see also Deep Vein Thrombosis
In normal circumstances blood only clots when blood vessels have been ruptured (see Bruising for brief description of clotting process). A thrombus is a blood clot which forms on the roughened or inflamed wall of a vein or artery; sluggish circulation and high blood lipid levels (see Atherosclerosis) encourage this to happen. As thrombus enlarges, blood flow through affected channel decreases and may be blocked altogether; if an artery in the heart or brain is affected, result will be coronary thrombosis or a Stroke. A blood clot, or fragments of a blood clot, can also be swept into general circulation and lodge in a distant blood vessel (embolism); if heart, brain, or lungs are affected the result will be a Heart Attack, a Stroke, or pulmonary embolism.
Thrombosis is conventionally treated with anticoagulants, which dissolve clots. Homeopathic treatment is constitutional; while seeking constitutional treatment the remedies below are recommended.
Specific remedies to be taken 4 times daily for up to 7 days
- Sluggish circulation, family or personal history of strokes or transient ischaemic attacks Bothrops 6c
- Where site of thrombosis has purplish appearance Lachesis 6c
Self-help: Take extra Vitamin B6 and C. Vitamin E is also recommended, but should be avoided if you are already taking anticoagulants. Eat oily fish (herring, mackerel) twice a week, and add garlic and fresh ginger to your cooking. Evening Primrose oil is also beneficial.