Natural Remedies to Help Blood Clots

Last Modified on Sep 04, 2014

While your blood naturally clots to stop bleeding when you get an injury, this property of your blood can also lead to health issues, such as a blood clot. You can reduce your chance of getting blood clots and even treat existing clots naturally, though. Apple cider vinegar, blackstrap molasses, and cayenne pepper are three of the most effective natural treatment options for blood clots.

What Is a Blood Clot?

A blood clot is a buildup of blood and tissue inside one of your veins or arteries. These blockages can block blood flow to important organs or can even travel to your lungs, heart, or brain and cause an embolism or other severe health condition.

Blood clots typically present specific symptoms that help indicate an issue. Some of the most common symptoms include pain at the site of the clot, tenderness, swelling, or even a blue-colored bulge. Some individuals even experience difficulty breathing (associated with a Pulmonary Embolism) or ulcers.

What Are the Best Natural Remedies for Treating Blood Clots?

It is important to maintain appropriate doctor supervision when dealing with issues such as blood clots to prevent more progressive problems. Nonetheless, many natural remedies help promote healthy blood flow and effectively treat blood clots. Apple cider vinegar, blackstrap molasses, and cayenne are three of the best home remedies for blood clots.

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

Among its various other components, apple cider vinegar is a natural blood thinner. With this capability, ACV helps to break down clots in your blood and promote better blood flow throughout your body. To utilize this treatment option, drink a tonic of 2-3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar diluted in 8 ounces of water at least once a day.

2. Blackstrap Molasses

Blackstrap molasses contains a number of nutrients that fortify your blood, including iron. Used as a treatment for blood clots, blackstrap molasses increases blood flow and helps break down clogged arteries and regular blood clots. Take 1 to 2 tablespoons of molasses a day for the best benefits.

3. Cayenne

Cayenne contains a number of important nutritional components including capsaicin, flavonoids, volatile oils, and steroid saponins. These compounds help cayenne increase your bloods hypocoagulability, meaning your blood is less able to coagulate or clot. In addition to reducing blood coagulation, cayenne also increases circulation, which helps dissolve blood clots and improve blood flow. To employ this remedy, make cayenne tea by pouring one cup of boiling water into 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper and drink the tea daily.

Give one of our remedies a try or add one of your own to our list of reader-contributed remedies! Continue reading below for more fabulous tips from our readers.

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Posted by Rimi (Singapore) on 09/30/2011

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?

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Posted by Patricia (Maryland) on 07/24/2014

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.

Posted by Mama To Many
708 Posts
Dear Patricia,

Sounds like you are really doing your homework and will be well prepared for your next flight.

Cayenne pepper is amazing for the blood. I would put that one at the top of the list. But it wouldn't hurt to take all three. They are all foods and all good for many things. You might just add one per week to your diet so you will be able to notice any adverse reaction you might have to one of them. I don't mean to imply that any of these remedies are dangerous, but not everything agrees with everyone.

I trust all will go well for you.

~Mama to Many~

Posted by Gia
I think you are taking all the right precautions. Also, on your flight, get up and move around as much as you can and stay fidgety in your seat by stretching a lot. Have fun in Europe!

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Posted by Desmond (Chicago, Il) on 06/14/2013

[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!


Desmond Campbell

Posted by Anonymous

Hi Desmond, This is great news and thanks for posting. However please consider carrying on with a small dose of Blackstrap Molasses ever day and try and investigate why you had the clot as they can be a red flag to some other disease.
Posted by Kt
335 Posts
Hi Desmond, did you use just "Molasses" or Blackstap Molasses?
Posted by Annice
[YEA]   Thank you Desmond for taking the time to post this. The same thing happened to me.J ust below my knee on the calf of my leg. It just kept swelling and it was red. We had just watched Dr. Oz the day before, and he told of the symptoms of a blood clot. It was scary.

I am not one to run to the doctor for just what ever. But I thought well now I have to go. Did not expect to find any help for a blood clot. OK, Blackstrap molasses, really .I went straight to the grocery store (I brought my Tblsp) with me. Took it before I left the parking lot .I was desperate. It has been a week now. And the clot seems to be gone.I took 2 tbls a day mixed in 6oz. of milk. I plan to keep taking it. Maybe not as much, but it seems to be a healthy addition to anyones diet. I used the Brer Rabbit brand because the lable showed to have more iron and magnesium than the grandmas brand. Hope this helps someone.

Posted by Prioris
There is already an optimal healthy supplement for blood clots - fibrolytic enzymes e.g. nattokinase (clot buster). Given that it could be a life or death issue, I would recommend that people retire molasses and other treatments to the dustbin as a treatment unless they can't get access to the enzyme.
Posted by Airforce Wifey
Joint Base Andrews, Md
Is Blackstrap Molasses ok to take while on Warfarin and some other ulcer/colitis meds? :( Trying to stay hopeful for the hubby.
Posted by Mama To Many
Tennessee, Usa
708 Posts
Dear Airforce Wifey,

I don't know for sure if Blackstrap is okay to take with those meds. Blackstrap is high in some nutrients (which is why it helps with so many things! ) but none are above the RDA for the nutrients. It seems like it should be okay, but I am not a doctor or chemist. You might want to check with a pharmacist. Let us know if you find anything conclusive.

~Mama to Many~

Posted by Sherry (Longview, Washington) on 10/18/2008

[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.

Posted by Patty
Clarington, Ohio
[YEA]   Yea. I dont know either, however i am feeling much better. The only thing i did different this month is the black strap. Cycle only 4 days and no heavy bleeding. I dont know how it works, but nature and God is speaking to us women.
Posted by Tracey
How long did it take for the blackstrap molasses to work?

Posted by Donna (Guilford, North Carolina) on 04/12/2007

[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.

Posted by Lana
Texarkana, ark
I think it is the Sulphur content that is in the molasses, along with other trace minerals and nutrients..?
Posted by Kamaria
Stockton, California / Usa
Blackstrap Molassas is very high in iron. It is the iron that is very good for you. In fact, as to my knowledge, molassas has the highest content of iron in any food. It is in liquid form and therefore gets absorbed well into your system. Taking iron pills can be harmful since only a small amount of it gets absorbed into your system and therefore most of it is flushed out thru your intestinal tract where it can create problems. I have heard that fibroids tend to collect iron and can make you anemic. I was told this by a friend that had large fibroids and this was what she was told by her docter. The doctors gave her iron pills and since they did not work, she got so anemic they did a total hysterectomy on her to get rid of the fibroids. She told me all of this after the surgery. I wish she would have let me know before she had the surgery. I am not quite sure how the iron helps since the doctor said that the fibroids collect the iron. Although, I had a large fibroid several years ago that caused to stay bloated for months. I started taking molassas every day for several weeks and all of the symptoms dissappeared and never came back. I do not know if the fibroid still exists at all since I did not have another sonagram done to check. The only thing I would suggest is not to take more than a tablespoon a day, because the molasses contains a lot of iron and too much iron a day will cause consipation if your body is getting more than it can use at one time.

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Posted by Kt (Usa) on 08/18/2014

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!

Posted by Mama to Many
708 Posts
Dear Kt,

I think plenty of herbalists recommend cayenne without stipulating that the water must be boiling. (I just double checked and Philip Fritchey does not say it must be boiling.)I think you can just use hot water, if desired. In fact, I put my cayenne in cold juice when I take it and because it has reduced symptoms, I know it is effective when taken that way.

Perhaps the advice to boil it would be if you were to be making an extract or tea? If you were going to be pouring boiling water over the cayenne, letting it steep and then straining the cayenne, then you might be best to begin with boiling water.

For the record, when taking cayenne in a liquid, I use a straw, or put on lip balm first to avoid burning the mouth.


~Mama to Many~

Posted by Kt
335 Posts
Hi Mama to Many, I know I have prepared several posts to you but they don't show up in "My Account" so I don't know what happened unless I had to run to the oval office and my time expired. The times that I can sit here are limited. I asked if you were offended by the salutation of MtM. I thanked you for your "warm and kind reply" here. I had also suggested you take into consideration what your son had eaten prior to the reaction he had to the paper towel.

I feel what is eaten makes a difference to how one reacts to environment or different fabric or metals. I gave an example of sometimes not being able to tolerate the plastic or rubber fumes from rug backing in grocery stores. Sometimes it could be the "aromas" from the variety of soaps, detergents and scented bleach.

Depending what I had eaten, once in awhile I would have a reaction to the gold plated watch bracelet I used to wear. The same with my wedding band. I finally kept that painted with clear fingernail polish until I lost it in a fire that destroyed everything. KT

I hope this provides you with a different view of the MSG/GMO factors.

Posted by Rollandtkd
Florida, US
I would also like to know if it can be hot tap water or even cold water.
Posted by Kt
335 Posts
Hi Roland--I believe so. I started using hot tap the 8-18-14 post above by Mama to Many. KT
Posted by Mama to Many
708 Posts
Dear Rolland,

I put cayenne into cold juice when I take it and it works well. So, cold water should be fine, as long as you aren't straining back out the cayenne.

~Mama to Many~

Posted by Mama to Many
708 Posts
Dear Kt,

Hi! Somehow, I never saw you reply to mine in the cayenne post. And you mention some other posts you have written that I have apparently missed. I am not sure how I have missed them and am sorry about that! I try to keep up with the latest posts but I guess I miss some. Somehow, I didn't see Rolland's post yesterday until I saw your post in response today.

Anyway, I surely have not meant to ignore you. And I am not at all offended by the salutation, MtM! :)

I think it makes sense that what we eat would affect how we react to things. I find coffee and sugar make me more sensitive to pain.

Thanks for all the time you have taken to write and I am sorry I have missed some of those efforts! You have learned a lot over the years and it is always good to read about what others are learning.

God bless you!



Posted by Karenna (SF, CA) on 06/01/2007

[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!

Posted by Bane
Bg, Serbia
I can confirm that eating cayenne or drinking in glass of water in large doses does only good. I've been doing 3 teaspoons 6 days a week for last 2 and a half years with only positive effects. I suggest to read for more info.
Posted by Jarret
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
7 Posts
[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS]   I've been following earth clinic for a couple years now. Every couple weeks to a month I have been getting pains which seem to come directly from the center of my heart. I dissolve 2 90,000 heat unit cayennes into a glass a water and bear the burn, but it seems the clot which was causing so much pain gets past my heart and it stops hurting. I haven't been able to take lots of cayenne everyday tho so I don't know if it will permanently fix this problem but it has done the trick several times over... I was even having pain in my left arm today and was worried I might end up with a heart attack if I didn't do something.

Cayenne also works awesome for cuts... burns pretty bad at first but gives a nice heal with no scar for the couple times I've used it on myself and others but these were minor wounds, so I can't say how well it would work for something severe.

Posted by Tara
South Hadley, Ma, Usa
That's great feedback Jarret, thanks. I wonder if in an emergency you could apply cayenne over the heart in a diluted solution of DMSO, which would penetrate immediately? Does anyone have any thoughts about that? Thanks.
Posted by Blanche
Iberia Parish, Louisiana, Usa
Jarret, reading these symptoms, I think if I were you I would go to a doctor to at least know what you are dealing with. It may not be wise to try to treat this with home remedies. Good luck to you.
Posted by Lemarque
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
6 Posts
Hi Jarret, I would strongly suggest that you go to your doctor and get this problem looked at ASAP. You describe the "clot" as "passing", but it is very unusual for this to occur. Circulating clots will almost always lodge in the lungs (PE) before they reach the heart. Clots in the coronary arteries means heart attack 100% of the time - no exceptions.

However from the symptoms you describe it is more likely going to be coronary artery sclerosis or angina. The extent of this condition needs to be assessed as it seems you are already getting warning signs. It is always better to get these things checked, if there is a serious underlying problem, get the issue addressed and then return to natural health approaches as a preventative measure for the future. If the tests show nothing is wrong with your heart, then that is the best outcome and you can then direct your attention to finding a way to treat the condition not just the symptoms. I truly hope you take heed of this advice.

Posted by Jarret
Calgary, Alberta
7 Posts
Thanks for all the concern guys.
Tara, I think the best and quickest way for it to be effective is to put it in hot/warm water and drink. I don't really know what dmso is tho.. but I would think if you put it inside your body it will get into your blood and dilate your arteries much more directly than it could ever possibly do through your skin.

For the past weeks I have kept taking a tsp of cayenne (pills got expensive) in a glass of hot water at least 3x a day... It has provided a great deal of relief, but I am aware that this isn't a cure all. Lemarque I too suspect arterial sclerosis.. And by how badly my legs have scaled over I am severly depleted in good fats, however I did get a basic hepatology screening and everything came back normal (ie ldl) I would contribute the current condition to about 15 years of eating a high salt fast food diet. Another added benefit of taking this cayenne has been that the top of my head on my baldy spot has been warm again after being cold for a very long time. No sprouts yet tho :) I could feel the clots in different areas of my body as well. It got stuck in my arm, my heart, my lung, and what felt like the frontol lobe of my brain... But everytime I just kept taking the cayenne until it passed. I haven't felt it for a week or so but am still taking the cayenne to be safe. I have also started eating flax seeds (mulling them to a pulp) (and this is for omega3/ALA) everyday and while it's only been a few days of it I am feeling way better.

Posted by John
Bridgeton, New Jersey
Lemarque is absolutely correct. I am 43 and just got released from the hospital with my 4th MI (Heart attack) in 2 years. In that time I have suffered DVT's, PE's and ultimately the MI's. I have a severe lotting issue that to dat, has only been managed through a host of medications. If I miss 4 days (seems to be the magic number), I am destined for another MI. I have been given two additional medications to control the sickness the other ones cause, so as of today I am taking 9 pills a day. Clots are NOTHING to play around with. I must be the luckiest guy in the world to survive so many MI's in such a short period, but even I know how soon that could end.

Personally I would love to explore the possibility of organic treatment, but having gone through what I have gone through, I wouldn't dare do anything without the direct guidance of my doctors at this point. The consequences are far too extreme!

I would love to hear some thoughts on organic alternatives since I am now retired from my law enforcement career and have all the time in the world to do some research! :-)


Posted by Ian
Sanford, Florida
2 Posts
Hi John,

I think you should consider taking Nattokinase as it is a potent blood thinner. If you do decide to take it, then it is best to take with plenty of water 1 hour before meals or snacks or 2 hours after meals or snacks.


Posted by Michelleboyle
Virginia Beach, Va, Virginia Beach
I broke my right ankle 2 months ago, I was in a cast for 6 weeks and in a boot for 3 weeks, now I have a deep vein thrombosis because of it, and I am on the blood thinner arixtra. Would cayenne and garlic help if I added it to my diet? Thanks, Michelle
Posted by Aeiver
New Braunfels, Tx
2 Posts
An interesting book about cayenne and other healing foods is "Left For Dead" by Dick Quinn who writes about his experience with heart disease and regaining his health.
Posted by Terri
Midwest City, Ok
I would be interested in knowing how cayenne is used. Is it the pepper itself or is it used in the powder form that you can buy as a spice? Is it mixed with food or water. Is there a certain way to use it to address one ailment over another? I have pain on the inside of my leg that seems to be slowly moving upward that I suspect is a clot. I don't know but it has been moving up my left leg for a very long time and is now in the thigh area. I work from home and sit most of the time with my right ankle crossed over my left leg at the knee. Thank you!
Posted by Kt
The Usa
335 Posts
Hi Terri, I just happened to read your post and thought I had been experiencing the same thing with one of my legs. I had read some benefits from taking cayenne pepper so I had started to use it on my eggs and vegetables along with turmeric and ginger. I don't know whether it is the combination or not but since I have been taking it I have not had that "feeling" in my leg. In fact, I had not given it another thought until I read your post. Just thought I'd share.
Posted by Kt
335 Posts
I wanted to report an update. I awoke this AM with pain in the leg in which I suspect a clot. I mixed about 1/2 tsp cayenne in some warm water and chugged it. After that, I took about 1/4 tsp turmeric and 1/4 tsp ginger in some warm water and chugged that. I then mixed about a TBSP of BSM in some warm water and drank that. I went for a ten minute walk. When I returned I ate about 1/2 C cooked carrots and a garlic clove. I don't know which combination worked or if they will counter each other later but the "tightness" in that leg has gone for right now although I can still feel a little disturbance.

Can anyone provide a warning about what I took? Sometimes, when you're in the pain I was in, you don't think too clear. I know the turmeric and ginger are from roots. I guess you can consider those a starch. I know too many carbs (starches) clog pores and veins. (BTW, a popular medical site locked me out of my account for reporting something they apparently didn't like until I begged for reinstatement and pleaded ignorance due to my brain injuries---which is true). During my times of employment I stood the majority of the time. I was never one to sit for long periods of time until getting the computer but I've had to cut back on that. I rode horses for several years but that is not idle sitting.

Posted by Andrea C
Cardiff, Wales
Take half a teaspoon of cayenne in the morning, other half in the evening..... In WARM WATER. So your body knows what's coming. It may feel a bit burny, but that will pass.
Posted by Kt
The Usa
335 Posts
Hi Andrea, should I take it on an empty stomach or after I eat?
Posted by Andrea C
Cardiff, Wales
You can take it with or without food. You can also put it on your food, but I do both as I like it. Love Andrea xxx

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Posted by Xome The Way (Sacramento, Ca) on 08/18/2012

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.

Posted by D12know
Norfolk, Virginia
Hello. Last year, I was informed that I had DVT in my leg. At the time of initial diagnosis, I was given a shot and told to take shots of Arixtra for a few weeks. Thereafter, I was told to take coumadin as well until a 3 or 6 month time period to ensure that the clot is no longer a troublesome issue as far as the danger of traveling to my lungs. Hopefully, this helps you understand that it is normal treatment. Hope all is well with your family.
Posted by Prioris
Fort Pierce, Fl, Usa
266 Posts
Coumadin may be "standard" treatment but Coumadin will damage ones health over long term. The best thing to use for blood clots are fibrolytic enzymes such as nattokinase. Unlike Coumadin which has side effects and can damage ones health especially over the long term, nattokinase is completely natural to the body. To transition off coumadin, it takes around 3 days before starting nattokinase.

At this point just finish the 6 month course and hope there are no side effects. one may need to take a diuretic for water gain.

Next time say NO to coumadin and take fibrolytic enzyme to remove clots.

Posted by Shelley (Calgary, Alberta) on 09/23/2011

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?

Posted by Dud
From The Woods Of, Wv, Usa
Shelly....... research:

1. nattokinase enzyme - from fermented soybean curd called natto, protein lysing [digesting]

2. serrapeptase enzymes - from a silkworms gut bacteria, protein lysing [digesting]

3. papain protein lysine enzyme from papaya trees

4. bromelain enzyme from pineapple stems, [or fruit?]

5. vitamin b12

6. garlic eating

7. other things also, Chinese herbs, etc.

Posted by G
Nyc, Ny
Cayenne pepper and garlic are said to be the roto-rooter of the veins/arteries. (read Dick Quin "Left for Dead" and also research Dr. Christopher) These two things taken together help to dissolve clots/plaque/cholesterol. Cayenne opens up your veins to allow for better blood flow.
Posted by G
Nyc, Ny
Sorry, forgot to add: do a wikipedia search for warfarin. Cayenne (and also many other natural supplements/vitamins) is also a blood thinner. Your friend is lucky to have you as a friend.
Posted by Bibi
Atlanta, Ga
Help! My husband has a blood clot in his jugular vein at the base of his brain. he has been suffering with severe headaches for 4 months now. He was on Heperin and now warfarin to 'thin" his blood but the clot is not dissolving. The medical doctors are not offering any solution except more pain medication! He is tired of living like this. We are very afraid of any invasive procedure that might force the clot elsewhere.

Would Cayenne or garlic help this clot dissolve?

Thanks so much!

Posted by Lisa
S. California, Ca, Usa
8 Posts
Try Nattokinase. It's a natural enzyme that dissolves blood clots. It has lots of reviews on iherb. It does thin the blood, so your husbands doctor should be informed.
Posted by Bess
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Hi Bibi - Dud from WV mentioned that taking serrapeptase may help dissolve clots (along with other suggestions in his September 23/11 post).

Here's an excerpt about this enzyme: Serrapeptase is a proteolytic enzyme - it breaks down protein. This means it is able to act on pathogenic (disease causing) tissue, such as blood clots, cysts, arterial plaque and the substances produced naturally by the body as part of its inflammatory response.

Do an Internet search (blood clots serrapeptase) for more information. It sounds promising. Good luck to you and your husband! Bess

Posted by Maria
Gippsland, Australia
211 Posts
Hi Bibi, Cayenne, garlic and Lisa's suggestion Nattokinase all have evidence that they can dissolve blood clots. When taken in therapeutic doses they also can interreact with warfarin, so you may want to check that out first. As the warfarin is not doing the job for your husband the question is which is worse - movement of the clot (and the damage that would do) or a possible interreaction? If you do use them in therapeutic amounts keep a watchful eye out for excess bleeding. Serrapeptase (Bess & Dud suggestion) appears to not interreact with warfarin.

Magnesium is also good at dissolving clots and lack of it can be a cause of blood clots.

Ginger is worth looking into as well. . Arginine has been said to also help so you could search that also (it is new to me). All the best.

Posted by Helpyourself
Houston, Texas
31 Posts
Garlic thins the blood. Try 2 cloves, cut up in very small pieces, wash down with water, do this for a couple of days. Next, try 20 drops of Tabasco in about 4 oz of water, do this a few times a week, then use as needed. Tabasco has only three ingredients: cayenne, vinegar, salt, no additives. The cayenne is like a rotor rooter. Good for so many things, seems to clean the blood, stops headaches, sinus, depression, stomach problems, etc. Good Luck!
Posted by Mary G
San Francisco, Ca
I too have a clot in the jugular vein in my neck as does your husband. Mine was caused by the insertion of a Central Line into my neck at an ER. Mistake!!!! I had major headaches, that have been stopped with the use of Lumbrokinase, and Serrapeptase prescribed by a well known MD/naturopath. Doctors tell me that the coumadin, despite it's troubles, gives the body a chance to fix/dissolve the clot by thinning the blood and the body can then heal better that way. A long arduous trek of 7 months on coumadin is a drag! However, these enzymes help with my headaches, and sharp pains. Good luck to your husband. A real drag I know.

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Posted by Fran (Face, GA) on 02/12/2007

[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

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Posted by Kitbar (Phila, Pa) on 03/19/2011

[YEA]  I thought I had a blood clot in my left leg. Me being holistic I automatically came to your website and amazingly found the cure before it got any worse. I went walking for about 20 minutes a day for 2 days and had some ginger soaked overnight in water(luckily had it already soaked for other health reasons)and by the next day no more tingling or throbing in my leg.

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Posted by Ingrid (Tampa, Florida) on 10/10/2008

Nattokinase is known for dissolving blood clots - It is suppose to do a better (HEALTHIER) job than the chemical drugs such as Coumadin and Warfarin but nobody has been able to tell me what dosage to take. I am currently on 12mg of Warfarin for a Trombal vein blood clot and want to switch to Nattokinase asap but need to know the dosage to take?? Thanks in advance for the info.

The following info I copied from Wikkipedia :

Nattokinase is an enzyme extracted and purified from a Japanese food called Natto. Natto is a cheese-like food made from fermented soybeans that has been eaten in Japan for many years. It is thought by some to be a valuable tool in minimizing the chances of developing heart and vascular diseases. Natto is produced by fermentation by adding the bacterium Bacillus natto, a beneficial bacteria, to boiled soybeans. The resulting nattokinase enzyme is produced when the bacterium acts on the soybeans. While other soy foods contain enzymes, it is only the natto preparation that contains the specific nattokinase enzyme. Nattokinase is valued in the alternative medicine community as a clot-buster and blood thinner, and is sometimes recommended as a substitute for daily aspirin therapy. But it's effects go beyond that in terms of catalyzing other enzyme activity.

Posted by rideronthestorm54
Grand Junction, CO
3 Posts
I have researsched the natto and it was recommended to take a dose of 2000fui to help with blood clots.
Posted by Feporam
Carlton, Pa, United States
[YEA]   I have a history of blood clots, my doctor started me on Nattokinase and, as long as I take it, I have had no further incidents. I went off of it for a couple of weeks and ended up with 2 clots, but they quickly disappeared after a few days back on nattokinase. This also has helped to ease my menstrual issues.
Posted by Randall
Carol Stream, Il
what is fui? I haven't heard of this measurement... I searched google but I didn't find anything helpful? How does fui convert to international units or miligrams?
Posted by Nohard
Aristomenis, Messinais, Greece
Reply to fui, OK 100mg is 2000 FU, I think you will find that the person who did the reply hit the u and the I at the same time ui like that, and thats why you cant find the answer to fui, simple if you look hard enough. Good Luck

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Posted by Karen (Canada) on 03/03/2014

Hi, I have a dear friend who has just recently found she has a blood clot near her heart. She has been precribed a blood thinner and has to take 5000 mg Vitamin D daily. Can anyone suggest a remedy for this. Are there any herbs or natural solutions to dissolve clots?

Please help, as this matter is urgent. Thanks to any reply.

Posted by Prioris
Fl, Usa
266 Posts
Nattokinase is a natural clot buster with no side effects. Type in search box "+prioris+nattokinase" to find my posts on the subject in earth clinic.
Posted by Mariah
Atlanta, Ga
Hi, try searching under Blood Clots in the Ailments Section on Earth Clinic for more detailed information (under questions and answers).

Vitamin E in small doses (100 IU [one hundred IU, VERY IMPORTANT YOU LOOK AT THE UNITS] ... THE *SMALLER* THE BETTER). I've had really good results taking one a day in areas as delicate as the brain and/or heart. Just be sure to consult with the doctor if Vitamin E is ok to take since your friend is on a blood thinner.

Hope that helps!

Posted by Jewel
Vancouver, Bc
Unfortunately, for us Canadians, just last year (2013), Nattokinase was removed from the shelves in Canada by Health Canada. If you're looking for Nattokinase you'll have to go to or order from the U.S.

Posted by Nsingh11 (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada) on 06/01/2012

Hello there, I am a 20 year old male who was diagonosed with an DVT in 2010 left leg, and this year in January had another clot only in my right leg. The doctors dont know why its happening they have just put me on Couamdian however, doing recent search about the possible reasons for it I came across several factors such as Obesity, High Estrogen level, Exessive B12 and Folic Acid Content, and Omega 6 fatty acids, and prolonged sitting both times. All of these factor I can assoicate with because my weight is currently high, doctor said I might have high estrogen levels, when I had the second clot I was supplementing with B12 and the essentail fatty acids I have been taking for a while through the use of health oils such as Olive oil. I dont know why these clots are happening but these indicators provide leverage to my conclusion. Since this recently happened because in the past year or so I rationalized my diet to include many supplements such as protien powder, multivaitmins and calcium vitamins and essentail fatty acids; more poluty products such as ground beef steaks, Fish, Chicken, and Eggs.

However, I keep informing the doctors of the diet modifications playing a factor but they wont listen and just insist for me to take Warfrin for the rest of my life. This reccomendation does not make sense I am 20 years old and I always excercise with heavy lifting weights and all of sudden I get clots why didnt it happen before why did it happen when I was sitting for a prolonged period of time what caused it? These inicidents have lead me to have to give up many of my aspirations and sporting acitivites beaucse of the harm it has with bleeding. If you guys could help me out with something any answers, maybe I can find a way to fix this matter since it has been detrimental to my life. I know there is a way to fix this but I dont know where to start. I need some advice please- if you can help I would be very greatful. Thanks

Posted by Carly
Seattle, Wa - Usa
Hi Singh. I would suggest to you that you do a web search on the phrase "serrapeptase and blood clots".

Serrapeptase is a natural enzyme that is pretty amazing. I remember reading something about it keeping blood from forming clots. Please read about it. :)

Good luck to you, Carly

Posted by Andy
Ny, Us
Warfarin = rat poison (wikipedia). Check out "People's Pharmacy" for an alert. Type in "natural anticoagulant" and "natural blood thinners" into your internet search. Garlic and cayenne are said to act as a natural roto-router for veins and arteries, thinning the blood and dissolving clots. Heart healthy/stroke preventative. Read Dick Quinn's "Left for Dead". Healthier to take a vitamin E and/or a garlic supplement every day than a known rat poison (or any other prescribed blood thinner). Research. Good luck.
Posted by Timh
Louisville, Ky, Usa
1295 Posts
Nsingh11, try some detoxification protocols to insure your body is "clean". "Clean" means no heavy metals, no zenobiotics, no parasites, and no infections. Protocols are on this site; rotate one to the other. Also consider the brand of supplements you take. It's always best to take supplements not manufactured by pharmaceutical companies, but rather heath food companies.

Conventional medical doctors are not trained to treat your health, they are trained to treat your diseases; which means your health is your responsibility and your coming to E. C. is a very good first step.

Good luck and report changes.

Posted by Maria
Gippsland, Australia
211 Posts
Hi Nsingh11, It would pay to have your iron levels checked, that is your saturation level and also your ferritin levels. You may have excess iron especially as it is in breakfast cereals, breads, other foods and supplements including body building.

Cayenne is definitely worth your time to research it and it's benefits, even in first aide use for strokes. I did and now I wouldn't be without it.

Posted by Heather
Hi, Dr Wallace in his book Dead Doctors Don't Lie states that blood clots are a symptom of copper deficiency - so you could consider a copper supplement. You could check this out with a hair analysis ( as long as you don't have chlorine on your hair as I've read this can throw out the reading for copper). Sometimes blood clots are indicative of more serious degenerative diseases.

Posted by Sheila (San Diego, Ca) on 12/07/2011

I've had a very small blood clot, dk brown-black in color, on the left side of my mouth's mucous membrane, where my canines meet. It's been there for many, many, many years. One dentist wanted to remove it, and other dentists don't bother me if I tell them that it hasn't changed in size nor is it painful.

BUT, on occasion when I'm eating I accidentally have bitten down on it causing a bit of discomfort or pain.

What kind of remedies would affect it, make it disappear or lessen? I'd rather try to dissolve it without any kind of incision or surgical removal done.

I thought it would disappear over the years, but maybe because it's just underneath the surface of the membrane that it has stayed the same.

Posted by Helpyourself
Houston, Texas
31 Posts
Here is what I do: drink 20 drops of Tabasco in 4 oz or so of water. At night - gargle with half of a glass of water as hot as I can stand it, next day gargle with Tabasco recipe and spit out, that night gargle with hot water again. I do this for about 3 or 4 days. I drink Tabasco recipe twice per month or when needed. It's like a rotor rooter - cleans your mouth, body and spirit! Good Luck!
Posted by Courtney
Granite Bay, Ca
I had the same thing years ago. I sterilized a needle, and gently inserted the tip at an angle (so that you're not actually poking, but rather, pulling a small piece of its membrane off).

It bled itself empty. I rinsed with salt water afterwards, and I haven't seen it since! :)

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