Phlebitis can be a superficial inflammation of the veins of mostly the legs but can also be found in the pelvis area. Most people don’t know they have this problem until there is redness or swelling. It can be the result of an infection locally or somewhere else in the body.
Deep vein thrombosis is phlebitis of the deep veins that causes blood clots. This can cause pain, swelling, fevers or chills. Early signs can be a brown staining of the skin on the lower legs. Unchecked the clots can cause a stroke or even death.
Causes of phlebitis can come from smoking, a physical injury, birth control pills or other unknown factors.
Medical treatments are to reduce inflammation in superficial phlebitis with NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Deep vein thrombosis may be treated with heparin-like drugs, aspirin, or Warfarin. They may be life saving over the short term, but only treats the symptoms and may have toxicity and side effects associated. Diagnosis is important to rule out other problems and avoid blood clots.
Natural perspectives include supporting normal vein health for prevention. We use supplements, cell salts, homeopathics and herbs as well as improve diet. The most important dietary concern for phlebitis is to stop smoking as well as removing alcohol, coffee, black tea. Regular moderate exercise is important for superficial phlebitis. Check with your doctor for deep vein thrombosis.
Supplements valuable to help phlebitis:
Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids (Amla C)
Vitamin E is a blood thinner
Zinc (50 mg per day) strengthens blood veins
1 to 2 Tablespoons of Flax fiber
Herbs for Phlebitis
Herbs are plants valued for their specific strengthening/ tonifying properties.
The goal is to thin the blood, reduce inflammation and strengthen vein walls.
Use a combination of the following herbs in capsule or powder for maximum benefit, and adjust as your condition improves. Therapeutic dose is equal to one capsule of each herb 3 times a day or 1 liquid dropper full of an herbal tincture 3 times a day.
Boswellia is a powerful anti-inflammatory and tissue healer.
Ginger is a diffusive (penetrated tissues) and is a blood thinner.
Gingko biloba helps circulation and tissue integrity.
Gotu kola has circulation promoting and wound healing properties.
Hawthorn berries help vein integrity, nerve and circulatory health.
Cell Salts to Help with Phlebitis
To make a cell salt solution, put up to 10 tablets of each cell salt in a 16- to 24-ounce bottle; fill with water and swirl to dissolve tablets. Sip throughout the day.
#1 Calc fluor 6X – connective tissue support, swelling and hard enlargements
#10 Nat phos 6X – detoxification, toxicity of tissues; digestive improvement
#12 Silicea 6X - connective tissue integrity, tendency to pus or infection
Phlebitis Homeopathic Remedies
Homeopathic remedies are non-toxic natural medicines safe for everyone including infants and pregnant or nursing women. You may use 6X, 30X, 6C or 30C potencies.
Aesculus hipp – vein disturbances (constitutional) with developments of varicose veins and hemorrhoids; bones swollen and painful; all during pregnancy; hemorrhoids with constipation and lumbar pain.
Arnica – phlebitis from trauma; bruising and bruised feeling.
Belladonna – acute phlebitis; sudden onset inflammation with redness and swelling; sensitive to motion.
Bothrops – muscular tissues filled with black blood; numbness; swollen veins; gangrene and gangrenous ulcers; swelling and heaviness; dissolves blood clots.
Hamamelis – painful phlebitis; worse by movement; varicose veins and dark blue coloring; tendency to recurring inflammation; vein fragility; body has beat up feeling; can be used externally (Witch Hazel).
Lachesis – acute phlebitis with typical inflammatory signs; pain sensitivity with intolerance to warmth; stronger inflammation, use Lachesis and Echinacea together; may help to dissolve blood clots; especially good for left-sided problems.
Source: Dave's Healing Notes