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Should herbal teas be used when you have ITP?


Some people with ITP report success with herbs, supplements, energy work, diet changes, and other alternative treatments.

There are many reported cases of their success but few formal studies.

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What foods (items) should avoid an ITP patient?

Green tea contains a group of polyphenolic compounds, the green tea catechins (GTCs).

A range of beneficial effects have been attributed to GTCs, including antithrombotic, antiproliferative, antioxidant, antiinflammatory, and antiatherogenic activities.

George D. Liatsos; Antonios Moulakakis; Ioannis Ketikoglou and Stella Klonari discussed in an article published in the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy the possible induction of thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) by GTCs as a result of their extended antimetalloproteinase activity.

Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) is a disease in which antibodies form and destroy the body's platelets. Why the antibodies form is not known. Although the bone marrow increases platelet production to compensate for the destruction, the supply cannot keep up with the demand.

Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is a rare disease in which small blood clots form suddenly throughout the body. The blood clots mean that an abnormally high number of platelets are being used, which leads to a sharp decrease in the number of platelets in the bloodstream.

Ba Hoang, M.D., Ph.D. and D.G. Shaw, M.D., published a study in the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine Vol. 18, No. 2, year 2003, regarding the treatment of Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura with herbal teas.

This is an extract of the article published:

The first patient we treated was a 16-year-old high school student who had a four-year history of ITP.

In her family, there was a history of bleeding and nosebleeds.

At the onset of herbal therapy, her platelet count was 30,000

She was started on a regimen of herbal teas consisting of the herbs Rehmania Glutinosa, Eliptae Alba,
Astralagus and Agrimonia.

Although her platelets decreased to 20,000 in the first weeksof treatment, she experienced improvement in her symptoms with less bruising, bleeding,and more energy.

She tolerated the herbal teas without any side effects or reactions.

After four months, her platelet count increased to 80,000. In eight months, her count was 150,000. At the end of twelve months of monitoring her platelets, her count was 180,000.

During treatment, she experienced no further infections, bone pain, fatigue, or bleeding phenomena.

She continued the teas for a total of two years, and since that time has remained in remission with no further therapy.

Fish oils, Ginkgo biloba and Green Tea are Herbs and supplements that may thin the blood making you a little more likely to nosebleed

Childhood immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) is Hereditary Bleeding Disorders causing Nosebleeding.

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