to live. Oleg Torsunov (in his book “The Connection Between Diseases and Character”) writes that sadness and melancholy reduce the production and quantity of red blood cells in the blood, while an optimistic person has a healthy, normal blood composition.
Psychologist Elena Guskova believes that at the heart of anemia is a deep conflict of self-deprecation, related to relatives (mother, father, husband, wife, etc.), and a feeling of lack of support in the family, loneliness, and inability to cope with a problem alone. Reiki specialists also view anemia as a signal of insufficient joy, lack of strength and dynamics. Hence, they believe, it’s necessary to open up to joy and the energy of life.
Paths to Healing
Practically all authors give one main recommendation for healing psychosomatic anemia: to bring back the joy of life. It may seem simple, but for a person who has lost joyful perception of life in childhood or adolescence and has long lived with an “adult” perception of life, it’s very challenging. But it’s possible.
We need to relearn from our children this healing, joyful perception of life: the sun shines – children rejoice, it rains – children are delighted, it snows – limitless happiness! And so – every day! You might say: it’s easy for children, they have no worries. But have you forgotten how many worries children have? Remember yourself at that age – every age has its cares and thoughts, tasks no less important than those of adults. Let’s start with the simplest but important joys: let’s rejoice that we are alive, that we have eyes to see, limbs, etc.
Let’s rejoice that we are not alone in this world, that we have relatives and close ones. Let’s rejoice in everything that surrounds us because it is a manifestation of our inner attitudes, which means there’s always an opportunity to change everything for the better – just wish and say the magical words (just like in a fairy tale!), containing Love, GRATITUDE, acceptance, support, etc.
Let’s rejoice that every day God gives us the continuation of our life and a thousand opportunities to create our life and rejoice!