Natural Remedies to Help Alleviate Deep Vein Thrombosis
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a painful condition caused by blood clots. Here are some natural remedies that may alleviate DVT.
Your legs have the toughest time, in terms of circulation, out of the rest of your body. Blood has to work against gravity when traveling from your legs back up to your heart. Remember that veins are responsible for carrying blood back to the heart, and they don't have muscles to power them (unlike arteries). That means they rely solely on the remaining forceful push of arteries or the force of gravity to move blood through.
You see this can be problematic because gravity actually works against your legs' veins. Fortunately, veins have valves that close when blood moves the wrong way. Moving your legs also helps their veins move blood through because your muscles apply an extra push with each movement.
But when you don't move your legs for a long time, like when on an airplane or if you're bedridden, then blood clots are more likely to form in the larger leg veins because blood moves slower from the inactivity. These clots can cause a condition called deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
DVT is more likely to develop if you're pregnant, overweight, obese, on birth control pills, and if you smoke. Other risk factors include being over 60 years of age, having some forms of cancer, and other conditions (like Inflammatory Bowel Disease and blood-clotting disorders).
The Mayo Clinic says DVT can be asymptomatic – you won't even know it's happening because nothing will seem wrong. But some people with DVT can experience leg swelling and pain – and if a clot migrates to another part of the body, like the lungs, it can cause a pulmonary embolism, which is when the clot blocks blood flow from the lungs to the heart.
If you regularly develop DVT, but suddenly experience chest pain, shortness of breath, lightheadedness, or blood in your cough, see your doctor immediately. These are all signs of a pulmonary embolism, and if left untreated, can be fatal!
Doctors may treat DVT by prescribing medications that block your blood's ability to clot, like Eliquis. But these kinds of medications have side effects, like bronchitis, eye hemorrhaging, wound hemorrhaging, dizziness with headaches, edema, and upset stomach.
Try natural remedies for DVT that are holistically healthy for your whole body first. If these seem to keep DVT at bay, and if your doctor gives clearance, then you won't need to take DVT meds that pose risks:
Exercise. Since one main cause of DVT is being sedentary, you can counteract that by exercising intermittently throughout the day. Exercising also improves your heart health and lengthens your life.
MIND diet. Once again the MIND diet shows a new benefit – this time it's for DVT. Researchers found that rats with thrombosis had their symptoms and damage significantly delayed when fed extra virgin olive oil. If you suffer from DVT, going on the MIND diet can help you manage your symptoms.
Remember that DVT can be serious, it's best to be aware of the condition and its symptoms so you can catch it early. Try these DVT remedies with your doctor's approval before getting on prescription meds with side effects.