Thick Blood and its Dangers

Yesterday, I had a man come to me for a HijamaHerbs session. He was a strong, muscular and youthful man, who does physical training on a regular basis. He looked very healthy but when I put the cups on, his blood was not flowing out in a normal way. His blood was much thicker than normal. That is not a good thing, as thicker blood means his blood circulation is not going well.

A person with thick blood is at higher risk for stroke, according to a new study in today’s Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. Thick or viscous blood tends to coagulate and form unwanted blood clots that can block blood flow to the heart or brain, causing a heart attack or stroke.

The warning signs of stroke are face drooping, arm weakness and speech difficulty. Other symptoms of stroke include sudden numbness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body. Also, sudden confusion, sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes, sudden trouble walking, dizziness or loss of balance and sudden headache. When you see a friend or family member showing any of these signs, call emergency for the ambulance immediately. Doing HijamaHerbs sessions every few months can help keep your blood clean and running smoothly. 

The thicker blood slows down the circulation of oxygen, nutrients, and hormones and prevents them from being transferred successfully to tissues and cells throughout the body. Thicker blood is one of the main causes of stroke.

Thick blood flows more slowly than normal blood, which deprives body organs and tissues of the amount of oxygen required for necessary function. Side effects include headaches, dizziness, fatigue, itchiness and vision problems.

Stroke is the 5th leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of disability. Stroke is the number two cause of death worldwide.

One major cause of blood becoming thick and sticky is smoking. The stickier the blood, the harder your heart must work to move it around your body. Sticky blood is also more likely to form blood clots that block blood flow to your heart, brain, and legs. Over time, thick, sticky blood damages the delicate lining of your blood vessels. This damage can increase your risk for a heart attack or stroke.

Smoking raises your blood pressure and puts stress on your heart. Over time, stress on the heart can weaken it, making it less able to pump blood to other parts of your body. Carbon monoxide from inhaled cigarette smoke also contributes to a lack of oxygen, making the heart work even harder. This increases the risk of heart disease, including heart attacks.

Smoking increases the cholesterol and unhealthy fats circulating in the blood, leading to unhealthy fatty deposits. Over time, cholesterol, fats, and other debris build up on the walls of your arteries. This buildup narrows the arteries and blocks normal blood flow to the heart, brain, and legs. Blocked blood flow to the heart or brain can cause a heart attack or stroke. Blockage in the blood vessels of your legs could result in the amputation of your toes or feet.   

Smoking makes your blood thick and sticky. The stickier the blood, the harder your heart must work to move it around your body. Sticky blood is also more likely to form blood clots that block blood flow to your heart, brain, and legs. Over time, thick, sticky blood damages the delicate lining of your blood vessels and cause stroke and heart attacks. Quitting smoking goes a long way in improving overall health, reducing the clotting ability of blood and reducing the chance of a heart attack. 

Smoking increases the risk of erectile dysfunction—the inability to get or keep and erection. Toxins from cigarette smoke can also damage the genetic material in sperm, which can cause infertility or genetic defects in your children.

Thick blood may also be caused by the presence of harmful pathogens such as fungi, viruses, bacteria, and parasites. Heavy metal toxicity or exposure to environmental toxins can also cause blood to become thicker.

Stress and trauma have also been known to cause thick blood.

Effects of Thick Blood
Possible effects of blood clots that thickens blood include:

Stroke – A stroke can occur if a blood clot causes blood flow to your brain to be restricted. If blood flow is cut off for more than a few minutes, the cells in your brain start to die. This impairs the parts of the body that the brain cells control. A stroke can cause lasting brain damage, long-term disability, paralysis (an inability to move), or death.

Heart Attack – A blood clot in a coronary artery can lead to a heart attack. A heart attack occurs if blood flow to a section of heart muscle becomes blocked. If blood flow isn’t restored quickly, the section of heart muscle becomes damaged from lack of oxygen and begins to die. This heart damage may not be obvious, or it may cause severe or long-lasting problems such as heart failure or arrhythmias.

Kidney Failure – A blood clot in the kidneys can lead to kidney failure, where kidneys can no longer remove fluids and waste from your body.

Pulmonary Embolism – If a blood clot travels from a deep vein in the body to the lungs, it’s called a pulmonary embolism (PE). PE is a serious condition that can damage your lungs and other organs and cause low oxygen levels in your blood.

Deep Vein Thrombosis – A blood clot in a vein deep in your arm or leg can cause pain, swelling, redness, or increased warmth in the affected limb can cause deep vein thrombosis (DVT). DVT clots can break off, travel to the lungs and cause PE.

Pregnancy-related problems – Blood clots can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, and other pregnancy-related problems, such as preeclampsia, which is high blood pressure that occurs during pregnancy.   

Some of the ways to prevent thick blood is to drink water throughout the day, staying away from drinking sodas, and staying calm and relaxed instead of getting stressed out and anxious. An excellent way to prevent thick blood from forming in your body is to do a HijamaHerbs session every few months.

How To Prevent Blood From Becoming Thick
Loma Linda University researchers found that men who drank five or more 8-ounce glasses of water daily cut their stroke risk by 53 percent compared with guys who drank fewer than three glasses. Water helps to thin the blood, which in turn makes it less likely to form clots. You need to drink water throughout the day to keep your blood thin, starting with a glass or two in the morning.

The Loma Linda University researchers also discovered that the men who drank large quantities of fluids other than water actually had a higher risk of stroke—46 percent higher. One theory is that sugary drinks like soda draw water out of the bloodstream, thickening the blood.

In a study published in the journal Stroke, researchers noted that of 2,100 men, the anxious guys were three times more likely to have a fatal stroke than the more serene men. Anxiety causes chronic overproduction of dopamine. Counting to three—or reining in your racing mind in any other way—helps by stabilizing your levels of serotonin, the antidote to excess dopamine.

An excellent way to prevent thick blood from forming in your body is to do a HijamaHerbs session every few months. For more information on HijamaHerbs or to set up an appointment, contact Amin Shah at 617-787-5151 or email –

We also provide HijamaHerbs natural healing sessions for healing physical, emotional or sihr/jinn ailments. Also available, counseling for married couples,

HijamaHerbs sessions for ladies is performed by Nusrat Shah. For children, we normally do not perform hijama, however herbs, homeopathic remedies and emotional healing is performed. 

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