Lifestyle and home remedies
- Avoid platelet-impairing medications. Over-the-counter drugs, such as aspirin and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others), can impair platelet function.
- Choose low-impact physical activities. Your doctor may recommend avoiding competitive sports or other activities that might increase the risk of injury and bleeding.
- Watch for signs of infection. If you’ve had your spleen removed, be alert for any signs of infection, including fever, and seek prompt treatment. Infection in someone who’s had a splenectomy may be more severe, last longer and have more serious implications than in someone who still has an intact spleen.
Ayurvedic Herbs (India)
Amrit Kalash and MA631
Herbal mixtures Amrit Kalash tablets and nectar (MA4, MA5) modulate the immune system (Inaba 1995, 2005), exhibit strong antioxidant properties (Scartezzini P, Speroni E 2000, Dwivedi 2005, Sharma 1992, Cullen 1997), and help protect against neuro-degenerative diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s (Vohra 2002). MA631 also has anti-oxidant properties (Sharma book). These are all features that can improve platelets and the difficulties of living with ITP.
The Gayathri Institute of Ayurvedic Medical Science in Kerala, India, is conducting a clinical trial using a combination of four different herbal products. They conclude that their herbal combination has been successful in treating ITP.
Papaya Leaf (Malaysia)
Researchers at the Asian Institute of Science and Technology in Malaysia found that papaya leaves and pegaga (Centella asiatica) juice can increase the platelet count of people diagnosed with dengue fever, a mosquito-transmitted viral disease affecting many millions and characterized by persistent thrombocytopenia (reported in the Malaysian press.) The initial study, done in mice, comparing papaya leaf to a placebo, demonstrated that the papaya leaf suspension was responsible for raising the platelet count (Kathiresan 2009). More research on Papaya Leaf for low platelets is underway.
Blood Well/Restore Immune
In the PDSA Survey of Non-traditional Treatments of ITP more than 60% of those surveyed felt the Blood Well/Restore Immune products helped their platelet count and bleeding symptoms while 22% felt the products had a sustained effect.
My daughter P.Sneha Female child 4 year old girl suffering with ITP from past 4 months. September 15th we admitted Rainbow hospital with high temperature and with blue sports in the legs and arms.
At the time temperature is 103. After that they done blood test and bone marrow test they done. Finally they told your daughter have ITP (Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura) after that they used IVIG. After that the plat lights have gone up to 1,10,000 after 13days again came to 10000/- again we have admitted in to hospital after that they used Anty D. Againe plat lights have gone to 90000. After a couple of days again drops to 20000. After that we went Christen medical college Vellore for better treatment. They again done blood test and bone marrow slights review. They given Dapsone 50mg per day and folic acid tab for daily 3 months.
Please advise me which treatment is the best and when it will cure.“
02/18/2014: Mama To Many from Tennessee, Usa replies: “Dear Srihari,
I am so sorry about your little girl. Usually ITP in children is often by a virus. Perhaps the doctors think it is bacterial since they prescribed Dapsone. If it is caused by bacteria, hopefully that will help. Folic acid is good.
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil would be good for her. 1 teaspoon three times a day. It is anti-viral and anti-bacterial.
I would also try turmeric – 1/4 teaspoon three times a day. You can mix it with honey.
Vitamin C would be very important, too. You can give her as much as she can take in a day without getting diarrhea. That may be a lot since she is dealing with sickness.
If you can get fresh carrot juice and milk kefir for her each day, that would be very good. You can mix the turmeric in that, if she likes it that way.
Unless her red blood cell count is high, she could take 1 teaspoon of Blackstrap Molasses a day to build her blood.
An epsom salt bath twice a week would be good – 1 cup of epsom salt in a bath for 20 minutes.
I do not know how long healing will take, but I will be praying for her healing. Please do keep us posted.
Living With Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura
If you have immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), you can take steps to prevent complications. Lifestyle changes and ongoing care can help you manage the condition.
Try to avoid injuries, especially head injuries, that can cause bleeding in the brain. For example, don’t take part in contact sports, such as boxing, football, or karate. Other sports, such as skiing or horseback riding, also put you at risk for injuries that can cause bleeding.
Some safe activities are swimming, biking (with a helmet), and walking. Ask your doctor about physical activities that are safe for you.
Take precautions such as regular use of seatbelts and wearing gloves while working with knives and other tools.
If your child has ITP, ask his or her doctor whether you need to restrict your child’s activities.
You may want to find a doctor who is familiar with treating people who have ITP. For example, hematologists are doctors who specialize in diagnosing and treating blood disorders. Discuss with your doctor how to manage ITP and when to seek medical care.
Talk with your doctor before taking prescription medicines or over-the-counter medicines, supplements, vitamins, or herbal remedies. Some medicines and supplements can affect platelets and increase your chance of bleeding. Common examples are aspirin or ibuprofen. Your doctor may advise you to avoid these medicines.
Watch for symptoms of infection, such as a fever, and report them to your doctor promptly. If you’ve had your spleen removed, you may be more likely to become ill from certain infections.
Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura in Pregnancy
In women who are pregnant and have ITP, the ITP usually doesn’t affect the baby. However, some babies may be born with or develop low platelet counts soon after birth.
The babies’ platelet counts almost always return to normal without any treatment. Treatment can speed up recovery in the babies whose platelet counts are very low.
Treatment for ITP during pregnancy depends on a woman’s platelet count. If treatment is needed, the doctor will take a close look at the possible effects of the treatment on the unborn baby.
Women who have mild cases of ITP usually can go through pregnancy without treatment. Pregnant women who have very low platelet counts or a lot of bleeding are more likely to have heavy bleeding during delivery or afterward. To prevent heavy bleeding, these women usually are treated.