Platelets are produced in the bone marrow. Reserve platelets are stored in the spleen for when they are needed. Platelets (thrombocytes) are necessary for:
- Proper blood clotting (blood coagulation in hemostasis to stop excessive bleeding from damaged or ruptured vessels).
- Vascular integrity.
- Vasoconstriction (narrowing of blood vessels which slows or blocks blood flow, increasing blood pressure).
For maximal accuracy, combine this test with:
- Red blood cell count.
- White blood cell count.
If platelet count is low (thrombocytopenia), but white blood cell count is normal or high, consider the spleen. If platelet count AND white blood cell count are both low, consider bone marrow.
Following an encompassing health assessment, some tips for addressing a low blood platelet count (thrombocytopenia) include:
1.) Having one or more servings of freshly made juice each day, all of which should include beetroot to aid the kidneys, spleen and liver (thereby having positive impact on the blood and platelets).
2.) Having a nourishing astragalus root infusion daily to enhance and strengthen bone marrow tissues, which will aid in normalizing blood platelet and white blood cell production. Astragalus root also has an affinity for the spleen, liver and adrenal cortex.
3.) Implementing the ‘Bone Marrow Support’, [or] ‘Ultimate Immune’ (bone marrow strengthener) and/or ‘Spleen’ herbal formulas, if needed.
If blood platelets are elevated (thrombocytosis), Dr. Morse suggests general detoxification of the body with focus on cleaning out the spleen and liver. A high fruit diet and the ‘Blood‘ herbal formula will aid greatly in this process.