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How Does Ayurveda Help In Increasing Platelet Count?

ABSTRACT

Blood clotting plays an important role whenever you are injured or cut. It is the cluster of blood that converts liquid to semisolid state at the site of injury. It restricts the excess flow of blood. Platelets are main factors, responsible for Blood clotting. Platelets or Thrombocytes are the small uncolored cells whose function is to stop bleeding in the injury site by forming a plug or clot.

In this article, we will read about the platelets, their role, causes and symptoms of low platelet count, side effects of infusing platelets and how Ayurveda helps in naturally increasing the platelets count.

INTRODUCTION

Platelets are the important component of blood responsible for stopping excess blood loss at the site of injury by forming clusters of blood. Blood Platelets are generated by bone marrow (spongy center inside bones) along with other components of blood. Once Platelets are generated by bone marrow and circulated all over the body, they live in the bloodstream for 8-10 days. 1,50,000 –4,50,000 platelets per microliter of blood is the normal range or count of platelets. If platelets didn’t play its role properly, an excessive loss of blood takes place, which may further lead to death. Many kinds of diseases can occur due to abnormal platelet count and reduction in platelet count is already becoming one of the most common health problems globally. Blood platelet count reduction leads to a disease named, Thrombocytopenia. Platelet count Below 1,50,000 platelets per microliter of blood leads to this disease.

Symptoms of Thrombocytopenia or Low Platelet Count

Some common symptoms of Thrombocytopenia or Low Platelet Count are following:

  • Discoloration of skin
  • Excess flow of blood at the injury
  • Bleeding from Nose and Gums
  • Blood fragments in urine and stool
  • Excess bleeding during menstruation
  • Fatigue

Causes of Thrombocytopenia or Low Platelet Count

Some common cause of Thrombocytopenia or Low Platelet Count are following:

  • Rise in the number of White blood cells (Leukemia) and other cancer
  • IDA (Iron deficiency anemia)
  • Some types of viral infections i.e. HIV, Hepatitis C, etc.
  • Chemotherapy or Radiation treatment: drugs used in this treatment or therapy destroys some normal rapidly dividing cells which are responsible for the deformation of platelets.
  • High Alcohol Consumption: Alcohol may impact the shape and function of platelets.

Low Platelet Count or ITP

Some conditions are also there in which destruction of platelets may enhance as compared to the production of platelets. This may lead to shortage of platelets in the bloodstream.

Such conditions are following:

  • Pregnancy: Anemia in pregnancy
  • Some type of severe bacterial infection may lead to destruction of platelets.
  • TTP (Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic purpura): Blood disorder in which Blood clots occur throughout the body. It may lead to low platelet count.
  • HUS (Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome): Severe Disorder causes sharp reduction in platelet count.
  • Medications: Certain medications also may cause Thrombocytopenia. For example, Sulfa containing Antibiotics, Anticonvulsants, heparin, Quinine, and many others.

PLATELET TRANSFUSION

In modern medicine, there is no specific treatment for reduction of platelets. They only go on with symptomatic treatment and end up with Platelet Transfusion. Platelet transfusion or Platelet concentrate is generally used to treat people with low platelet count or Thrombocytopenia. Transfusion increases the number of platelets in the bloodstream. Platelet Transfusion usually takes 15-30 minutes. This transfusion seems necessary for the patient having Thrombocytopenia to increase the level of platelets, but ends up with many side effects on Patient’s health.

Some of them are:

  • Hemolytic transfusion reactions: These reactions are caused by blood type incompatibilities.
  • Febrile nonhemolytic transfusion reaction: These transfusion reactions are associated with transfusion.
  • Some Allergic reactions such as Hives, Itching, Fever.
  • Septic reactions such as Tachycardia, Hypotension, Generalized pain, Multiorgan failure.
  • Circulatory overload: It includes tightness in chest, cough and rapid increase in blood pressure.
  • Post transfusion purpura: It includes Bleeding (Mucosal and Gastrointestinal).
  • Transfusion associated graft versus host disease: It is usually rare but life threatening.
  • Lung injury

LIFE SPAN OF TRANSFUSED PLATELET

Expected time period of platelets after transfusion is 3-4 days.

AYURVEDIC ASPECT WITH BETTER RESULTS

देहस्यरुधिरंमूलंरुधिरेणैवधार्यते |

  तस्मादःयत्नेनसरंक्षयंरक्तंजीवइतिस्तिथिः || 

(Sushrut, Sutrasthana, 14/45)

Acharya Sushrut in this shloka has explained the importance of blood. This shloka means that blood is the basic root tissue of the body. The whole body and life is based on blood. Thus, one must protect the blood by all means as blood is considered as another name for life.

In Ayurveda, Acharya’s has mentioned various bleeding disorders under the heading of raktapitta, where Acharya Charaka has divided raktapitta in three types:

  1. Udharvgat Raktpitt i.e. bleeding disorders related to the upper part of the body that include epistaxis, hemoptysis, etc.
  2. Adhogat Raktapitta i.e. bleeding disorder related to lower body parts that include melena, blood in stool, bleeding fissure etc.
  3. Tiryak Gata raktapitta i.eThe thrombocytopenic conditions such as ITP where bleeding from any part of the body can occur.

Acharya Sushruta has also explained features resulting after excessive blood loss (Sushrut, Sutra, 14/31)

  • Blindness
  • Glaucoma
  • Cataract
  • Malnutrition
  • Seizures
  • Paraplegia
  • Hemiplegia
  • Cough
  • Respiratory Difficulties
  • Anemia
  • Death

HERBAL MEDICINES BEING PROVIDED BY PLANET AYURVEDA

Planet Ayurveda provides the best combination of 100% safe and pure herbal remedies named as ITP pack (for adults) to increase the number of platelet counts and treat adults suffering from ITP. Planet Ayurveda provides standard quality medicines which are made up of the best and effective quality of herbs. These herbal medicines are free from any kind of preservative and chemicals.

Herbal formulations suggested by our experts for dealing with reduced platelet count are:

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Treatment of Low Platelet Count

  1. Ashwagandha Capsules
  2. Brahmi Chayawanprash
  3. Giloy Capsules
  4. Gandhak Rasayan Tablets
  5. Green Essential Capsules
  6. Immune Booster Capsules
  7. Kumar kalyan Ras
  8. Suvarna Basant Malti Ras

Full Description of above enlisted Herbal Drugs:

1. Ashwagandha Capsules

It is made up of root extract of Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera). It is well known for Balancing “Vata” in the body, Ashwagandha is one of the best immunity boosters and improves the production of white and red blood cells along with platelets as well.

Dosage: 1-2 capsules twice daily after meals, with plain water

2. Brahmi Chayawanprash

It is made up of the potential herbs’ extract including Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) and 28 unique ingredients. Planet Ayurveda’s Brahmi chayawanprash is the herbal formulation in the form of avaleha (jam form). Tridoshas are effectively maintained with this product, also, it balances the nervous and immune system. It prevents viral infections which may be a cause for Thrombocytopenia.;

Dosage: 1 teaspoon twice daily with lukewarm milk or warm water

3. Giloy Capsules

Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia) is the herb with enormous benefits. It is also known as “Guduchi” and “Amrita” and considered as the best immunity booster. Planet Ayurveda’s Giloy capsules is the herbal formulation that contains extract of the stem of giloy. It increases the killing capability of the macrophages (which reduce the chances of infection) that leads to low platelet count. Blood vascular systems are also promoted by these capsules.

Dosage: 1 capsule twice daily with plain water, after the meals

4. Gandhak Rasayan Tablets

Planet Ayurveda’s Gandhak Rasayan tablets are formulated with pure and fully standardized quality of shuddha gandhak (purified sulphur). It pacifies tridoshas, eliminates harmful effects of toxins and improves the immune system.

Dosage: 2 tablets twice daily with normal water, after meals

5. Green Essentials Capsules

These Capsules from Planet Ayurveda are made up of the combination of Different types of green high quality, nutrient enriched herbs such as Spirulina (Spirulina Platensis), Amla (Embellica officinalis) and WheatGrass (Triticum aestivum), etc. It is a beneficial dietary supplement that helps to maintain a healthy body.

Dosage: 2 tablets twice daily after meals, with plain water

6. Immune Booster Capsules

Immune Booster Capsules of Planet Ayurveda are totally pure and vegetarian filled with the extracts of some potential and high quality herbs such as Grapeseed (Vitis vinifera), Cow Colostrum (Bovine Colostrum) and Bhumi Amla (Phyllanthus Niruri). It mainly aids in boosting the immune system and promoting a healthy digestion, respiration, along with positive effects on all the body functions.

Dosage: 2 capsules twice daily with plain water, after meals

7. Kumar Kalyan Ras

As the name specifies that it is especially formulated to be used by kumars (children). Kumar Kalyan Ras of Planet Ayurveda is prepared using different types of minerals or their ashes such as Swarna Bhasma (Ash of Gold),  Loha Bhasama (Iron Ash), Makshika Bhasama (Ash of copper-iron pyrite), Shuddha Parada (Purified Mercury), Ghritkumari Rasa (Extract of  Aloe Vera juice), etc. It helps to sustain the healthy cardiovascular system of the children. Also, it assists in treating the symptoms of low platelet count such as fever, etc.

Dosage: 1 twice daily with plain water, after meals.

8. Suvarna Basant Malti Ras

Planet Ayurveda’s Suvarna Basant Malti Ras is high quality herbo-mineral formulation that contains the blend some effective natural ingredients as mentioned in the nacient ayurvedic texts. The extracts of Shuddha Hingula (Cinnabar in a purified form), Marich (Piper Nigrum), Mukta Bhasma (Pearl Ash) and Nimbu Swarasa (Lemon juice) as Bhavna Dravya, etc. are mixed together in this classical formulation. It is useful to reduce Thrombocytopenia symptoms such as Fatigue, weakness, etc.

CONCLUSION

As we have clearly seen in the above article, modern medicine has no specific mode of treatment for the reduction of platelets. They give the symptomatic treatment and finally end up relying on platelet transfusion for the whole life, which keeps on causing adverse effects on life. But, Ayurveda works on the root cause, eliminates it and treats the symptoms as well, which in turn relieves the patient from this health disorder. Thus, it has a better scope for treating a patient with Thrombocytopenia. For more details, stay connected through www.planetayurveda.com.

How to Treat Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP) in Ayurveda ?

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Which body fluid is the lifeline of the human body? The answer is blood. Blood is the fluid that does various essential functions in the body, from conveying oxygen to other parts of the body to release carbon dioxide from the body, from delivering nutrients, to the hormones transportation. To maintain required blood in the body, platelets play an essential role. Platelets, one kind of small blood cells helps to clot the blood to stop bleeding during injury.

But what if the platelets count become low or high? One of such condition is known as idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP).

What is Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP)?

ITP is a hematologic issue, marked by the low count of platelets due to which blood is unable to clot when required. The ITP supposed to be a type of autoimmune disorders which is also famous with the name of immune thrombocytopenia. The disease is characterized by a noticeable symptom called purple bruises (purpura) which appeared on skin. Due to these bruises, disease famous with the name of thrombocytopenic purpura.

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The ITP can be of various types

  • Newly Diagnosed ITP – Diagnosed less than starting three months.
  • Persistent ITP – When the patient disease duration is from 3 to 12 months
  • Chronic ITP –The disease duration is beyond 12 months
  • Severe ITP –Include the occurrence of bleeding symptoms
  • Refractory ITP – The disease case which does not respond to splenectomy and shows bleeding symptoms during ongoing therapy

But What is the Reason behind the Disrupted Immune System ?

When the glycoprotein loss the ability to express themselves on platelets and megakaryocytes.

What are the Clinical Features of ITP?

  • Mucocutaneous bleeding of skin, GI tract and oral cavity, which form purpura
  • Bleeding Nose
  • Blood in urine
  • Fatigue

Major Complications

  • Intracranial haemorrhage
  • Thrombosis

The Next Question Arises is, How one can Diagnose the Disease?

Physical Examination

The doctor will check all the possible symptoms of ITP.

Laboratory Tests

CBC (complete blood count)

It determines cell number, usually white, red and platelets.

Blood Smear

The test is done to check platelets number in the blood.

Bone Marrow Test

The test is done to identify causes behind low platelet count.
Once the diagnosis of ITP is confirmed, the next step is to treat and manage the condition.

The ITP Management Involve the Number of Modalities

  • Medications to Suppress Immune Systems –Oral Corticosteroids or Rituximab
  • Medication to Enhance Platelets –Thrombopoietin receptor agonists
  • Injections of IVIG to strengthen blood count
  • Another Treatment Involves – Removal of spleen or medicate with other drugs like Azathioprine
  • However, the treatment with the above medications may lead to some side effects as well such as
    • Oral corticosteroids – relapse after discontinuation of the drug
    • IVIG Injections – headache, vomiting, dizziness and enhance blood clot chances
    • Rituximab – a sore throat, fever and low blood pressure
    • Splenectomy – absence of spleen increase the prevalence of infections
    • Azathioprine – fever, vomiting and muscle pain

Now, Here the Question Arises; How one can Manage the ITP Without being suffered from Side Effects?

The answer is Ayurveda.

Ayurveda is an ancient medicinal treatment system of India. It is a 5000 years old system originated and led by the rishi and maha gurus of ancient India.

The word Ayurveda is taken from Sanskrit which means

  • Ayus – life
  • Veda – science, wisdom and knowledge
  • The word reflects – the science of life

What is the Central Concept behind Ayurveda?

An individualized approach from person to person as every individual has its own body type and energies.

Ayurveda treats by channelizing those energies which are known as dosha along with the mental, spiritual and physical state. Because as per Ayurveda, the Prakriti (combination of all doshas) of a person grow during the birth and remains same throughout the life.

Types of Dosha

Dosha mainly is of three types. All the doshas are made up of five essential elements – Air, Water, Earth, Fire, Space.  Every cell and tissue of the body is known to make up of these five elements.

1. Vata

Vata is known to make up for air and space. It channelizes heartbeat, nerve impulses, breathing, senses, communication and moods of the person.

2. Kapha

Kapha is known to make up of water and earth. It channelizes growth, nourishment, regeneration, stamina, memory and fat regulation.

3. Pitta

Pitta is made up of water and fire. It involves digestion, metabolism and intelligence.

By treating the aggravated doshas, one can get relief from the ITP

Now the Next Question Arises Where the Patient gets the Ayurvedic Treatment for ITP?

The answer is – Planet Ayurveda

It is one of the world’s best organization which provides natural and herbal medicines for curing certain kind of diseases. The organization also offer herbal combination to manage ITP. These herbal medicines are of the best quality which is strictly prepared according to Ayurveda rules.

Planet Ayurveda provides different herbal combinations which acts according as per age

There are three types of the combo are present

  • ITP Care Pack For Adults
  • ITP Care Pack For Children (3 to 14 years)
  • IPT Care Pack For Kids Less than three years of age

The Adult Care Pack For ITP Involves –

  • Kumar Kalyan Ras – 1 twice daily
  • Giloy Capsules – 1 twice daily
  • G-Plat Capsules – 1 twice daily
  • Pitta Balance – 1 twice daily
  • Swarn Basant Malti Ras – 1 twice daily
  • Green Essentials – 1twice daily
  • Brahmi Chawyanprash – 1tsp twice daily
  • Ashwagandha Capsules – 2 twice daily

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The Care Pack For 3 – 14 Years Old Children –

  • Kumar Kalyan Ras – 1 once daily
  • Giloy Capsules – 1 twice daily
  • G-Plat Capsules – 1 twice daily
  • Pitta Balance – 1 once daily
  • Swarn Basant Malti Ras – 1 twice daily
  • Green Essentials – 1twice daily
  • Brahmi Chawyanprash – 1tsp twice daily
  • Ashwagandha Capsules – 2 twice daily

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The Care Pack For Less than 3 Years Old Children –

  • Kumar Kalyan Ras – 1 once daily
  • Giloy Capsules – 1 twice daily
  • G-Plat Capsules – 1 twice daily
  • Swarn Basant Malti Ras – 1 once daily
  • Ashwagandha Capsules – 1 twice daily
  • Infee Syrup – 1tsp twice daily
  • Immubuild Syrup – 1 tsp twice daily
  • Arvindasava Syrup – 1tsp twice daily
  • Immune XP Syrup – 1 tsp twice daily

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By taking Ayurvedic medication along with some precaution, prescribed by an Ayurvedic consultant, the patients will able to manage the ITP condition without any side effects.

  • Avoid taking pills like ibuprofen and aspirin
  • Enhance the intake of whole grains, leafy vegetables and fresh fruits
  • Avoid dairy products, sugar and blood thinning food items like ginger, tomato and garlic