Having recently been diagnosed with low risk ET (low risk of clotting, JAK2/CALR neg, platelet count around 740), my hematologist prescribed 1 x 75mg Aspirin per day with quarterly blood tests.
I am notoriously bad with medication and will generally always experience the worst of any listed side effects PLUS some additional ones for good measure. I am on the lowest dose of Indapamide for my BP and this is about the only medication I can actually tolerate. So I started doing my research on alternatives to Aspirin and found the following:
In addition to a Paleo diet / a little dark chocolate / Rosemary,Thyme,Tarragon,Garlic, Tumeric / Pound of Salmon per week / Exercise and Stress Management - they recommend 100mg daily of a supplement called Pycnogenol (Pine Bark extract)
It is stated that Pycnogenol (who names this stuff!) is as effective as aspirin and reduces platelet aggregation without the risk of bleeding. In addition to this it has many other uses which would benefit me with all my weird and strange ailments and some garden variety ones as well. Here's a link from examine.com
Have any of you heard of or even used this supplement before and if so, have you found it to be at all helpful?
I have ordered myself a bottle to test, to my way of looking at it I have nothing to lose at this point. I will run it past my hematologist as well.
I will be sure to post my experience with this supplement as I go along.