Last Modified on Dec 03, 2013
What Is Leukopenia?
White blood cells serve as the body’s defense mechanism against infection and disease. These small but powerful cells constitute the body’s resistance structure, the immune system, so a disorder involving these cells is particularly concerning. Leukopenia is one such disease. Manifested as low white blood cell count, Leukopenia also causes a severely weakened immune system and a drastically increased susceptibility to infection.
While healthy individuals have varying numbers of white blood cells, a count lower than 4,000 white blood cells per microliter of blood is typically considered a low white blood count. This diminished number of white blood cells is cause by various factors. Viral infections, congenital disorders, cancer, autoimmune disease and disorder, and drugs are all known to affect the body’s natural white blood cell count.
Typical symptoms of Leukopenia vary by person, but a few common symptoms exist. Decreased energy, fever, body and head ache, and general irritability are all symptoms associated with the disease. Other associated factors include infection or sore in the mouth, anemia, abnormal menstrual cycles in women, chronic fatigue, stomatitis, and pneumonia.
Natural Treatments for Leukopenia
Generally considered an autoimmune disorder, Leukopenia requires targeted treatment to prevent further complication. While professional treatment is sometimes necessary, many individuals respond well to natural treatment methods. Taking supplements such as beta glucan, lithium orotate, vitamin A, garlic, ginseng, and Echinacea can stimulate the body’s natural white blood cell production and boost immunity. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle complete with proper diet and nutrition as well as regular exercise is also effective for decreasing the body’s susceptibility to infection. Regular cold showers have also been touted as part of an effective health regimen.
[YEA] 06/07/2009: Gerald from Sydney, Australia: "I have taken a cold shower in the morning for over ten years, and can attest that I suffer less cold and flu symptoms than other workers in my office. In fact when the flu virus strikes Sydney each winter, I am normally the only one unaffected. When I am in the shower I also do some stretching. I hold onto the top of the shower screen and stretch my spine, to release stress. Which is great, because I have a stressful job. For years I have told others my theory about the benefits of cold showers, but am usually met with derision. So I am glad I found on this website a community of like-minded enthusiasts. I had my blood tested and my white cell count is three times higher than average. So I am sure that a wider scientific study would verify the health benefits of the cold shower. Gerald."Replies
04/17/2013: Deloris from Fort Worth, Tx replies: "Yes, my grandfather took cold showers every morning and never had colds or flu and was still working a full-time labor job at 89 years old."
Cold Showers, Beta Glucan
[YEA] 02/11/2012: Debby from Monroe, Ct: "I just wanted to let Ted and the readers know that for the last month I have used beta glucan supplement and have done sonewhat cold showers as suggested by this site. Just went to the doctors and the results of my blood work were good. My white blood cell count was approx. 4.9 compared to my last test which was 3.5 (out of range). Thank you so much for this help everyone. I just love this site."Replies
03/25/2012: Lenora from Worcester, Ma replies: "What brand of Beta glucan do you take, as there are several. Also, what mg., and how many capsules per day. I have low white blood cell count. I have had it for years. Thank you."
05/03/2013: Debby from Monroe, Ct replies: "Hi Lenora, I just noticed your post. The brand I use is Jarrow Formulas, Beta Glucan one capsule a day on a empty stomach. Let me know if it helps you. Debby"
06/27/2011: Brian from Sydney, Nsw Australia: "Has anyone tried Lithium Orotate to increase white blood cells and has it been effective? I have read a few articles and it stated it increase neutrophils?"Replies
06/28/2011: Elizabeth from Wellington, New Zealand replies: "I was not aware lithium orotate can help with white blood cells. I have done some research on the Internet and it's seems it can help... Has anyone had any positive increases in white blood cells count since taking lithium orotate...."
06/29/2011: David from Ohio, Usa replies: "Ted, have you heard of Lithium Orotate helping people with low white blood cell count?"
06/05/2011: Anastasia from Madrid, Spain: "Ted, I have low white blood cells. I have been doing a lot of research and it seems Shark Liver Oil and Lithium Orotate may help.. I have been taking zinc supplements as well and my dr thinks this has lowered the copper in my body thus affected by neutrophils..... Can you offer any advice please.... I know you receive many posts but I am hoping you can help me..."Replies
06/23/2011: Brian from Brisbane, Queensland Australia replies: "after reading this message I did some research and it seems Lithium orotate and Shark Liver Oil can increase white blood cells.. I am wondering has anyone has success with this?"
01/09/2012: Ss from Harrison, Oh replies: "I tried shark liver oil under a doctors care and it did not work. I did some research and read that jumping on a rebounder helps increase wbc. I tried it, along with Hydrogen Peroxide therapy and my blood count finally was raised to the normal range after years of being low."
01/09/2012: Kay from In The Valley, Ca replies: "When you say hydrogen peroxide therapy, did you mean inhalation or ingestion? Thanks"
06/05/2009: Abby from Cincinnati, Ohio, USA: "Low White Blood Cells: I have systemic lupus in remission (no drugs) for last 17 years, except that I have a very low white blood cell count. I have read Ted's remedy using Borax but because I do not have any other symptoms besides the low WBC I'm not sure I need to do this remedy. I already eat right, take vitamins, exercise, and just started oil pulling which has helped with sinus and healthier teeth. Does anyone have any advice on what will help low WBC? I see a rheumatologist in two weeks and really do not want to be put on drugs again. Any advice will be much appreciated. I tried to email Ted but my email did not go through. Is he still available to write to?"
EC: Yes, Ted is still available. Perhaps his emailbox was full? We've forwarded him your post...
06/07/2009: Ann from Brooklyn, NY replies: "In response to Abby's question about low WBC....If you're not taking vitamin C, You may want to try taking it or increase the vitamin C dose to 1000mg/day for couple of days. Hope this works for you. Good luck."
06/07/2009: Abby from Cincinnati, Ohio, USA replies: "Thanks for your response. I have been taking Vit. C for many years -- in fact I was taking 6000 mg a day (per Dr. Whitaker's book) for several years. Now I'm taking 3000 mg a day and have switched to buffered Vit. C as it is supposed to be better absorbed. Vitamins and minerals have definitely helped my lupus symptoms but obviously not the WBC :(."
07/10/2009: Darlene from Bridge City, Tx replies: "Hi there, i just found out my white blood cell count is dropping. What can i take to boost my white blood cells? I haven't had any cancer treatments that could cause this. Going to the blood specialist on Monday. Can anyone help me? Does cold showers really help? Darlene"
07/17/2009: Dianna from Austin, Tx replies: "castor oil packs to the abdomen are supposed to help build white blood cells.
get a piece of cotton flannel and some cold pressed castor oil (regular castor oil from the drugstore will work in an emergency) and soak the flannel cloth in castor oil.
put it on your entire abdomen (it is good to have several layers to hold the oil) and then put a plastic bag or some plastic over it and then use a heating pad or hot water bottle on top of the heating pad.
do this as often as you can - and you should get results.
if you need more info - just google castor oil packs. there is LOADS of info about this on the internet. this site even has info on it.
01/25/2011: George from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia replies: "Vitamin B3 helps with neutrophils.... Try it... 500mg a day.."
03/22/2011: George from Melbourne, Victoria replies: "Can coconut oil help increase white blood cell count?"
05/31/2011: Penny from New York, Usa replies: "I have been diagnosed with mild neutropenia, what can I do to increase this.... Overall my white cell count is within normal range but I am still concerned... Can anyone help me please...."
06/15/2011: Nathan from Paris, France replies: "How effective is shark liver oil for increasing white blood cells?"
10/19/2012: Palvan from Venice, Fl replies: "My husband had a WBC of 2.7 mcL and I was told 4.5 to 10.0 mcL is normal. Doing research on line I could not attribute his count to any of the disease states mentioned so I decided to see what natural supplements would improve his count. I saw a brochure on Aloe Vera when I went to purchase aloe vera in our local Natural Foods store. It said that they had a clinical study indicating an 11% to 16% improvement in WBC with their product. I called the company and found out that they used 6 oz per day in the study. I ordered the product from the Swanson's website where it was the cheapest, about $6 per 32 oz bottle. Almost 30 days to the day that we started the Aloe Vera Juice, my husbands WBC was taken and went from 2.7 to 3.4. He is on other quite ordinary supplements, Vit C, E, D and beta carotene and others for his heart. We are juicing with some organic vegetables which we just started 10 days ago, so there may be some synergism - but none of these supplements seem to work by themselves since he has been on supplements for some time. Hope others are helped by this."
[YEA] 10/04/2011: James from Makati, Philippines: "I am taking Imucell WGP Beta Glucan after I found out my WBC was low. My physician prescribed me this food supplement and after taking this for a month my wbc back to normal.."Replies
10/21/2011: Joe from Norfolk, Va replies: "In response to James from Makati: What was the dosage of Imucell WGP Beta Glucan you were taking?"
01/11/2012: Angel from Cebu, Philippines replies: "When I was undergoing chemo, my oncologist prescribed me 2 capsule 3 times a day 7 days before I started my 1st cycle and 1 capsule twice a day before meals. Now, I'm on my 3rd cycle and I am still taking Imucell."
07/19/2011: Maria from Gippsland, Australia: "There is some info regarding increasing neutrophils with the following: B-3, Astragalus, Echinacea and Vit C. Search the net for each of these in regards to this.
The following are recommendations by Dr. Karen Vieira, found on page 9-10 at: http://www.bloodtestresultsdecoded.com/deliverables/btrd-AbnormalResults.pdf
Vitamin A, garlic, Oleander extract, Selenium, Siberian ginseng and Asian ginseng, Echinacea, Green Tea."
03/01/2012: Kate from Zionsville,indianapols, Indiana replies: "My daugther suffering from Multiple sclerosis and has low white and red blood cells. Turn out the histamine level is also very low, wich is responsible for MS symptoms and the low levels of white and red blood cells."