Last Modified on Nov 07, 2014
Treatment of polycythemia vera ranges from natural supplements to lifestyle remedies and medicinal treatments. Clot-busting and blood thinning supplements aid in treatment of the condition. Likewise, changing the diet can be an effective means of health maintenance and symptom management.
What is Polycythemia Vera?
A blood disorder, polycythemia vera is characterized by the overproduction of too many red blood cells in the bone marrow. The condition may also cause the proliferation of too many of other blood cells; however, it is the red blood cells that thicken the blood and cause the most concern.
Many individuals do not experience any symptoms in the condition’s early stages, but as the disease progresses, individuals experience more common symptoms. Headache, dizziness, itchiness, redness of the skin, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, numbness in the extremities, bloating in the abdomen and fatigue are common symptoms. The condition occurs as a mutation in the bone marrow causes a problem with the production of blood cells.
Natural Treatment for Blood Disorders
While polycythemia vera is considered a chronic condition without a cure, many treatments are available that help regulate the condition. Natural supplements including garlic and cayenne aid in thinning the blood and preventing blood clots. Additionally, certain lifestyle measures are effective treatment options.
Garlic is an herb that is used in an array of treatments. The herb has specific anti-coagulant properties that make it an effective treatment option for polycythemia vera. The supplement helps thin the blood and prevent clots often associated with the condition.
Cayenne is another supplement effective for managing thickened blood. The capsaicin in cayenne stimulates blood flow. This compound also thins blood and regulates circulation.
While still not considered cures, several lifestyle changes are considered treatments that aid in the maintenance of good health and overall feeling of health. Regular exercise increases blood flow and can help regulate the condition. Additionally, a balanced diet helps maintain an appropriate level of nutrients in the body and supports good general health.
Polycythemia vera is a potentially life-threatening blood disorder if left untreated. While holistic treatment options cannot promise a cure, these options help regulate and manage the condition effectively.
[YEA] I was diagnosed with Polycythemia Vera in 2010. My red blood cells were at 1 million and normal is 200,000 to 400,000. My cancer doctor started giving me phlebotomys and hydroxyurea. The lowest my red cell count ever got to was 800,000. Two years ago I looked up foods that thin your blood and started eating them. I was visiting my dad at the time and went to his doctor after two weeks being on this diet. He did a blood test and my count was 300,000!!! He asked if I was sure about being diagnosed with PV and I told him I had a bone marrow biopsy and was positive. He couldn't believe it. If you want, just look up foods on the internet that thin your blood and avoid the ones that thicken your blood. I no longer take hydroxyurea or get phlebotomys and am normal!!