Heparin is a very strong blood-thinning drug that is delivered by injection. If you receive heparin, make sure you check with your doctor before taking any type of supplement.
The herb garlic (Allium sativum) is taken to lower cholesterol, among many other proposed uses.
The herb ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) has been used to treat Alzheimer's disease and ordinary age-related memory loss, among many other conditions.
The supplement phosphatidylserine is promoted to treat Alzheimer's disease and ordinary age-related memory loss.
Policosanol, derived from sugarcane, has been taken for hyperlipidemia and intermittent claudication.
Based on these findings, you should not combine heparin and policosanol except under medical supervision.
The herb white willow (Salix alba) , also known as willow bark, is used to treat pain and fever. White willow contains a substance that is converted by the body into a salicylate similar to aspirin.
Since combining aspirin with heparin increases the risk of abnormal bleeding, it would be advisable not to combine white willow with heparin.
Based on their known effects or constituents, the following herbs and supplements might not be safe to combine with heparin, though this has not been proven: bromelain (in the fruit and stem of pineapple, Ananas comosus ), papaya (Carica papaya) , chamomile(Matricaria recutita) , Coleus forskohlii , danshen (Salvia miltorrhiza) , devil's claw(Harpogophytum procumbens) , dong quai(Angelica sinensis) , feverfew(Tanacetum parthenium) , ginger(Zingiber officinale) , horse chestnut(Aesculus hippocastanum) , red clover(Trifolium pratense) , reishi(Ganoderma lucidum) , mesoglycan , fish oil , OPCs (oligomeric proanthocyanidins), and vitamin E .
Supplementary calcium and vitamin D may help prevent heparin-induced osteoporosis. It might also be advisable to have your bone density checked during long-term heparin therapy.
- Reviewer: EBSCO CAM Review Board
- Review Date: 08/2013 -
- Update Date: 08/22/2013 -