My son, 13 years old now, was diagnosed with chronic mild ITP. It was discovered during a blood test in the fall of 2011, when the count was around 22 for about 2 weeks, then went up. Being a child, he did not have any blood test since he was 3 years old. At that time his platelet count was normal.
Since he was diagnosed with ITP, he never had any treatment as he does not have any symptoms. I can see bruises taking longer to heal maybe, but nothing else. He is repeating the blood tests every 3 months, usually complete blood test, all other numbers are in normal ranges. There were 2 instances when the count went over 120 but usually is between 40 and 80.
Reading about papaya leaf extract, I had great hope. This year the count was 42 in January respectively 41 on May 1st 2013. We discussed with the doctor that we want to try the papaya leaf extract and he had nothing against. Unfortunately did not work. My son took 2 spoons of papaya leaf extract (ordered from herbalpapaya.com) every day for 2 weeks. When repeated the test on May 14, the count was lower, 35.
As there was no improvement, he does not want to try it longer.
I provided feed-back to Herbal Papaya but they did not post it. They have only the positive feed-back on their site, which disappointed me.