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ITP (idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, immune thrombocytopenic purpura)

Alternative Treatments

There are many alternative treatment options for ITP. They are usually not acknowledged by conventional medical science, but many people try them because a while their effectiveness may be questionable, a lot of them are usually harmless and do not have the conventional treatments' side effects. Some may be detrimental, so thorough research prior to commencing these treatments is highly advisable. Below, are short descriptions of the most common ones.

Ayurvedic Medicine

Ayuverdic medicine combines natural therapies with a personalized approach to the treatment of the body and the disease. It aims to treat the whole person, by addressing not only the specific disease, but also any other conditions that may put the body out of balance. The combination of treatments may include herbs, diet, meditation, cleansing and lifestyle changes.

Reiki

Reiki is a type of an energy therapy. It requires only a light touch by the practitioner, which controls the energy absorption and directs the energy for healing purposes.

Herbal Remedies

There are many mixtures and methods. Check the links section for more information on the subject.

Macrobiotics

At its most basic, this diet consists of vegetables, grains and whole foods. However, macrobiotics' approach is very individual and aims to restore and maintain health through the energetic potential of various foods. Since a lot of the foods eliminated by the macrobiotics often trigger heightened immune response, it makes sense to see if it helps against ITP, which is an autoimmune disease.

Ecstasy (MDMA)

This one is very controversial, however there are a few scattered reports of people who took Ecstasy, which is an illegal drug, and reported a boost in their platelet count. In one case, a person reported a boost from 30,000 cu/ml to 110,000 cu/ml after taking the drug. The platelet count gradually went down over the course of the next few weeks, however went up again upon subsequent administration. However, no further research was done on the relationship between MDMA and ITP, since the evidence is very anecdotal and involves a highly illegal substance.

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