A low platelet count, medically known as thrombocytopenia, is a health disorder in which your blood has a lower than normal number of platelets.
Platelets are the smallest of the blood cells that aid in blood clotting by forming plugs in blood vessel holes. The platelets circulate in the blood with an average lifespan of 5 to 9 days.
A normal platelet count in a healthy person ranges from 150,000 to 450,000 platelets per microlitre of blood. When the count is below 150,000 per microlitre, it is considered a low platelet count.
The telltale signs of a low platelet count are easy or excessive bruising, prolonged bleeding from cuts, spontaneous bleeding from the gums or nose, blood in urine or stools, and skin rashes due to superficial bleeding into the skin.
Women may experience unusually heavy menstrual flows. People with low platelet counts may also complain of malaise, fatigue and general weakness.
With certain lifestyle changes and some easy-to-follow home remedies, you can quickly improve your platelet count and live a healthy life. Continue any of these remedies until your platelet count is restored to normal. If the problem is severe then consult your doctor.
Here are 5 Simple Home Remedies to increase the low platelet count naturally:
Eat ripe papaya or drink a glass of papaya juice with a little lemon juice 2 or 3 times daily.
You can also pound a few papaya leaves without the stalk using a pestle and mortar to extract the juice.
Drink 2 tablespoons of this bitter juice 2 times a day.
In ½ glass of fresh pumpkin juice, add 1 teaspoon of honey and drink it 2 or 3 times a day.
Also, include pumpkin in your diet by adding pumpkin puree to soups, stews, smoothies and baked goods.
Boil 4 or 5 leaves of fresh spinach in 2 cups of water for a few minutes. Allow it to cool, and mix in 1/2 glass of tomato juice. Drink it 3 times a day.
Also, enjoy this green vegetable in salads, green smoothies, side dishes or soups.
4. Indian Gooseberries / Amla
The vitamin C in Amla can help increase the production of platelets and boost your immune system.
Eat 3 to 4 gooseberries on an empty stomach every morning.
Alternatively, mix together 2 tablespoons each of amla juice and honey. Drink it 2 or 3 times daily.
You can also eat homemade jam or pickles made with fresh Indian gooseberries.
Drink 1 tablespoon of fresh beetroot juice 3 times daily.
Another option is to mix 3 tablespoons of beetroot juice in a glass of carrot juice and drink it 2 times daily.
– Drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of room temperature water daily.
– Get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night
– Eat whole-grain cereals, brown rice and whole-wheat products.
Avoid alcohol intake as it can hamper production of platelets in the bone marrow.
Avoid canned and processed foods that do not offer many nutrients
Avoid activities that may cause injuries.
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