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Ayurvedic Management of Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP)

Abstract

Platelets are tiny and important blood components in our bloodstream. The main focus or work of the platelets is to prevent blood clotting and abnormal bleeding. Abnormality of platelets known as ITP is an abnormal health condition in which a low platelet count in the bloodstream causes problems and abnormal symptoms in the body. ITP affects women more than men and can occur in people of all ages. In the following article, we will get to know the different causes and symptoms of ITP in detail. Also, we will discuss the natural and side-effect-free Ayurvedic treatment methods for the management of this autoimmune disease.

Introduction

Immune thrombocytopenic purpura is a disorder in which it attacks healthy platelets of the bloodstream. This is possible due to many causes while the main cause is explained as- the Immune system of one’s body tends to destroy the healthy blood platelets by misidentifying them as foreign harmful bodies. They bind with healthy platelets and destroy them one by one continuously. The regular destruction will ultimately cause the platelets to reduce in number that is very low to be able to maintain proper functioning in the body, as usual, should be. In such a disease proper evaluation and immediate management should be started to arrest the destruction and avoid future complications. Ayurvedic approaches and management for this disease are explained further in this article.

Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura

Ayurvedic Aspect

According to Ayurveda, Thrombocytopenic is known as ‘Rakta Kshaya’ which means a reduction in blood cells, including a decrease in platelet count. This reduction can be due to vitiated pitta dosha. Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura can be loss of platelets due to autoimmune causes. Vitiated pitta dosha and rakta lead to disturbance in the body and abnormalities in the body itself. Various causative factors are responsible for Pitta dosha imbalance. Many ayurvedic therapies are indicated in the management and excretion of toxins related to the condition.

Causes

Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura is an autoimmune disorder that is caused due to low platelets count in the bloodstream. The exact cause for it is still not known while the most probable causes for ITP are-

  • Autoimmune dysfunction
  • Viral infections
  • Genetics
  • The outcome of certain autoimmune disorders
  • Side effects of certain medications

Symptoms

The most common symptom of ITP is Thrombocytopenia. Some more symptoms associated with ITP are-

  • Bruising
  • Petechiae
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Excess menstrual bleeding in women
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Hematuria
  • Blood spots in stools

These symptoms can be mild to moderate and vary from person to person in its severity. Some people can experience all these symptoms while some may not experience any symptoms from these.

Diagnosis

Diagnostic tests for the diagnostic confirmation of Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura are-

  • Complete Blood Count
  • Blood test to rule out certain infections
  • Platelet antibody test
  • Peripheral blood smear
  • Biopsy (Bone marrow)

Treatment

The treatment depends on the diagnosis and severity of ITP. The commonest treatment pattern includes-

  • Medications including Corticosteroids
  • Intravenous insertion of immunoglobulin
  • Anti-D immunoglobulin
  • Immunosuppressive drugs
  • Thrombopoietin receptor agonists
  • Surgical removal of the spleen

Ayurvedic Management of Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura by Planet Ayurveda

The planet Ayurveda prepares various Ayurvedic medicines through authentic methods described in ancient Ayurvedic texts. Each medicine is purely herbal and contains natural standardized extracts of natural herbal plants. These medicines are 100% pure and are potent enough to manage the disease they are designed for. Each medicine of Planet Ayurveda goes through quality testing before being launched and recommended to patients worldwide. The medicines used for the Ayurvedic Management of ITP are as follows-

Ayurvedic Management of Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura

Ayurvedic Management of Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura

1. Plato Plan Syrup

This ayurvedic syrup contains age-old herbs such as Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Draksha (Vitis vinifera), etc. This syrup specifically works to increase platelet count and improve the quality and life of platelets in your body.

Dosage- Take 2 spoons twice daily.

2. Ashwagandha Capsules

These ayurvedic capsules contain natural herbal extracts of Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera). Ashwagandha is a well known Ayurvedic herb that has wonderful benefits that cannot be explained in a few words. These capsules in this disease will build the strong immunity of the body and will help recover the abnormalities and weakness in the body due to such diseases.

Dosage– Have 1 capsule twice daily

3. Punarnava Mandur

These tablets are very potent ayurvedic supplements that contain multiple herbal extracts in their formation. An iron supplement is very essential in curing various abnormalities. The many diseases managing the potency of these tablets is very helpful in treating deep abnormal diseases of the body such as ITP. This combination has ideal use in various body diseases.

Dosage- Take 2 tablets twice daily.

4. Hemo Plan Syrup

This herbal syrup contains various Ayurvedic herbs for its manufacturing. Potent-known herbs are Manjistha (Rubia cordifolia), Gorakhmundi (Sphaeranthus indicus), Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), etc. This syrup is a natural source of iron and other essential supplements. This syrup is a well known natural blood purifier. The essential benefits of this syrup help treat such diseases effectively.

Dosage- Take 2 spoons twice daily.

5. Suvarna Basant Malti Ras

This is a patent dietary supplement of Planet Ayurveda that helps to maintain a healthy body by maintaining a healthy immune system, healthy memory, and ultimately a healthy body. The ingredients of this ras maintain a balanced Vata and Kapha dosha. The active ingredients of this ras are- Suvarna Bhasma (Gold calx), Mukta Bhasma (Mukta calx), etc. Regular intake of this ras maintains a healthy immune system and will help to deal with ITP effectively.

Dosage-  1 tablet daily to be chewed with lukewarm water.

Conclusion

Ayurveda has a broad approach to such diseases. Various medications and therapies together are indicated that work to manage the abnormal symptoms of the disease. Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP) can be well managed without any added side effects with Ayurveda. You need to contact an Ayurvedic expert for correct management. For more information regarding Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura or more queries regarding any disease do visit us at www.planetayurveda.com

ITP (Immune thrombocytopenia) – What is it, How is it Caused & Is it Treatable?

Abstract

Idiopathic thrombocytopenia purpura is characterised by persistent thrombocytopenia and is an auto-immune disorder. In this platelets are attacked in their premature stage by the reticuloendothelial system and particularly in the spleen. In most cases the cause is idiopathic but in some of them, particular conditions are involved. These secondary causes are like infections, accompanied by coexisting antibodies.

The environmental and genetic factors also impact platelet turnover and its response to ITP-directed therapy. A better understanding of the pathophysiology of these diseases helps in proper diagnosis and treatment which are patient-specific. In the modern system of medicine, steroids are used in patients with ITP. They do have side effects in the patients. But in Ayurveda, many useful herbal drugs have been used for many centuries in the treatment of bleeding disorders.

INTRODUCTION

Platelets are very important in the maintenance of normal hemostasis and vascular repair. Due to decreased platelets, it causes Bruising, Petechiae, and Immune-mediated thrombocytopenia purpura; it is one of the most common forms of autoimmune disease which affects both children and adults. Idiopathic thrombocytopenia is a condition in which platelet antibodies accelerate platelet destruction and inhibit their production. The main characteristic of this is bleeding which correlates generally with the severity of the thrombocytopenia.

Idiopathic thrombocytopenia purpura

There are two types of ITP

1. Acute Thrombocytopenia Purpura

Acute Thrombocytopenia Purpura-This is most commonly found in young children. The main symptoms of this are a viral illness. It completely disappears within 6 months and does not reoccur. It is the most common form of the disorder.

2. Chronic Thrombocytopenia Purpura

Chronic Thrombocytopenia Purpura– This disease can happen to anyone at any age, and symptoms can last from six months to several years. Adults have more tendency to suffer from this disease than children but it does affect adolescents. Females have more chances to develop than men. Chronic ITP can recur often and it requires continuous treatment with follow-up.

SYMPTOMS

  1. Purpura
  2. Petechiae
  3. Nose bleeds
  4. Bleeding in the mouth
  5. Blood in the vomit
  6. Bleeding in the head

TREATMENT OF ITP IN MODERN MEDICINE

Corticosteroids are the first line of therapy in the treatment of ITP.  But there develops a dependency on steroids within patients’ bodies after initial treatment with corticosteroids. And long-term use of steroids has side effects like osteoporosis, uncontrolled sugars and hormonal imbalance.

Azathioprine or revolade, danazol, dapsone etc are second-line agents but with limited efficacy. The patient’s condition is the main turning point in whether to choose second-line treatment or not. However sometimes it depends on the availability of the medicines. As immunosuppressants azathioprine/ revolade etc. have been used for treating ITP for many years. It is a cost-effective and ready-to-use drug in countries like India. Azathioprine is considered to be safe during pregnancy and for lactating mothers also.  But still, there are reports of their side effects and doubts about their efficacy.

Adverse Effects

Leukopenia is the most adverse effect of these drugs along with the anemia and also hepatobiliary laboratory dysfunction is noted in patients. Serious adverse notes like sepsis in the patients. Some patients show neutropenia which is resolved after cessation of azathioprine.

AYURVEDIC VIEW

Thrombocytopenia purpura treatments are available in modern science, namely, corticosteroids etc. which have lots of side effects and last when no options are left they do surgery. On another side, Ayurveda explains its causes, pathogenesis and management. It can be correlated with Raktapitta as mentioned in Ayurveda. The ayurvedic treatment for raktapitta was written in classical textbooks with medicated food for patients.

The term raktapitta means a collection of bleeding disorders such as nasal bleeding, bleeding through the vagina, ear, mouth, rectum and urethra. The main reason for Raktapitta is the vitiation of pitta dosha and pitta gets vitiated due to its causative factors such as diet having amal(sour), lavan(salt), katu(pungent)  rasa food in the diet. Gradually vitiated pitta ultimately vitiated rakta dhatu which have similar properties. Raktapitta disease mainly affects the Raktavaha srotas and its roots i.e liver and spleen.

In this condition vitiated blood reaches every part and bleeding from different parts occurs. Both kinds of treatment in Ayurveda were described as Shodhana and Shaman . It all depends on the patient’s strength and disease manifestation. Shodhan can be done by siravedh,  jalauka vachana etc in this vitiated blood is taken from the body. In shaman treatment various herbal remedies are recommended like: Durwa (Cynodon dactylon), Amalaki (Emblica officinialis), Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) etc. They have anticoagulation and antineoplastic property which helps in the

HERBAL REMEDIES BY PLANET AYURVEDA FOR ITP

Planet Ayurveda is one of the leading companies in the field of Ayurvedic medicines. Planet Ayurveda has its own manufacturing that has taken reference for each formulation and medicine from classical medicinal textbooks. Planet Ayurveda products have GMP certified having no harmful contents. The herbal products do not contain any kind of preservatives, flavours or additives. For treating diseases like ITP which are chronic conditions they also provide herbal products like Ashwagandha capsules, Giloy capsules, Gandhaka Rasayana, Kumar Kalyan ras etc these all are included in the ITP care pack. The ITP care pack gives not only treatment but also helps in increasing the strength of the body in patients.

ITP CARE PACK

Herbal Remedies for Idiopathic thrombocytopenia purpura

Herbal Remedies for Idiopathic thrombocytopenia purpura

PRODUCTS DESCRIPTION

1. IMMUNE BOOSTER

In ITP patient immunity is very weak because this patient is prone to other diseases. For removing this weak immunity problem the immune booster capsule is used. Its main ingredients are: Grape seed(Vitis vinifera std. ext.), Go-Piyush(Bovine colostrums std. ext.), Bhumi amla(Phyllanthus niruri std. ext.), Amalaki (Emblica Officinalis)

Dosage: 2 capsule should be taken twice daily

2. ASHWAGANDHA CAPSULES

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is helpful in patients with leucoderma, depression, insomnia, weight gain, immunity and muscle strength. It is used in ITP patients because it is known as shophahara (reduces inflammation), kshathara (useful in injury healing), vranan hanti (quick wound healing) etc. It improves overall health and gives better results in boosting immunity.

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

3. GILOY CAPSULES

Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia) is a well-known immunomodulatory herb which is used in treating autoimmunity. It balances tridosha (vata, pitta, kapha) i.e called doshatrayhara. These can also be used in the treatment of fever, diabetes, anaemia, jaundice, asthma etc. Giloy is also considered as effective in increasing platelets.

Dosage: 1 capsule twice daily after meals.

4. GANDHAK RASAYAN

Gandhaka Rasayana is a polyherbal formulation which uses shudha gandhak (sulphur). It is recommended in the treatment of skin diseases, itching, chronic fever, urinary tract disorders etc. It improves immunity, fertility, potency, nourishment, body strength, digestion improves, etc.

Dosage: 2 tablets twice daily with plain water

5. GREEN ESSENTIALS

It is made up of Grape seed (Vitis Vinifera), Wheatgrass (Triticulum Aestivum), Spirulina (Spirulina Platensis), and Green tea (Camellia Sinensis), Amla (Embllica Officinalis). These all contain chlorophyll and have antioxidant properties i.e it is used in ITP for purifying the blood. These capsules are also useful in balancing pitta doshas which get vitiated in ITP.

Dosage: 2 capsules (twice) daily after meals.

6. KUMAR KALYAN RASM.

It is a polyherbal formulation which is helpful in detoxifying the blood. It consists of Kumari rasa (Aloe vera juice ), Ras sindoor (purified mercury), Mukta bhasma(purified pearl), Swarna bhasma (purified gold bhasma), Abhrak bhasma (purified mica bhasma), Loh bhasma (bhasma prepared from the iron) etc. It is considered to be very effective in Rasayana and used in the treatment of many diseases.

Dosage: 1 tablet twice daily after meals.

7. BRAHMI CHYAWANPRASH

It is considered to be a very effective immunity and memory booster. Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) is also an excellent anti-ageing, anti-diabetic and antioxidant herb.  It results in the cellular form; its active content, brahmin, is very effective as an antioxidant and also protects the blood vessels, and nerves.

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

8. SUVARNA BASANT MALTI RAS

Its main ingredients are Swarna bhasma (purified gold), Mukta bhasma (pure pearl), Maricha (Piper nigrum) and Gandhaka (pure sulphur) etc. This formulation has minerals in the purified form which are a rich source of zinc. Zinc is helpful in the formation of RBC which is a very important component of blood. This is also helpful in maintaining platelets number i.e it is used in ITP.

Dosage: 1 tablet twice daily after meal with plain water after meals.

CONCLUSION

ITP is believed to be heterogeneous disease with a relapsing-remitting course and various kinds of treatment can be used. Steroid drugs may show effects in the patients but they do have side effects which are discussed above. On the other hand, ayurvedic herbal medication gives benefits with no side effects. Ayurvedic herbal medicine gives safe results and now they have proven evidence also. In today’s times, Ayurveda attains the interest of individuals because in chronic conditions the body gives effective results using herbal medicine.