There are many disorders associated with circulatory problems. High blood pressure or hypertension results when cholesterol plaque deposits along the walls of the arteries, and cause them to harden and constrict. Because the arteries are constricted, the blood exerts a greater force against the walls of the blood vessels, causing the blood pressure to rise. Arteriosclerosis or “hardening of the arteries” is associated with lack of circulation due to narrowing of the arteries from fatty deposits as well. In addition, circulatory problems can lead to stroke and angina pectoris (chest pain).
Another circulatory disease brought on by chronic inflammation of the veins and arteries in the lower parts of the body is Buerger’s disease. This disease is most prevalent among people who smoke. Early signs of Buerger’s disease are a tingling sensation (commonly referred to as “pins and needles”) and a burning sensation in the fingers and toes.
Another serious circulatory condition called Raynaud’s disease is characterized by constriction and spasm of the blood vessels in the extremities, such as in the fingers, toes, and tip of the nose. Cold, stress, smoking, and other factors may cause fingers and toes to numb; extremities may appear colorless due to lack of circulation and arterial spasm. This disease most commonly affects women and occasionally leads to gangrene. In addition, poor circulation can result from varicose vein that have developed due to a loss of elasticity in the walls of the veins.
Because sluggish circulation can be caused by several things, you should see your doctor if it is persistent.
Use black cohosh, butcher’s broom, cayenne, chickweed, Circu formula (an herbal combination from Switzerland), gentian root, ginkgo biloba extract, goldenseal, hawthorn berries, horseradish, horsetail, hyssop, licorice root, pleurisy root, rose hips, and wormwood. Cayenne increases the pulse rate, while black cohosh slows it. Ginkgo is being used for circulation disease in many clinics.
- Make sure that your diet is high in fiber. Oat bran can help lower your cholesterol levels. Include the following in your diet: bananas, broccoli, brown rice, endive, garlic, lima beans, onions, pears, peas, and spinach. Eliminate animal protein and fatty foods (such as red meat), white flour, and sugar from your diet. Do not use stimulants such as coffee, colas, and tobacco, or foods with a lot of spices.
- Give yourself a dry massage over your entire body using a loofah sponge or natural bath brush. Also dip a towel in cold water and rub it briskly over parts of the body.
- Regular exercise is important to help blood flow and keep arteries soft and unclogged.
- Keep your weight down.
Use steam-distilled water only.