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Use of various herbs and supplements may affect and reduce hypercoagulation, platelet aggregation, and blood coagulation. Substances in your blood (called proteins) work with tiny particles (called platelets) to form the clot. Forming a clot is called "coagulation." Coagulation helps when you are injured because it slows blood loss. However, your blood shouldn't clot when it's just moving through your body. If blood clots inside your blood vessels, it's called "thrombosis" or "phlebitis." The tendency to clot too much is called "hypercoagulation," and it can be very dangerous.

Anticoagulants (blood thinners) are any agent that may be used to delay or prevent blood coagulation. Anticoagulants used for storing whole blood include anticoagulant citrate dextrose solution, anticoagulant citrate phosphate dextrose solution, anticoagulant heparin solution, and anticoagulant sodium citrate solution. "Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary," Copyright 2001 by F. A. Davis Co., Phil., PA

Some herbs and supplements considered to have blood thinning properties include:

  • angelica root, anise, arnica flower, asafoetida, bogbean, boldo,
  • Bromelain - Herbs with Anti-platelet properties.
  • capsicum, celery, chamomile,
  • clove - Herbs with Anti-platelet properties.
  • danshen, fenugreek, feverfew, fish oil,
  • garlic - It has been indicated that when essential garlic oil was mixed with blood samples from healthy individuals, cells were less likely to clump together (coagulate) in a laboratory setting. Although there had been no documented reports of any serious interaction effects when taking both Coumadin and garlic, studies had implied that a serious reaction might be possible.
  • ginger - Traditionally, ginger (Zingiber officinale) has been taken to curb motion sickness and arthritis. Today, it has been reported to reduce blood clotting.
  • ginkgo - Ginkgo leaf has been shown to decrease platelet aggregation. It is thought that the ginkgo constituent, ginkgolide B, displaces platelet-activating factor from its binding sites, decreasing blood coagulation (6048).
  • horse chestnut, horseradish, licorice,
  • meadowsweet - Herbs that may contain salicylates.
  • onion - Herbs with Anti-platelet properties.
  • panax ginseng, papain, passionflower,
  • poplar - Herbs that may contain salicylates.
  • prickly ash, quassia, red clover,
  • turmeric - Herbs with Anti-platelet properties.
  • vitamin E - At appropriate doses, vitamin E has been shown to have virtually the same pharmacological properties as Coumadin (crystalline warfarin sodium - a prescription anticoagulant). This means that appropriately high doses of Vitamin E may be substituted for Coumadin. Vitamin E may be considered safer than warfarin, the generic name of Coumadin. Increase the dose of Vitamin E over a period of weeks. Most people start with 200 IU daily, and eventually get to between 1,200 and 2,400 IU daily. Do it gradually, and here's a way to tell how it is working - Go in to see your doctor regularly, as you always do, and continue to have him check your protime with a blood test called the PT-INR (Pro Time - International Normalized Ratio), as he always does. If you get the protime numbers he wants, he may not care how you got them and they can be mainteaned safely. The more Vitamin E you take, the stronger the Coumadin's effect. You'll probably get to the point where your protime is too long, and your doctor may have to reduce the dosage of Coumadin."
  • wild carrot, wild lettuce,
  • willow bark - Herb that may contain salicylates,
  • and others.
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Anticoagulant & Antiplatlet drugs and Prescription Medications:
Administration of these drugs can increase the risk of bleeding (5,18). Some of these drugs include aspirin, dalteparin (Fragmin), enoxaparin (Lovenox), heparin, indomethacin (Indocin), ticlopidine (Ticlid), warfarin (Coumadin), and others.

  • WARFARIN (Coumadin): Coumadin is a commonly prescribed blood thinner. The objective of Coumadin therapy is to control the coagulation mechanism so that thrombosis is prevented, while avoiding spontaneous bleeding. Effective therapeutic levels with minimal complications are in part dependent upon cooperative and well-instructed patients who communicate effectively with their physician. Coumadin (crystalline warfarin sodium) is an anticoagulant which acts by inhibiting vitamin K-dependent coagulation factors. Chemically, it is 3- (a-acetonylbenzyl) -4 -hydroxycoumarin and is a racemic mixture of the R and S enantiomers. Crystalline warfarin sodium is an isopropanol clathrate. The crystallization of warfarin sodium virtually eliminates trace impurities present in amorphous warfarin sodium. Its empirical formula is C19H15NaO4. Crystalline warfarin sodium occurs as a white, odorless, crystalline powder, is discolored by light and is very soluble in water; freely soluble in alcohol; very slightly soluble in chloroform and in ether. Vitamin E may be considered safer than warfarin, the generic name of Coumadin. Warfarin is the active ingredient in rat poison. Rats are poisoned subtly over a long term, like patients. A cumulative moderate overdose of Coumadin causes a rats blood to be too thin, and the rats hemorrhage (bleed internally) and die. A cumulative overdose of vitamin E, even extreme megadosing, has not been shown to cause death according to the US Poison Control Centers data, or the DAWN statistical series. It is therefore thought that vitamin E has a Coumadin-like effect without a Coumadin-like danger.
    • Coumadin Tablets: Coumadin Tablets for Oral Use Also Contain: All strengths: Lactose, starch and magnesium stearate; 1 mg: D&C Red 6; 2 mg: FD&C Blue 2 and FD&C Red 40; 2-1/2 mg: FD&C Blue 1 and D&C Yellow 10; 4 mg: FD&C Blue 1 Lake; 5 mg: FD&C Yellow 6; 7-1/2 mg: D&C Yellow 10 and FD&C Yellow 6; 10 mg: Dye Free.
    • Coumadin for Injection: Coumadin for Injection is supplied as a sterile, lyophilized powder, which, after reconstitution with 2.7 ml sterile Water for Injection, contains: Warfarin sodium: 2 mg/ml; Sodium Phosphate, Dibasic, Heptahydrate: 4.98 mg/ml; Sodium Phosphate, Monobasic, Monohydrate: 0.194 mg/ml Sodium Chloride: 0.1 mg/ml; Mannitol: 38.0 mg/ml; Sodium Hydroxide, as needed for pH adjustment to: 8.1 to 8.3.

There are no documented reports of a proven interaction between Coumadin and any of these herbs listed above. However, patients taking these herbs while on Coumadin should be closely watched for signs of bleeding. Herbs that potentially can increase bleeding time should be stopped at least 2 weeks before surgery and not be taken until approval of the treating physician.

Nearly all available information on herb / Coumadin interactions is based on lab studies, animal studies, or individual case reports. Cause and effect relationships have not been proven. Available reports give limited information about the severity of these interactions. Limited documented studies have been done on the effectiveness of supplements as blood thinners, though there is little question that blood thining effects may occur depending on the individual.

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Blood Thinners / Anticoagulants / Antiplatelets
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Natural Blood Thinners, Anticoagulants, Antiplatelet Aggregation
- Information and Natural Supplements

Use of various herbs and supplements may affect and reduce hypercoagulation, platelet aggregation, and blood coagulation. Substances in your blood (called proteins) work with tiny particles (called platelets) to form the clot. Forming a clot is called "coagulation." Coagulation helps when you are injured because it slows blood loss. However, your blood shouldn't clot when it's just moving through your body. If blood clots inside your blood vessels, it's called "thrombosis" or "phlebitis." The tendency to clot too much is called "hypercoagulation," and it can be very dangerous.

Anticoagulants (blood thinners) are any agent that may be used to delay or prevent blood coagulation. Anticoagulants used for storing whole blood include anticoagulant citrate dextrose solution, anticoagulant citrate phosphate dextrose solution, anticoagulant heparin solution, and anticoagulant sodium citrate solution. "Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary," Copyright 2001 by F. A. Davis Co., Phil., PA

Some herbs and supplements considered to have blood thinning properties include:

  • angelica root, anise, arnica flower, asafoetida, bogbean, boldo,
  • Bromelain - Herbs with Anti-platelet properties.
  • capsicum, celery, chamomile,
  • clove - Herbs with Anti-platelet properties.
  • danshen, fenugreek, feverfew, fish oil,
  • garlic - It has been indicated that when essential garlic oil was mixed with blood samples from healthy individuals, cells were less likely to clump together (coagulate) in a laboratory setting. Although there had been no documented reports of any serious interaction effects when taking both Coumadin and garlic, studies had implied that a serious reaction might be possible.
  • ginger - Traditionally, ginger (Zingiber officinale) has been taken to curb motion sickness and arthritis. Today, it has been reported to reduce blood clotting.
  • ginkgo - Ginkgo leaf has been shown to decrease platelet aggregation. It is thought that the ginkgo constituent, ginkgolide B, displaces platelet-activating factor from its binding sites, decreasing blood coagulation (6048).
  • horse chestnut, horseradish, licorice,
  • meadowsweet - Herbs that may contain salicylates.
  • onion - Herbs with Anti-platelet properties.
  • panax ginseng, papain, passionflower,
  • poplar - Herbs that may contain salicylates.
  • prickly ash, quassia, red clover,
  • turmeric - Herbs with Anti-platelet properties.
  • vitamin E - At appropriate doses, vitamin E has been shown to have virtually the same pharmacological properties as Coumadin (crystalline warfarin sodium - a prescription anticoagulant). This means that appropriately high doses of Vitamin E may be substituted for Coumadin. Vitamin E may be considered safer than warfarin, the generic name of Coumadin. Increase the dose of Vitamin E over a period of weeks. Most people start with 200 IU daily, and eventually get to between 1,200 and 2,400 IU daily. Do it gradually, and here's a way to tell how it is working - Go in to see your doctor regularly, as you always do, and continue to have him check your protime with a blood test called the PT-INR (Pro Time - International Normalized Ratio), as he always does. If you get the protime numbers he wants, he may not care how you got them and they can be mainteaned safely. The more Vitamin E you take, the stronger the Coumadin's effect. You'll probably get to the point where your protime is too long, and your doctor may have to reduce the dosage of Coumadin."
  • wild carrot, wild lettuce,
  • willow bark - Herb that may contain salicylates,
  • and others.
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Anticoagulant & Antiplatlet drugs and Prescription Medications:
Administration of these drugs can increase the risk of bleeding (5,18). Some of these drugs include aspirin, dalteparin (Fragmin), enoxaparin (Lovenox), heparin, indomethacin (Indocin), ticlopidine (Ticlid), warfarin (Coumadin), and others.

  • WARFARIN (Coumadin): Coumadin is a commonly prescribed blood thinner. The objective of Coumadin therapy is to control the coagulation mechanism so that thrombosis is prevented, while avoiding spontaneous bleeding. Effective therapeutic levels with minimal complications are in part dependent upon cooperative and well-instructed patients who communicate effectively with their physician. Coumadin (crystalline warfarin sodium) is an anticoagulant which acts by inhibiting vitamin K-dependent coagulation factors. Chemically, it is 3- (a-acetonylbenzyl) -4 -hydroxycoumarin and is a racemic mixture of the R and S enantiomers. Crystalline warfarin sodium is an isopropanol clathrate. The crystallization of warfarin sodium virtually eliminates trace impurities present in amorphous warfarin sodium. Its empirical formula is C19H15NaO4. Crystalline warfarin sodium occurs as a white, odorless, crystalline powder, is discolored by light and is very soluble in water; freely soluble in alcohol; very slightly soluble in chloroform and in ether. Vitamin E may be considered safer than warfarin, the generic name of Coumadin. Warfarin is the active ingredient in rat poison. Rats are poisoned subtly over a long term, like patients. A cumulative moderate overdose of Coumadin causes a rats blood to be too thin, and the rats hemorrhage (bleed internally) and die. A cumulative overdose of vitamin E, even extreme megadosing, has not been shown to cause death according to the US Poison Control Centers data, or the DAWN statistical series. It is therefore thought that vitamin E has a Coumadin-like effect without a Coumadin-like danger.
    • Coumadin Tablets: Coumadin Tablets for Oral Use Also Contain: All strengths: Lactose, starch and magnesium stearate; 1 mg: D&C Red 6; 2 mg: FD&C Blue 2 and FD&C Red 40; 2-1/2 mg: FD&C Blue 1 and D&C Yellow 10; 4 mg: FD&C Blue 1 Lake; 5 mg: FD&C Yellow 6; 7-1/2 mg: D&C Yellow 10 and FD&C Yellow 6; 10 mg: Dye Free.
    • Coumadin for Injection: Coumadin for Injection is supplied as a sterile, lyophilized powder, which, after reconstitution with 2.7 ml sterile Water for Injection, contains: Warfarin sodium: 2 mg/ml; Sodium Phosphate, Dibasic, Heptahydrate: 4.98 mg/ml; Sodium Phosphate, Monobasic, Monohydrate: 0.194 mg/ml Sodium Chloride: 0.1 mg/ml; Mannitol: 38.0 mg/ml; Sodium Hydroxide, as needed for pH adjustment to: 8.1 to 8.3.

There are no documented reports of a proven interaction between Coumadin and any of these herbs listed above. However, patients taking these herbs while on Coumadin should be closely watched for signs of bleeding. Herbs that potentially can increase bleeding time should be stopped at least 2 weeks before surgery and not be taken until approval of the treating physician.

Nearly all available information on herb / Coumadin interactions is based on lab studies, animal studies, or individual case reports. Cause and effect relationships have not been proven. Available reports give limited information about the severity of these interactions. Limited documented studies have been done on the effectiveness of supplements as blood thinners, though there is little question that blood thining effects may occur depending on the individual.

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