Last Modified on Jun 20, 2014
What Is Leukopenia?
White blood cells serve as the body’s defense mechanism against infection and disease. These small but powerful cells constitute the body’s resistance structure, the immune system, so a disorder involving these cells is particularly concerning. Leukopenia is one such disease. Manifested as low white blood cell count, Leukopenia also causes a severely weakened immune system and a drastically increased susceptibility to infection.
While healthy individuals have varying numbers of white blood cells, a count lower than 4,000 white blood cells per microliter of blood is typically considered a low white blood count. This diminished number of white blood cells is cause by various factors. Viral infections, congenital disorders, cancer, autoimmune disease and disorder, and drugs are all known to affect the body’s natural white blood cell count.
Typical symptoms of Leukopenia vary by person, but a few common symptoms exist. Decreased energy, fever, body and head ache, and general irritability are all symptoms associated with the disease. Other associated factors include infection or sore in the mouth, anemia, abnormal menstrual cycles in women, chronic fatigue, stomatitis, and pneumonia.
Natural Treatments for Leukopenia
Generally considered an autoimmune disorder, Leukopenia requires targeted treatment to prevent further complication. While professional treatment is sometimes necessary, many individuals respond well to natural treatment methods. Taking supplements such as beta glucan, lithium orotate, vitamin A, garlic, ginseng, and Echinacea can stimulate the body’s natural white blood cell production and boost immunity. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle complete with proper diet and nutrition as well as regular exercise is also effective for decreasing the body’s susceptibility to infection. Regular cold showers have also been touted as part of an effective health regimen.
[YEA] I have taken a cold shower in the morning for over ten years, and can attest that I suffer less cold and flu symptoms than other workers in my office. In fact when the flu virus strikes Sydney each winter, I am normally the only one unaffected. When I am in the shower I also do some stretching. I hold onto the top of the shower screen and stretch my spine, to release stress. Which is great, because I have a stressful job. For years I have told others my theory about the benefits of cold showers, but am usually met with derision. So I am glad I found on this website a community of like-minded enthusiasts. I had my blood tested and my white cell count is three times higher than average. So I am sure that a wider scientific study would verify the health benefits of the cold shower. Gerald.