Blood clots, also known as thrombi, are formed inside major blood vessels, and are the major cause of many heart attacks, strokes, and other cardiovascular disorders.
Symptoms of blood clots are usually not apparent, which is why diagnostic screening on a regular (yearly) basis is recommended.
Blood solidification, or clotting, usually occurs as a healthy response within minutes after the skin is cut or there is trauma that causes bleeding. A clot helps seal the damage. However, blood clotting can be dangerous when it occurs inside healthy blood vessels. Unhealthy clotting can occur from platelets that get “activated” to clump together. This occurs when platelets come in contact with damaged arterial walls, or due to nutrient deficiencies, poor dietary habits, or genetic predisposition. Once platelets get sticky, their shape changes and they easily mesh or clump together, causing a clot.
Another factor that can cause unhealthy blood clots is the production of fibrin, which helps bind the clump of platelets together. Fibrin is the end product of a cascade of coagulation (clumping) factors that occurs with the activation of just one molecule. This, in turn, can lead to the explosion of up to 30,000 molecules of fibrin at the site of injury on the arterial wall.
Factors that can cause a build up of platelet stickiness and fibrin include: the use of birth control pills, late stages of pregnancy, nutrient deficiencies, smoking, free radicals (inadequate antioxidant nutrients), a high-cholesterol diet, low essential fatty acids, a diet high in saturated fat and low in vegetables and fish, and liver disease. Prolonged sitting on long airline flights, especially in cramped conditions, can also increase the risk of developing pulmonary thrombosis. Blood clots forming in the legs or another part of the body break loose and then block one of the arteries to the lungs. Some practical preventive measures during long flights include getting up and walking the aisle every hour, wearing loose, comfortable clothing, periodically stretching the legs and tightening and loosening the muscles of the abdomen and buttocks, and taking some slow, deep breaths.
As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here.
Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:
- If you take aspirin as a daily preventive therapy, you may want to begin a gut rejuvenation program to stimulate healing and proper gastrointestinal wall functioning, in order to offset aspirin’s traumatization of the gut wall when taken on daily basis. It is a good idea to do a bowel cleanse and rejuvenation several times a year when on daily aspirin (consult your physician for guidance). (See Cleansing and Detoxificationfor more.)
- Eliminate Candida: Click here to find out how
- Do the Hydrogen Peroxide Protocol to strengthen the immune system:
- Drink 3oz of Colloidal Silver, three or four times a day for 60 days www.colloidsforlife.com Silver has long been recognised as a powerful natural antibiotic. Colloidal silver is silver that has been removed electronically from its source and then suspended in water. It is used to treat a myriad of diseases.
- Go on a fast to clear your system of toxic waste www.wecarespa.com
- We recommend regular colonics to remove toxicity from the body. Read more about colonics by clicking here. Find a practitioner here.
- Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state. During the programme drink alkalised water, which you can buy from Real Water.
Foods that act to decrease platelet stickiness and fibrin formation include garlic, ginger, onions, and hot peppers (capsicum), all of which protect against heart attack and stroke.
Use granulated garlic on food as a regular spice.
Fish oils also help to reduce clotting of blood. Increase consumption of cold-water fish at least three times per week. The following are recommended:
- Albacore tuna
- Lake Trout
Decrease sugar consumption as sugar intake increases platelet stickiness.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day
- Intravenous chelation
- Vitamin E (Unique E ) www.acgrace.com
- Omega 3s:
- Nattokinase (fermented soap product) Research in Japan has shown that nattokinase, an enzyme derived from soy, can dissolve blood clots in as little as two hours, making it one of the most effective nutrients for preventing and reversing blood clots.
Other useful nutrients include: vitamin B6, garlic capsules, niacin (vitamin B3), lipotropic factors (nutrients useful for liver metabolism of fat), omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, bromelain, vitamin C, vitamin E, magnesium, manganese, and zinc.
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually disease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here or go towww.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
We recommend you consult a licensed practitioner who will be able to prescribe medicine and treatment tailored to your individual needs. But the following ayurvedic medicines are often used: Divya Ekangveer ras, Divya Moti pishti, Divya Yogendra ras, Divya Rasraj ras, Divya Praval pishti, Divya Giloy sat, which are usually combined for the best results. Other remedies include: Divya Medha vati, Divya Trayodashang guggul, and Divya Ashwagandha churna.
In Ayurveda, leech therapy is also used. The leech can remove any congested blood to allow normal circulation to return to the tissues, thus preventing gangrene from starting. Leech therapy has shown drastic result in patients with Pain disorders, psoriasis, Eczema, Swelling and all other kind of skin infections.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
We recommend you consult a licensed practitioner. The following herbs are used in TCM: dan shen, rehmannia, dong quai, ligusticum, astragalus, scolopendra, codonopsis, clematis, gingko, safflower.
Qigong has been proven effective because it can monitor the risk of thrombosis. The most effective therapy is a certain qigong therapy according to a twenty year and a thirty year study by the Shanghai Hypertension Clinic, Second People Medical School of Shanghai and Hospital.
In TCM, the primary focus of herbal treatment is focused on blood. An herbalist will choose herbs to prevent clots from forming, remove blood stasis, improve blood flow and blood quality, and support the blood vessels. Moschus (She Xiang) is a Chinese herb that is used to stimulate blood circulation. This herb is one of the strongest herbs in traditional Chinese medicine to awaken consciousness. It does this by stimulating the sensory orifices in the brain, thereby reducing cerebral oedema and increasing blood flow to the brain. Styrax (Su He Xiang) can also stimulate the sensory orifices of the brain. Styrax has an antiplatelet action though and should be used with caution for those patients on blood thinners, as it might increase the function of those drugs.
Rhizoma Gastrodiae (Tian Ma) works on the cardiovascular system by increasing blood flow to cardiac muscle. It can be used for almost any case of hypertension and also treats the related symptoms. Ramulus Uncariae cum Uncis (Gou Teng) also helps with blood pressure, but does so by slowing the heartbeat and vasodilatation through relaxing the aorta.
Rhizoma Ligustici Chuanxiong (Chuan Xiong) reduces the number of marked platelets, but also lowers blood pressure through vasodilatation. It can increase blood flow to the heart and decrease oxygen use by the heart muscles. Rhizoma Curcumae (E Zhu) contains essential oil that prevents/prolongs the form of a clot and has been shown to be helpful to patients with coronary artery disease (CAD and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Rhizoma Curcumae works to break up blood clots very strongly and is effective in cases where other herbs have failed.
A classic herbal formula that is hundreds of years old is Gastrodia and Unicaria Decoction (Tian Ma Gou Teng Yin) which can be used when a patient is experiencing a lot of stress, irritability, hypertension, hypercholesteremia, sudden hemiphlegia, unilateral numbness, headache, dizziness, and weakness. The ingredients include Rhizoma Gastrodiae (Tian Ma) and Ramulus Uncariae cum Uncis (Gou Teng) mentioned above as well as other herbs that help “calm the liver,” “extinguish wind,” and “remove blood stasis.” A balance of herbs within a formula is important for the body.
Helichrysum oil is known for its circulatory benefits. It has anti-spasmodic and anti-coagulant properties and helps clear the accumulation of bloods or blood clots which result from a haemorrhage. This can be very helpful to clear blood clots in the brain after a brain haemorrhage. These clots often interfere with normal functioning of brain. This oil promotes dissolution or melting away of such clots. It can be diluted with a carrier oil and applied to the temples. It can also be applied to the leg.
Hamamelis – Hamamelis (H. virginiana), otherwise known as witch hazel is traditionally used in homeopathic form to treat varicose veins, in which blood clots sometimes develop. According to Douglas MacKay, author of a review of treatment options published in the April 2001 issue of Alternative Medicine Review, Hamamelis virginiana is one of the remedies for blood clots that enhance circulation and vascular tone.
Hawthorne berry is a very useful herb for helping to prevent blood clots.
The following herbs can help improve lost circulation to the arms, hands, legs, and feet: use elder flowers, hyssop, rosemary, and yarrow. Damiana, lavender, rosemary, and Siberian ginseng can help enhance and nourish the nervous system.
Useful herbs for protecting the health of the cardiovascular system include:
Foxglove, from which the heart medication digitalis is derived; hawthorn berry has been shown to enhance blood circulation to and from the heart and to relieve arterial spasms;
Garlic helps to dissolve clots and also acts as both a potent antioxidant and natural antibiotic; ginger has antioxidant properties and has been shown to reduce cholesterol and decrease the stickiness of blood platelets;
Olive leaf extract, an antioxidant, helps to lower high blood pressure and maintain the health of the capillary walls;
Motherwort helps to prevent and reverse abnormal heart palpitations;
Ginkgo biloba acts as a natural blood thinner and can improve blood flow, as well as aid cognitive and memory function for those whose mental faculties are diminished as a result of stroke and/or surgical interventions such as bypass surgery.
The following herbal tonic can also help protect against heart disease: equal parts of ginkgo biloba, hawthorn berry, and linden flower, combined as a tincture. Add ½ teaspoon of this mixture to a few ounces of pure, filtered water, and take three times a day. For more powerful effects, you can simply take it straight without water.
One type of natural blood thinners are substances that block vitamin K known as salicylates. The most well known of these is aspirin, but many foods, such as preservatives and flavourings, also contain salicylates or aspirin-like substances. Some individuals are known to be aspirin or salicylate sensitive so it is best to consult a licensed health practitioner before making any changes to your diet. For those who are salicylate sensitive types, it is important to eat a balanced amount of vitamin K foods. (Vitamin K plays an important role in the body’s in blood clotting processes. The “K” in vitamin K gets its name from the Danish word for coagulation.)
Foods that are higher in salicylates include many spices, most fruits, especially dried fruits, nuts, and also some flavourings and preservatives.
Herbs and spices high in salicylates include:
- Curry powder
- Cayenne pepper
Fruits high in salicylates include
Other substances high in salicylates:
Exercise: Studies conducted at Duke University showed that moderate exercise can help protect against heart attacks and strokes by enhancing the body`s natural mechanism for dissolving blood clots. In addition, Duke researchers found that the higher risk of blood clotting in women taking oral contraceptives can be significantly reduced by exercise.
The use of digestive enzymes with your meals, as well as a specific enzyme product known as Wobenzym-N is also recommended. Digestive enzymes aid your body in digesting the foods you eat, as well as improving your body’s ability to absorb and make use of the nutrients they contain. Wobenzym-N, which is taken away from meals, is a potent enzyme-bioflavonoid product that enters the bloodstream, where it helps to attack infectious pathogens, reduce chronic inflammation, and regulate markers for heart disease, such as C-reactive protein and fibrinogen. It has been shown to provide all of the same benefits as aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), without any of their side effects, including death by bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract.
Combine the juices of garlic, carrot, parsley, spinach, celery, and beet and drink 8-12 ounces daily.
Ozone therapy has been shown to improve overall cardiovascular health. It is especially useful for treating problems in the circulatory system and for dissolving plaque in the arteries and veins. Most often, ozone is injected directly into the arteries or veins for this purpose.
Alternative Professional Care
If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating and relieving the symptoms of blood clots: Chelation Therapy, Energy Medicine (Light Beam Generator), Environmental Medicine, Naturopathic Medicine, Osteopathy, and Oxygen Therapy (ozone autohemotherapy – treatment by reinjection of the individual`s own blood). (See Glossary for descriptions of these Alternative Therapies.)
Success story: Dissolving a blood clot with essential oils: www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=284745668213299
Homeopathy and blood clots: www.ehow.co.uk/way_5697203_homeopathic-remedies-blood-clots.html
The benefits of Hamamelis: www.vithoulkas.com/en/books-study/online-materia-medica/2645-hamamelis-virginica.html
How does blood clot: www.youtube.com/watch?v=–bZUeb83uU
How to recognise symptoms of a blood clot: www.ehow.com/video_4971132_recognize-symptoms-blood-clot.html
Migraine linked to blood clots: tcmdiscovery.com/Activities/info/20089161_10599.html
Natural enzyme in Japanese food dissolves blood clots: www.naturalnews.com/022681_natto_blood_food.html
Rutin flavonoids lower blood clot risk to prevent strokes and heart attack:www.naturalnews.com/036070_rutin_flavonoids_blood_clots.html
Antipsychotic drugs lead to blood clots: www.naturalnews.com/031932_antipsychotic_drugs_blood_clots.html
Conventional prostate cancer treatments increase risk of blood clots: www.naturalnews.com/029151_blood_clots_prostate_cancer.html
Birth control drugs linked to increase in deadly blood clot: www.naturalnews.com/034074_birth_control_drugs_blood_clots.html
Vitamin E supplement reduce risk of blood clots in women: www.naturalnews.com/022641_blood_clots_thromboembolism.html
Dark chocolate reduces risk of blood clots: www.naturalnews.com/021101_dark_chocolate_flavonoids.html
Long duration flights triple risk of blood clots: www.naturalnews.com/023060_risk_blood_clots.html
Further Information (links and books)
Preventing blood clots while travelling, Kindle edition; Eating for a Healthy Heart by Robert Povey; The John Hopkins Complete Guide for Preventing and Reversing Heart Disease, Peter Kwiterovich; Preventing Silent Heart Disease, Harold L. Karpman; Bypassing Bypass, Elmer Cranton; Dr Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease, Dean Ornish.
Nattokinase – www.allergyresearchgroup.com (800) 545-9960
Oral Chelation, Beyond Chelation – www.longevityplus.net (800) 580-7587
Vitamin E, Natural Vitamin E Complex – www.4spectrum.us (800) 581-8906
Omega-3s, Hemp seeds – www.nutiva.com (800) 993-4367
American College of Advancement in Medicine – www.acamnet.org (949) 309-3520
American Board of Clinical Metal Toxicology – www.abcmt.org (800) 356-2228
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