The Indian Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 76, Issue 4, pp 375–376

Effect of wheat grass therapy on transfusion requirement in β-thalassemia major

  • Dharma R. Choudhary
  • Rahul Naithani
  • Inusha Panigrahi
  • Rajat Kumar
  • Manoranjan Mahapatra
  • Hara Prasad Pati
  • Renu Saxena
  • Ved P. Choudhry
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s12098-009-0004-6

Cite this article as:
Choudhary, D.R., Naithani, R., Panigrahi, I. et al. Indian J Pediatr (2009) 76: 375. doi:10.1007/s12098-009-0004-6

Abstract

Objective

To assess the efficacy of wheat grass juice on transfusion requirement in patients with beta thalassemia major.

Methods

Fifty-three patients of thalassemia major with a median age of 16 years were given wheat grass juice tablets.

Results

The Mean pre and post wheat grass therapy, the pack cell requirement was 288.06 ± 53.25 gm/Kg/year and 301.25 ± 54.86 gm/Kg/year (p =0.054) respectively. No adverse effects were noted.

Conclusion

We conclude that wheat grass therapy for one year is not effective in reducing the transfusion requirement in transfusion dependent thalassemia.

Key words

ThalassemiaWheat grass therapy

Copyright information

© Dr. K C Chaudhuri Foundation 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dharma R. Choudhary
    • 1
  • Rahul Naithani
    • 1
  • Inusha Panigrahi
    • 1
  • Rajat Kumar
    • 1
  • Manoranjan Mahapatra
    • 1
  • Hara Prasad Pati
    • 1
  • Renu Saxena
    • 1
  • Ved P. Choudhry
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of HematologyAll India Institute of Medical SciencesNew DelhiIndia
  2. 2.Clinical Hematologist and Bone Marrow Transplant PhysicianBL Kapoor Memorial HospitalNew DelhiIndia