How the Heart-Healthy Practice of Earthing Can Interact with Medications
Things to consider about Earthing if you are also on blood thinners for heart health
Since I started writing about the practice of Earthing (also called grounding) and its benefits for heart health, I‘ve received many questions about whether grounding products can be used by those who take medications. In general, the answer is a resounding “yes,” but with an important qualification.
Heart-Healthy Earthing Thins the Blood
There have not yet been any studies designed to look at Earthing‘s effect on specific medications. But the research done to date does show that Earthing reduces inflammation in the blood. And because inflamed blood is thick—and therefore a strong risk factor for clotting and cardiovascular events—this blood-thinning effect is of great benefit to people with cardiovascular concerns.
Given Earthing‘s ability to notably reduce blood viscosity (that is, make blood thinner), it‘s best to proceed with caution if you‘re taking any medication related to blood viscosity—but especially Coumadin (warfarin). This potent blood thinner is widely prescribed to patients with cardiovascular conditions that raise their risk for blood clots. If you are taking any medication—but especially warfarin—you should first inform your doctor that you would like to try Earthing. Then, working together carefully monitor your INR every week until the INR stabilizes. Your doctor can adjust your Coumadin dose accordingly.
Making the Leap to Sleeping Grounded
People on Coumadin (warfarin) should also proceed cautiously in regard to sleeping grounded. I suggest incorporating Earthing slowly, starting with simply walking barefoot in the backyard, the beach, or the park. Or, try using an Earthing device inside your home for an hour or two while relaxing or reading a book. Sleeping grounded should be considered only after you‘ve gradually increased your Earthing activities and a closely monitored its effects on your blood thickness.
To find out more about grounding and Earthing products that ground you while you sleep, sit, or work, read Earthing (Basic Health, 2010, and available at www.amazon.com), the book I coauthored with Clint Ober—who discovered the health benefits of connecting with the Earth—and my writing colleague Marty Zucker.
More Dr. Sinatra Advice on Earthing and Heart Health
How does Earthing decrease your stress levels, consequently promoting optimal heart health? Read about the research that shows that Earthing can cut your risk of heart disease by positively affecting your nervous system.
What beneficial effects does Earthing have on circulation to boost heart health? Learn how Earthing can keep your heart healthy by lowering your blood pressure.
Want an in-depth explanation of how Earthing boosts heart health? Read more about how reconnecting your body to the natural electrical field of the Earth‘s surface can cut your risk of heart disease.
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