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The whole truth about the "blood clots" hirudotherapy and aspirin

Thick blood  is an alarming symptom, which is the result of certain disorders in the body, and is a harbinger of some diseases. To normalize the blood will help  correct balanced diet. What to eat when suffering from  the thick blood? What to do if blood is thick? Answers to these questions you will find in this article.

Blood is one of the basic biological fluid in the human body, human health depends on its composition, viscosity and consistency. Today, more and more often you can hear that the blood is too thick, i.e. its viscosity has increased, the evidenced of it is the increased rate called D-dimer. Why does such a thing occurs? What is the danger? Is it possible to normalize blood viscosity, changing your diet?

Thick blood: the causes of this phenomenon

Blood may have increased viscosity, for several reasons, compromised liver function, leading to increased plasma viscosity is one of them. Other reason causing "thickening" of blood is a change in the cell membranes of blood cells (red cells, platelets), which causes the "bonding" of cells.

Thick blood is much worse moving through the vessels, creates an additional burden on the heart, increasing the risk of blood clots in blood vessels. Often on the density of the blood the body responds with increased production of hemoglobin, it is therefore not uncommon combination of increased hemoglobin and increased rates of D-dimer.

Thick blood: what to do?

Very often the answer for the question: "What should I do if the blood is thick?" is : "thins" ... However, there is no term "blood thinning" and the reduction of viscosity degree will have a bad influence on blood coagulation. The proper response is to "normalize blood viscosity", i.e. bring it to the physiological norm, so that the viscosity becomes smaller, and blood clotting is not affected.

To restore normal blood consistency, it is necessary, first of all, stick to a balanced diet and an optimum drinking regime.  It is necessary to drink at least 30 ml of water per 1 kg of body weight during a day. If you use plain water instead of fruit drinks, tea, juice  thenthe amount of fluid intake should be increased.

Nutrition for thick blood

With regard to nutrition, it should be as well-balanced in all respects (proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals). The blood becomes thicker with a lack of protein and amino acids, so the diet must include  meat (lean turkey or chicken), fish (sea), dairy products and eggs. Especially the most valuable amino acid is taurine, so it is important to use those products where taurine is found in large quantities (seafood) or vitamin complexes with taurine.

An equally important component of the diet is fat. Fatty acids are an important components of the lipid membrane of blood cells. The normalization of erythrocyte membranes and platelets will prevent "bonding" of cells. One of the most important substance is an omega-3, it is included in several varieties of sea fish, and is also found in olive, linseed oil.

In addition to a balanced diet, you also need to eat foods that contain substances that promote blood thinning. These products include: ginger, onion, garlic, almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds, aloe juice, beets, chocolate (bitter). It is important to observe also the vitamin balance, it is proved that an overabundance of vitamin C and K helps blood to clot. Also this contributes to a lack of vitamin E. It is therefore important to balance the ratio of vitamins in the diet. Vitamins C and K must come in moderate quantities  (no more than the daily requirement).

To normalize the consistency of the blood foods that can contribute to the thickening of the blood should be excluded from the diet. They are : bananas, buckwheat, chokeberry (aronia), nettle, white cabbage.

One should also be aware that there are physiological conditions when the D-dimer becomes increased. For example, pregnancy, from the earliest stages of pregnancy, D-dimer is constantly increasing and by the end of pregnancy may exceed the initial level  3-4 times.

One can try using the healing properties of plants for blood thinning.. You can use the  yellow sweat clover , collected in the flowering period, and then dried. And if you mix it with other herbs, that thin the blood, the result could surpass all expectations. Thus, equally possible to take:

  • Flowers of red clover;
  • Grass of ulmaria meadowsweet;
  • Fruits of red hawthorn;
  • Rhizome of common valerian.

To this collection add yellow sweat clover lemon balm and French willow. Mix everything and take to brew 2 teaspoons of 350 - 400 ml of boiling water. The resulting mixture is necessary to maintain on a water bath and drink throughout the day.

The beneficial effects on blood vessels and the speed movement of the blood has the bark of willow (1 tablespoon chopped branches and bark infused on 500 ml of boiling water in a thermos), which is taken in the morning and evening for 200 - 250 ml. Flowers chestnut (1 teaspoon boiled fifteen minutes in a glass of water), which are taken in a glass before bedtime, it is also considered a good way to thin the blood.

Give up smoking and alcohol !!!

They significantly increase the viscosity of the blood.

Attention! Diuretics, hormonal contraceptives and drugs, as well as Viagra  thicken the blood.

"Blood clots" is a concept that is used by people far removed from medical terminology. Next, we call the problem by its name - polycythemia. Polycythemia is the phenomenon that increases the number of red blood cells in the peripheral blood, combined with an increase in the concentration of hemoglobin, hematocrit, and red blood cells circulating mass above the normal age and physiological values. Now you're talking to a doctor in the same language. Here are the parameters that can help to suspect or diagnos you or your family members suffering from polycythemia.

Erythrocytosis laboratory signs are: an increase in the number of red blood cells in the peripheral blood of above 5.0 × 10 12 / L for women and more than 5.5 × 10 12 / L  for men, hemoglobin concentration above 164g / l for women and 172g / l for men, circulating erythrocyte mass index higher than 32mg / kg for women and more than 36mg / kg for males, the hematocrit above respectively 0.47 and 0.48.

One of the most effective and reliable means of treatment of th  problem with erythrocytosis remains hirudotherapy. Hirudotherapy isa treatment with  medical leeches. The special properties of leeches attributed in ancient times. The mention of this method of treatment relates to the XIV century. Hirudotherapy treated a range of serious illnesses. In modern medicine, hirudotherapy remains relevant method of treatment, moreover in most developed countries. Please note, we are not talking about the leech that lives in the pond, but the pedigreed  medicinal leech. Medicinal leeches are bred in the biological farms in conditions of absolute sterility. Leech is used once, after the treatment it is destroy. 
In the salivary glands of the leech is hirudin, which is the composition of biological substances resembles the periodic table. The effect of the treatment of medical leeches is quite versatile. A principle of operation is quite simple, having stuck, leech provokes normal bleeding, thereby eliminating venous stasis and increasing blood flow to the desired area of the body, contributing to the outflow of lymph. At the same time with the vinegar in the body begin to enter the active compounds that may have an anti-inflammatory, anticoagulant, analgesic and immunomodulatory effect overall. As a result, thanks to the effects and curative properties decreases the likelihood of thrombosis, improves blood circulation and swelling go away.

In the salivary glands of leeches are found biologically active substances.  These complex substances have a therapeutic effect on the human body. According to the aftereffect  the salivary glands of leeches contain substances that can be divided into three groups. The groups are divided by the characteristics that are revealed in the course of treatment. So the first group are the enzymes contained in the saliva of leeches, they have hypotensive effects and improve the flow of lymph. The second group of enzymes with anti-ischemic and anti-atherosclerotic effect, they act directly on the walls of blood vessels. The third group has a complex effect on the immune system of the patient, as well as its pathogenic microflora thus exerting a bacteriostatic and antiinflammatory effect.

The chemical composition of the saliva of leeches includes such functional and effective for the recovery of the body's substance as orgelaza, hirudin, destabilase, dekorzin, eglin, antistazin, kalin. Subsequently, were created numerous medications, ointments, gels, containing the medicinal properties of saliva based on these substances.

The effectiveness of a hirudotherapy method is proved by time, leech therapy because of its typical combination  of action mechanisms produces the following effects on the human body:

  • anticoagulation (decrease of blood clotting)
  • antihypoxia (improving blood supply to tissues and organs of oxygen)
  • draining
  • hypotensive (normotensive)
  • decongestant
  • general reflectory
  • bacteriostatic
  • analgesic
  • immunostimulating
  • lipolytic (fat splitting)
  • improves the rheological properties of blood, reducing the risk of thrombosis
  • generally improves microcirculation
  • normalizes the process of oxidation in the inflammation tissue, reducing the content of toxinsand free radicals
  • contributes to the restoration of neuromuscular transmission of impulses, as well as restoration of vascular permeability

Hirudotherapy is indispensable in the treatment of various diseases, they include:

  • neurological pathology (radiculitis, neuritis, headache and dizziness, osteohondrosis, myositis, pain syndrome, cerebrovascular disease, discirculatory encephalopathy)
  • dermatology (psoriasis, acne, eczema, neurodermatitis)
  • endocrinology (thyroid disease, diabetes, obesity)
  • cardiovascular diseases (coronary heart disease, hypertension, atherosclerosis)
  • diseases of the ear, nose and throat (genyantritis , sinusitis, pharyngitis)
  • respiratory diseases (asthma, chronic bronchitis)
  • limbs varicose disease, including trophic ulcer
  • urology (prostatitis, renal failure, pyelonephritis, urolithiasis, prostate adenoma, glomerulonephritis)
  • gynecology (menstrual disorders, cystic changes of ovaries, inflammatory disease of the uterus, etc.)

Moreover girudoterapiya successfully struggling with depressive syndrome, as well as a variety of cosmetic defects such as cellulite, wrinkles, and generally improves the complexion and overall skin condition.


The origin of aspirin

Back in 1897, a young German chemist Felix Hoffmann, worried about his father's illness, which for many years was tormented by debilitating joint pain, invented especially for him an effective pain reliever.

The drug was so effective that the pharmaceutical company "Bayer" bought all the rights to it, and, until 1918, used the word Aspirin as its own brand.

Over the 117 years of its existence, this drug has gained wide international fame.

Everyone from residents of cities to the Eskimos of distant tundra are familiar with aspirin tablets. The description of its medicinal properties, is found in the works of Thomas Mann and other well-known writers of the twentieth century.


Acetylsalicylic acid - Aspirin analogue

In Russia, aspirin appeared at the beginning of the XX century. This medicine was used  at the royal court too. Grigory Rasputin,  understood the mechanisms of aspirin effect.. In the USSR, aspirin was called acetylsalicylic acid, from the Latin «salix albe», which means white willow.Healing properties of willow were described by Hippocrates. Willow bark contains large amounts of salicin - the main substance contained in the drug. Currently the official name of the drug is "aspirin."

And yet, why is it "aspirin"?

Since the production of aspirin from white willow bark was  too expensive, another shrub began to use instead of willow - Spiraea. In our country, spirea is known more as a "meadowsweet". Aspirin - literally "made of a spiraea."

Interesting fact: modern scientists found that in ancient Greece  knew and used antipyretics and analgesics from white willow bark.

How does aspirin prevents cardiovascular events?

With the damage of vessels by atherosclerosis trombocytes can  settle at atherosclerosis  plaques launching system of thrombosis.

Even small doses of aspirin prevent platelets from sticking together, which does not allow thrombus to form and block blood flow in the artery,i.e. aspirin protects patients from the development of such terrible diseases such as myocardial infarction and stroke.


Myths and legends about aspirin

Very often it deals with patients who believe they have thick blood, and ask them to appoint an aspirin.

Most often, such an opinion is formed by paramedics (I was taken blood from a vein, and was said that it is thick), often the patient himself comes to this conclusion after seeing how quickly stops bleeding from small cuts.

The fact is that it is impossible to estimate blood viscosity at the eye, and both  foregoing statements are not more than an error.

Moreover, aspirin, strictly speaking, does not affect the viscosity of the blood, it affects  thrombocytes , and they start the process of thrombus formation, only in case of vessels endothelium integrity violation.

In case of atherosclerosis, thrombus formation process is started due to rupture of the plaque, which is "perceived" by thrombocyte as  damage of the vessel integrity.

Finally, beauty recipes from Hollywood.

Renewing -peeling-mask

5 tabletes of aspirin are well crushed, add 3 . tablespoons of honey, 
a teaspoon of sugar, 3 . tablespoons of cosmetic clay, 
a tablespoon of salt and 5 drops of lavender oil.

Mix well..Put at clean face for 20 minutes, until completely drying.If  skin is oily, you should wash off the mask with soap and water. If a dry skin, wash with  warm water. When washing it is advisable to use a soft washcloth or sponge.

It is interesting!!!!!!

American psychology professor WaterMichel, famous for "Stanford marshmallow test", scientific experiment  proposed to treate unhappy love with aspirin and sweets.

Psychologist believes that spiritual experiences cause the same pain as well as physical illness, and aspirin can relieve suffering. "When you look at a photo of man who broke your heart, is activated the same area of the brain that is activated when you suffer physical injuries." Moreover, research has shown: painkillers are actually more effective at "treating"  love injury, than placebo.

Recall that recently, scientists from the University of Birmingham (UK) found: "broken heart" is not just a metaphor: bitter grief causes a very serious blow to the immune system, which could fatally undermine human health.


Cardiologist Romanovskaja I.I.