Last Modified on Apr 10, 2015
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.
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Fort Worth, Tx
[YEA] I just wanted to let Ted and the readers know that for the last month I have used beta glucan supplement and have done sonewhat cold showers as suggested by this site. Just went to the doctors and the results of my blood work were good. My white blood cell count was approx. 4.9 compared to my last test which was 3.5 (out of range). Thank you so much for this help everyone. I just love this site.
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I am a 36 year old male that had a very inactive lifestyle over the last 10 years mixed with a fast food diet and lots of soda. I also have had high stress careers. I had a full physical around ten years ago and the doctor noted that I had a much lower than average white blood cell count.
I was sent to an Oncologist to get tested and they said that it appears that my normal level of white blood cells is just a lot lower than the average person, and that I appear to be perfectly healthy. I don't recall what the number was, but it was on the low end.
I just got another full physical last year and it appears that 10 years later, my white blood cell count is in the same level as it has always been. I'm still lower than the range for a normal person. I'm curious to find out if anyone has this similar issue when getting physicals?
Thanks - David
Has anyone tried Lithium Orotate to increase white blood cells and has it been effective? I have read a few articles and it stated it increase neutrophils?
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Wellington, New Zealand
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[YEA] I am taking Imucell WGP Beta Glucan after I found out my WBC was low. My physician prescribed me this food supplement and after taking this for a month my wbc back to normal..
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Jamaica, West Indies
There is some info regarding increasing neutrophils with the following: B-3, Astragalus, Echinacea and Vit C. Search the net for each of these in regards to this.
The following are recommendations by Dr. Karen Vieira, found on page 9-10 at: http://www.bloodtestresultsdecoded.com/deliverables/btrd-AbnormalResults.pdf
Vitamin A, garlic, Oleander extract, Selenium, Siberian ginseng and Asian ginseng, Echinacea, Green Tea.
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