A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Pulmonary Embolism
I had a question the other day about pulmonary embolism.
Pulmonary embolism is the sudden blockage of a major blood vessel in your lung, usually by a blood clot.
In most cases, the clots are small and aren’t deadly, but they can damage your lung.
But if the clot is large and stops blood flow to your lung, it can be deadly.
Quick treatment could save your life or reduce the risk of future problems.
The most common symptoms are:
>Sudden shortness of breath.
>Sharp chest pain, worse when you cough or take a deep breath.
>A cough bringing up pink, foamy mucus.
Pulmonary embolism can also cause more general symptoms.
For example, you may feel anxious or on edge, sweat a lot, feel lightheaded or faint, or have a fast heart rate or palpitations.
If you have symptoms like these, you should see a doctor right away, especially if they’re sudden and severe.
In most cases, pulmonary embolism is caused by a blood clot in your leg that breaks loose and travels to your lungs.
A blood clot in a vein close to the skin isn’t likely to cause problems.
But having blood clots in deep veins can lead to pulmonary embolism.
Other things can block an artery, like tumors, air bubbles, amniotic fluid, or fat released into your blood vessels when a bone is broken.
But these are rare.
Home treatment isn’t recommended for initial treatment for pulmonary embolism.
But it’s important for preventing more clots from developing and causing a deep vein thrombosis, which can lead to recurring pulmonary embolism.
To deal with pulmonary embolism at home it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily to hydrate and flush toxins.
*Alfalfa, pau d’arco, red raspberry, rosemary, and yarrow are antioxidant herbs improving blood oxygenation.
*Butcher’s broom improves circulation.
*Cayenne thins your blood, eases blood pressure, and improves circulation.
*Ginger, skullcap, and valerian root dilate your blood vessels and help circulation.
*Hawthorn dilates your blood vessels, lowers cholesterol levels, and protects your heart.
*Olive leaf extract helps in preventing infection.
*Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables; raw nuts and seeds, soybean products; and 100% whole grains.
*Reduce your consumption of red meat. Better yet, eliminate it from your diet.
Don’t consume any dairy products, fried or salty foods, or processed or partially hydrogenated vegetable oils.
*Consider fresh juicing; consume fresh garlic and onions.
*Increase fiber intake; ensure good bowel function; avoid constipation; consider liver and/or colon cleanse.
*Get regular moderate exercise. Walking, swimming, and other exercise improve circulation and prevent sluggishness in your veins, lessening the tendency to form clots.
*Ask your pharmacist about special elastic support stockings (anti-embolism stockings) to improve circulation.
*If you smoke, stop. Smoking constricts your blood vessels, resulting in poor circulation and weakened blood flow.
*Avoid wearing tight-fitting clothing that cuts off circulation, like girdles and knee socks with tight bands.
*If you’re confined to bed, move your legs as much as possible to counteract pooling of the blood in your veins.
*Increase stress and relaxation techniques: yoga, meditation, prayer, deep breathing, etc. Consider energy medicine.
*Increase fresh air, sunshine, connect with nature.
*Consider an arterial cleansing program.
*Decrease toxic exposures of all kinds (food and environmental).
*Decrease excess weight, particularly around your mid-section.
*Understand your medications and possible side effects.
*Understand your family history and address any concerns. Practice preventive measures.
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