Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Polycythemia vera

Polycythemia vera:
A chronic type of polycythemia without any known cause. Polyceythemia is the disease of excessive production of red blood cells in the body produced from the bone marrow.

Treatment for Polycythemia Vera:
Although allopathy is still unable to treat polycythemia vera but it works on the other conditions of the polycythemia vera like reduction of red blood cells and hemoglobin resulting in the reduction of the thickness of the blood.

Phlebotomy is normally done for the treatment of polycythemia vera. It is the procedure of removing some amount of blood from the body to reduce the amount of red blood cells.

Hydroxyurea and interferon alpha are also sometimes used in the treatment of polycythemia vera.

Herbal drugs for polycythemia:
Following most commonly occuring herbs may help in the treatment of polycythemia vera:

1. Garlic: as it may result in thinning of the blood.
2. Turmeric
3. Aloe vera

References:
Polycythemia Vera. http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/dci/Diseases/poly/poly_treatments.html Accessed April 02, 2011.
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