By Janet L. Hall, CKP, CBT
After a fall, accident or body trauma, or even a minor surgery, you could be confronted with a serious life-threatening situation…having a DVT (deep vein thrombosis) or a PE (pulmonary embolism) better known as blood clots. These deep vein blood clots can travel to the heart, brain or lungs causing a heart attack, stroke or suffocation. What would you do?
What is a DVT or PE? Blood clots are simply an amalgamation or conglomeration of red blood cells that build up at the site of injury or with illness. They can be healthy to stop excessive bleeding, however excessive clotting can create severe health problems like (DVT). Simply put, a blood clot is a blockage of a healthy vessel that may lead to various health problems. A mass of red blood cells clumps together and stop the blood flow in the vessel. Blood clots do not form in just one part of the body. They can occur anywhere. Most often they are found in the legs.
A DVT is a blood clot in a main vein. A PE usually happens when a blood clot (DVT – often in your leg), travels to your lungs and blocks a blood vessel. That leads to low oxygen levels in your blood. It can damage the lung and other organs and cause heart failure, too. You can even begin to cough up blood clots that look like raw pieces of liver from the lungs.
Current Treatment of DVTs & PEs: In some cases, surgery may be necessary to remove a blood clot from a vein or artery. This procedure is called a thrombectomy. A thrombectomy may be necessary for clots that are large or are causing severe damage to nearby tissues.
Thrombolytics are drugs that dissolve blood clots if the patient is in immediate danger. Though usually rare, a doctor may give a thrombolytic intravenously, or they may use a catheter in the vein, which will allow them to deliver the drug directly to the site of the clot. Thrombolytics (like TPA clot buster) can increase the risk of bleeding, however.
Most of the time doctors prescribe blood thinners – either shots to be given in the stomach daily (in most cases throughout the day) such as heparin, or oral medications such as Xarelto, Eliquis or Warfarin. Some are processed through the liver and some through the kidneys with various side effects. These blood thinners do NOT however, treat the blood clots themselves. Blood thinners just prevent MORE clots from forming. It takes 4-6 months or longer for the body to reabsorb blood clots on its own.
So, what can be done naturally for blood clots? Blood clots are one of the hardest things to treat, as much care must be given so as not to dislodge a chunk that could migrate to your heart, brain or lungs. Kinesiology is extremely helpful in determining which natural remedies will work for your body, be of help, how much them are needed and for how long.
One of the main things people with blood clots complain of is pain and lots of it! The body part experiencing a blood clot can feel as though it’s in a vice…extremely tight and painful, like a charley horse that won’t let go. I have found (from personal experience with both DVTs and PEs) that essential oils can be extremely helpful to relax the muscles in that area. Deep Blue and Aromatouch work especially well. For swelling, Cypress essential oil is wonderful! Peppermint essential oil can act as ice does when applied to the body part.
A lung clot can feel as though there is a “knife in your back” and abdomen or kidney clots can restrict urination and make it incredibly painful to urinate.
The main product I found that kept me from going to the ER over and over again as I was in excruciating pain (when I got DVTs and PEs and had to wait due to COVID surgery restrictions) is a combination of Deep Blue and Lavender essential oils. It is the only thing I found that worked after trying many, many things.
Dissolving blood clots: Clots are made of fibrin and the action of thrombin. The body naturally transfers blood protein, known as plasminogen, into an enzyme called plasmin. This, in turn, dissolves fibrin, the material that holds clots together, but it takes months.
Cayenne peppers are natural blood thinners and have an effective impact on your body due to the presence of salicylates in them. They help clear away lipid deposits that narrow arteries and may help dilate arteries and blood vessels to clear away clots and the pain that comes with them.
After the crisis of clots is over the clots are old, or to prevent new clots from forming, these are natural blood thinners that help dissolve clots:
- Fish oil, Turmeric (not in all cases)
- Garlic, Vitamin E and systemic enzymes, NattoKinase, Serrapeptase, streptokinase, Proteolytic/systemic enzymes
- Clove, Cinnamon, Thyme, Fennel
- Black Pepper/pink pepper
- Chili and capsicum, hot onion water, Kiwi, Grape juice
- Cranberry juice, flax, chia, walnuts, oysters, salmon, lobster & so much more!
Since lungs are at risk for clots, it is important to build the immune system. Exercise such as walking is very helpful, as is colonics. Our biofeedback machines have blood cleansing programs and fibrin frequencies to help your body get rid of them.
If you need help with testing to learn which is your best strategy for clots, we are here for you!
Janet L. Hall is a Naturopath, Certified Kinesiologist, Herbalist, Biofeedback specialist, Nutritional Counselor and Essential Oil Expert. Her center is dedicated to helping people “rise above!” anything in their lives.
(505) 294-WELL (9355). www.alternativewellnesscenter.org