Deep vein thrombosis can be a serious condition. With the threat of a clot potentially travelling to a critical organ, many will try anything they can to avoid it. While few of the following DVT natural treatments shouldn’t be considered replacements for medical advice from a doctor, it’s common for people to turn to these natural remedies for DVT.
Anything that is an anticoagulant can help stave off DVT. Taking extra vitamin E may reduce the risk of clots thanks to its antiplatelet, anticoagulant properties. You’ll find vitamin E in foods like avocado, walnuts, almonds, and sunflower seeds. Keep in mind, while there’s nothing wrong with extra vitamin E, these are not guaranteed to work.
Increasing circulation also helps fight clots. None of these can be considered a replacement for actual blood thinners, but the following foods are believed to help increase circulation and sometimes have anticoagulant properties: turmeric, cayenne pepper, apple cider vinegar, and garlic.
Compression therapy is another popular deep vein thrombosis natural treatment choice—one which can even count as doctor recommended. However, for serious stockings, you’ll want to get a doctor’s recommendation on what pressure would be the best for you to wear.
If your doctor has prescribed you with any blood thinners, watch your vitamin K intake carefully—you’ll want to avoid fluctuations in it or it will mess with warfarin, a major drug in blood thinners. If you’re worried you’re getting too much vitamin K in your food though, try taking some ginger. Ginger itself is an antiplatelet. As usual, you will want to double-check with a doctor before making any major change to your diet, especially if you’re on blood thinners.
Always Stay Active!
Whether you’re trying to prevent blood clots or are trying to stop them from getting worse, staying active is always recommended. Moving your legs, particularly working your calves, is good for blood flow. It also helps you stay a healthy weight, further decreasing your risks. And of course, there are plenty of other great benefits to working out, whether you’re afraid of DVT or not!
Remember: Doctor Knows Best
Sadly, with something as complicated as the circulatory system, there are no guarantee quick-fixes. Venous diseases such as DVT have complex causes, and may happen even if you are, for example, a swimmer who regularly eats cayenne, garlic, and walnuts.
So, if you think you’re at risk for DVT, have symptoms of DVT, or have questions about venous diseases, call us at 800-400-8346 and set up an appointment. We’ll help you identify your problems and recommend natural remedies for DVT as well as medical treatments that work. With over 25 years of experience and high rates of patient satisfaction, you’ll be glad you chose us.