Natural home remedies for Phlebitis

As usual, “itis” refers to inflammation; in this case—-phlebitis, or thrombophlebitis, is inflammation of the veins. This post deals with superficial phlebitis; clots form near the surface of the skin. See Thrombophlebitis for the kind of affliction that includes clotting dangers deep inside muscles.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

  • Itching
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness along veins
  • Throbbing
  • Warmth and tenderness along a vein

RISK FACTORS

  • Birth control pills
  • Hormone Replacement
  • Injuries to your limbs
  • Lack of exercise
  • Long periods of sitting
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Smoking
  • Some medical conditions

ALLOPATHIC TREATMENT

  • Anti-coagulants
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Leg compression stockings
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Recommendation for regular exercise

SELF TREATMENT

DIET

A healthy immune system is always the first line of defense against disease and inflammation. To promote a healthy immune system, it is important to eat a balanced diet, with as much variety as you can manage, with lots of whole, fresh vegetables and fruits, quality protein and healthy sources of monounsaturated fat. The Zone is an excellent nutrition plan.

FOODS THAT MAY PROMOTE HEALING

  • Anti-inflammatory foods
  • Bone broth
  • Fiber-rich foods
  • Foods with salicylates

FOODS AND OTHER SUBSTANCES TO REDUCE OR ELIMINATE

  • Alcohol
  • Black coffee
  • Black tea
  • Inflammatory foods
  • Smoking

HERBS AND SPICES

  • Aloe Vera
  • Boswellia
  • Cassia
  • Cat’s Claw
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Chile pepper
  • Cinnamon
  • Danshen
  • Feverfew
  • Frankincense
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Ginkgo Biloba
  • Ginseng
  • Gotu kola
  • Green tea
  • Kangen Karyu
  • Licorice
  • Sesame oil (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3813153/)
  • Turmeric
  • White clove
  • White willow bark

ESSENTIAL OILS

Essential oils can be administered via a diffuser for inhalation, administered topically in a carrier oil (coconut, almond, olive, etc.), or undiluted drops can be added to a hot bath or compress. For superficial phlebitis, you can rub the diluted oils on your skin, gently. Always move your hands toward your core. Find recipes for blends on the web or create your own.

  • Chamomile
  • Clary sage
  • Cypress
  • Frankincense
  • Geranium
  • Helichrysum
  • Lemon
  • Lemon eucalyptus
  • Lemongrass

OTHER SUBSTANCES AND SUPPLEMENTS

The cost of having a blood test to determine if you have nutritional deficiencies is likely to be negligible compared to over-consuming expensive supplements that you do not need.

  • B vitamins
  • Horse chestnut in 300 mg capsules, twice a day
  • Omega-3’s
  • Resveratrol
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Zinc

HYDRATION

Dehydration may cause blood to thicken and clot. Water is essential and a main nutrient for the human body. Without it, you cannot survive for many days. Staying hydrated is fundamental for a healthy body, so how much is enough? There are so many differences in people (i.e., how much we sweat), as well as the diets we consume (a lot of water comes from healthy, whole foods), but a general rule is to consume enough water that your urine is clear, but not so much that you dilute your nutrients. If you are taking certain supplements that make your urine yellow, then you can start out with the formula of drinking ½ to one ounce of water for each pound you weigh. If you weigh 130 pounds, drink 65 to 130 ounces of water a day. Definitely drink when you are thirsty.

EXERCISE

Exercise is crucial for avoiding phlebitis. As noted, it is dangerous to sit or lie still for very long periods at a time. That exercise is beneficial for overall health is undisputed. If you are ill, you will want to take it easy, of course, but there is always something you can do to support your body. Do what you can without making yourself feel worse. Exercise in fresh air whenever possible.

SLEEP

Studies show that lack of quality sleep affects the production of disease-fighting antibodies, thereby affecting inflammation, carbohydrate metabolism, cholesterol metabolism, and appetite. If you wake in the morning after 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep feeling unrested, you aren’t getting enough sleep or you have an underlying health condition.

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT

Stay calm. Anxiety undermines health. Practice relaxation exercises, talk to a friend, meditate. Do what works for you to stay mellow. Some of the following relaxation methods may be helpful for you:

OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO

  • Apply heat.
  • Elevate your legs several inches above the heart or support and raise your arms on cushions.
  • If you are on a road trip, stop frequently to get a little exercise.
  • If you are traveling on a long flight, take frequent walks in the aisle, stay hydrated and wear loose clothing to prevent swelling. Try doing some exercises while sitting, like flexing your muscles.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Wear support stockings

ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES

  • Acupressure (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jajaMeiFEu4)
  • Acupuncture
  • Chinese Medicine (https://www.americandragon.com/conditions/Phlebitis.html)
  • Earthing reduces inflammation
  • Homeopathy (http://www.homeopathyguide.net/pathologies/phlebitis/)
  • SCIO
  • Watercure (https://www.watercures.org/I)

CAUTIONS

  • If you have a fever, visit your doctor to rule out infection.
  • If you have a history of clotting, avoid contraceptive pills.
  • Visit your doctor if you have swelling, redness and pain.

PREVENTION

  • A wholesome, balanced diet
  • Adequate hydration
  • Regular exercise
  • Low stress levels
  • Quality sleep

 

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