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Dr. Vikram Chauhan - MD (Ayurveda)

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Von Willebrand Disease ‘Type 3’ (Bleeding Disorder)

Von Willebrand Disease

Von Willebrand disease is a common, lifelong bleeding disorder which results from a deficiency or abnormality of a multi-adhesive protein called 'Von Willebrand factor' (VWF) which helps the blood to clot.

The VWF protein is responsible for binding together the platelets, which are the tiny cells that circulate in the blood to plug broken blood vessels and stop bleeding. Low levels of functional VWF in people suffering from Von Willebrand disease affect the clotting ability of the platelets, thereby leading to prolonged bleeding.

Von Willebrand disease is generally considered an inherited bleeding disorder, but it can also sometimes develop later in life. The disease affects both men and women at the same rate.

‘Type 3’ Von Willebrand disease is rare, but the most severe, form of the bleeding disorder.

In the most common 'Type 1' of the disease, the level of platelets in the blood is lower than normal; while in 'Type 2' of the disease, the levels of VWF are normal, but it cannot work properly due to structural or functional defects. However, in Type 3 Von Willebrand disease, the body produces very little or no VWF, and potentially puts an individual at the risk of heavy bleeding which can be so severe that it may include joint, muscle or gastrointestinal bleeding.

Von Willebrand disease can lead to several health complications, such as Anaemia (iron deficiency in the body), pain and swelling, and even death from uncontrolled bleeding. The risk of complications resulting can be higher for women than in men, because of a higher chance of bleeding during menstruation, pregnancy, and childbirth.


The main cause behind the occurrence of Von Willebrand disease is a genetic mutation, which is inherited by an affected individual from one or both parents. The inherited faulty gene causes problems with the VWF protein which plays a key role in the blood-clotting process.

People who have inherited only one copy of the mutated gene usually develop Type 1 or Type 2 Von Willebrand disease, but people who inherit a mutated gene from both parents suffer from Type 3 Von Willebrand disease.


The symptoms of Von Willebrand disease may be mild or severe and may start at any age. The symptoms generally depend on the type of Von Willebrand disease a person may be suffering from. However, some of the symptoms common to all the three types of the disease are:

  • Easy bruising
  • Getting large and lumpy bruises
  • Excessive and long-lasting nosebleeds
  • Bleeding from the gums
  • Heavy or prolonged bleeding after tooth removal or surgery
  • Abnormally heavy bleeding during menstruation (in women)
  • Blood in urine due to bleeding in the kidneys or bladder
  • Blood in stool (feces) due to bleeding in intestines or stomach.


According to Ayurveda, blood tissue is one of the seven tissues (Dhatu) of the body. Since blood (Rakta) is associated with the body’s Pitta dosha, bleeding disorders like Von Willebrand disease mostly occur due to a Pitta imbalance.

In Ayurveda, a collective term used for all bleeding disorders is ‘Raktapitta.’ Ayurvedic experts believe that bleeding disorders are usually caused by excessive intake of warm (ushna), penetrative (teekshna), salty (lavana), sour (amla), and spicy (vidahi) foods, as well as other foods or drinks which can aggravate Pitta dosha. Moreover, in some cases, excessive exposure to the sun, or working n the sun for long periods, can also cause bleeding disorders.


The treatment of Von Willebrand disease is chiefly focused on stopping or preventing bleeding episodes, particularly with the help of medications which enable the formation of blood clots by platelets.

Though the treatment plan for patients suffering from Von Willebrand disease usually varies in accordance with the type of condition they have, some of the treatment options for the disease include drug therapies, nonreplacement therapy, replacement therapy, and topical treatments.

Herbal Remedies For Von Willebrand Disease

Herbal Remedies For Von Willebrand Disease

For managing Von Willebrand disease in a safe and natural manner, some excellent herbal products are available from Planet Ayurveda herbal manufacturing company. These products, prepared from 100% pure herbs, are:

1. Pitta Balance Capsules

The preparation of these capsules involves the use of some beneficial herbal components, including Praval Pishti (Coral Calcium), Mukta Pishti (Pearl Calcium), Akik Pishti (Agate Calcium), Jawar Mohra Pishti (an Ayurvedic Calcium compound), Kamdhudha Ras (an Ayurvedic Calcium compound), and Giloy satva (extract of Tinospora cordifolia).

The use of these capsules is beneficial for the management of Von Willebrand disease because of the ability of herbal ingredients to purify the blood, treat bleeding disorders, control blood pressure, support the immune system, and balance the Pitta dosha.

DOSAGE: 2 capsules, two times a day with plain water after 30 mins of the meal.

2. Coolstrin-B Capsules

For preparing these capsules, a combination of potent herbs is used, including Nagkesar (Mesua fera), Lodhra (Symplocos racemosus), Mochrus (Salmalia Malabarica), Dhataki (Woodfordia fruiticosa), and Lajjalu (Mimosa pudica).

Patients suffering from Von Willebrand disease can benefit from the use of these capsules because of the ability of the herbal ingredients to manage bleeding disorders, treat pain and inflammation, heal the intestines, maintain pH of the body, boost the immune system, and pacify the Pitta dosha.

DOSAGE: 1 capsule, two times daily with plain water after 30 mins of the meal.

3. Chanderprabha Vati

A combination of several herbs and other beneficial natural ingredients is used for preparing these tablets, including Karpura (Cinnamomum camphora), Shilajit (Asphaltum), Guggulu (Commiphora mukul), Vacha (Acorus calamus), Mustak (Cyperus rotundus), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Vibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Haridra (Curcuma longa), Pippali (Piper longum), Maricha (Piper nigrum), Danti (Baliospermum montanum), Chavya (Piper chaba), Vidanga (Embelia ribes), Shunti (Zingiber officinalis), Tejpatta (Cinnamomum tamala), Dalchini (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), Ela (Elettaria cardamomum), Yavkshaar (Potassium carbonate), Sarjikshaar (Sodium carbonate), Vida Lavana (Black salt), Saindhava Lavana (Rock salt), Sauvarchala Lavana (Sodium sulphate), and Sharkara (Sugar).

The use of these tablets can be helpful in managing Von Willebrand disease because their natural ingredients can purify the blood, eliminate toxins from the body, reduce pain and swelling, treat bleeding disorders, and manage bladder-related disorders.

DOSAGE: 2 tablets, two times a day with plain water after 30 mins of the meal.

4. Manjistha Capsules

Standardized extract of the 'Manjistha' herb (Rubia cordifolia) is used for the preparation of these capsules. The herb is widely used in Ayurvedic formulations because of its anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, astringent, antispasmodic, blood-purifier, and immunity-enhancer properties.

These capsules have the ability to manage Von Willebrand disease because they can treat blood disorders, remove toxins from the body, treat skin diseases, keep the urinary system healthy, and balance the Pitta dosha.

DOSAGE: 2 capsules, two times a day with plain water after 30 mins of the meal.

5. Green Essentials

The preparation of these capsules involves the use of a number of herbs, including Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Spirulina (Spirulina platensis), Green tea (Camellia sinensis), wheat grass (Triticulum aestivum), and grape seed (Vitis vinifera).

People suffering from Von Willebrand disease can benefit from the use of these capsules because they can manage blood disorders, boost the immune system, provide nourishment to the brain cells, and help the body fight against free radicals.

DOSAGE: 2 capsules, two times a day with plain water after 30 mins of the meal.


Planet Ayurveda's herbal products can be very beneficial in the managing Von Willebrand disease, because the products do not contain any chemicals, preservatives, additives, binders, artificial colours or fillers. Nonetheless, it is recommended that patients suffering from the disease should use these products after consulting an expert Ayurveda practitioner.

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