Local remedy to increase platelet counts

BY JEYANTHY PILLAI

platelets. This slide has been stained with MayGrunwald Giemsa, and observed with a 100x objective in oil immersion.

Human blood smear: platelets. This slide has been stained with MayGrunwald Giemsa, and observed with a 100x objective in oil immersion.

Definition

A platelet count is a diagnostic test that determines the number of platelets in the patient’s blood. Platelets, which are also called thrombocytes, are small disk-shaped blood cells produced in the bone marrow and involved in the process of blood clotting. There are normally between 150,000-450,000 platelets in each microliter of blood. Low platelet counts or abnormally shaped platelets are associated with bleeding disorders. High platelet counts sometimes indicate disorders of the bone marrow.

Purpose

The primary functions of a platelet count are to assist in the diagnosis of bleeding disorders and to monitor patients who are being treated for any disease involving bone marrow failure. Patients who have leukemia, polycythemia vera, or aplastic anemia are given periodic platelet count tests to monitor their health.

There may be many reasons why you are at risk for bleeding problems.  Some of the most common reasons that you have bleeding problems include:

  • That there is trauma or injury to your body.
  • You may be missing some of the blood clotting factors necessary to stop bleeding.
  • Since the liver makes nearly all the clotting factors in your blood, except for platelets and von Willebrand’s factor, you may not be able to form a blood clot if you have certain types of liver disease.
  • You may have low blood platelets. This could be due to:
    • Underproduction of blood platelets – from chemotherapy, cancer in the bone marrow (such as leukemia, lymphoma, or multiple myeloma), viruses, drugs, or certain vitamin deficiencies.
    • Increased destruction – There may be a problem with your spleen or your immune system, and your body is attacking and destroying the blood platelet cells. 
  • Certain drugs may cause low blood platelets as a side effect, such as Heparin Sodium (a blood thinner, used to treat blood clots in your legs, lungs, or anywhere in your body). Laboratory examinations may be performed to learn more about your bleeding problems, such as nosebleeds or blood disorder bruising.

In Malaysia, many people take papaya leave juice to increase platelet count when they get dengue fever. It’s a fact that, to date, there’s no known medical cure for dengue fever since it’s caused by a virus transmitted through the bite of the Aedes mosquito. However, it seems drinking papaya leaf extract helps to bring up the platelet count. One friend recounted that some months back, she too was hospitalized for dengue fever and one of her friends fed her the juice from raw papaya leaves and her platelet count went up from 8,000 to 120,000 (the normal platelet count is 150,000) after taking the juice for 2 days.

The recipe is quite simple really. Two pieces fresh papaya leaves (use only the leafy part, remove the stalks), wash clean, pound and squeeze out the juice. That should yield approximately 2 tablespoons of bitter juice to be taken as it is. Do not boil or dilute with water. One serving per day is recommended.

There is also a mention of the pennywort leaves (locally known as “daun pegaga” or “valarai” in Tamil) having the same effect.

Read more on local plants and its effects

Sources: http://www.chemocare.com, http://HealthAtoZ.com

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8 thoughts on “Local remedy to increase platelet counts

  1. I have a sister in remission from bladder cancer, but she is having trouble keeping up her platelets. We feel it is due to the chemotherapy, but the dr.’s feel it was an underlying condition that was brought out by the treatment. Non the less, she is having the platelet issue as well as aplastic anemia, as well as 2 blood clots that have come about in recent months. Is the canned juice as effective and if so, would it be taken the same way, for how long and are there side effects to this treatment. I do not have access here in the states to the leaf and would only be able to get pure juice that I assume would come from the fruit itself. Thank you for any help you can give.

    • Sorry, the juice from the leaf is different in property than the fruit. Try getting the juice from someone in Florida perhaps. Their climate would produce many papaya trees.

  2. I have a daughter who has leukemia. The truth is I’ve tried giving her papaya juice whenever we get low results for platelet count. After a weeks time of drinking fresh papaya juice twice…the platelets does increase. I believe in the wonders of papaya juice extract.

  3. After reading about treating low platelets with fresh papaya leaf extract – I recommended to a friend to try the dried leaf extract in America to raise her platelets. She brewed the dried leaf and made a strong tea and drank a quart a day for a few week. Her platelet counts came up dramatically and she was able to avoid the blood transfusion that her doctors were ordering.
    After this success, I repeated this advice to a number of others who were experiencing the same problems. Each time the platelets came up significantly. I am impressed with papaya leaf and am doing other research on it.
    Blessings,
    If you have any interesting info contact me at myronweaver2@gmail.com

  4. I spoke to HG Simheswara pr the other day about this. Apparently, even the local Indians know about the efficacy of papaya juice. However, the doctors are very strict and will not allow this to take place. They don’t want to complicate matters by mixing allopathic medicine with natural medicines. He said he will try convincing the doctors there by getting our devotee doctors to talk to them and possibly get a person who has been able to raise his platelet count by taking this juice, to also talk to the doctors there.

  5. Dear Godbrothers/God-Sisters,

    If it is possible please see if Guru Maharaj can get papaya leaf juice to help increase his plateletts count. Thank you so much for taking care of Guru Maharaja in these times of need. Being far away we can only pray but you are doing both. Thank you for your wonderful services. Kindly see if this could be administered to Guru Maharaja after consultation with the concerned doctors.

    Your servant,
    Narahari Dev das

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