How to Increase Platelet Count: Treat Thrombocytopenia (Low Platelet Count)

Question: I’d bruises and took blood test. Doctor assumed, I was anemic but I’d low platelets. Now I’m taking blood tests every week and platelet counts keep on going up and down. Is there a way to increase platelets count faster?

Treatment to Increase Platelet Count

The condition when your Platelet count falls below 150,000 is called Thrombocytopenia (i.e. low platelet count). If you are suffering from thrombocytopenia and want to increase platelet count naturally, here are some suggestions that you should follow:

  • Avoid all refined food stuffs including sugars, saturated fats, processed foods and grains, aerated drinks.
    These foods are known causes of platelet count fall.
  • Consume a lot of healthy food. This includes fresh and organic foods. This will help in stimulating the body’s internal mechanism and increase your platelet count.
  • Ensure that you thoroughly wash you wash raw food before consuming them as helminthes, parasites and viruses are known to cause a fall in the platelet count.
  • Use cod liver oil or flax seed oils. They strengthen the immune system, reduce inflammation, improve circulation and increase your ratio of HDL (High Density Lipoproteins) to LDL (Low Density Lipoproteins).
  • Tomatoes and berries are loaded with vitamins and minerals and have strong anti-oxidant qualities which will help you increase platelet count.
  • Consume a lot of green and leafy vegetables. It increases the hemoglobin level of blood and helps tackle the underlying cause of low levels of platelet count.
  • Vitamin and mineral supplements taken regularly, will also enhance your immunity and ability to fit diseases that may aggravate fall in platelet count.


Question: I have been diagnosed with a low platelet count. It is 83,000, but I’m perfectly fine. I do all my day’s work and feel bit fatigued by the end of the day.  My

  • Mean platelet volume is 9.9
  • RBC is 5.71
  • Hemoglobin is 17.7
  • Total WBC – 9400
  • Polymorphs-55%
  • Lymphocytes-30%
  • Eosinophilis-8%

Can you please suggest a treatment?


Platelets are a constituent of the blood and promote clotting of blood, which is essential for hemostatis and prevents undue blood loss following trauma or injury. Ideal platelet count ranges from 150,000 to 450,000 platelets per microlitre of blood. If the platelet count falls below 150,000 it is referred to as Thrombocytopenia (i.e. low platelet count).  There are several causes of thrombocytopenia some of the common causes include,

  • Aplastic or Megaloblastic Anemia
  • Chronic Alcoholism
  • Viral infection or sepsis
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Immune disorders
  • Hematological malignancies
  • Chemotherapy

There is no serious risk of bleeding until the platelet count falls very low to 10000 to 20000 platelets per microlitre. Occasionally bleeding is observed with a count less than 50,000 platelets per microlitre. The duration of thrombocytopenia will depend upon the cause and may range from a few days to years.

Raise Low Platelet Count, Recovering from Thrombocytopenia

  • Management depends upon the cause. You suffer from mild thrombocytopenia and no treatment is required for the same.
  • If you suffer from serious bleeding you may require blood or platelet transfusion and occasionally removal of the spleen.
  • You could try homeopathic remedy to increase platelet count – Mellifolium 30, 8 pills twice a day. It will help you improve platelet count and avert bleeding.


  1. NS said:

    Question : I got skin fissures on my foot extremely which was not curing that’s why I did blood test in the report i got low platelet 68000 counts. I visited skin doctor and physician both of them. I diagnosed psoriasis. I again checked my platelet count after 1 months which had decreased from 68000 to 50000 counts.

    Kindly suggest me which diet and which herb and medicine should I take from both diseases improvement.

    November 3, 2009
    • Sam said:

      For psoriasis prepare an apple cider vinegar compress, add 1 cup apple cider vinegar to 1 gallon water. Soak a soft cotton cloth in the mixture and apply it to the skin to ease itching.

      For increasing platelet count there are no specific diet or vitamins. You can try to increase intake of drumstick leaves, fenugreek leaves, Bengal green gram, liver, egg yolk, citrus fruits and Indian gooseberry (Indian gooseberry).

      November 3, 2009
  2. DM said:

    My father is 66 years old and has diabetes. He is suffering from low platelet count >3000. Actually doctor said that body creates platelets but it’s rupturing inside. We once gave him platelets from outside, like you give blood from a bottle. The count did go up, but it reduced again.

    December 6, 2009
    • CF said:

      There are homeopathic remedies for increasing platelet count, as was mentioned above. There are also many natural remedies which many have found to be successful–papaya leaf extract, pure papaya juice, etc.

      Also Vitamin C helps to increase platelets. He could take 1000mg daily (along with other vitamins: a full B complex, E and D) and that would replenish a lot of what the body needs to function properly.

      If you do some research you can find all kinds of other natural remedies which are easier on the body than traditional medicine.

      March 31, 2010
  3. mitch said:

    I have a blood platelet count of 135,000. My cancer doctor said that 150,000 to 400,000 is normal. What mineral or supplement can I take to raise it a little bit. I have cll, is the essiac tea ok to take because it has a lot of different roots in it. I already take Ip6 with Inisitol and curcumin and a multivitamin a day fish oil.cq10

    February 10, 2010
  4. K said:

    I have low platelets count(36000).
    I am also a Blood Cancer patient(CML). I take a tonic Dexorang but it not increasing my platelet count. Please suggest me some other tonics and diets to increase platelet count.

    March 17, 2010
  5. Anonymous said:

    I am a low platelet patient. I don’t know the cause of sudden fall of platelets. This problem started from 2005. I have taken insulin pen nearly three times. Is the any herbal remedy to improve my platelets.

    March 31, 2010
    • jenny said:

      Yes there is. In our country it has been proven and being used for years now. The plant is called tawa tawa. You have to drink the plant extract and in just hours your blood platelet will surely increase. Actually, it is being used to treat dengue fever. It abruptly increase blood platelet. I am not sure if it is available in your country.

      April 7, 2010
      • RG said:

        Any idea from where I can purchase TAWA TAWA plant extract? I am sure this juice is as good as you mentioned. Surely someone would be selling the extract to help people to increase platelet count naturally.

        July 13, 2010
        • sylvia said:

          I think you can purchase this product in Oriental Store. As of now, my brother has a dengue fever and his platelet count is low and I’ve read about “Tawa-tawa” drink so, I told him and hoping it helps.

          September 2, 2010
  6. vh said:

    I have platelet count 1.50 Lakh/cm and the range is 1.50 to 4.00

    I have taken glucose 4 times.

    Is that right or should I take any precautions to increase it ?

    Also my ESR (Wester gren) is 36 mm/hr and the range is 0-20.
    My MCHC is 31.0 gm/dl and the range is 32-38.

    April 14, 2010
  7. PR said:

    My baby(19 months old) is suffering from low platelet count(20,000) from 2 weeks now. he is having bleeding nose, gum’s,blood in the stool. Despite 1 week treatment on immunoglobin and platelet transfusion, his platelet count increased to 25 then 30 then back to 23, and 20, 000 again. What can you suggest for my baby’s treatment?

    April 18, 2010
    • PUP said:

      Your baby requires a treatment on war footing, I suppose he is in Icu facility, the underlying cause for low platelet count should be found out, which the doctors attending may be trying hard to get it. Mean while leave on the doctors to do their best as in these condition, a close watch on the patient is required, as there are lot of changes occurring in his system, and individual approach is needed to treat the patient.

      April 19, 2010
  8. Sylvia said:

    My husband has myelofibrosis and his platelet count is is in the 800,000 and need to decrease it and his white count is in the 38’s and I have began giving him the ensure that helps with the immune system and adds vitamins and minerals. Is there anything else to reduce these counts?

    May 13, 2010
  9. D said:

    I have a problem with my platelet since I was 6. Since then, I have to control all my activities and my diet. When I was 15 I felt pain in all my joints that caused me to control my diet too. My question is, what kind of food should take and what should I avoid? How can I improve my health?

    May 20, 2010
  10. V Simpson said:

    Platelets so low sometimes respond to prescription Vitamin K – but check with your Doctor to avoid possibility of blood clots. Also – check out organic foods high in Vitamin K
    Avoid INSAIDS – Watch out for foods with Vitamin E –
    * Cod liver oil – as they can put your at risk for bleeding.
    Always – check with your Dr. Best to all – 🙂

    June 13, 2010
  11. LA said:

    My sister is suffering from blood cancer and many other problems and because of that we have give her platelets up to 2 units when the count gets very low and has to be repeated every 2 or 3 days. What should we do to increase low platelet count and to maintain it up to 150000?

    July 6, 2010
  12. C T said:

    Use cod liver oil or flax seed oils. They strengthen the immune system, reduce inflammation, improve circulation and increase your ratio of HDL (High Density Lipoproteins) to LDL (Low Density Lipoproteins).
    I know fish oil can cause low platelets – what about the above oils?? I know they contain the omega-3 like fish oil.
    I am currently taking flax seed oil and am bruising like crazy!

    July 30, 2010
  13. p said:

    My son’s age is 5. He suffering from viral fever now. He is ok but his platelet count is 5,03,000. What can I do? Some doctors say it’s a normal problem in child. I am worried but if it increases, what can I do? is it harmful for his health?

    September 7, 2010
  14. n said:

    My father is suffering from CML in chronic phase. He is taking Veenat 400 mg once a day and his platelet count is 120,000. How can we increase platelet count without using any other tablets? What is a good diet for him? Can he take fresh fruits?

    September 28, 2010
  15. V said:

    My platelet count is 66,000 and I am also having elevated values for SGOT (148) & SGPT (192). What should I do to increase my platelets. What can be the reasons for elevated values of SGOT & SGPT?

    October 8, 2010
  16. S said:

    I am 21 yrs old. I had also problem of low platelet count. My count was only 24,000 on 23rd Oct.
    I would like to share my daily diet:
    1. Avoid fried foods, alcohols, cold drinks, tea and fatty things.
    2. Take papaya leaf juice, morning and evening of 1 leaf.
    3. Tomatoes in the morning and evening.
    4. Tropicana mixed fruit juice.
    5. Evarich syrup.
    6. Green Coconut water.
    7. Apples & papaya daily.
    8. More and more purified water.
    9. Take complete rest.
    This diet helped me regain my platelet count. Hope it works for you too.

    October 29, 2010
  17. A.N said:

    My husband platelet count is 1,00,000 and he is thalassemia minor so what proper diet he should take? Give suggestion on food intake or required medicine. I have given papaya leaf juice for 5/6 days. Papaya leaf syrup is available or not as we are getting difficulty to find leaf nearby our house.

    December 10, 2010
  18. L K said:

    My father is also suffering platelet problem on dec05 he had a brain surgery because his platelet fall down to 3000 he is in ICU for 4 months we give him 88 unit blood, platelet and fresh plasma. He is suffering from ca prostate cancer meets bone marrow 3rd stage due to his surgery he can’t rise his right hand properly. Tail bone pain is quite ok now.

    His platelet is near about 86000 suggest me what kind of food we will give to him what exercise he should take?

    December 14, 2010
  19. K R said:

    My father is 89 after he is healthy and has normal daily routine, two weeks before he had small patches, and doctor had checked his platelet count it was 32000, and after giving some herbal medicine for 12 days, it went up to 69000, patches are also gone, would you be able to recommend some remedies for same?

    January 4, 2011
  20. K X said:

    I have suffered ITP, low blood platelets since 9. 8 years because I am 17 now. I live normal. Eat pretty healthy. But my platelets never jump. It’s always between 10000-20,000. Last count was 12,000. I’ve tried everything, except herbs. I eat pretty healthy and do regular exercise. I work hard. I feel that I need to share this. I am always suffering internal and external. It really means a lot to discuss and receive help.

    January 23, 2011
  21. B said:

    Normal Platelet count is 150000 to 500000. If it falls below 50,000 platelet transfusions is required. If you have any other condition like pin point red spots on legs it can be a sign of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), A Blood test for platelet antibody can confirm ITP.

    January 25, 2011
  22. SK said:

    I am suffering from skin irritation like urticaria. Doctor has prescribed me hetrazin and wysolone and meliore at the time of starting the treatment that time my eosinophil count was 786 and platelet counts was 116000, after taking medicine for 10 days the platelets came down to 97000 and after taking medicine for another 7 days the pletelet counts went down to 38000. On the advice of dermatologist, I was checked by the doctor of internal medicine who advised me to continue medicine which I was taking for skin treatment and also suggested me to get myself admitted for blood transfusion etc. kindly suggest me some home treatment.

    February 15, 2011
  23. DN said:

    My dad recently went for a blood test. His report suggests platelets 4000. Can you suggest me a treatment to increase the platelets?

    April 26, 2012
  24. AN said:

    My father is a pancreatic carcinoma patient, due to chemotherapy platelet counts have decreased up to 35000. Doctors have stopped the chemotherapy till there is increase in platelet count. Can me what he should eat to increase platelets count.

    August 15, 2012
    • PUP said:

      Eat foods that are rich in various nutrients. Eat vitamin C rich food. Fruits and vegetables are rich source of this vitamin. Eat almonds, walnuts, salmon fish, and flax seeds. They all are rich in omega 3 fatty acids. It boosts platelet count. Tomato, cherry is loaded with antioxidants. Both are good to increase low platelet count.

      August 16, 2012
  25. dr sm said:

    My 5 year old son is suffering from fever since three days. His blood test is positive for dengue fever. The platelet count is 1.4 lacs. What is your suggestion?

    October 30, 2012
    • PUP said:

      Being in medical profession you may know what dengue fever is. The causative organism is a virus. There is no specific medicine that targets the virus. The mainstay treatment is pediatric consultation, careful observation and if necessary hospitalization to maintain the body fluids.

      October 31, 2012

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