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Dr. Vikram Chauhan - MD (Ayurveda)

Monday, June 21, 2021

Ayurvedic Remedies for ITP - Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura

Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura or Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP) is a syndrome in which our immune system gets activated against our own body cells thereby resulting in decreased count of platelets. As a result of which reddish or purple spots, bruises, internal or external bleeding etc can occur in the body depending on the severity of the condition.

Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura


In Ayurveda, ITP comes under the context of 'Raktapitta' (bleeding disorders). Here, aggravation of pitta dosha takes place in the body which in turn vitiates the rakta dhatu (blood). This vitiation mainly commences in the spleen and liver, as these are considered to be the main sites of rakta (blood) and progresses to other parts of the body. Although modern science considers it to be a disease of unknown origin, Ayurveda mentions the excess usage of ushna (hot), theekshana (sharp), amla (sour), katu(pungent) and vidahi (which causes burning sensation) food items, over exposure to heat and sun etc as the main underlying causes for ITP.


In the treatment of ITP, Ayurveda mainly focuses on pitta shamana (normalising pitta), without disturbing the other doshas. Strength of the patient, severity of disease and abstaining from the etiological factors are also given prime importance. Either ‘Langhana’ (fasting) or ‘Tarpana’ (nourishing therapy) is administered by considering the involvement of ‘amadosha’ (toxic waste). Elimination therapies like ‘vamana’ (medicated emesis) or ‘virechana’ are advocated in extremely aggravated dosha conditions keeping in view of the strength of the patient. Strict diet and regimen has to be followed post these therapies.

For drinking purposes, water boiled and cooled with drugs like chandana (Santalum album), usheera (Vetiveria zizanioides), Musta (Cyperus rotundus), Parpataka (Fumaria officinalis) etc is generally given. Otherwise simply boiled and cooled water can also be used. Water is given either in small quantities or till the limit of satisfaction. Since madhura (sweet), thiktha(bitter) and kasaya (astringent) tastes reduce pitta dosha, these can be predominantly used by ITP patients. Commonly available items like Aloe vera, wheat grass, Papaya leaves, pomegranate, gooseberry etc can be used judiciously in this condition as it helps in increasing the platelet count. Despite being sour in nature gooseberry is indicated in ITP, as it is having sweet taste after digestion which is beneficial. Sheeta Virya (cold potency) drugs like Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna), Durva (Cynodon dactylon), chandana (Santalum album), Ashoka (Saraca asoca) etc are much useful in pitta imbalance disorders like ITP.


Planet Ayurveda renders the best suitable treatment for ITP. These medicines stimulate the bone marrow for platelet production, pacifies pitta and maintains equilibrium. They are:


  1. Plato Plan Syrup
  2. Ashwagandha Capsules
  3. Punarnava Mandur
  4. Hemo Plan Syrup
  5. Suvarna Basant Malti Ras

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1. Plato Plan Syrup

Planet Ayurveda unveils the Plato Plan syrup which enhances the bone marrow functions thereby increasing the platelet production. The ingredients involved are herbs like Eranda karkati (Carica Papaya), Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), Wheat grass (Triticum aestivum), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Shigru (Moringa oleifera), Jeevanthi (Leptadenia reticulata) and Draksha (Vitis vinifera). It helps in boosting the immune mechanism and brings up the platelet level to the required amount. The ingredients pacify the pitta dosha without disturbing vata and kapha doshas.

Dosage - 2-3 teaspoonful twice a day after meal.

2. Ashwagandha Capsules

Planet Ayurveda offers Ashwagandha capsules which is the standardized extract of Ashwagandha in a vegetarian capsule form. Ashwagandha works impressively on the immune system and thereby increasing the number of platelets. It also improves the quality of other components of blood and helps to make the body healthy. So it is highly recommended for use in ITP patients, along with other medicines.

Dosage - 1 capsule twice daily after meal.

3. Punarnava Mandur

Punarnava mandur is a classical Ayurvedic formulation manufactured by Planet Ayurveda which is worth using in disorders like ITP. The main ingredients used are herbs like Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa), Shunti (Zingiber officinale), Pippali (Piper longum), Maricha (Piper nigrum), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), chavya (Piper chaba), Haridra (Curcuma longa), Vidanga (Embelia ribes), Chitrakmool (Plumbago zeylanica) and Mandur bhasma (Ferric oxide). It is extensively used in almost all types of anaemia as it improves the quality of blood. It has got a noticeable effect in ITP through its action on the liver and in blood circulation.

Dosage - 2 tablets twice daily after meal.

4. Hemo Plan Syrup

Planet Ayurveda brings the Hemo Plan syrup to combat ITP. It consists of ingredients like Manjistha (Rubia cordifolia), Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), Gorakhmundi (Sphaeranthus indicus), Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera), Draksha (Vitis vinifera) and Sariva (Hemidesmus indicus). The ingredients are almost cooling in nature which normalizes the pitta dosha.

Dosage - 2-3 teaspoonful twice a day after meal.

5. Suvarna Basant Malti Ras

This medicine from Planet Ayurveda is a mixed herb-mineral preparation containing purified heavy metals and herbs. It contains ingredients like Swarna bhasma (calcined gold), Mukta bhasma (calcined pearl), purified Hingul (cinnabar), Maricha (Piper longum), Kharpara bhasma (calcined zinc), Pippali (Piper longum), Sunti (Zingiber officinale) etc. It is a potent Rasayana (rejuvenative) and is effective in liver and spleen problems as well as general debility. For maximum benefits, it is advisable to take under the guidance of an Ayurvedic expert.

Dosage - 1 tablet to be chewed with honey after meal once or twice daily.


Contemporary system of medicine generally uses steroids, intravenous immune globulins and certain other drugs that increase platelet count for combating ITP. Immunosuppressants are also made use, when required, to suppress the activity of the immune system. A permanent or complete cure cannot be assured even after taking these treatments which are highly expensive and risky, with side-effects. As a last resort, splenectomy is also opted more often when the situation worsens. Here, Ayurveda offers a holistic approach with natural medicines by considering bodily as well as mental stigma of the patient. Strength of the patient is tried to be maintained well throughout the treatment. Equal importance is given to preventive, curative as well as restorative aspects. Diet and lifestyle modifications are adopted which are customised to the disease and the individual.

Ayurveda comes as a rescuer for ITP patients with utmost chances of a hassle free living just like any other normal people.

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