Anticoagulant herbs (coumarin-containing plants and salicylate containing plants) help the body prevent clotting of the blood, also known as blood thinners that suppress, delay or prevent clots (masses of blood cells) from forming in your bloodstream and sometimes promoted in the alternative medicine community as a clot-buster and blood thinner or as a substitute for daily aspirin therapy. Anticoagulant herbs are used as an antithrombotic agent. Potential therapeutic uses are Angina, hepatitis, coronary artery disease, dysmenorrhea, rheumatoid arthritis, traumatic injury, tumors, depression, renal failure, stroke prevention and post-stroke syndrome.
Anticoagulant drugs are often prescribed by a doctor to help prevent clotting in your blood. These drugs are commonly prescribed to fight the formation of pulmonary embolisms, deep vein thrombosis, cardiovascular conditions, and strokes. These are some all natural herbs that can be consumed as anticoagulant drug alternatives. If you are already taking anticoagulants; they could intensify the effects of such medications. When in doubt, speak with your physician first before consuming any herbal remedies to avoid potential dangerous drug interactions. In herbal therapeutics, the primary use of coumarin-containing plants is anti-edema and tonifying venous circulation, not anticoagulation. Similar considerations apply to salicylate containing plants which appear to lack the anticoagulant effects of aspirin.
Herbs classified as "Blood-invigorating" in traditional Chinese herbal medicine were thought by ancient Chinese physicians to make "sluggish" or "stuck" Blood flow more freely. The Chinese physiological concept of the fluid "Xue," commonly translated as "Blood" is a functional term of broad implications which includes the anatomical "blood" and most of the herbs in this category have demonstrated anticoagulant, analgesic and/or anti-inflammatory properties.
If you have surgery planned, you must cease using the herbal remedies at least 14 days before your procedure, to prevent excessive bleeding and issues with healing and recovery. Herbs with this constituent include