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 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.
Alfalafa is a blood building herb and tonic. It can be taken in capsules, tablets or as a tea.
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 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 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 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, 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.
Remedies for ITP
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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Posted by Tasha (Jersey City, Nj ) on 06/27/2016
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.
Posted by Mama To Many(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~
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Posted by Robert (Ca) on 10/03/2015
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
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.
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