Recently my dad broke his leg and blood clots from the bone developed and landed in his lungs. He's okay, but this is going to affect his quality of life.
I was wondering if anyone knew of an herb or food that is well-known (I don't want him to go on a wild goose-chase) for dissolving blood clots?
I know of nattokinase, but he's unable to take that while on the warfarin (blood thinners). Do you know of anything else?
Thank you for your help!
He used Pinapple juice, and ate lots of Apples (which we heard were useful and 'mainstream' enough for me to convince him to eat). Plus a slight increase in garlic on his pasta.
Garlic is great for many things, but we had read multiple sources stating that it pairs badly with SOME bloodthinners, so do your research. also,
Ginko is a blood-thinner, so probably avoid that as well?
I remembered him using Ginko Biloba not too long before the break, so warned him not too for now. Luckily he wasn't back on it.
I just researched the pineapple and apples too. Thank you so much!!!
I wonder if he'd be up for eating earthworms....?
I can't help with clot dissolving suggestions, I will offer looking into supporting his system (especially immune) Dandelion and Oatstraw...Astragalus (perhaps?)
Unfortunately, he might have to nix the dandelion for now. He needs to stay away from foods with vitamin K for the moment. But I'll look into the others for sure.
They tell you to stay away from vitamin K (which does the opposite of what it does naturally when combined with coumadin.) They really mean it when they say stay away from green tea. A normal pt/inr is between 2 and 3. One cup of green tea made it a 5. One cup.
it takes about 3 days to work. The pill a person takes today doesn't kick in for 72 hours. That makes it dangerous if the blood gets too thin because they have to fight it in either telemetry or icu. Heparin works immediately. That's why a person will get that for the first 3 days until the first dose of warfarin kicks in.
If you really want to help your dad - find a doc or pharmacist that knows their shit or have an herbal consultation with an herbalist you respect. A lot of them will do phone or skype consults.
This drug is way too dangerous for home medicating.
There are some things that Western Medicine is very good at. This is one of them, imo.
Yes, I agree, the Western Docs are doing a good job with him.
His being on warfarin is only supposed to last for a few months. I suspect this has more to do with being a precaution for time it takes for his break to heal to a point where the threat of more blood clots won't be an issue. The clots were created from a trauma not issues with his system.
He has been on it for a few weeks now, and is now just needing to go in to have it tested once every few weeks to a month. His numbers are good, although it fell at one point, because he ate something he shouldn't have - he learnt his lesson. So, yeah, he's well past the point of getting it to work.
Warfarin, though, does not dissolve clots, it just prevents them from forming, which clearly you know, but someone else here might not.
I'll head the warning about herbalism, thank you. The foods he is allowed to eat that can help, though, I think it's worth a a try.
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