Last Modified on Sep 28, 2015
There are a number of natural blood thinners (anticoagulants) that will help prevent blood clots. Many of these natural remedies will provide other health benefits as well. Treating an existing blood clot, however, is a medical emergency requiring a doctor's treatment and supervision.
What Is a Blood Clot?
A blood clot is a buildup of blood and tissue inside one of your veins or arteries, a natural bodily function that can quickly become a deadly killer. When blood fails to circulate properly, blood clots form. When you are wounded, blood naturally clots to stop bleeding. However, blood clots can also create a blockage in your veins or arteries, break loose and travel to the heart, lungs or brain, causing life-threatening heart attacks, strokes, embolisms or other health emergencies.
Natural Blood Thinners
Sunshine, Water and Exercise
- Vitamin D from sunshine has long been recognized by Ayurvedic medicine as a natural blood thinner.
- Water is a very effective blood thinner. Drinking about 1/2 ounce of water per pound of body weight (50 oz. if you weigh 100 lbs.) every day will help keep the blood from thickening and clumping.
- Moderate daily exercise will also help thin the blood. Remaining stationary for long periods of time (a long trip or hours on the couch) will increase the risk of a blood clot.
Natural Salicylates Block Vitamin K and Thin the Blood
These will all help to increase blood circulation as well as to naturally thin the blood. (The daily baby aspirin often recommended for heart attack patients is a salicylate.) Some natural salicylates are:
- Apple cider vinegar, blackstrap molasses and cayenne pepper are very popular natural blood thinners.
- 'Warming spices' such as curry powder, ginger and cinnamon, turmeric, oregano, dill, licorice and mint also have blood thinning properties.
- Many fruits will help to aid in thinning the blood. Oranges and tangerines, prunes, grapes and many berries (especially strawberries, cranberries and blueberries) are beneficial.
Vitamin E Helps Prevent Over-oxidization
- Green, leafy vegetables such as swiss chard, kale and spinach are rich in Vitamin E.
- Other foods containing Vitamin E include red bell peppers, broccoli, wheat and kiwi.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids Help Lower Cholesterol and Prevent Clots
- Fish, walnuts and pumpkin seeds are some of the foods high in omega-3 fatty acids.
Natural Antibiotics Aid in Blood Thinning
- Foods with natural antibiotic properties include garlic, olive oil and onions.
Medical Treatment for Blood Clots
Initial treatment for blood clots (thrombosis) should be done in a hospital. Treatment goals focus on reducing the blood clot and preventing the formation of new clots. Blood thinners are given and monitored closely; they prevent the clot from getting bigger but do not dissolve the clot. In time, the body will naturally reabsorb it. Arterial blood clots may require surgery to remove the clot and/or medications may be used to try to dissolve the clot.
If a clot breaks loose, it immediately becomes a life-threatening medical emergency. Survival chances improve dramatically with immediate medical treatment.
Natural blood thinners are useful in helping to prevent blood clots, but should not be taken at the same time as medications (such as Coumadin) without consulting with a physician. Some natural blood thinners interact with medications and could either decrease or increase the blood thinning effect. This could be dangerous, especially in the early stages of treatment for a blood clot.
My husband had a massive pulmonary embolism on 10-30-12. When the radiologist broke up the clots he inserted a vena cava filter to keep clots from his legs from going to his lungs. By 1-7-13 the filter had completely clogged with clots, and my husband's legs were swollen twice normal size and in terrible pain. He was told to go home, take his coumadin and keep his legs elevated. He is now swollen from his waist to his toes. The large veins that transfer blood from the legs to the body are completely occluded and destroyed. The smaller veins are starting to take up the flow, but not very effectively. Could he get any relief from the pain and swelling from the lemon/soda/water remedy?
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I have this problem of blood clot near my joint area. Due to this inflamation errupts in those area which later turns to wound. I am not sure of the cause of it. Can this occur due to high uric acid? iIf yes then will this vinegar help me?
I recently developed a blood clot after superficial vein surgery. I had not had blood clots prior. After two weeks of Lovenox shots, the MRI showed the blood clot had gone. I do not have DVT. However, I will be flying to Europe (7.1/2 to 8 hour trip late August/early September). I told my doctor and he has given me two shots of Lovenox to take, one prior to flight and one after. Therefore, this must indicate there is a risk.
In the meantime, I am anxious that I not have another blood clot. The natural remedies posted here for apple cider vinegar, cayenne pepper, and molasses should great. Do I select one of these, or take all three daily? I don't want to overdo it. Which one is the best? I still intend to take the two shots of Lovenox as prescribed later on. Also, does anyone have an idea of the risk involved in flying after vein surgery. Is it better to wait at least 3 months or later. I had the surgery on June 25 and plan to fly early Sept. I could leave it until a bit later but would that make any difference. I do have support hose to wear and know that I do need to walk around about every hour and do ankle exercises.
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[YEA] I had a swelling in my right calf that was throbbing and it felt like needles or it felt like a balloon filled with water ready to explode and it was extremely hot to touch. I went to my clinic and was informed that I'd have to return the following week and see a Specialist. The appointment was made and I went home.
Had phoned my sister-in-law in Donegal, Ireland and told her as I was starting to worry at this point with no relief and she told me to get some Molasses and taking 2 tablespoons daily and it will make it disappear!
Sunday evening when I got home I took 2 tablespoon fulls, repeated it Monday morning and night, same Tuesday and Wednesday too and took another on Thursday morning.
Went to my appointment on Thursday afternoon and was asked to roll up my pants and the Specialist looked at my chart and then to both my legs and back and forth and then he says to me, "Which leg is the affected one?" and told him that I was not sure as it was his opinion that I wanted to hear and then his words were: "You're wasting both my time and your own..." that I had no blood clot and to get out of here and be thankful.
I knew it was the Molasses that cured me and I've been telling that story to everyone except the medical staff. For they would never believe me!
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[YEA] Black Strap Molasses has really helped my heavy bleeding and clotting due to fibroids. I do not know how it works but it is working.
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[YEA] I read about Blackstrap Molasses and its ability to remedy female issues, and I was amazed. I have rather large fibroids, extreme bleeding and clots. My doctors have looked at a number of treatments from meds to surgery. I started taking 3 tablespoon of molasses a day about 2 months ago. I was schedule for surgery which had to be re-scheduled 3x due to other issues. But, it's my belief that all the re-scheduling was the universes way of protecting me from an un-needed surgery. I'm not bleeding as heavy, reduced blood clots and shorter cycle. I spoke to my natural pathetic doctor and she has no documented information about these types of benefits of molasses. Can anyone tell me why and how blackstrap molasses seems to reverse and reduce these female issues? This is my third month on the molasses, any suggestions as to how long to take the product? Thank you for your helpful information, this is a wonderful site.
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Have verified thousands of blood clots in my veins of my vascular system to date. I have been diagnosed by some doctors and not all as having the Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome. to date I have been to the Mayo Clinic for an endovascular procedure which was aborted due to not enough blood flow to my iliac and inferior vena cava veins for the stints to effectively work. Upon returning I have developed new blood clots in both of my femora veins and now have even more pain. I would love input as to how much cayenne and blackstrap molasses to take daily so as to reverse this mess of blood clots in my vascular system and to eliminate the need to get off of warfarin for the rest of my life. My goal is to not only go back to the Mayo Clinic next year, but to prove to them that I am not sol and are proof that God not only cares, but this system of natural cures needs to be considered by the largest hospital in the world contrary to the big pharmaceutical companies interests. This true story of mine should be of grave interest to many and hopefully with input can not only save my life, but do so with no pain in the future. I really want to get the word out so many may benefit from me and live, not die for no reason.
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[YEA] Hi Everyone. About 3 weeks ago, I went to tbe emergency room because of deep vein thrombosis. In layman's term, I had a blood clot in my right leg. The pain was intense, and I was given tylenol and a blood thinner. I was discharged after 10 hours and prescribed expensive pharmaceuticals. While I at the hospital, I went on this site and looked up the cures. The blackstrap molasses and red cayenne pepper took a few days to work. After the fourth day, the pain was gone and my leg went back to normal. I saw my physician the following week and was put on a blood thinner. He said he knew that blackstrap and red pepper worked but wanted to be safe than sorry. He took labs, and I go back next week. He said the clot is gone but wants to observe me for another week. I'm happy to have physician that believes in alternative therapies as well.
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Would someone please advise why it is preferred to boil the water before mixing with the cayenne pepper? Wouldn't hot water from the tap do just as well? The lips and tongue can tolerate that better!
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Cayenne Pepper in helping prevent returning DVT? I need help in finding the right vitamins to help prevent DVT returning in my leg. My left leg is damaged from DVT and I am currently on Coumadin. I need something to help without messing up my coumadin. Can anyone help me?
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[YEA] Cayenne is NOT unsafe per one of your feedback customers. I recently found your website in some research I am doing on Cayenne and Lymph, but was a little disconcerted to see that you published someone's testimonial warning others not to use cayenne if they do not want their blood thinned.
Cayenne is used in midwifery and in other instances when needed to stop hemorrhaging, and has the ability to correct and balance both ends of many circulation issues. It will assist in dissolving clots as well as stopping bleeding, and it will -- over time -- correct both high and low blood pressure.
I suggest to all readers that when it comes to benefits and contraindications of herbs and medications, that they exhaustive research, or at least more than they think is necessary, to discover what they need to know for their particular situation or those for whom they are caring.
EC: Thanks, Karenna. We appreciate your clarification!
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My doctor prescribed 1 mg of Folic Acid...I have a genetic mutation that makes me more susceptible to blood clots. This helps keep my homocysteine levels balanced which will help prevent blood clots.
I have a 76 year old relative who developed a blood clot in her leg after she took a long airplane flight (13 hours) and within 3 months off cartilage repair surgery on her knee. She was treated w/shots and then given coumadin. She has her blood tested every 2 weeks. Three months later, the clot is no longer in her leg, yet she has been told that she must continue on the coumadin therapy until she has been on it for 6 months to a year. The rationale is that the clot could have broken up leaving smaller clots that are still traveling in her body. The longer therapy apparently guarantees the break down of the smaller clots. I don't trust western medicine so I'm checking in here to see if anyone has an opinion.
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I have a friend, who had knee replacement surgery.
Right now the knee is getting better, but she has a severe complication. She developed blood clots and when her knee was accidentally dropped it pushed one of the blood clots to her left shoulder.
The doctors have told her that if the blood clot moves again, it will go directly to her brain and she would die instantly.
She is being medicated up the wazoo. One of the medications, I know she is taking is warfarin. The doctors say that it is a blood thinner, but will not affect the already formed clots.
Would Baking Soda and Lime/Lemon treatment affect the medicine she is taking?
I understand that Grapefruit can be a Deadly Poison when mixed with some drugs.
My 2nd question is, how long should she take the Baking Soda & Lime/Lemon treatment to make this deadly blood clot go away?
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[YEA] Ginger root is good for the spleen... Also figs are good to rid the body of gallstones... Also, ginger work s to rid the body of blood clots... God Bless you