I was recently asked by a patient if there was anything natural for preventing blood clots naturally while on a long flight over to Europe.

The risk factors for clotting and deep vein thrombosis (DVTs) are being over 40, obese, recent surgery (past 3 months), use of estrogen contraceptives like the birth control pill, previous clots or family history of clots, and varicose veins.

So, here are some herbs that have anticoagulant properties that could also be used for other purposes too. 2-fers as our 2 pharmacist professions might call them. Drugs aka herbs that can be used for 2 or more purposes.

As with anything, check with your naturopathic doctor before going ahead and taking herbs. Even natural stuff can hurt you.

Here’s the Herbs:

Angelica Digestive, expectorant (bronchitis) Ulcers and GERD
Clove Digestive, analgesic, antimicrobial GERD
Garlic Blood pressure  
Ginger Antinausea, anti-inflammatory, digestive Ulcers, gallstones


Ginkgo Vasodilator, antioxidant, circulatory stimulant, cognitive  
Panax ginseng Adrenal fatigue, fatigue  
Horse chestnut Venotonic, antiinflamatory, antiedema GERD, don’t apply to broken skin
Meadowsweet Antacid, anti-inflammatory, astringent