Personal Experience Using Euphorbia Hirta Tea* as a Dietary Supplement While Experiencing Chemotherapy-Induced Thrombocytopenia

By: MLC 12Dec2013

December 12, 2013: I am a 78-year-old female living in Jacksonville, Florida who was diagnosed with a very large abdominal tumor in January 2013.  My oncologist in South Florida treated my condition as a case of cholangiocarcinoma.  I was placed on carboplatin-gemcitabine combination chemotherapy regimen given in 28-day cycles.  During the course of my treatment some of my weekly scheduled sessions were considerably delayed to as much as three weeks because of chemotherapy-induced thrombocytopenia; my blood platelet counts were as low as less than 20 x 10/uL.  The low platelet counts in those instances were usually observed to occur between the 14th day and the 28th day of a given cycle; each of those episodes generally required platelet transfusions.  After seriously considering the suggestions of several family members and close friends—many of whom are in the medical field with direct personal experiences with Euphorbia hirta as used in dengue hemorrhagic fever to promote the production of blood platelets and who are also aware of Euphorbia hirta’s antioxidant effects and hepatoprotective effects—I took Euphorbia hirta tea* as a dietary supplement.  I first took Euphorbia hirta tea when my blood platelet count was about 40 x 10/uL (it was about 80 x 10/uL a week earlier which prompted my oncologist to place my scheduled dose on hold). ­­­ A week after taking the Euphorbia hirta tea,* my blood platelet count went up to more than 180 x 10/uL, enabling me to resume weekly scheduled therapy.  Since that time, I have been taking Euphorbia hirta tea daily for five days each prior to my weekly scheduled chemotherapy as follows.  I am still taking** 1 cup daily at bedtime, increasing it to 1 cup twice a day (after breakfast and at bedtime) if my blood platelet count is less than 150 x 10/uL.  Except for its mild bitterly pungent aftertaste, I have not experienced any untoward effects from taking the Euphorbia hirta tea.  Side effects from my chemotherapy regimen, such as loss of appetite, nausea and fatigue, have been very minimal.  Just a note, I concurrently take a beta-blocker for hypertension and statin for hypercholesteremia—both of these medicines were prescribed by my primary care physician.  I also take daily doses of over-the-counter Vitamin B complex and Vitamin C tablets.  At the time of this writing, I am at the end my 9th cycle; my most recent CEA level is 8.9 ng/mL—down from the baseline value of 69.9 ng/mL; and, my latest CT scan showed that the tumor has shrunk to more than 50% when compared to its baseline size.

October 3, 2014: Today, I finished my 5 day-a-week radiation therapy for 6 weeks along with a weekly 5-FU.  It was started on August 25 after my CEA steadily increased to 28.3 in the last 6 months.  My CT and PET scans, however, showed "no significant interval change[s]" during the same time period.  My therapy regimen of external radiation and 5-FU has never been delayed because my platelet counts have never gone down below 100 x 10/uL during the treatment course.

*This is the procedure that I personally follow when preparing 5 cups of Euphorbia hirta tea:  Boil 5¼ cups of clean drinking water in a covered pot.  Once the water is visibly boiling, turn the heat off.  Add around 15 grams of air-dried chopped Euphorbia hirta plant (leaves, stems, roots and seeds) harvested from the wild or organically grown (Euphorbia hirta for Tea Infusion at Amazon).  With the pot covered, leave the concoction to cool down for at least 3-4 hours.  Pour the concoction through a very fine mesh sieve into an appropriate container to substantially strain out all of the bits of the chopped Euphorbia hirta plant.  Refrigerate tea.  Consume tea at room temperature.  Do not reheat.

**For example, if I received my chemotherapy dose on a Tuesday and I am scheduled to receive my next dose on the following Tuesday, I would take Euphorbia hirta tea on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.


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“Thrombocytopenia refers to the presence of abnormally low levels of platelets in the circulating blood.”  It is usually defined as less than 150,000 platelets per cubic millimeter of blood (150 x 10/uL).  The normal platelet count range is 150–400 x 10/uL.

Thrombocytopenia affects a patient’s quality of life and can significantly increase the cost of health care.

Euphorbia hirta

Antioxidant effects/Hepatoprotective properties of Euphorbia hirta http://www.ajpcr.com/Vol3Issue3/25.pdf

Antioxidants and Chemotherapy

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