A practical guide for nutritional and traditional health care.
The improper functioning of the circulatory system in a person is felt in various ways. Therefore an impaired circulation in the fingers causes the Raynaud's disease . The other symptoms are fatigue, due to a poor circulatory function, this may also bring on other signs like dizziness, and spells of fainting, the person also experiences an inability to concentrate, the reason being the condition of the blood supply, the brain as an organ is very sensitive to sudden changes in blood flow, coldness in the hands and the feet are the usual first signs of a poorly functioning circulatory system. The other related symptoms may even be arteriosclerosis, which could probably affect the blood flow, there are other connected circulatory problems, but there development is slow and hence they are not apparent. The other signs are the coming on of spells of dizziness, there could be paralytic attacks and severe headaches, problems due to deficient oxygen supple could set in, leading to angina and high blood pressure due to the onset of arteriosclerosis. As all cells in the body need and use oxygen, a restricted circulatory system will affect every cell in the body in many ways. Circulatory problems in diabetics are related to high sugar levels, the ability of the body, in wound healing is impaired due to this and consequently impaired nerve problems like polyneuropathy may set in as a result. Another obvious sign of a poor circulatory system is manifested in the skin, which is quite unhealthy.
As the cells are supplied with oxygen and nutrients essential to their survival and proper functioning, an active and healthy circulation is a vital function. The heart and the blood vessels are the most important and necessary parts of the circulation. If the heart and cardiac function isn't impaired, then an improper circulation can have two main reasons for existing, one of them is arteriosclerosis and the other is hypo-tension or a low blood pressure in the person. The deposit of plaques in the arteries, which causes the narrowing of the blood vessels, is the reason for a restricted circulatory function in people with arteriosclerosis. The plaque deposits formed in arteries, are due to a diet rich in saturated fats and poor in the essential fatty acids that the body cannot process. A low pressure in the veins is what is known as low blood pressure, because the veins return blood to the heart, this is dangerous. Therefore the blood slows down, and can collect in the extremities due to the weak tissues and the motionlessness. A fall in blood pressure can result from standing for extended periods in the sunlight; this can overload the venous system. An additional strain on the circulatory system can result due to blood loss from injury and dehydration from an illness. The circulatory system can become sluggish and collapse because of an episode of extended bed-rest. Whatever be the cause, a person involved in some form of physical activity is at a reduced risk from circulatory troubles.
Anyone experiencing circulatory problems should avoid cigarette smoking at all costs, since this activity noticeably constricts blood vessels and aggravates problems in those already ill. Buerger's disease, which impedes circulation even to the point of causing gangrene which might bring on a consequent need for amputation of limbs and is caused by smoking. Other substances and drugs like some oral contraceptives and diuretics can also cause circulatory distress.
Supplements and herbs
Herbs like evening primrose oil contain essential fatty acids and, these are also abundant in fish oils made from fishes like salmon, these acids are effective against arteriosclerosis. They prevent the development of arteriosclerotic plaques by improving fat metabolism and reducing the stickiness of blood platelets. An excellent supplement to defeat arteriosclerosis and plaque formation is phosphatidylcholine.
For the promotion of the circulatory system in proper blood pressure regulation blood pressure and to strengthen veins, herbal remedies should be taken in conjunction with other dietary treatment and supplements.
The regulation of the blood pressure and fortification of the heart can be effected by taking hawthorn berries. Doses of this supplement can be used thrice a day as 40 drops of tincture. The herb horsetail is rich in vegetal silica and a tea prepared from this can help in the normalization of the circulation by bolstering the tissues that constitutes the walls of arteries and veins. A potent tonic for the heart can be made from rosemary leaves, by steeping them in aged red wine and taking this concoction, in doses of about a tablespoon once daily. This tea and hyssop can be taken 2-3 times daily after meals, or if preferred in 15-25 drops of tincture diluted in water. While rosemary is stimulating circulation and normalizing blood pressure the herb hyssop increases blood pressure, these working together are potent. Some peppermint can be used for flavoring. To flavor add to each part of hyssop and rosemary, 1/2 part of peppermint. The small veins and capillaries are strengthened and circulation in them is improved using bilberries, which can be used in doses of 40 drops of tincture thrice daily or as a cup of tea twice a day. For general stimulation of the circulatory system a tea made out of the herbs Siberian ginseng, ginger root and ginkgo biloba can be effectively used. Warm rosemary baths will help stimulate circulation, these should preferably short lasting about ten to fifteen minutes. For dilating arteries the herb cayenne is excellent.
The following homeopathic treatments may be used according to the symptoms present, in measured and suggested doses, and in chronic cases, from one to three times daily. It is best to start at low potencies and increase dosage as treatment proceeds.
Additional things you may do
The use of hydrotherapy in order to stimulate the circulation is an effective method and is recommended. Other physical therapies that can be utilized are taking hot and cold showers on an alternative basis, and physical therapies that relax the feet like dew walking or stepping on water. Dry brushing regularly in the mornings also stimulates the circulatory system. The benefits and the importance of regular exercise cannot be overemphasized. Activities that are healthy and good for the circulatory system include all aerobic outdoor exercises such as walking or hiking, machine aided exercises like cycling and swimming outdoors in the natural environment. What you wear affects you noticeably, it is therefore advisable to wear fabrics made of natural-fiber clothing, as clothing made from artificial fiber can impair the body's circulatory system and interfere with the body's electric field, destroying it in the process.
Other beneficial herbs
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