, Volume 77, Issue 1, pp 90-91
Date: 05 Feb 2010

Effect of wheat grass tablets on the frequency of blood transfusions in Thalassemia Major

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Forty patients of Thalassemia Major children were treated with wheat grass tablets (WGT). The mean hemoglobin in the pre WGT was 8.54 +/− 0.33 g% whereas in WGT period was 9.13 +/− 0.14 g% (p < 0.001). The mean blood transfused as packed cells in pre WGT period was 326.82 +/− 74.10ml/kg/year whereas during WGT period it was 256.39 +/− 45.47 ml/kg/year. The percentage difference in the amount of packed cells transfused in pre WGT and WGT period was 18.02 +/− 22.96 (p < 0.001). The decrease in the blood transfusion requirements was by 25% or more in 20 (60.6%) cases. The mean interval between the consecutive blood transfusions in Pre WGT period was 18.78 +− 4.48 days whereas in WGT period was 24.16 +− 4.78 days (p < 0.001). Wheat grass has the potential to increase the Hb levels, increase the interval between blood transfusions and decrease the amount of total blood transfused in Thalassemia Major patients.