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How to Increase a Low Platelet Count

A low platelet count, medically known as thrombocytopenia, is a health disorder in which your blood has a lower than the 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.

There are three possible causes of low platelet count:

  • Presence of platelets in the spleen due to cancer or severe liver diseases. This causes a decrease in the number of platelets in circulation.
  • Reduced production of platelets due to leukemia, some types of anemia, viral infections, exposure to toxic chemicals, chemotherapy drugs, heavy alcohol consumption and deficiency of essential vitamins like vitamin B12.
  • Increased breakdown of platelets due to autoimmune diseases, reaction to medicines, bacterial infection in the blood, pregnancy and health problems like idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) and thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP).

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.

how to increase a low platelet count

Here are the top 10 ways to increase a low platelet count naturally.

1. Papaya

Both the papaya fruit and its leaves can help increase a low platelet count within just a few days. In 2009, researchers at the Asian Institute of Science and Technology in Malaysia found that papaya leaf juice can increase the platelet count of people diagnosed with dengue fever.

  • 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.

2. Wheatgrass

According to a 2011 study published in International Journal of Universal Pharmacy and Life Sciences, wheatgrass can be beneficial in increasing platelet count.

In fact, it can produce significant increases in hemoglobin, red blood cell, total white blood cell and differential white blood cell counts. This happens because wheatgrass is high in chlorophyll with a molecular structure almost identical to the hemoglobin molecule in human blood.

Simply drink ½ cup of wheatgrass juice mixed with a little lemon juice daily.

3. Pumpkin

Pumpkin is another helpful food to improve your low platelet count. It is rich in vitamin A that helps support proper platelet development. It also regulates the proteins produced in the cells, which is important to raise the platelet level.

  • In a 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.

4. Spinach

Spinach is a good source of vitamin K which is often used to help treat low platelet disorder. Vitamin K is required for proper blood clotting. Thus, it reduces the risk of excessive bleeding.

  • 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.

5. Vitamin C

To increase your platelet count, you need to increase your intake of vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid. A study published in 1990 in the Japanese Journal of Hematology stated that vitamin C improves platelet count.

Being a powerful antioxidant, high doses of vitamin C also prevent free-radical mediated damage of the platelets. Your body requires 400 to 2,000 mg of vitamin C per day, depending on your age and overall health.

  • Eat foods high in vitamin C like lemons, oranges, tomatoes, cantaloupes, kiwi, spinach, bell peppers, and broccoli.
  • You may also take vitamin C in supplement form daily, but only after consulting your doctor.

6. Indian Gooseberries

A popular Ayurvedic remedy to raise your platelet count is Indian gooseberries, also known as 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.

7. Sesame Oil

sesame oil

This cold-pressed oil is also beneficial in increasing your platelet count. Sesame oil has properties that can raise platelet level naturally. It reduces free radical damage, inflammation in the body and helps improve blood circulation.

  • Drink 1 to 2 tablespoons of high-quality sesame oil twice a day.
  • You can also rub some sesame oil externally on lymph node areas several times daily to help increase platelet counts.
  • In addition, use cold-pressed sesame oil for cooking.

8. Beetroot

beetroot juice

Eating beetroot is another popular dietary method of increasing the platelet count. Being high in natural antioxidant and hemostatic properties, beetroot can raise your platelet count within a few days.

  • 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.

9. Water

drinking water

Blood cells are made of water and protein, hence it is highly recommended to drink plenty of water throughout the day. When it comes to a low platelet count, avoid drinking cold water as it can affect your digestive tract and the body will not absorb nutrients properly.

Instead, drink filtered and purified water that is room temperature. This will help your body produce more blood cells and eventually improve the platelet count.

Drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of room temperature water daily.

10. Exercise

exercise

Regular exercise will boost blood circulation, improve your immune system and lead to an increase in platelets.

According to the Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program of British Columbia, certain specific exercises can help increase different levels of low platelet counts. Here are a few guidelines:

  • When platelets are 15,000 to 20,000, you can perform sitting or standing exercises, gentle stretching and walking.
  • When platelets are 20,000 to 40,000, you may use some light resistance like weights or elastic tubing or latex bands. You can also do brisk walking.
  • When platelets are 40,000 to 60,000, you may perform activities like stationary cycling and golfing.
  • When platelets are above 60,000, you may do aerobic exercise like biking or jogging.

Note: Avoid all types of exercises when your platelet count is less than 15,000 as it may increase the risk of bleeding.

Additional Tips

  • Limit alcohol intake as it can hamper production of platelets in the bone marrow.
  • Also, avoid tonic water as the quinine in it can contribute to decreased blood platelet counts.
  • Avoid eating raw vegetables when your platelet count is low as it may damage the intestinal lining. Instead, steam vegetables until soft and then eat them.
  • Eat 1 to 2 red guavas daily to improve the platelet count.
  • Foods that act as blood purifiers like aloe vera must also be included in your diet.
  • Avoid all dairy products, including milk, yogurt, cheese, and butter, for a few days as these products can contribute to mucus formation and worsen some autoimmune diseases.
  • Avoid canned and processed foods that do not offer many nutrients.
  • Get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night to help your body recharge and produce more platelets.
  • Eat whole-grain cereals, brown rice, and whole-wheat products. Avoid white flour, white rice, and processed foods.
  • Avoid activities that may cause injuries.
  • Ask your doctor before taking over-the-counter medications as some medicines may affect your platelet function.

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        1. Papaya is available in the market freely. If you ask any vendor they will bring the papaya leaves from the tree. The trees are also available in most of the houses and can be got from that. Clean it and make ajuice out of it

        2. Papaya leaves avail with people who grow papaya trees at home or avail in fresh fruits market as they use these leaves to pack fruits as t

        3. i need this juice urgently to help my wife who has a very very low platelets count. be grateful if somebody can advise as to how and where from can i get this juice.

          1. i just ordered papaya capsules from the herbal Papaya website.
            I have low platelets as well and am under treatment from a doctor.
            But I believe in natural cures as well.
            I believe herbal papaya has the juice and leaves as well. Excellent co. to deal with.
            God Bless,
            Joe

          2. Just find some papaya tree n take that leaves n smash it n extract to one glass n make them to drink

          3. Hi sir,

            You find some papaya leaves, and cut the leaves into small pieces and grind it adding few drops of water and make it as a pulp ..and remove from mixture jar, take a cotton cloth and pour this pulp into cotton cloth and close the coth and press gently you will get liquid out of the pulp. repeat this for until you get the 300ml and make sure the liquid should drink three days..morning after breakfast you should take..it will help us to gan more platelets..,all the best sir..

          4. You can get the papaya leaf from. Papaya tree and then wash it properly . Take 2 leaves cut it and add two spoon of water make paste of it . After that sieve it with a cotton cloth. It automatically remain 30 ml. drink it 3 times daily. It is very helpful in increasing platelet count. But it is very bitter. You can also go for papaya leaf extract capsules. It is a great remedy to improve platelet count.

        4. please pluck a few papaya leaves from a tree, wash them well and grind them with a glass of water. It can be filtered and consumed.

      1. How to increase platelet count immediately?
        Just put water and papaya leaves in a kettle and put it on medium heat for 10-15 minutes. The slow heat will help to slowly draw the extract from the papaya leaves. You should boil the solution until the liquid simmers down to half its volume. Drinking this extract twice a day can help increase blood platelets count.

        1. Thank you for this vital help. I have a platelet count of 13,000 and need to get it much higher, to at least 140,000. I will try your recommendation. I have a friend who has offered to mail to me in Tennessee as many fresh papaya leaves as I can use.

  1. And I thought I was the only one with this problem. Very interesting article. Off to get some papaya. Oh, by the way this condition scared me till I read this article.

      1. Will these Medications will help me increase my platelets count overnight as my platelet count is 36000 n m suffering from dengue …

  2. one Tablespoon !!
    2 days back, i drank 1 glass of papaya leaf juice and yesterday again half a glass. It was horrible in taste, but somehow i managed to finish it…
    earlier my platelet count was 62k, now it is 1.2lac per cumm.
    Believe me, papaya leaf juice is a dengue curer.

  3. This information is boots my will power. I am taking treatment from 2011 January onwards for this purpose. I am already following these suggestions. A good information to all

  4. drink one cup of papaya leaf extract and your platelet count will increase insanely (at night i had 75000 and next morning it went up to 250000 lol)

  5. I’m a known ITP patient for past 15 years. My platet count is always between 40,000 and 80,000. Once in a while it increases to one lac. The problem is I also get seizures if the platet increases. What to do? So I do not try any other medication whether it natural or other stream of medicines. Any how thanks for posting this link.

    1. Don’t worry platelet decreased due to some other medical problem so first of all find out that problem, treat it, than platelet automatically increased. I have same problem.

  6. How long does the papaya juice itself take to work and how much does it increase? Does it increase dangerously the first time you take it? or does it increase gradually? I have a count of 18K and it needs to be higher so I can get a much needed surgery. How much before my tests do I take it and then how much before the surgery? One more question, how long does the increase last. is it permanent like if your body did it naturally? Sure would appreciate your input…anyone who has done it or tried it.
    Thank you, everyone!!!!

    1. It’s been a long time since your post about platelets & surgery. I just hit the same issue and wanted to see if you had gotten straight

  7. Thanx for the comments but still no answer on how much tea (that’s all I could find) to drink, how often, and can I increase too much at one time? It scares me to do something new! I already take 2 diuretics, Potassium and propanolol for acites. Any help out there? It sounds too good to be true!! Plus I just added pomegranates to my regiment, cause I love them!

  8. people who have dengue should follow and recommend these remedies to other people who have dengue.These remedies will be very useful for other dengue patients

  9. Wednesday I checked my platelet count is 1,42,000.I had 4 drinks of papaya leaves juice in between the days. Today Friday I am gng to check. Then update the same today 8pm

  10. My brother suffered from dengue past week . He had 1,20,000 n next day it goes down to 60, 000 platelet which might could have go down …I read the article n comment’s the comment’s surprised me a lot. After providing him papaya leaves ,after 1 day it does not increase in count but not decrease too . Go day it show the magic of counts it increased 1, 40, 000 n next day 1, 60.000 n after 2 days of more than normal values of 4,30,000. Thanku for the article it help my brother a lot. I strongly recommend the suggestions.

  11. I really like these tips,,,, now i can share these tips with my friend so she can become healhy and sweet flower again….

    1. That’s great news ! Can you please share with me which herbs helped with your fathers cirrhosis ? Thanks you very much ! Barbara

    2. Deepak – please share this info with us. many people are working on healing liver disease and need the successes of others to go by.

  12. I have Thrombocytopenia and my red platelets are a 34, looking at this has helped me consider what I should do in the future. I have no spleen so things are a bit tricky for me. Looked at reducing dairy but I don’t eat or drink much anyway

  13. My platelet counts has been up & down since my AML in 2013. Now my count is 111,000, so I will try the aloe Vera juice & papaya nectar. We will see how well if works when I get my blood work done in December. Wish me luck! I will let everyone know how it is going, thanks for the information!

    1. i had AML too. 2 yrs in remission. Had a stem cell transplant and that is good , but my red platlets are low . This worries me. When you get your test results please let us all know what your results are. God Bless.

  14. The most important thing you can do is absolutely no dairy products of any type. Absolutely NO products made with white flour. No alcohol. Eat green vegetables.

  15. Thank for your’s valueable advise frinds.just now get hospitalisation due to low heamoglobin and low platelate count.now my heamoglobin count is normal but platelate count is only40000.now am so happy to your’s advise is very helpfull to me. Am very happy thanks friends n god bless all of you.thanku sooooo muchhh.

  16. I have been diagnosed with ITP in 2014.i was placed on steroids for a year and i just gained weight. Doctors even diagnosed me with “BORDER LINE LUPUS” i disagree with the So called borderline Lupus ! i did my own research and found that because i might have consumed allot of Antibiotics such as “Amoxcycillin or AKA Moxymax 500
    due to Chest inflammations related to Bronchial-Asthma! a month ago i stopped taking the Steroids and resorted to the consumption of papaya as finding the leave extract here is extremely difficult as we are all the way in South Africa. so i have to import and there are no leave juices only papaya juices also mixed with either Mango or orange but my next blood test is on 25/11/2015 so i am hoping it has increased as i trust the Fruit more then what i was told at my doctors! THE FRUITS ARE NATURAL AND THAT WAS PROVIDED BY GOD i would rather eat the fruit ! Hoping for the best with my blood work !

  17. ITS REALLY INCREASES BLOOD COUNT & PLATELATES,ALSO WITH GOAT MILK WHICH INCREASES MORE FAST FROM 5000TO 80000 & ALSO WITH APRICOT & ITS SEED,ALSO IT HELPS IN CANCER TREATING FAST.ANY HOW THANKS LOT FOR THIS GREAT INFORMATION,FREE OF COST,FROM ADMIN MIRACLES OF ALMIGHTY ALLAH NAMES IN FIGURES/FACE BOOK.COM WITH 58+11 DECEASES TO CURE WITH OUT DOCTOR & MEDICINES

  18. Pumpkin pappaya wheatgrass sesame oil spinach vit. C amka beetroot carrot arugampul juice goat milk apricot lemon orange tomatoes kiwi brocoilli bell pepper celery are all platelets increasing food.

  19. I cannot get papaya leaf where I am. I will buy some papaya’s, green leafy vegatables, avoid the dairy, try sesame oil, pomegranate juice, avoid alcohol. My platelets are around 44. How does one get beet root juice.

    1. hi Joe
      I too have a 40-44 count and notice you have posted this over a year ago. Have you had any improvement and what can you recommend?
      thanks so much for your post.

  20. Thanks for this useful information
    My wife had low platelet count of 42k after chemotherapy. Backiously I admit her for few days and transfer fresh blood from donors. This time I tried papaya leaf & it works. I thank God for giving us everything in in nature. Just in 1 day (1 cup) increased her HB from 4.2 to 7.9 & platelets from 42k to 52k. I am sure it will increase still further & and each normal level today.

  21. Neelufar

    Goat Milk has helped greatly to Mother with the grace of Allah to increase her Platelets count from 24,000 to 3 Lakhs in one week. Drink one Glass of Goat milk for week and your Platelets will be back to normal range, Nature has answer for everything.

  22. My problem is the opposite, I have very high platelets. Please provide information how to decrease it. Thank you for good information.

  23. Veez.
    Just found out that my husband of 88 has a low platelet count, reading all these posts has given me so much hope, thank you all who contributed, it will be very helpful. We live in Canada, we do get papayas , but it is impossible to get the leaves. But there are other things I will also try, like amla that we can get from an Indian grocery store, and beetroot juice which I know is very good for the blood. I just wonder if any one can tell me if beetroot juice made from boiled beets is ok too? Thanks once again for all the info.

  24. Husband with spontaneous bloody noses,leg swelling,rash on leg with swelling, whole body holding fluid. This all just happened a few months ago. Went to doctor, did blood work: first thing doc gave husband hydrochlorothiazide with potassium blocker to keep him from losing potassium in urination.He lost 13 lbs of water weight in three weeks. At the same time found out platelets were low and white blood cell count low as well.Took second blood work, still going lower. Took him off dairy, little sodium, doing whole grain, detox for metals,colon and whole body. found that low white blood count and low platelet production can be caused by enlarged spleen or vitamin deficiencies. Doing smoothie and tincture detox and what I just learned on this site adding the foods and supplements. Changing his lifestyle to keep his life.He is not an alternative lifestyle guy..but he’s doing ok and trying hard. I am alternative so we are doing it together. If this happens in your family do it together. It helps the affected person be successful. These are great articles. I am in California…seems like a lot are from far away..I also will check back when we have results.

  25. Thanks for the papaya info, my dr won’t do my knee replacements until my count is 150. It’s at 92 right now will give this a try. Again thanks

  26. Thanks you a lot because i was very sick n Doctars sad i got gastric n there give tablet ,wen i did general bleed test then they sad platelet is low THANK YOU ALOT FOR PAPAYA LEAVES INFORMATION

  27. I was diagonised with thrombocytopenia 5 months ago. Was put on steroids for three months. The plateletes were back to normal, today the plateletes are low again but i cant stand the thought of taking steroids as the side effects are too intense. Reading your comments have brought me a ray of hope. I will get papaya leaves and take the juice. I trust all will be well.

  28. M 20 Yrs Old,Jst Got Married & My Platelets Count Get Tow Low 10,000 only Dr. Gave Steriod Injections By Weight My Born Marrow Test Is Normal Bt Aftr Drinking Papaya Leaf Juice,Kiwi Fruit,Ornage Juice,Eat Brown Rice,Rose Flower Juice Will Increase Ur Platelets Counts & Taking Dr.Medicine Too Bt Sum Effective Medicine Didn’t Effect Coz Of Sum HomeRemedies…This Papaya Leaf Juice Is Best..Nw I’m Cure & F9..

  29. Papaya leaf is boiled with enough water And drink 3 times in a day which is very good medicines

  30. My mom has low platelet (68) , our doctors are recommended us to have bone marrow check. i was so worry. these day mom has so many thing going on. sick and so on. I asked them is that possible that we can increase platelet and they said No. Is that true? And this blood check is her first time. another doctor said we have to check 2 or 3 times. and they all said low platelet is worse than breast cancer. actually all the doctors are my cousin. it seems like they said directly to family members? I am worry for my mom. does papaya leaf really can help? also i provide spinach , papaya, beetroot, pumpkin and so on.

  31. My son detected with Dengue. Initially the platelets counted were 180000 goes down to 8000 within 3 day inspite of taking medicine as prescribed. Now started bleeding from nose. Do you have options to increase platelet counts ? We are also trying papaya leaves juse now. Will it help to increase the platelets countes?

  32. Pregnant females should not intake papaya, giloy and tulsi. They should have more of pomegranate, spinach, beetroot, lentils, dry fruits, goat milk and so many other options. Hope this helps!

  33. DOES ANYONE KNOW A PLACE NEAR BOSTON, MA – TO GET THE LEAVES OR JUICE FROM LEAVES.
    MY DOCTOR WILL NOT ALLOW SURGERY UNTIL I GET THE COUNT UP.
    I AM FRANTIC & REALLY NEED THE SURGERY IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS.
    VERY GRATEFULL FOR ALL INFO!

  34. My platelets was 122,000 felt lightheaded, weak and tired also had headaches…took papaya leaf juice for two days ,,,platelets went up to 150,000…will continue…heard vitamin b 12 helps too

  35. I have also platelet count is too low between 30000 to 65000 i drank papaya leaves juice alternative days but no result till now iam drink that juice.

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