• Dr A A Mundewadi

Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment for Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP)

Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) is also known as immune thrombocytopenic purpura and is a medical condition relating to a blood clotting disorder which results from very low levels of platelets. This condition can cause easy bruising or bleeding and pin point sized discolored spots on the skin, known as petechiae, are characteristic of ITP. A disturbed or weakened immunity is believed to be the cause for ITP. This condition is usually seen more in young women and can become chronic in most affected adults. ITP usually results after a recent viral infection.

Ayurvedic herbal treatment for ITP is aimed at treating the bleeding disorder as well as the complications of the disease and also improving the immunity of the affected individual. Ayurvedic herbal medicines are given to boost the production of platelets by stimulating the bone marrow as well as the liver and spleen. Medicines which act on the blood tissue are also given in order to normalize the metabolism of the blood tissue and bring about a normal production of all the different components of blood.

Ayurvedic herbal immunomodulatory agents are also used in high doses in order to boost the weakened immunity of the affected individual. This treatment helps to revitalize the patient and also brings about an early symptomatic improvement in individuals affected with ITP. Medicines are also given to reduce the bleeding patches in the skin and subcutaneous tissue, as well as to strengthen the connective tissue of micro capillaries, in order to prevent spontaneous bleeding. Additional herbal medicines are also used in order to help the existing platelets to bring about normal clotting and prevent hemorrhage.

Most individuals affected with ITP need Ayurvedic herbal treatment for about four to six months in order to improve significantly from this condition or get cured completely. It is important to avoid stress, strenuous exercise, and offending foodstuffs which may cause an aggravation in the condition from infections and wear-out.

Ayurvedic herbal treatment can thus be utilised in the successful management and treatment of ITP.

The writer, Dr. A. A. Mundewadi, is available as an online Ayurvedic Consultant at and

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