Deep vein thrombosis

Deep vein thrombosis from the point of view of Ayurveda

If blood moves too slowly through your veins, it can cause a clump of blood cells. Deep vein thrombosis is caused by a blood clot in a deep vein. Symptoms may include swelling, pain, enlarged veins, often in the legs. Risk factors include immobility, hormone therapy, and pregnancy. Deep vein thrombosis is most likely to happen in the lower legs, thighs, or pelvis, but it can occur in other parts of the body. From the Ayurvedic view, deep vein thrombosis can be correlated with siragrandhi and vatharaktham. It is caused due to the imbalance in Vata and Pitta doshas, and rakta dhatu (blood tissue).

How Ayurvedic doctors treat Deep vein thrombosis

The treatment could include internal medicines and external therapies like lepanam, abhyangam, medicated dhara, leech therapy, virechana and vasthi.
 
Ayurvedic treatment of deep vein thrombosis involves anticoagulation methods to reduce the size of imbalance of doshas. Kashya Dhara is an Ayurvedic treatment that cleanses the blood and improves blood circulation, using herbal decoction. This is a process in which the body is steamed by rhythmically pouring a warm decoction of special herbs from a special vessel onto the body from a certain height and rubbing this decoction into the body.
 
According to Ayurveda, various Ayurvedic panchakarma procedures and internal medicines have provided promising results in deep vein thrombosis treatment especially in reducing the swelling.
 
The combination of specific natural products and Ayurvedic therapies is prescribed in consultation with an Ayurvedic practitioner.
 
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More tips for prevention and Ayurvedic treatment of Deep vein thrombosis:

  • Avoid alcohol and tobacco
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Exercise regularly to improve the proper blood circulation and health of blood vessels
  • Don’t wear tight clothing when traveling long distances
  • Don’t sit for too long
  • Include herbs like garlic, ginger and turmeric in your diet. They have powerful anti-inflammatory, blood thinning and antimicrobial properties

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