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Natural ITP Treatments

Last Modified on Jan 26, 2016

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.

Remedies for ITP

The Popularity of ITP Remedies - Full List

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Aloe Vera22014-11-05
Viral Link to ITP02013-09-28
Vitamin C22015-10-03

Aloe Vera  
6 User Reviews | 2 YEA

Posted by Varsha (India) on 11/05/2014

[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

Replied by Emy
Hi Varsha,

Thanks for your kind contribution. There are many different kinds of aloe vera juice in the market. Please can you please describe the type of aloe vera juice you used to treat your ITP? Your reply will be so much appreciated. Thanks. Emy

Replied by Varsha
[YEA]   Hi Emy,

I am taking Aloe vera gel of forever living products. Hope you will get the same at your place. Thanks, and take care dear..very sorry for replying late.

Replied by Anna
Lubbock, Tx.
Replied by Laura
Concord, Ca
How much aloe were you drinking and where did you buy it from? My 4 year old has the auto immune thrombocytopenia and I'm trying to find all possible treatments.
Replied by Mike
My daughter had ITP at age 11. We tried all courses of treatment for two years and all were only temporary. She had her spleen removed and her platlet count has returned to normal permanently. She may on occasion have to take antibiotics for the rest of her life but no more treatments or pills.

She will be a healthy 17 year old this year. I hope this helped.

Viral Link to ITP  

Posted by Mama To Many Donate
(Tennessee, Usa) on 09/28/2013

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~

Replied by Dave
Fountain Inn, SC
Hello Mama to Many,

re: your platelet count and recent tick bite which became swollen;

First off... YEAH! ... To your increased numbers. You are happy as you should be but as I warn numerous folks I "dialogue" with on the issue of long running infections... the viral/fungal/bacterial infection which has run for years, and may be causing your ITP, must be treated for three months to two years to be eliminated.

The fact that after the tick bite you experienced severe swelling tells you.... that your immune system is still on thin ice.

That in turn tells you the ITP virus is still a force to be delt with and is lurking in the wings... chased there by your use of anti virals.

And in turn, the fact that your platelet count is UP tells you that the anti virals likely are what is working for you and ... Ipso facto... it IS a virus causing the ITP.

Now really, I think... Who am I... Little ol Dave to tell the amazing Mama to Many anything. You are just the best and truly amazing, but really, trust me here: Careful NOT to physically exert yourself too much.. Eg I mean heavy workouts in your excitement that the virus is "gone"... 'cause it isn't. Your immune system is still recovering and in my opinion the virus still is real and waiting.

And, therefore, please continue your course of attack on the virus. You've got it on the run. But the CS taken over time will finally kill it. CS will NOT turn you blue... I've been on it for near twenty years and not a tinge of blue. If you need a source and don't have one, I will gladly ship to you all the CS you want... Free of course. I'll pay the shipping too. We have to keep you real healthy for the "movement. " The most effective method is both oral as well as upper respiratory irrigations. Have you read my numerous (tedious?) explantion of the "how to" take CS? If you contact EC staff they can give you my email. I think they will... I am so authorizing them to do so.

Your student,


Replied by Mama To Many Donate

Tennessee, Usa
Well, bless your heart, Dave. I appreciate your suggestions and your encouragement. I do plan to keep up what I am doing for my health. Funny how I was taking stuff for one reason and it helped something I hadn't even been thinking of. I think it is because often we take something to help one problem and it solves the root problem. I had to smile that you caution me against heavy workouts. My idea of a good workout is a laundry marathon! If I can get a mile or two walk a few times a week, I am doing well, so perhaps I am not at much risk of overexertion.

Thanks for the CS recommendation. We actually keep it in the house and have used it here and there for a variety of things over the years and I am learning of more uses via your posts... So thanks! I appreciate that there are often a variety of solutions to health problems and when EC posters suggest different things, often they complement one another. Plus, readers get options. Some are more comfortable with some options than others. Plus there is the availability factor. One thing that especially interests me is finding very easily obtainable and inexpensive solutions. I thing God has provided wonderful natural medicines around us, we just don't always know about them.

Your posts are motivating me to make my own colloidal silver generator (or have a teenage son make one! ) I love the idea of being able to have plenty to share with others.

Thanks again for your concern and kindness!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Peter
Hi Dave, can you let me know where to buy the CS according to this posting? (collodial silver = CS).
Replied by Dave
Fountain Inn, Sc
To Mama to Many:

You laughed at the warning I gave you (and anyone else who is on the edge with a viral load that is taxing the immune system); which is, even if you are feeling great after being on something that is improving their condition, be careful not to overdo an exercise program that is an exhausting workout. My advice is to come back slowly.... Well, actually I have a theory about exercise which I've seen confirmed only in the last year. It's what I call my "Leg-Lung" theory. What do you think about the following:

I noticed that very senior adults might be doing well mentally but begin having problems with good movement/ ambulation, I mean, as they get into their 70s and worsens into their 80s. We've all seen this. The balance part of the formula is somewhat seperate and has a different solution... That is loss of balance as one ages... Can be corrected. But that's not what I'm talking about relative to my "LEG-LUNG" theory. Here it is:

As we age the tendency is to use our legs vigorously less and less. In our youth, up through the 40s perhaps, we do use our legs and lungs in SUCH a way that forces the whole leg/ capillaries, tendons, muscle into maximum output. I mean how often do we see our older aunts and uncles RUNNING ... Much less a "sprint"... Or what could be called a sprint. As I contemplated my older relatives losing their walking ability I wondered if the loss was a function of atrophy. Atrophy. By disuse the power to use the lower limbs begins to fade. A futher function of that phenomenon would be the accompanying disuse of adequate lung capacity and I do know that disuse of the lung can cause the lung to atrophy. Now the heart is doing the pumping so if it rarely is called upon to max output in order to press the lungs to oxygenate the legs to their limit, even for only 30 seconds two or three times, three days a week, then perhaps the capacity of the heart to do such work is also compromised. Therefore there is a cascading effect.

Well, a few years ago I began using that theory (LEG-LUNG) short sprint idea while working out on the elliptical exercise machine. I'd just max out for about 30 seconds and catch my breath and then do it again. Three times. And then this past year I've seen two PBS type shows that actually talk about the science behind that very concept and the evidence is that to attain certain levels of good protein signals in blood after the workout it was found that the simple sprint system done three or four times weekly had the same positive effect as someone who had a 30 minute run. But the idea I propose is deeper than even that. I'm saying that as the body ages (I'm in my mid 60s) that if I press even with marginal workouts but do the sprint three times when I do workout and do that three times weekly, if that max out will keep the legs/lungs and heart in such condition that if the good Lord lets me live to 95, I would still be able to move with energy and strength... Having good leg muscle tone. Now of course I KNOW that as one ages one will not be able to do sprints in the same way that I do sprints now. There will be a lessening of capacity, yes I know that but if one did not do such Leg-Lung efforts during the 50s and 60s then by 75 could he do it at all?

I'd love to see some experiments on this idea and wish anyone reading this would link me to any sites that discusses such a concept.

Dr Mercola, in fact, has recently had some imput along these lines, as I recall.

Now Mama to Many, I earlier warned you NOT to overdo and then immediately talk about the benefits of intense but short term leg/lung output. But it is ultimately something that all need to consider. Just walking won't get one to the place that the sprints will produce. It's just that we in the alternative movement seem to focus on nutrients/what to eat and not eat and miss the type of excercise that could produce capacity as we age.

Anyone who has thoughts on this, I'd love to hear from them.



Replied by Mama To Many Donate

Tennessee, Usa
Uh oh... I wasn't laughing at all at your warning to me. I was laughing at the very thought of me doing anything very strenuous. I am really not the athletic type. And, I will take heed not to overdo. Perhaps I need a greater goal than just walking.

I think your Leg Lung theory makes a lot of sense. And I agree that natural cures tend to focus on nutrition and supplements and often leave out the excercise, when both would complement each other.

I know plenty of people on the Standard American Diet who are surprisingly healthy. But I think it could be because they get a lot of excercise. I think exercise has a lot of benefits to the body and also help improve the mood. I nearly always feel better after a walk.

I will look forward to reading more input here on this theory. Thanks for sharing your wisdom and observations on that.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Mike
Denver, Colorado
Dave: You are right. This method increases hgh, the most important and complicated nutrient in the body. This method is recommended by every exercise coach in the world. There are two types of muscles, slow and fast. Excercising this way excercises the fast muscle. Speaking of 95 years old a tarahumara indian that age walked 50 miles over rough terrain through the copper canyons of north mexico. I walk 30 minutes. Then I rest for 30 minutes. I do this 8 times a day. I put my bare hand on a tree for the electromagnetism from good old mother earth. I also wear an earthing body band while reading the latest posts from all the wonderfull people at E.C. I exercise mostly to strengthen the glands and organs and to get oxygen. The best food coach for excercising is Dr. Colban. He was the first man to have 21 inch arms. He and his colleges at the Colban Institute do research in a lab and advise world class athletes. He recommends 56% carbs, 23% protein and 21% oil taken together 6 times a day.
Replied by Candy
Fort Madison
I am so happy to see this. I follow Dr. Mercola also and since your theory agrees with his, I'm going to give this a try. I'm 62 and I walk a couple miles every day in a hilly park. I'm going to pick up the pace for short durations and hope for good legs and lungs all my days that the Good Lord gives me. Thanks to you and Earth Clinic.
Replied by Dave
Fountain Inn, Sc
Hello Peter from Chicago; Your question was where to buy CS. Virtually all health stores and on line too. I'd try to get a high ppm (parts per million)... Like 100 or more. I make my own. Simple to do. You can buy the little units for 70 dollars... The 3/ 9 volt battery with the silver strips. They last forever. But if you are just wanting a small amount the kind you get in health food stores is fine usually although expensive. I have found some are just not effective and as I've posted before the way to know is to try it out on a sinus infection. If the silver is effective when you "sniff" or "irrigate" the sinuses there will be a sting as the silver kills the infection... Then some drainage. Repeat ten minutes later. You'll be able to breath much easier. If you do this irrigation and there is no effect then likely your silver is just not enough ppm.
Replied by Timh Donate

Ky, Usa
Dave: I believe the truth of what your proposing doesn't stop w/ simply cardio exercise and the aging population; more than "use it or loose it" theory. Athletes and longevity seekers have cashed in on studies which positively conclude that rapid or burst exercise significantly boost Human Growth Hormone (HGH) production. Researchers have also found that fasting one meal a day also significantly boost HGH. Interestingly, both these "stressor" ploys not only stimulate HGH but also the "survivor gene" that the antioxidant Resveritrol is known for. There is some intelligent signal/response going on in the body and the benefits are measurable.
Replied by Shreya
Hey there...just my experience to share with ITP. With numbers at nearly 20k and after days of reading and research with natural remedies I tried juicing raw beets, parsley, carrots and cucumbers (you can add additional things for taste) every other day and then checked numbers and they have totally gone up to 100k+. Again this may be relative but its worth giving a shot rather than taking medications. Good luck all.
Replied by Lester Harold
How much juice did you take and what percent of each?
Replied by Al Hudson
Homestead, Fl.
Shreya, A friend found good results with her ITP counts by supplementation with alfalfa powder...certified free of seed...also calms inflammation throughout the system and is rich with trace minerals. Highly alkaline, it can be used to offset the effects of acidic diet. Promotes lean muscle mass and increased energy in the horse world where it is esteemed

Vitamin C  
5 User Reviews | 2 YEA

Posted by Robert (Ca) on 10/03/2015

[YEA]  Treatment of 68yr old male with first occurance of purpura on hands & legs with the following: divided doses of vit-C powder as non-gmo sodium ascorbate, 3-4grams per dose, 3-times per day & citrus bioflavonoid complex 1-2 capsules, (700-1400mgs), with each dose of vit-C. Initially for 1-week, included yarrow tea, (may sub with tincture), & topical applications with natural vit-E mixed tocopherols, as needed. Purpura cleared in 1-week, all areas.

After the 2nd week, one spot returned. Suggested blood lab for platelet count & awaiting results. Consulted with licensed NMD who suggested possible chemical sensitivities panel such as ELISA, etc. Client unwilling to perform 'chem-sens' testing & possibly after platelet count results. I will advise results when confirmed.

Note: about 85% of vit-C is gmo corn based from China. Non-gmo is avail online or health food stores & labeled as such. Doses are based on bowel tolerance. If loose bowel, reduce dosage to comfort level. Sodium ascorbate is buffered, non-acidic, & will not affect "salt restricted diets" as no chlorides are present.

Posted by Barbara (Bay Harbor Islands, Florida ) on 11/26/2014

[YEA]  My daughter had ITP from age 5 to age 11. I read a posting in 2005 that a woman who had ITP started taking 1000 mg of vitamin C a day and got cured. As a desperate mother tired of seen her little girl cry every time she needed the infusions I decided to give it a try and give my daughter 500 mg of vitamin C everyday before her next appointment. The reason I choose to give her 500 mg of vitamin C over the 1000 mg a day the person suggested was because my daughter was not an adult.

The person who wrote the posting also mentioned that it was important to drink a lot of water in order not get kidney stones from the high dosage of vitamin C. To make a long story short when they check her platelet counts 10 days later they were normal. We went back a month later and she was fine. Up to this day I THANK GOD for that person who shared the information about the vitamin C cure for low platelet counts.

I pray that you will also find a cure. God bless you.

Replied by Vijij
Hi Barbara, may I know how much your child platelet before take a vitamin c? Does the vitamin c can make it normal till now? thanks
Replied by Jael
Hi there, I've been diagnosed with ITP this summer barely and it has been a total chaotic roller coaster for me and after 3 different times being hospitalized-- trying steroids didnt work besides got me fat, - promacta which worked but eventually not working anymore but still on it, Nplate worked for two weeks then it stopped, IVIG has worked marvelous but of course it stops eventually , , , , , they're planning a spleenectomy December 15th, I'm beyond nervous, confused, emotional drained, physically drained....I dont know what else to do .....til I read this, I wanna try it and I hope and pray that it works for me. I'm tired of the tranfusion, tired of being there 4 to 5 hours a day, I'm tired of being physically tired, not have energy , ..... I will work on it this week to check what to do.
Replied by Mary
To Jael,

What vitamins are you on?