In recent years we have all been made aware through media reports of the risks through long-haul flying of deep vein thrombosis (DVT): essentially a blood clot in a deep vein, usually in the legs, often brought on by immobility due to illness or long-distance travel.
Regular in-cabin movement and gentle exercise will of course stimulate circulation which counters the development of DVT plus there are complimentary measures that can be taken to support this:
Since the basic principle behind Chinese Medicine and acupuncture is to re-balance the body, acupuncture and herbs can be an excellent way of alleviating the risk of DVT. Flying can contribute to de-hydration and a lack of circulation – all that pressurised air! – which in the worst case scenario could lead to DVT. In Chinese medicine this is seen as a temporary yin deficiency (lack of fluid), thickened blood and blood stagnation.
There are many excellent treatment strategies incorporating Chinese herbs and acupuncture that could help to maintain normal fluid levels and prevent blood stagnation. Acupuncture treatments would be of benefit both prior to and post flight. The herbs should be taken for 3-5 days before flying though exact treatment protocols would depend on the individual’s existing health, flight time and time difference.
If you’re off on your holidays soon and are concerned about the potential consequences of a long flight, give of a call on 020 7490 4042 and book an appointment with an acupuncturist or herbal practitioner.