The curious collection of a slightly mad scientist
Below is a claim I found about natural blood thinners and inflammation reducers. How about a ginger, pineapple, turmeric, strawberry and apple cider vinegar drink!? There are several other natural things mentioned on other web sites including fish oil, vitamin E and garlic.
Used in Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years, the richly golden spice turmeric is hailed for it’s ability to reduce pain and inflammation. Recent studies have revealed that its pain-killing properties compare with those of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs; however, turmeric does not cause the internal bleeding and digestive upset or toxicity to the liver that is found in some cases of individuals taking NSAIDs.
Bromelain is an enzyme found in pineapples that also has anti-inflammatory properties and is especially helpful in reducing pain and stiffness associated with arthritis when taken on an empty stomach. Its action is enhanced when taken in combination with turmeric and ginger. Additionally, bromelain is a wonderful digestive enzyme when taken with meals and helps break down proteins, protecting against the formation of uric acid crystals, which are responsible for causing gout and certain types of kidney stones.
Ginger is one of the royal ancient spices of India, China and Japan whose action works to reduce inflammation of the joints and muscles as well as strengthening the immune system and reducing digestive upsets and vomiting. Ginger has been used medicinally for thousands of years and is most effective when used raw in a hot tea; however, it is also helpful when taken in powdered supplements.
A favorite spice for many people — and a popular healing agent around the world — garlic is not only a potent anti-inflammatory herb, but has proven antimicrobial, antifungal and antiviral properties. Eating garlic raw or lightly cooked, or making garlic tea are several of the most effective methods for its medicinal use. Odorless, freeze-dried supplements are available for those who prefer to avoid the strong scent on their breath.
Simple, plain and life’s staple, water is perhaps one of the best blood thinners available. Allowing yourself to become dehydrated thickens the blood, causing it to clump together and form clots. Drinking enough clear, clean water each day helps keep the blood running smoothly through your circulatory and cardiovascular system, maintaining good health. The ideal daily intake for each individual is 1/2 ounce of water for each pound of body weight; in other words, if you weight 150 pounds, you should ideally drink 75 ounces of water daily.
All of these substances have the power to thin the blood. There are other foods as well, such as vitamins B-6, D and E, omega-3 fatty acids, apple cider vinegar and strawberries that act as blood-thinning agents; and when used judiciously under the supervision of your health practitioner, may keep you healthy longer, prevent strokes and blood clots and help keep you off drugs and out of the hospital. …
There are also a number of herbs. Just this morning while browsing web sites I found myself scoffing at what seemed to me to be “witch doctor superstitious baloney,” a Chinese herb that supposedly “removes blood stagnation.” When I read that, I thought blood stagnation was absurd and meaningless. Blood is always circulating and while it can pool if you are bedridden and don’t move or if you are bruised, simple body movement keeps blood from “stagnating” and bruises heal with ice (in a towel on and off for about 15 minutes at a time for the first 24 hours).
As I try to walk a mile in Chinese shoes tonight, however, I started wondering if “Tien chee” is actually a blood thinner, not a blood stagnation remover. Tien chee is also called tian q, tian san qi, jin bu huan, han san qi, tian qi, and shen san qi and Pseudo Ginseng. – link
China’s most famous herbalist, Li Chih Shen, said that “Tien Chi is more valuable than gold.” Since ancient times Tien Chi has been taught as a premier life preserver and general tonic – used for strengthening the primary energy. It has long been recognized as one of China’s best herbal energy boosting tonics, and has been used to improve circulation. Like Panax ginseng, a tremendous amount of scientific research has been done on this amazing Chinese herb. Tien Chi is effective in maintaining normal body weight, helps one withstand stress and prevents fatigue.
The most astounding and significant research findings, however, revolve around Tien Chi’s ability to positively affect the heart and its tributaries. Chinese research indicates that Tien Chi increases circulation in the coronary artery (the artery that supplies the heart itself with blood) and increases the consumption of oxygen in the middle muscular layer of the heart. This has led to the finding that Tien Chi can prevent insufficiency caused by stagnation of blood in the heart. Research further indicates that Tien Chi can relieve chest pain and/or the feeling of oppression in the chest due to angina pectoris induced by coronary insufficiency. Tien Chi has also been found to arrest both internal and external bleeding, while being able to disperse blood clots. Tien Chi has been distributed to members of the armed forces of several Asian countries to be used in case of injury.
Tien Chi has further been demonstrated to significantly reduce the cholesterol levels in the blood and coating the arteries. Research has also confirmed the ancient precaution that Tien Chi should not be used during pregnancy. Tien Chi has the capacity to cause the expulsion of blood clots lodged anywhere in the system. It has been found that Tien Chi treats an embryo as a blood clot, and can therefore result in abortion – link Cautions Use: Allergic reaction: face and eyes becomes red and swollen. Numbness in the limbs, dizziness, heaviness in the chest, palpitation, sweating, nausea, arrhythmia. – link
Wikipedia has the scientific name along with even more names for this plant. Careful, there have been some bad allergic reactions. Watch for heart problems, numbness, itching, little blisters all over the body, eye bleeding, nausea, shortness of breath and skin rashes all of which have been confirmed according to this site.
Panax notoginseng is a species of the genus Panax. The scientific names for the plant commonly used are either Panax notoginseng or Panax pseudoginseng, and is most commonly referred to as notoginseng. The herb is also referred to as pseudoginseng, and in Chinese it is called 田七 (Tiánqī), Tienchi ginseng, san qi or sanchi, three-seven root, and mountain paint. Notoginseng belongs to the same scientific genus as Asian ginseng. In Latin, the word panax means “cure-all”, and the family of ginseng plants is one of the most well-known herbs. Panax pseudoginseng is not an adaptogen like the better known Panax species, but it is famous as a hemostatic herb that both invigorates and builds blood.
Notoginseng grows naturally in China and Japan. The herb is a perennial with dark green leaves branching from a stem with a red cluster of berries in the middle. It is both cultivated and gathered from wild forests, with wild plants being the most valuable. The Chinese refer to it as “three-seven root” because the plant has three branches with seven leaves each. It is also said that the root should be harvested between three and seven years after planting it. …
A study done on rats reported in Pharmacotherapy showed that bleeding time was reduced to half. Michael White, Pharm.D., of Hartford Hospital in Connecticut, tested the effectiveness of notoginseng on external bleeding. He and his colleagues separated the notoginseng components that could be dissolved in water, alcohol, or oil and applied them to cut rat tails: saponins in the alcohol-soluble notoginseng component decreased bleeding time by 52 percent Other studies show cardiovascular healing and protection against cancer.
-  Paul CHAN, G Neil THOMAS, Brian TOMLINSON. Protective effects of trilinolein extracted from Panax notoginseng against cardiovascular diseaseActa Pharmacol Sin 2002 Dec; 23 (1 2): 1157 -1162
-  Hemorheological effects of panax notoginseng F. L.; W. L.; R. W. Biorheology, Volume 32, Number 2, March 1995, pp. 335-336(2)
-  Konoshima T, Takasaki M,and Tokuda H. Anti-carcinogenic activity of the roots of Panax notoginseng. Biol Pharm Bull. 1999 Oct;22(10):1150-2.
Getting enough sun may help too. Or get an infrared sauna if your climate is not on your side.