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6 Science-Backed Benefits of Curcuma Longa in Leukaemia

6 Science-Backed Benefits of Curcuma Longa in Leukaemia

Leukemia is cancer that causes the production of abnormal blood cells (usually white).

There are several types of leukaemia, classified based on whether it is acute or chronic.

Leukemia is identified to be acute or chronic. The acute leukaemia is characterised by rapid multiplication of immature blood cells or blasts.

Chronic leukaemia involves slow replication of mature blood cells.

The acute form of this disease worsens fast as the blood cells that cannot function properly divide rapidly. However, the chronic form is developed slowly as the multiplication of abnormal cells is slow and therefore, remains unnoticed for a long time.

Leukemia is also identified as lymphocytic and myelogenous. Both these types are further categorised into acute or chronic.

The lymphocytic leukaemia affects the lymphocytes, i.e., the cells that form lymphatic tissue which makes up the immune system.

Myelogenous leukaemia affects the myeloid cells, i.e., the cells that form red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets.

Acute lymphocytic leukaemia usually affects children, while other types affect adults.

Older adults, those exposed to chemical or ionising radiation, those with Down syndrome,

Hodgkin’s disease or Fanconi’s anaemia, smokers, hereditary causes, some drugs, chromosomal abnormalities are some causes of leukaemia.

The symptoms of leukaemia include frequent infections, bone and joint pain, fatigue, fever, night sweats, weight loss, easy bruising or bleeding, anaemia, swollen lymph node, enlarged liver or spleen , etc.

The cause of leukaemia is thought to be the mutation in the cells that produce blood. There are various risk factors associated with it such as genetic inheritance, smoking or exposure to certain carcinogens and radiations.

People with a certain disease like Fanconi anaemia (a bone marrow disease), neurofibromatosis, Bloom syndrome, Down’s syndrome etc are also at a risk of developing leukaemia.

The treatment of this cancer is done through chemotherapy, radiotherapy, bone marrow transplantation or stem cell transplantation.

The side-effects of the common treatment, i.e., chemotherapy and radiotherapy are often severe resulting in heart failure, neuropathy, liver, kidney or gastrointestinal dysfunctions.

Other surgical procedures and alternative therapies are some ways of treating leukaemia. Homeopathy and acupuncture are said to relieve some symptoms. Nutritional supplements can address nutritional deficiencies caused by aggressive treatment.

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