ITP may be defined as a clinical syndrome in which decreased number of platelets in body causes rashes, bruising and petechial formation on the skin. In other words it may defined as condition of extravasation of blood cells from the blood capillaries into mucosal membranes and superficial skin. These conditions occur when our platelet count only remains 20,000 per microliter.
The Major Symptoms of this Disorder are
- Extra and quick bruising
- Superficial bleeding on skin that looks like reddish-purple small pinpointed spots.
- Excessive bleeding with urine and feces
- Bleeding from the mouth and gums
- Heavy menstrual flow in females.
No particular cause of this disease is found yet, but mistakenly our own immune system starts destroying platelets from the blood stream and bone marrow. Usually children are affected by this disorder after the attack of viral infections. Idiopathic thrombocytopenia pupura is a platelet related disorder that affects the all age groups.
Numerous natural remedies are available to cure this serious disorder naturally. Home remedies are natural way to cure the disorder without any side effects. Various remedies are available at our homes to reduce the effects of this disorder that may include :
1. Juice of Papaya Leaves
Papaya is one of most loved fruits available in the market. The fruit is rich in vitamin E and C and possess anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant properties and also helps to regulate healthy digestion. On the other hand leaves of papaya is rich in enzymes like papain and chymo-papain. Leaves contain high amounts of vitamin B, A, E and C and also contains various minerals like iron, calcium and magnesium. In patients with thrombocytopenia the pure extract of leaf juice is used to increase platelet count. It helps to boost up the production of platelet count in our blood stream.
2. Vitamin – C
when our body is fighting against infection higher concentration of ascorbic acid is consumed by our immune system. When our immune system is fighting against these infections our blood cells are destroyed. Vitamin- C is a natural antihistamine and it is very beneficial to fight against thrombocytopenia. Strawberry, gooseberry, cranberry, raspberries, oranges, lemon, pineapple and black currents are the richest sources of vitamin c. consumption of these fruits helps to raise platelet count in the body. ITP patients are recommended to have a lot of berries added to their diet. These berries are rich source of phytonutrients that help in the neutralization of free radicals in the body.
3. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is a natural blood purifier in nature. It helps to boost up our immune system and give energy to body cells to fight against the various infections. It also boosts up the production of blood cells in our body and very beneficial for ITP. This natural plant is anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant in nature. It helps our body fight against the underlying causes that causes thrombocytopenia.
4. Amla Juice
Gooseberry is nature’s best source of vitamin C. It helps to stimulate metabolism and it is a good natural immune system booster. As we all know that vitamin c helps body cells to fight against the various infections. It contains the highest concentration of anti-oxidants. Other ingredients like flavonoids, ellagitannins and Gallic acid present in this fruit is very beneficial for promoting overall human health. It helps to remove toxins from the body and promotes a good health of liver.
5. Wheat Grass Juice
Wheat grass helps in the production of white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets. Consumption of one glass of wheat grass juice daily prepared from fresh leaves is a wonderful remedy to increase platelet count in the body.
6. Beet Root
Beet root is considered as a natural purifier that helps in the process of detoxification of the colon by excreting out all the impurities. Betanin is chemical compound present in this remedy that gives a beautiful color. Another major component present in it is nitrates, which further converted into nitric acid. It helps to dilate blood vessels and maintain normal blood pressure level. It also helps in the process of production of red blood cells. All these properties make it again a natural treatment for ITP.
In Ayurveda giloy is called “Amrita” and this herb is famous for its various medicinal properties. Giloy is a universal herb that helps to stimulate our immune system. It fights against bacterial infections, purify blood remove toxins from the body. It also gives energy to the body to fight against liver related infections and UTI’s. It is also used to stimulate the process of production of red blood cells.
Root of this natural herb smell like a horse (Ashwa) due to this property it is named as Ashwagandha. In Ayurveda this herb is considered as rasayana- that helps to maintain both physical and mental health of the individual.
9. Organic Tomatoes
To treat this disorder naturally eats a lot of tomatoes. Tomatoes are a rich source of anti-oxidant lycopene and this anti-oxidant helps to raise the platelet count. These tomatoes are also rich sources of minerals and vitamins.
10. Omega 3 rich food
Food that rich source of fatty acid omega 3 is also very beneficial for the patients with ITP. It helps to strengthen our immune system and support our bone marrow to produce new platelet cells. Walnuts, spinach, flax seeds, Chia seeds, soybean, salmon and canola oil are very good sources of omega 3 rich fatty acids.
Lifestyle Changes in ITP
- Yoga and regular exercise help to decrease the level of stress in the patients of thrombocytopenia. Inactivity and sedentary lifestyle is a major cause of shutting down and lower production of platelets in the body. Regular exercise is a wonderful way to speed up our immune system and helps to combat the underlying symptoms of ITP.
- Try to avoid the excess of allopathic medications including steroids and painkillers because these medications interfere in the normal healing process of the body.
- Always try to be happy and positive because mental stress and anxiety both are directly connected with the ITP. High levels of stress and constant stress hormones also contribute in a drop in platelet count.
- Strictly avoid the consumption of alcohol because alcohol also affects the production of platelet in the blood stream.
- Try to avoid the activities that cause injuries.