The blood naturally clots together when you are injured. This is necessary to stop the bleeding and to heal the wound. However, sometimes blood can clot together in a way that they obstruct veins and arteries. This interrupts blood flow and can be dangerous. Blood clots can also form as a result of atherosclerosis, or the buildup of plaque in the arteries. Blood clots are evident by different symptoms, depending on where they are in the body. Sharp and sudden pain is common, as well as seizure and speech impairment if the blood clot disrupts blood flow to the brain. It’s important to see your doctor as soon as possible if you suspect you have a blood clot.
Get active. Regular aerobic exercise can dissolve blood clots, according to a study that was presented to the American Heart Association in 2003. The participants in the study walked for 45 minutes per day, 5 days per week, for about 3 months.
Try taking nattokinase, one capsule in the morning, one in the afternoon and two before bed. Nattokinase is an enzyme supplement derived from natto, which is a fermented soy product. Nattokinase can not only dissolve blood clots, it can also prevent new ones from forming.
Take an omega-3 supplement daily. Omega-3s can help prevent your blood from forming clots and stave off heart disease and heart attacks. Evening primrose oil is one supplement that offers omega-3s.
Add some garlic and turmeric to your daily diet. They may help the circulation. Use turmeric and garlic in dishes such as soup, chili, curry dishes or even scrambled eggs.
Lower your risk factors for developing dangerous blood clots by lowering your blood pressure. If you smoke, quit. Decrease the fat in your diet as well as the salt intake. Aim for less than 1,500 mg of salt per day.
Try using these alternative treatment options in conjunction with traditional treatments.
Check with your doctor before using any herbal supplements to be sure that they will not cause interactions with your medications.