ITP Natural Remedies and Supplements

Jun 27, 2016

ITP or more formally, Idopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, is usually classified as an autoimmune disease in adults and tends to be a chronic condition. In children it is usually caused by a virus and is often self limiting. Natural remedies for ITP include remedies to build the blood like chlorophyll and remedies to fight the viral root of ITP.

What is ITP?

When a child or adult has a low platelet count with no clear cause, ITP is a common diagnosis. The "I" in ITP stands for "idiopathic" which means, "a disease with no known cause." Often times before a diagnosis of ITP is made, multiples tests are done to rule out other medical conditions. Thrombocytopenic means "low platelet count." The "P" in ITP is for "purpura" which means that small blood vessels are leaking.  "Petechiae" are small red dots seen on the surface of the skin caused by the leaking blood vessels. If you have petechiae, bruise or bleed easily, ITP may be considered.  Women with ITP also are prone to heavier periods. Frequent nosebleeds are another symptom.

Traditional medical treatment for ITP include monitoring the blood count, steroids, and removal of the spleen in severe cases.  Normal platelet counts range from 150,000 to 400,000. People with ITP often have numbers below 100,000. If the platelets drop to the 10,000-20,000 range, ITP can become very dangerous as the body can bleed even without injury.

What are Natural Treatments for ITP?

Aloe Juice 

Aloe Juice is not the best tasting juice but has been found to be helpful for ITP. This juice can be added to other juice if you do not care for the taste.

Alfalfa

Alfalafa is a blood building herb and tonic. It can be taken in capsules, tablets or as a tea.

Liquid Chlorophyll

Liquid Chlorophyll is used to build the blood. This remedy is especially helpful to women who have heavy periods caused by their ITP. A normal dosage for liquid chlorophyll is 1-2 spoonfuls each day. During a heavy period, a spoonful every hour or two will often calm the bleeding down.

Colloidal Silver

Colloidal Silver is a natural treatment for a variety of viruses and bacteria.  Because even adult onset ITP may have a viral cause, colloidal silver may be an appropriate natural solution.

Blackstrap Molasses

Blackstrap molasses is an all natural way to get your vitamins. When vitamins are taken into the body in a nutrient dense food, they are able to work especially well together. Blackstrap Molasses is a food that helps to build the blood and decrease bleeding in women with heavy periods.

 Vitamin C

Vitamin C is critical for immune health. Vitamin C also helps to strengthen capillaries. Vitamin C, taken as sodium ascorbate, can be taken in larger amounts than ascorbic acid, because it is more gentle to the stomach. Liposomal Vitamin C is a way to get a concentrated vitamin C that is more readily absorbed. Those that need higher amounts of vitamin C can take it several times daily. If you begin to have loose stools, you have reached the maximum amount of vitamin C that your body can use. Cut back a little until you no longer have loose stools.

Papaya Leaf

Papaya leaf, made into a tea, in extract form has proven effective to boost platelet count in some cases, in particular for those whose low platelets have been caused by Dengue fever. Papaya leaf has been also used to prevent malaria and has helped some with Lyme disease. This strong herb does have a somewhat bitter taste. To disguise that, when making a tea from papaya leaf, add some peppermint and sweeten with honey.  The juice from papaya leaf can be added to another juice, if you have access to papaya juice.

Dietary Changes for ITP

Most health conditions benefit from an improved diet, even if diet is not conventionally linked to particular health conditions. Your body needs quality nutrients to work well. If you consume a lot of empty calories, soda, sugar, processed foods, alcohol, etc. your body is likely lacking critical nutrients for proper function.

Try to increase your fruit intake, especially berries. Increase your vegetable intake as well. Beets are a great vegetable for the blood.

Improve the fats you use. Extra virgin coconut oil and olive oil are the best fats to use. Avoid hydrogenated oils.

Consume quality proteins. Lean meats, legumes, and eggs are good choices.

Cultured foods like kefir, yogurt and kombucha are excellent for your health.

What to Avoid if you Have ITP

If you have ITP your blood is already on the thin side. Aspirin is a blood thinner and should be avoided by those with ITP. The herb white willow bark has similar properties to aspirin and should be avoided as well. Ibuprofen can decrease platelets and should be avoided by those with ITP. Check labels of any over the counter pain medications that you take as many will have aspirin or ibuprofen as one of the ingredients.  Quinine may have a bad effect on ITP and should be avoided as well.

Have you tired a natural remedy for ITP? Please share you experience with us! And continue reading to see what others have learned and found helpful for their ITP.



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Aloe Vera22014-11-05
Borax12012-05-13
Iron for itp12016-06-27
Viral Link to ITP02013-09-28
Vitamin C22015-10-03

Aloe Vera  

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Posted by Varsha (India) on 11/05/2014
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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
Uk
12/12/2014

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
India
02/06/2015
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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.

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Lubbock, Tx.
04/17/2015
Replied by Laura
Concord, Ca
08/11/2015

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
Kalamazoo
01/25/2016

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.

Replied by Varsha Tanwar
Usa
06/12/2016

Hey,

I take aloe vera juice thrice a day. It also depends on severity. I get it from forever living products. Sorry for the late reply.


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Posted by Zilverb (Seabrook, Texas, Usa) on 05/13/2012
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I send you my deepest gratitude for Ted's borax remedy for parasites. I also used the baking soda in water to raise my pH and kill microbes. I was doing it for cancer and I did not care about much else. However, I had Werlhof's disease, commonly known as ITP (Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura). I had already had a platelet transfusion. My platelet count is now in the middle range and I am thrilled by the surprise cure. This was initially an unexpected cure. I will repeat the borax in water treatment periodically to ensure I do not have a relapse. Thank you, Ted, all the participating people, and bless all that you do.


Iron for itp  

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Posted by Tasha (Jersey City, Nj ) on 06/27/2016
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My dad has been suffering with itp since he was young. Over 30 years. Just recently he discovered that iron intravenously improved his condition. He had 3000 platelet count and low hemoglobin. Doctors kept giving him transfusions of blood and put him on prednisone. He got tired of it and asked Doctor for iron. The doctor said why? My dad said, "Trust me." He got 4 bags of iron weekly; his platelets were doubling every week. Doctor did iron plus monitoring his iron levels and blood. My dad normalized quickly bleeding and bruising healed. Look up iron deficiency and itp as well.


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
09/28/2013

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,

Dave

Replied by Mama To Many Donate

Tennessee, Usa
09/29/2013

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
Chicago
09/29/2013

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
09/29/2013

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.

Best,

Dave

Replied by Mama To Many Donate

Tennessee, Usa
09/29/2013

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
09/29/2013

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
09/29/2013

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
09/29/2013

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
09/30/2013

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
Usa
08/24/2015

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
Ar
08/24/2015

How much juice did you take and what percent of each?

Replied by Al Hudson
Homestead, Fl.
08/25/2015

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


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Posted by Robert (Ca) on 10/03/2015
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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
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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
Indonesia
11/24/2015

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
California
11/28/2015

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.