Hemochromatosis Remedies

Mar 28, 2018

What Is Hemochromatosis?

A genetic disorder, hemochromatosis is a condition in which the body renders and stores too much iron. Typically, the hereditary issue causes the body to absorb too much iron from the food an individual eats, which leads to excess iron stores in the organs, particularly the liver, heart and pancreas. As the iron stores increase, life-threatening conditions may arise including cancer, heart arrhythmias and cirrhosis of the liver.

While some individuals with hereditary hemochromatosis never experience symptoms, several of the signs and symptoms associated with the condition mimic those of other common health conditions. Symptoms typically include joint pain, fatigue and overall weakness. Generally speaking, hemochromatosis is more likely to be serious in men. As such, the typical first sign of the disease in males involves organ damage including joint pain, diabetes, loss of sex drive, impotence and heart failure.

The actual cause of hemochromatosis is a genetic mutation that affects the body’s absorption of iron. As such, the condition is genetic and passed from parents to children. The mutated gene that is typically involved in the development of hemochromatosis is labeled HFE, and the common mutations are C282Y and H63D. An individual must inherit two of the abnormal genes, one from the mother and one from the father, to develop the disorder.

Natural Hemochromatosis Remedies

One of the most effective ways to maintain appropriate iron levels is to periodically donate blood. Typically donations can be made every eight weeks. Herbal treatment options are also effective. Dandelion, wild hyssop and milk thistle supplements help regulate the body’s systems and minimize iron storage. Calcium, vitamin B6, vitamin E, manganese and black tea are also effective treatment options. Additionally, individuals affected by hemochromatosis should avoid vitamin C supplements and drink green tea, as it is a powerful chelator that works to remove iron from the body.

Ayurvedic Treatment  

Posted by Vadim (Washington, Usa) on 01/09/2013

Ayurvedic Treatment for Hemochromatosis and Ferromagnetic Cancer Theory.

The most effective treatment for hemochromatosis is to reduce iron in the body by phlebotomy (withdrawal of blood from the arm veins). The Ayurvedic treatment for hemochromatosis is aimed at removing the excess iron from the body, preventing excessive iron absorption, treating the symptoms and preventing complications. High iron absorption from the intestines is prevented using medicines like Kutaj-Parpati, Panchamrut-Parpati, Suvarna-Parpati, Sukshma-Triphala, Triphala (Three Fruits), Arogya-Vardhini, Bilva-Avaleha, Psyllium (Plantago Ovata), Gandharva-Haritaki, Kutki (Picrorrhiza Kurroa), Abhrak-Bhasma, Praval-Panchamrut and Trivang-Bhasma. Iron Conception (Ferromagnetic Cancer Theory): CANCER is the generic term used to describe a group of disorders caused by an uncontrolled multiplication of cells; any cancer should be interpreted as intracellular superpara-ferri-ferromagnetic infection; intracellular molecules FeO;Fe2O3;Fe3O4 are the main 'creators' of intracellular superpara-, ferri- and ferromagnetic nanoparticles; any cancer can attack patients with/without iron overload and patients with iron-deficiency anemia.

Cancer researchers can use Ayurvedic treatment for hemochromatosis as Ayurvedic treatment for cancer because any cancer is a subtle iron disease. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/166455.php ; http://www.earthclinic.com/cures/iron-overload.html ; Vadim Shapoval

Blood Donation  

Posted by Suzy (Eugene, Or) on 12/01/2012

I do not want to open a can of worms here... Just wondering if anyone else has found relief from any problems by becoming a regular blood donor? I have been donating on a regular basis for more than 6 years. I have noticed a decline in the number of headaches I get. Also... I tend to run a little rich in iron in my blood so regular blood donation also keeps that in check. I do not have a lot of health problems- but I notice I feel more "Up" after donating. I realize many of the issues that people on this site would exclude them from blood donation, but among those who can and do what has your experience been?

Replied by Mr. Ree

Giving blood will lower your ferritin level which means iron level. This in turn will help with people with hepatitis c as the virus NEEDS iron to replicate. I know people who JUST give blood once a month and have NO problems with their dis-ease...

You may have hemochromatosis... Get checked please as this is an inherited problem that is easily treated with giving blood... Any one want further info on hep-c and iron, "Google" "Rousch hepatitis C" and read an amazing article about hepatitis c. This one will make you think...

Replied by Alegreviajero
Nha Trang, Vietnam

I also have been a regular blood donor more than 200 times (I'm 68). I keep donating here in Vietnam (I told them my age, but they so badly need blood, the take a minimum each time). I also feel "good" each time. It is, I've read because of too much iron accumulation in our blood at least for some.

One word of evident caution: To give blood in order to primarily "feel good" is not exactly the right attitude. We need to remember that someone might NOT "feel good" if we know we cannot make a donation at some point. I'm sure everyone understands this.

I've read, a long time ago, that woman, because of their menstruations, are in someway "giving blood" getting rid of excess iron without knowing it. After their menopause, most of their symptoms of "bad feelings" "could" be related to not "giving blood" anymore. So, maybe, if they can, they should go to give blood every 90 days and iron. It could help.

For the same reason, especially men, if possible, we should consider giving blood every 90 days. There is absolutely no side effect, no dependence and no harm except for that little needle pinch!

But If anyone knows to be lacking iron, or having any other health issue, discuss this clearly with the nurse before making a donation. To give blood is not always a good thing in some cases.

Replied by Martina

My doc told me I couldn't donate blood cause there was to much iron in it.

Replied by Liz

I've never heard of anyone who was advised not to give blood because their iron is high. It's typically the opposite--they won't let you donate if your iron is low. It is actually good for those with high iron to donate blood. It is often recommended as a 'treatment' for high-iron blood.

I'd get a second opinion. :)

Replied by Colette

I've been told the same thing. That I have too much iron to donate blood. It's such a waste because so many people need it.

Replied by Cursed Viking

I have hereditary hemochromatosis and the Dr wanted me to have blood removed. I was going to have to pay for them to throw it away. The American Red Cross will not take my blood, but other blood banks will. It has been FDA approved for donation for years, but the Red Cross still refuses. Shop around to find a place that will take it. You will feel better and so will the lucky person who gets your 'super blood'.

Replied by Marina
Princeton, New Jersey

My daughter has HH and she regularly gives blood at local Red Cross facility. She had a blood donor card, issued by Red Cross after they extensively tested her blood.

Replied by Shawn

It would seem like a waste but because our blood is high in iron it can actually be toxic to some. Also, those that could take it, even if they have hemochromatosis, their bodies would reject it as a foreign body.

Blood donor organizations will not allow a person with hemochromatosis to donate as it is unusable to others. Doctors instead prescribe therapeutic phlebotomies. In which the blood is destroyed.

Replied by Jeffrey Mcnabb

United Blood Services (UBS) have approved donations by HH folks, no problem. It has been about 8 yrs now that they have provided this service. It is not thrown away and is MUCH appreciated as they label it as potential high iron. Give them a call

Coffee Enemas  

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Posted by Jennie (Sarasota, Fl) on 11/20/2016
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A late diagnosis of Hereditary Hemochromatosis left my liver, pancreas, heart, lungs and kidneys 'rusted' causing me to be extremely fatigued and in a lot of joint pain from too much iron being embedded in my bones and muscles. Coffee Enemas has enabled me to release the toxins and phlebotomies have helped my health go in a different direction (improvement). Dr. Max Gerson was a genius; thinking outside of the box. My husband has also begun his detoxification with fabulous results. Of course, all this has to be in conjunction with plant-based foods and juicing. Works for me!

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How do you detox using coffee enemas and your other plant based detox please?

General Feedback  

Posted by Cindy (Flint, Mi) on 01/22/2013

I am an Afro-American woman in her 50s that has been diagnosed with non-herditary hemocromatosis but I also have very low hemoglobin levels so I cannot donate blood or have phlebotomies. I am not a drinker or drug abuser and never have been. I am getting worse and my doctor has done everything he knows to do. I go to a cancer center and they are very thorough and very knowledgeable but still of no help. I just wanted to let all of you know that I am so glad this site is here and am requesting any advice on what I can do to slow down iron absorbtion and raise my HgB levels at the same time. I appreciate any comments and offers of advice. God bless all of you and I look forward to hearing from you.

Replied by Lisa
So Cal

I saw a post where someone recommended eating cabbage to reduce iron levels. He ate a little coleslaw everyday. This is what I'm going to try.


Hi Lisa,

Did you ever try the cabbage therapy? If so, did it work for you? Thanks

Replied by Mr. Ree

Have a phlebotomy and your iron levels (ferritin) will go down 30-50 points from just one treatment. It's covered by insurance. Get your ferritin below 50 points and you'll be fine... This applies very much to hepatitis c people as less iron means your enzymes go down as well. Way down... No drugs no supplements... just a phlebotomy...

Replied by Rsw
Uniontown, Oh

I have high iron levels and poor insurance coverage. I found out you can go to a blood donation center and donate for free, or in my case, since I have had Hep A, I got an order from my doctor and paid $20. If I had homochromotosis (mine was slightly lower than this), it would have been free with a dr order. This was at a blood donation center run by a local hospital.

Replied by David
Nanning, China

Hi Cindy. Drinking tea, green or black after meals can inhibit iron absorbtion. Ditto, dairy though its downside is that sugars exacerbate liver heat and can make you irritable. I recommend that you check out the iron disorders institute whose forums and expertise have proven invaluable to many. God bless you from China!


Posted by Catherine (Wellington, New Zealand ) on 07/14/2011

About iron and cancer.. The body's defence mechanism when pathogens, parasites or cancer cells are present is to withdraw iron from the blood and store it in ferritin molecules. This in turn shows up as low iron levels in the blood (anemia) Not to be alarmed, not all anemia is iron related, it can be brought on by low Vitamin B levels. When a blood test is required to measure iron in the blood it is a good safeguard to also have a serum ferritin check as well to measure how much iron is being stored!

Anyone of Celtic ancestry should have their ferritin levels checked in case they have the iron storage disease called hereditary hemochromatosis. This condition causes much misery and limited life span from such things as liver cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes2, arthritis and other health conditions. Males are affected sooner than females whose iron levels are reduced by their menses and childbirth. After menopause they soon catch up (which is why their rate for heart disease increases then). Statistics show that 0.5% to 1.5% of the population (depending on racial mix) can have the gene for this disorder. It runs in families and members who do not have the condition are likely carriers of the gene. We have all heard the stories of a man who died of cirhossis of the liver in spite of being an avowed tee-totaller, and the mourners at the funeral whispering how he must have been a secret drinker to have had such a disease!! Not so, poor man was a victim no doubt of hemochromatosis and the massive amount of iron stored in his liver.

IP-6 (Inositol Hexaphosphate)  

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Posted by Nevadasmith (Pennsylvania) on 03/20/2018
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IP6 lowers iron in 5 weeks

My wife's results for changes from February 12th, 2018 to March 19th, 2018...

  • % of Saturation dropped from 51% to 28% (45% drop)
  • Total Iron Binding Capacity remained at 317 mcg/dL
  • Total Serum Iron dropped from 162 mcg/dL to 88 mcg/dL (45.7% drop)
  • Ferritin dropped from 62 ng/mL to 53 ng/mL (14.5% drop)

My results for changes from February 12th, 2018 to March 19th, 2018...

  • % of Saturation dropped from 37% to 22% (40.5% drop)
  • Total Iron Binding Capacity dropped from 314 to 295 mcg/dL

What did we do?

For the past 4 weeks we each took 3 capsules of IP6 twice a day on an empty stomach, usually mid afternoon and again during the night when we get up to answer nature's call. We took 3 capsules instead of 2 because the supplements we have were beyond their expiration date (Nov 2014), so we thought they might have been lacking in potency. I guess, maybe not.

There is one other thing we have been doing but I have no way of knowing if it had any bearing on the results. We have been using an LED/near infrared light twice a day for 20 minutes over the area where our livers would be located. Whether this had any effect or not is undetermined. The light is a Redjuvenator #3


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Posted by Kathleen (Los Angeles, Ca) on 01/29/2013
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I suffered from Hemochromatosis and have been having phlebotomies for almost 20 years. In the beginning I was having one pint depleted once a week. Then I got bad so quickly the started drawing two... Yes 2... Pints of blood a WEEK! This went on for over a year. Then once a week for several years.... Until I found ip6 [inositol hexophosphate]. Once I started taking it regularly, I didn't have to have a phlebotomy for 2 years! Not one treatment for two whole years! I stopped taking it for a while and recently started again. I'm having phlebotomies about 3x a year now and I'm happy and I thank God I'm alive! I hope this helps....

Replied by Lea
Colorado, US

Hi Kathleen,

Just wondering what brand of IP6 you find most effective? Thank you!

Replied by Barbara
Grand Prairie, Texas

I have hemochromatosis I just found out about 3 months ago, I have had 7 phlebotomy's and the iron levels have not gone down. I bought my first bottle of ip-6 and took my first pill today, I am hoping and praying it works. The doctor has not been terribly helpful, your post gave me hope.

Replied by Rakaia

Hi, how much Ip6 did you take each day?

Replied by Annette
Lubbock, Tx

Hi Barbara - have you gotten your levels checked again since starting the IP6? What brand are you taking?

Replied by Praveen

Did you observe any side effects of IP6? Also is this a natural product or allopathy medicine?

Iron Overload  

Posted by Newborn (Chicago, Il, USA) on 06/20/2013

My granddaughter is only 5 days old. She was born Sat June the 15th. My granddaughter has a lot of things wrong with her, she had fluid on her spine, an enlarged liver and she had too be put on oxygen 100%. She did a lot of blood work on her and one thing they know for sure that she has a overload of iron in her system. They were able to treat the fluid around her spine and get her oxygen level down to 60 which is they said her oxygen level needs to be at 21 they are suspected that it may be hemochromatosis they did a mri and it didnt show really nothing so they did the biospy today and now waiting for those results. What do you think we are dealing with?

Replied by Catherine
Wellington, New Zealand

Infants do have high iron levels, but google iron overload disorder (Hemochromatosis) for more info or check out the medifocus website http://www.medifocus.com/2009/landingp.php?gid=GS020&?a=a.


Posted by Dd (Phoenix, Az) on 08/28/2015

It can sometimes be a simple matter of adding a good Probiotic. Bacteria eats iron. It helps control iron levels in oceans. Sometimes iron is added to dead harbors and they team with life. I know people this has worked for where there have been transfusions coupled with antibiotic use and not much left that feeds on iron so the body stashes the iron is all.

Replied by Purplebutterfly

Hello Ed,

Could you please show documentation on bacteria eating iron. Is it good bacteria (probiotics)?

Thank you

Raw Cabbage  

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Posted by Larry (Alberta) on 01/24/2017
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My hemochromatosis reading was 2500, ferritan level very high, was having weekly phelabotomies, slowly coming down. Started to eat raw cabbage for a month and level had dropped to 175, still on cabbage and hemo level down to 33, ferriten level where it should be. Feel great now, no more phelabotomies.

Replied by Joel

How much raw cabbage did u ate/eat?

Replied by Joel

Hi, how much raw cabbage did you eat per day during that time??

Replied by Frances
Cabarlah, Qld.

I recently read about iron toxicity on the Magnesium Advocacy site and how to correct it; it's too complex for me, but maybe you might be interested.

Posted by Paul (Ballycastle) on 10/10/2016
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Hi - I have haemocromatosis for the past 6 years and I now take cooked cabbage on a regular basis and must say that my ferritin levels as I speak are around the 30 mark!!!!

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How much was ur ferritin and blood iron levels before it came down to 30? In how much time did came down to 30?

How much cabbage you ate/eat per day to achieve that result? Do you sill eat the same amount as during the time it was high?

In what forms do u consume the cabbage?(its is white or red cabbage u use(d)?

Thank you very much

Posted by Purplebutterfly (Usa) on 07/25/2016
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Cabbage and Hemachromatosis:

Some of you may notice I posted a question about this over a month ago and did not receive any replies.

Anyway, I post this hoping that it will really help others.

I was diagnosed with Hemachromatosis (non-hereditary) due to too many blood transfusions....and the blood transfusions were given years ago due to a mis-diagnosis.

So to get to the point, yes....I decided to try the cabbage to see if it would work. I ate 1/2 to 1 cup of raw cabbage a day (mostly in a vegan sandwich, and I do not eat much cooked food). I stayed consistent each day though.

You be the judge. My ferritin level in 1 month went from ...2000 to .....1596 in 3 weeks. I kid you not, and thank goodness this is without any phlebotomies. The nurses could not get my veins anymore, so I will keep on going. The doctors are scratching their heads right about now...lol. So please try it and tell me. I hope you get results too. ;-)

Well wishes to you all.

Replied by Elise

Thank you so much for this advice. My 15 year old son was recently diagnosed with this (heredity). I am certainly going to try this over the next few months to avoid eventual blood extraction. Hopefully it helps with gene inherited cases too. I will keep you posted on his progress.

Replied by Arianne
Thunder Bay, Canada

Hi Elise, my 17 year old son was just diagnosed as well. Wondering if he has tried the cabbage and if you have any tips to manage this? Thank you kindly.

Wheat Grass and Oriental Medicine  

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Posted by Padma (Denver, Co) on 12/24/2016
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I was diagnosed with Hemochromatosis almost two years ago, and my ferreting levels were between 1500-2000 when I was first diagnosed. My MD was very concerned and ordered two phlebotomies per week for months until we began seeing the numbers go down. While I had been feeling run down prior to treatment, the blood draws were a disaster. I would be completely dysfunctional for 2-3 days following a blood draw, couldn't climb stairs, etc. And after several weeks, my ferreting numbers didn't move more than 50-100 points. Against my doctors (strong! ) orders, I stopped doing the blood draws.

After doing a LOT of research, I found that Wheat Grass is an iron chelator. So I began making a smoothie every morning with 1-2 scoops of organic Wheat Grass juice powder and a pea protein smoothie mix. And the numbers began coming down. Added to that, I began treatments 2-3 times a month with an acupuncturist who added two formulas she had discovered work well for this disorder... 1) Tao Hong Si Wu Tang and 2) Zuo Gui Wan. The wheatgrass plus the herbs... led to my numbers coming down over a 3-4 month period... to close to 300 (from 1800! ). And in the last six months, I have been in "normal" zone. And feel great!

And after lots of research, I disagree about no vit "C". Just don't take it within 3 hours of eating, so it doesn't add to the iron uptake from the food you eat. So I take mine before I go to bed, along with Magnesium and D3. Also take methyl B vitamins in the morning to support the liver.