Natural Remedies for Thrombocytopenia

Thrombocytopenia, or a low platelet count, is a disorder of the blood that is often caused by medical conditions or medications. Platelets are the part of your blood that helps with clotthing and severe thrombocytopenia may result in excessive bleeding. Thrombocytopenia generally exists because either too few platelets are being made or too many existing platelets are being destroyed by the spleen. Diagnosis of the problem is made after a blood test which counts the number of platelets in a blood sample. It is not a generally life-threatening problem but if you have been diagnosed with thrombocytopenia you will want to be sure you let your doctor know. If your platelet count drops below 20,000 per microliter your doctor will likely recommend a blood transfusion to bring your platelet count back up.

 

What are the symptoms of thrombocytopenia?

In most cases thrombocytopenia does not present symptoms. If it does, however you can expect to see:

  • Bleeding from the gums and nose.
  • Increased menstrual bleeding, or break through bleeding in menstruating women.
  • Petechiae; flat, red spots on the skin often found on the legs and feet in clumps.
  • Purpura;  large areas of bleeding that occur under the skin and do not turn white when pressed.
  • Eccymoses which are similar in appearance to bruises.
  • Major bleeding inconsistent with an injury or fall.

 

How can I prevent thrombocytopenia?

  • If your thrombocytopenia is caused by a medication, discuss taking a different medication with your doctor. In most cases thrombocytopenia is caused by organ malfunctions and certain medications.

How can I cure thrombocytopenia?

  • Take Astragalus. It has been shown to reduce platelet damage in chemo patients and to increase platelet numbers.
  • Increase Vitamin C intake; Vitamin C has been shown to greatly increase platelet counts.
  • Zinc supplements can help as zinc causes a significant increase in platelet aggregation.
  • Beetroot or beets are highly recommended as they are high in iron which helps increase blood and platelet production.
  • Increase consumption of meat and fish, but avoid anything treated with growth hormones and any bottom feeding fish.
  • Add Vitamin B-12 supplements as B-12 is necessary for proper platelet production.
  • Chlorphyll tablets could be tried as they help to oxygenate cells making it easier for the body to process and function.
  • Eat lots of leafy greens, such as spinach, to help increase your Vitamin K intake. Vitamin K is necessary for blood clotting which is the job of platelets.
  • Avoid foods that decrease your platelet count such as alcohol and refined sugars.
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