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Herbal approach in the treatment of pancytopenia

Authors
  • Bagwe, Siddhi Manohar
  • Kale, Pravin Popatrao
  • Bhatt, Lokesh Kumar
  • Prabhavalkar, Kedar S.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine
Publisher
De Gruyter
Publication Date
Feb 14, 2017
Volume
14
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1515/jcim-2016-0053
Source
De Gruyter
Keywords
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Abstract

Pancytopenia is a health condition in which there is a reduction in the amount of leucocytes, erythrocytes and thrombocytes. If more than one of the blood cells is low then the condition is called as bicytopenia. The pancytopenic condition is observed in treatment of diseased conditions like thalassemia and hepatitis C. Iatrogenically pancytopenia is caused by some antibiotics and anti-HCV drugs. Medical conditions like aplastic anaemia, lymphoma, copper deficiency, and so forth can also cause pancytopenia. Pancytopenia can in turn decrease the immunity of the person and thereby can be fatal. Current therapies for pancytopenia include bone marrow stimulant drugs, blood transfusion and bone marrow transplant. The current therapies are very excruciating and have long-term side-effects. Therefore, treating these condition using herbal drugs is very important. Herbs like wheatgrass, papaya leaves and garlic are effective in treating single lineage cytopenias. The present review is focused on the potential effects of natural herbs for the treatment of pancytopenia.

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