Simple Home Remedies for Blood Clots

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Introduction:

Gel-like collections of blood that form in our veins or arteries are known as blood clots. The blood changes its form, going from liquid to partially solid, jelly-like. Clotting is a normal body function that helps the body from excessive blood loss when we suffer from injuries or wounds. Nevertheless, when these blood clots are formed in places where they do not get dissolved, or on their own, they can cause serious threats to your health.

A blood clot is usually initiated as a response to a wound on a blood vessel. An unwanted blood clot is called a thrombus. When a blood clot is stationary it is called thrombosis while when this blood clot moves through the body it is identified as a dangerous condition called thromboembolism or embolism.  Blood clots can form both in the arteries (arterial clots) or veins (venous clots).

Knowledge of your condition and the risk factors involved may help you identify and prevent this potentially life-threatening condition.1

What Causes Blood Clots?

There can be several reasons for blood clot formation. You may also get a blood clot if you:

  • Are a senior citizen above 65 years of age
  • Had surgery recently
  • Take hormone-based drugs or birth control pills
  • Underwent cancer treatment or have cancer
  • Had an injury or broken bones
  • Had a recent stroke or if you are paralysed
  • Are overweight or obese
  • Are bed-ridden or confined to a chair
  • Have an inserted port in your body
  • Have varicose veins
  • Go for a very long rail, road or air trip
  • Have heart issues
  • Have a medical history of blood clots
  • Have genetic factors2
  • Are pregnant
  • Have a family history of antiphospholipid syndrome (a condition in which the immune system mistakenly creates antibodies that attack tissues in the body), Factor V Leiden disease (a mutation of one of the clotting factors in the blood), or polycythemia vera (A disease in which there are too many red blood cells in the bone marrow and blood, causing the blood to thicken).
  • Suffered from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). 1

Symptoms of Blood Clots:

Symptoms of blood clots may depend on its location in your body. 1 Some people may experience no symptoms at all.

  • If the blood clots are there in the brain they can cause stroke. They can exhibit a variety of symptoms, based on what part of the brain is affected. The symptoms may vary from problems in seeing or speaking, difficulty in mobility, numbness and sometimes seizures.
  • If you have blood clots in your belly area, it can trigger pain or vomiting and nausea.
  • If a blood clot is formed in the leg or arm, you may observe that the part is tender to the touch. You may also observe redness, swelling and warmth as a symptom of blood clots. You may experience pain or soreness in limbs. You notice a warm point, or a new swelling on your arm or leg.2
  • If the blood clot is there in the lungs, it is a medical emergency; it may cause difficulty breathing, pain in the chest and coughing of blood. A blood clot in the heart may cause a heart attack with symptoms such as sweating, pain that travels down the left arm, chest pain and/or breathlessness. If you experience any of these symptoms, immediately rush to the hospital. 1

 

Suggested Home Remedies for Blood Clots:

Read along further for a few home remedies for blood clot treatment for you to try at home. You must always consult your ayurvedic practitioner before trying any of these on your own. Please note these might give momentary relief and not treat your clot permanently.

1. Garlic:

Garlic is known as an effective anti-coagulant food as it prevents clotting of blood. Garlic helps in blood thinning, and reduces blood clot formation in the arteries. It further helps to prevent atherosclerosis. You may eat few raw garlic cloves on empty stomach in the morning.3

2. Bramhi:

Brahmi has been traditionally used since long in both traditional Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine. It helps preventing formation of blood clots.4 Bramhi can be consumed in form of herbal juice, tea and powder at bed time for benefits.

3. Tulsi:

Tulsi is being used since ancient times to cure vascular diseases (disease that affects your circulatory system ) & other conditions. Tulsi extract has showed moderate to good activity in studies for breaking down clots. Since the preliminary studies make this claim, you must consult your doctor before using tulsi to treat blood clots.5 You can chew fresh tulsi leaves or drink tulsi tea for its benefits. You can prepare tulsi tea by boiling fresh or dried tulsi leaves in some water and straining the leaves.

4. Turmeric: 

Turmeric extract has shown its benefits in dissolving blood clots in some studies. Further studies are required to confirm this property of turmeric, therefore one must consult their doctor before using it to treat blood clots at home.5 You can add turmeric to food items like curries and soups or add it to  hot water to make tea. You may also have turmeric by adding it to a glass of warm milk and consume immediately.

5. Neem

Neem extract was studied and found effective as it demonstrated good or moderate clot breaking activity.5 To experience the benefits of neem, you can consume neem leaf extract or neem tablets.

6. Dhamasa

Dhamasa have been studied in vitro to possess thrombolytic properties that can dissolve blood clots.6 The best way to have fagonia or dhamsa powder mix it with heated desi ghee and consume it immediately.

You can prevent blood clots by following the simple measures given underneath: 

  • Wear loose-fitting clothes, socks, or stockings
  • Raise your legs 6 inches above your heart regularly
  • Avoid standing for long hours
  • Wear compression stockings
  • Exercise as per doctor’s advice
  • Change your position regularly; avoid sitting/lying in the same position for hours together
  • Have a low salt diet
  • Take prescribed medications on time
  • Avoid injuries
  • Avoid using pillows under your knees
  • Raise the leg-side of your bed2

When to Seek Medical Help: 

In case you suspect a blood clot, you should call your healthcare provider right away. You should seek immediate medical attention if any blood clots are formed in your veins (venous clots) or arteries (arterial clots) as it can be very dangerous. 1

Conclusion:

Generally, a blood clot forms in response to an injury on a blood vessel. The formation of an unwanted blood clot needs to be attended immediately as it may be a serious condition. Symptoms of blood clot depends on the place where the clot is formed while in some people the clot may not exhibit any symptoms. Natural remedies for blood clots can help you get relief from the condition and knowledge of the risks behind the condition will help you take right decisions. You can also help yourself by keeping active and following your healthcare provider’s suggestions and making necessary lifestyle changes.

source:PharmEasy.com

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