Last Modified on Apr 17, 2015
What Is ITP?
It is sometime difficult to define exactly what is ITP. Nonetheless, Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura or ITP is a condition that leads to excessive bruising and bleeding. A result of unusually low platelet levels, ITP is a disorder characterized by poor clotting of the blood. ITP, also called immune thrombocytopenic purpura, affects both children and adults; however, children typically recover fully from the condition while adults generally develop a chronic disorder.
While ITP may present no symptoms or signs, several individuals do experience symptoms without realizing the cause. Common symptoms include easy or excessive bruising, superficial bleeding into the skin, prolonged bleeding from cuts and spontaneous bleeding form the nose. ITP may also cause bleeding gums, blood in the urine or stool, unusually heavy menstrual flow and fatigue.
The exact cause of ITP is unknown, hence the name “idiopathic.” Idiopathic means “of unknown cause.” In any case, though, immune system malfunctions have been identified in most individuals with idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, so the condition is believed to be linked to the functioning of the immune system. In most individuals the malfunctions have involved an attack on the platelets in the blood as if the platelets were foreign substances, much like any autoimmune disorder. A typical platelet count is higher than 150,000 platelets per microliter while an individual with ITP may have a count as low as 20,000 or even 10,000. Most children develop the disorder after having a viral illness, such as the mumps or flu.
Natural ITP Treatments
Improving and supporting the platelet count is the main focus of ITP treatments. Several vitamins and minerals support this development including vitamin B9 or folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin D and vitamin K. Other compounds that are helpful in improving platelet count include chlorophyll, alga, seaweed, colostrum, melatonin, moducare sterinol and noni fruit juice. Additionally, diet can play a big part in the treatment of ITP. Avoiding and eliminating problematic foods that contain quinine and aspartame and introducing a specific diet such as an anti-inflammatory diet or the macrobiotic diet also supports treatment.
[YEA] Dear All,
Hey, I am suffering from ITP (Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura) since the age if 13 years, I am 26 now and I got heavy bleeding once my periods started, they did not stop until I take medicine. I was cotinuous bleeding.. my hb - 6.5. I feel so weak, but able to do daily work. My doctor gave me prednisolone.. by which my weight got increased but it did not work. Then doctor suggests for spelectomy. I get it done at the age of 15 .even then my platelet count does not increase till now, I got bruises on my body. Now , my gums also start bleeding , day and night.
It was very difficult to bear the heavy bleeding everytime. I got disappointed. Then I thought I should go for natural diet which majorly includes aloe vera juice. By which my gum's bleeding has stopedp and periods got lighter.
So guys, who all are suffering form this and low platelet count, , plz plz start taking aloe vera juice. it is bitter in taste but far more better than taking this tablets and surgery. Please start this and live a happy life.
Thanks a lot
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Not long ago, there was a discussion on whether or not to take immune boosting supplements/herbs, etc. for autoimmune diseases. I have ITP, which is low platelet count for which they have never found a cause, but I have been told it is autoimmune. Dave from Fountain Inn, SC suggested that since acute ITP is viral caused, chronic ITP may also have a viral link. In the spring, my platelet count was 111K (normal range is 150K-400K) which was actually a really good number for me. In my last pregnancy, they dropped to 64K. (Immune system is suppressed somewhat in pregnancy so the body won't reject the baby. ) Anyway, I was wondering if my consumption of Coconut Oil in the last year or two was helping my platelets, because it is an anti-viral properties, and maybe there is a viral link.
Yesterday I had some bloodwork and my platelets were 128K! That is the best number I have ever had. (and 125K used to be considered the low normal. ) So, maybe I don't even have ITP anymore.
But it may be the extra virgin cold processed coconut oil alone isn't the only thing that has improved my numbers. (And I wasn't taking coconut oil for platelets, anyway. ) At the end of July I had a deer tick bite that was causing me extra symptoms. (We have lots of ticks and I have had many bites, but this one swelled worse and my lymph nodes were swelling, so I was suspecting it was a lyme carrying tick. ) Realizing that conventional protocol would have been a lot of testing with possible inconclusive results and an anti-biotic for a month, I decided to try natural things and see how things went. I took lots of GSE (grapefruit seed extract) and Astragalus Root daily for 6 weeks, to strenthen my immune system and kill off bacteria. It was just a guess, but I have been reading a lot by Stephen Buhner, a lyme expert who does a lot of natural things, and it seemed reasonable.
For anyone with ITP, I have read in a couple of places that papaya leaf is very good to help bring up the platelet count. I have never tried it, as while I have had low platelets for a long time, then haven't bothered me and it wasn't high on my list of priorities. It would be something to look in to.
So, I don't have any hard and fast conclusions, just an anecdotal story and some thoughts. I pass them along because maybe it will help someone else. We all benefit by the collective knowlege shared here.
Have a great day!
~Mama to Many~
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