Last Modified on Sep 04, 2014
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.
Hi, I'm Emily, I was diagnosed with Lupus about 5 years ago and Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) developed 3 years ago. To date, I have been resistant to Chemotherapy, Steroids, IVIG, Platelets and a Splenectomy. Being in NZ we do have limitations to the type of treatments available so I am now looking into natural therapies. My platelets are currently 4, and have been less than 10 for the past 4 months. I don't want to keep filling my body with these horrible drugs without result. I'm 28 now and do not want to live the rest of my life on pharmaceutical drugs. I'm currently taking Eltrombopag which is proving to be ineffective whist making me fatigued to the point I can't function and I have terrible bone aches.
Any natural or other therapies that anyone knows of I would love to hear about. At this point I have no other options. Thanks!