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Dr. Vikram Chauhan - MD (Ayurveda)

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Ayurvedic treatment for ITP (Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura)

INTRODUCTION

Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) is a bleeding disorder in which the immune system destroys platelets, which are necessary for the blood clotting. It is an autoimmune disease with antibodies detectable against several platelets surface antigens. It is also known as immune thrombocytopenic purpura. Normally, the blood clots due to the presence of the platelets in the blood; if platelet count decreases, then blood clot formation takes place slowly and as a result there is an excessive bleeding. It affects both children and adults. In children it usually recovers by itself without treatment but in adults, the disorder is chronic. Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura is more common in women than men and more common in children than adults. In children the disorder often, occurs after viral infection such as mumps and the flu. In adults, it is more often chronic disease and occurs after the viral infection and with the use of certain drugs like in pregnancy.

WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF IDIOPATHIC THROMBOCYTOPENIC PURPURA?

The exact cause of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura is not known.

In this disease, the immune system does not work properly and start attacking the platelets, as if they are foreign substance for the body. Antibodies produced by the system get attached to the Platelets. The spleen, which helps to fight against the infection recognizes the antibodies and removes the platelets from the system. In ITP the platelet count is below 20,000, while normally it is 150,000 platelets per micro liter of circulating blood.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF THE IDIOPATHIC THROMBOCYTOPENIC PURPURA?

The different types of the Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura are as follows:

  • Acute ITP: It is the most common type of disorders. It usually lasts less than six months and mainly occurs in the children.
  • Chronic ITP: It usually lasts for six months or more than that. It is mainly seen in teenagers and adults.

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF THE IDIOPATHIC THROMBOCYTOPENIC PURPURA?

  • Formation of the purpura (bruises).
  • Superficial bleeding in the skin that appears as of pin-point sized reddish purple spots usually on the lower legs.
  • Bleeding from the nostrils and gums.
  • Blood in urine and stools.
  • Menorrhagia (Excessive bleeding).
  • Prolonged bleeding from the cuts.
  • Excessive bleeding during surgery.

WHAT CAN BE THE RISK FACTORS OF THE IDIOPATHIC THROMBOCYTOPENIC PURPURA?

Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura can occur at any age, there can be few risk factors:

  • Sex: Women are more prone to this disease than men.
  • Recent Viral Infection: Viral infections like mumps and the flu are the risk factor for this disease.

WHAT CAN BE THE COMPLICATIONS OF THE IDIOPATHIC THROMBOCYTOPENIC PURPURA?

The most common complication of the ITP is intracranial hemorrhage.

Normally for the treatment corticosteroids are used, prolonged use of corticosteroids will produce some of the side effects, which are as follows:

  • Cataract.
  • Osteoporosis.
  • An increased risk of infection.
  • High blood sugar.
  • A loss of muscle mass.

WHAT ARE THE METHODS TO DIAGNOSE THE IDIOPATHIC THROMBOCYTOPENIC PURPURA?

Following are the methods to diagnose the idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura:

  • Medical history.
  • Physical examination.
  • Complete blood count.
  • Bone marrow examination.

AYURVEDIC TREATMENT FOR ITP (IDIOPATHIC THROMBOCYTOPENIC PURPURA)

Planet Ayurveda is a herbal manufacturing company. It provides herbal formulation for the various health diseases. As we know in idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura platelets count decrease. Planet ayurveda provides an effective Ayurvedic treatment for ITP (Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura). These are herbs especially to increase the platelet count.

HERBAL REMEDIES FOR ITP

ITP Combo Pack For Adults

  1. Cap. Giloy - 1 twice daily
  2. Cap. Ashwagandha - 2 twice daily
  3. Cap. G-Plat - 1 twice daily
  4. Tab. Swarn Basant Malti Ras - 1 twice daily
  5. Bramhi Chawyanprash - 1 tablespoonful twice daily
  6. Kumar Kalyan Ras - 1 twice daily
  7. Cap. Pitta Balance - 1 twice daily
  8. Cap. Green Essentials - 1 twice daily 

These should be consumed for 1 or 2 months and the results will be visible. The allopathic medicines of the patients can be reduced slowly. The above mentioned combination contains Ayurvedic herbo mineral and metallic preparations as well. All preparations are safe for human consumption and are approved by government of India for their use in various health conditions.

ITP Combo For Children (3 Years To 14 Years)

  1. Cap. Giloy - 1 twice daily
  2. Cap. Ashwagandha - 1 twice daily
  3. Cap. G-Plat - 1 twice daily
  4. Tab. Swarn Basant Malti Ras - 1 twice daily
  5. Bramhi Chawyanprash - 1 teaspoonful twice daily
  6. Kumar Kalyan Ras - 1 once daily
  7. Cap. Pitta Balance - 1 once daily
  8. Cap. Green Essentials - 1 twice daily 

ITP Combo For Infants (Less Than 3 Years)

Since ITP affects many children but there are herbs and herbo mineral preparations which can help the infants and small children very much. Slowly reduce their dosage of steroids as soon as the effect of herbs / herbomineral compound is visible.

Open up the capsules, crush the tablets and mix them with honey or with Syrups and feed them the below mentioned combination twice daily.

  1. Cap. Giloy - 1 twice daily
  2. Cap. Ashwagandha - 1 twice daily
  3. Cap. G-Plat - 1 twice daily
  4. Tab. Swarn Basant Malti Ras - 1 once daily
  5. Kumar Kalyan Ras - 1 once daily
  6. Syp. Arvindasava - 1 teaspoonful twice daily
  7. Syp. Immuz XP, Syp. Infee and Syp. Immubuild - 1 teaspoonful twice daily 

Open up the capsules and pour the ingredients in a bowl and mix them with the Syrups. Crush the tablets and mix the powder in the syrup and then feed the child this mixture twice daily.

WHAT ARE THE PRECAUTIONS FOR THE IDIOPATHIC THROMBOCYTOPENIC DISORDER?

The cause of ITP is not known, hence there is no specific way to prevent this. However, bleeding and injury can be serious for the ITP sufferer, to decrease the chances of the bleeding injuries:

  • Children should wear helmets while playing.
  • Avoid playing contact sports like football.
  • Avoid medications like aspirin and ibuprofen as these medications decrease platelet activity.

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