Last Modified on Feb 22, 2014
Treatment of polycythemia vera ranges from natural supplements to lifestyle remedies and medicinal treatments. Clot-busting and blood thinning supplements aid in treatment of the condition. Likewise, changing the diet can be an effective means of health maintenance and symptom management.
What is Polycythemia Vera?
A blood disorder, polycythemia vera is characterized by the overproduction of too many red blood cells in the bone marrow. The condition may also cause the proliferation of too many of other blood cells; however, it is the red blood cells that thicken the blood and cause the most concern.
Many individuals do not experience any symptoms in the condition’s early stages, but as the disease progresses, individuals experience more common symptoms. Headache, dizziness, itchiness, redness of the skin, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, numbness in the extremities, bloating in the abdomen and fatigue are common symptoms. The condition occurs as a mutation in the bone marrow causes a problem with the production of blood cells.
Holistic Treatment for Blood Disorders
While polycythemia vera is considered a chronic condition without a cure, many treatments are available that help regulate the condition. Natural supplements including garlic and cayenne aid in thinning the blood and preventing blood clots. Additionally, certain lifestyle measures are effective treatment options.
Garlic is an herb that is used in an array of treatments. The herb has specific anti-coagulant properties that make it an effective treatment option for polycythemia vera. The supplement helps thin the blood and prevent clots often associated with the condition.
Cayenne is another supplement effective for managing thickened blood. The capsaicin in cayenne stimulates blood flow. This compound also thins blood and regulates circulation.
While still not considered cures, several lifestyle changes are considered treatments that aid in the maintenance of good health and overall feeling of health. Regular exercise increases blood flow and can help regulate the condition. Additionally, a balanced diet helps maintain an appropriate level of nutrients in the body and supports good general health.
Polycythemia vera is a potentially life-threatening blood disorder if left untreated. While holistic treatment options cannot promise a cure, these options help regulate and manage the condition effectively.
01/05/2011: John from La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico: "Polycythemia vera: This disease affects people from eastern europe and causes the bone marrow to make too many red blood cells. The only way I have been able to control it is to have a pint of blood taken every two weeks until the reading goes down to 46 then have blood tests every two weeks to see if it has gone high again which it usually does. Does any one on here know of a better wasy to control this. Thanks."Replies
05/24/2011: Montage from Los Angeles, Ca/usa replies: "I also suffer from the same thing and would be intrested in any input from the community that has found benefits."
07/24/2011: Judy from Selma, Tx replies: "I found your site by accident, Thank you for being there>! I have had Polycthemia Vera for 5 to 6 years and is controlled by phlebotomies and now 12mg coumindin, I had a DVT in Aug 09 and now a superficial blood clot in my right bicep from the cuff being squeez too tight and now I have phlebitis in my arm.
I am working on getting my body in pH balance. My question is there any treatment for the PV?
Thanks and I am going to start the Lemon pH treatment.
07/25/2011: John from Lapaz, Baja California Sur, Mexico replies: "Hi Judy from Texas, I have the same thing red blood cell count was high. Had to get blood drawn every two weeks for it to go to an acceptable level. I did some research, well lots of research, and found the nattokanase is a clot buster, so I figured what the heck why not. I started taking 500mg 2000F. U. About three months ago, my last, two blood counts where in the low normal range. This is the only thing I did differently, so I have to assume that is what did it. Of course you should first check with your health care practioner before you start on this. But it worked for me. Best - John"
09/12/2011: Judy from Selma, Tx/us replies: "hello john from La Paz: I am new to the computer world so had to find someone to help with all this lingo. Thanks the product you mentioned I am going to try it, how are u doing with your PV? I have never spoken to anyone that has this same problem, I am thankful that you have responded. I found out I had pv in '05 and have been seeing Count Dracula monthly for treatment. I am hoping that you can give me some insite as to how to better handle all this. Thanks jeverett from Selma"
09/28/2011: John from La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico replies: "Hi Judy: Sorry for the delay, but have been out to sea for a couple of months. My PV has remained in the low normal range so I am quite pleased with this. I am hoping that it will continue. How are you doing?"
10/07/2011: Bill from Redondo Beach, California replies: "I am 65 years pld and I have had PV for 9 years. I had a clot that caused a heart attack, which was when I found I had PV. I also see Count Dracula monthly and have a phlebotomy when the numbers are out of range.
For the past 4 years on a daily basis I take 500 mg of Hydroxyrhea, this has really helped lowering my platlet count. I do not take any other drugs except baby aspirin daily.
I also had a test to confirm that I had a mutation of the JAX Gene. Also had a bone marrow extraction for further study."
01/18/2012: George from Turlock, Ca replies: "Told in 05 that I had pv, doing the pl-botomy but looking for something to keep the flow going. What's with the lemons?"
04/21/2012: Nornd from Rotorua, New Zealand replies: "I have been recently diagnosed with PV and my treatment is underway (venesection). Anyone know of anything else that will help please?"
10/24/2012: Robert from Lincoln, Lincolnshire, Uk replies: "Afternoon All, I'm 43. Been diagnosed with PV in 2005. Platelet count 650. For the first 3 years venesection has been done to keep platelets on lower level; managed to get the lowest level of 480. In 2008 started taking hydroxycarbamide 500mg/day, dosage increased up to now to 1000mg/day. Additionally, taking 1 aspirin/day. I feel in general very well (no complaints) but obviously concerned about the future. Determined, found website with herbal treatment. They promise a lot. I have huge doubts but..... Regardless, considering buying it shortly. Nothing to lose much to gain (?).
Wish you all the best, Robert"
02/25/2013: Kevin from St Louis, Mo replies: "I have been eating Kiwi's and they have helped me to reduce the frequency of phlebotomies. 1-2 a day."
07/25/2013: Cris from Mi replies: "I've been diagnosed with Polycythemia Vera (PV)ï¿½ï¿½at 45, which was 15 years ago, during an abdominal exam, my spleen was large. Confirmed with bone marrow test. Dr. Put me on anagrylin, now increased to 600 mg. /day. Along with 4-6 phlebotomies per year keep my counts in reasonable range, platelets and hematocrit. I am also taking Coumadin due to A fib. This helps thin the blood. All combined seem to work. I know when it's time for phlebotomie when I itch and I am a little light headed. I am surprised by the small number of comments. I heard that increased number of people diagnosed with PV were found in an area recently polluted. Looking forward to hear about others' experiences. You take care!"
07/26/2013: Mike Giller from Denver, Colorado replies: "The gene malfuctioned because eating regular food the regular way does not provide enough bioactive nutrients the body requires. Free radicals and pollution damage the dna. Eating the best foods the right way turns the gene back on and repairs the damage. Cooking and improper processing of food reduces and damages the electromagnetism of the nutrients."
02/21/2014: Rk from Big Spring, Texas replies: "Have had secondary pv diagnosed for almost three years. I have been stuck with monthly phlebotomies virtually since then and would greatly appreciate any possible suggestions to avoid having to do them for the rest of my life. Even with insurance, the costs of phlebotomies that often can pose many financial challenges. I enjoy supplements, try hard to limit prescriptions to only what is absolutely medically necessary and had seen nattokinease suggested before on other forums, so believe I'll try that. I read a detailed discussion about natto when first diagnosed, with the arguments favoring it greatly overwhelming those against and those arguments seemed more on the right track. The kiwi suggestion also makes a lot of sense--have tried to do this, but never for more than a few weeks.
Thanks everyone, for the input. Please post updates as often as possible."
02/22/2014: Mike62 from Denver replies: "Rk: Cysteine is a rare amino acid denatured through cooking and eating cooked conventionally grown food causes a gene to mutate. Take 20g/day non denatured whey, 10g/day colostrum, and several green smoothies from organic baby leaves/day. Search raw food videos."