Haemostatic effect of Ankaferd Blood Stopper(®) seen during adenoidectomy

Afr J Tradit Complement Altern Med. 2011;8(4):444-6. doi: 10.4314/ajtcam.v8i4.16. Epub 2011 Jun 1.


In Turkey, Ankaferd Blood Stopper(®) (ABS) has been approved for the management of external haemorrhages and bleedings occurring during dental surgeries (Goker et al., 2008). Ankaferd comprises a standardized mixture of plants, including Thymus vulgaris, Glycyrrhiza glabra, Vitis vinifera, Alpinia officinarum, and Urtica diodica. This study aimed to evaluate the efficacy of AB S tam ponade in the control of intra-operative bleeding occurring during ad enoidectomy performed in children under the age of 12. Sixty children were randomized to receive 1 to 5 minute-tamponade with either ABS or topical gauze sponges soaked in saline solution (SS) during their ad enoidectomy.. Time-to-haemostasis and the number of packs required were recorded. A visual analog scale was used by the operating surgeon to record subjective data, including the rate of bleeding following the first adenoid pack removal (0= none, 3=brisk). Compared to the children in the SS group (n=30), time-to-haemostasis seen in ABS patients (n=30) was significantly shorter (mean ± standard deviation, 1.93 ± 1.39 min vs 3.20 ± 1.50 min; p<0.0001); they required a lower number of packs (mean, 1.93 vs. 3.20), and appeared to bleed less (53.3% vs 6.7%; p=0.0001). ABS aids in the control of intra-operative bleeding and reduces the number of packs required to achieve haemostasis, so that it can be recommended for tamponades per formed during paediatric adenoidectomies.

Keywords: Ankaferd; adenoidectomy; bleeding; children; haemostasis.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Adenoidectomy*
  • Adenoids / surgery
  • Blood Loss, Surgical / prevention & control*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Hemostasis, Surgical* / methods
  • Hemostatics / pharmacology
  • Hemostatics / therapeutic use*
  • Humans
  • Intraoperative Period
  • Male
  • Pain Measurement
  • Plant Extracts / therapeutic use*
  • Prospective Studies
  • Tampons, Surgical
  • Time Factors
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Turkey


  • Hemostatics
  • Plant Extracts
  • ankaferd blood stopper