HOME REMEDIES FOR ARTERIOSCLEROSIS
Arteriosclerosis refers to the thickening of the walls of the arteries. It has become a common ailment in modem times, accounting for much of the disability and high death rate, more so among older people. Arteriosclerosis is usually preceded by atherosclerosis, a kind of fatty infiltration in the inner lining of the blood vessel walls. The most risky places for such
degeneration are the coronary vessels of the heart and the arteries of the brain. Arteriosclerosis results in the loss of elasticity of the blood vessels and a narrowing of the smaller arteries, which interferes with the free circulation of the blood.
Arteriosclerosis occurs due to oxidative damage to the lining of the arteries, infiltration with fatfilled cells and formation of plaques and clots.
Risk factors include smoking, blood sugar disorders, obesity, an excess of “bad” cholesterol or LDL and high homocysteine levels, as well as a diet high in refined carbohydrates and trans fatty acids (i.e. processed oils). Damage to the arterial wall may also be due to chronic viral or bacterial infection. Supplementation with folic acid, B12 and B6, CoO10, selenium, omega 3 oils and antioxidants would cut the risk of Arteriosclerosis and heart disease to a fraction of its current rate.
Herbal treatment for hardening of the arteries relies upon the strong antioxidant power of many plants, preventing the arterial damage that acts as a site for the development of plaque. They also prevent oxidation of LDL cholesterol, which leads to arterial deposits. Some herbs can remove
existing arteriosclerosis, returning elasticity to arteries. Such plants have multiple benefits, such as toning the heart, reducing cholesterol and preventing blood cell clumping and clot formation. The central herb for the heart is hawthorn, while a combination or rotating schedule of several
other healing plants will maximize their long-term benefit.
- One of the most effective home remedies for arteriosclerosis is the lemon peel. It is believed to be one of the richest sources of vitamin P. It strengthens the entire arterial system. Shredded lemon peel of one lemon may be added to soups and stews, or sprinkled over salads. To make a medicine, the peel of one or two lemons may be cut up finely, covered with warm water and allowed to stand for about twelve hours. A teaspoon may be taken every three hours, or immediately before or after a meal.
- Parsley is another effective remedy for arteriosclerosis. It contains elements which help to maintain the blood vessels, particularly the capillaries, and arterial system in a healthy condition. It may be taken as a tea: a teaspoon of dry parsley may be allowed to simmer gently
in a cupful of water for a few minutes. This can be taken two to three times daily.
- Beet juice, taken daily, has been found valuable in arteriosclerosis. It is an excellent solvent for inorganic calcium deposits. The juices of carrots and spinach are also beneficial if taken once a day. These juices can be taken individually-500 ml, or as a combination. When taken as a combination, they should be in the following proportion: carrots-300 ml and spinach-200 ml to prepare 500 ml of juice.
- Honey is also considered beneficial in the treatment of arteriosclerosis. It is easily digested and assimilated. The patient should take a glass of water with one teaspoon each of honey and lemon juice in it, before going to bed. He can also take it if he wakes up at night.
- Symptoms don’t usually manifest themselves till an artery is blocked but then are hard to miss. These could include some or many of these varied symptoms – high blood pressure, pain in the chest, neck, shoulder, back or abdomen, shortness of breath, numbness, pain or peripheral
infections. If a freed clot affects blood supply to the brain there can be weakness or paralysis of limbs, face or more – and / or dizziness. Statins have been used to fight atherosclerosis, with one (rosuvastatin) actually reducing the size of plaques. You could use drugs that reduce clotting
to avoid clumps of blood cells forming, anti-platelet drugs such as aspirin to reduce blood
platelets bunching up in the affected arteries, and drugs to control your blood pressure. In worse cases, there may be a need to clear plaque from the vessel by surgery – a removal of fatty material directly, by some other form of direct intervention such as angioplasty or a bypass – in
which an artificial artery takes blood around the block. Prevention can involve reducing fat and increasing fiber in the diet, exercise, a reduced consumption of cholesterol-containing food, weight loss, stopping immoderate drinking and all smoking and controlling any diabetes that
might be there.
- Garlic is one of the most effective remedies in the treatment of atherosclerosis. Garlic helps reduce cholesterol levels and flushes harmful toxins and other waste from your body. You can increase your dietary intake of garlic or drink a mixture of garlic, orange juice and water to help control atherosclerosis. Honey is also an effective remedy for blocked arteries. Drink a mix of one teaspoon of honey and one teaspoon of lemon juice every morning to reduce cholesterol
- Arjuna—Terminalia arjuna
• Main Ayurvedic heart tonic, normalizes the heart’s rhythm, improves blood flow in coronary arteries. Reduces cholesterol; antibacterial.
• Improves symptoms of congestive heart failure and reduces angina pain.
- Bromelain—Pineapple/Ananas comosus
• A proteolytic enzyme derived from the stem of the pineapple plant.
• Reduces blood platelet “stickiness” and subsequent clot formation.
• Decreases the inflammatory response to artery injury or irritation.
- Cayenne-Capsicum frutescens
• Stimulates blood flow, lowers cholesterol; may affect arteriosclerosis.
• Reduces risk of blood clotting, increases heart output.
• Increases capillary resistance, strengthens blood vessels in the limbs.
• Improves peripheral circulation and warms the hands and feet.
- Curcamin-Turmeric/Curcuma longa
• Antioxidant power eight times more potent than Vitamin E; prevents damage to blood
vessel walls to prevent onset of arteriosclerosis.
• Improves blood flow in arteries, while strengthening blood vessels.
• Significantly reduces cholesterol, serum lipids, blood clot formation.
- Garlic -Allium sativa
• In one two-year study, reduced the size of arterial plaque by 20%.
• Blocks the formation of new plaque.
• Lowers cholesterol and triglycerides (by 10-20%), lowers LDL and raises HDL cholesterol; prevents oxidation and thus damage to arteries.
• A natural anti-coagulant; helps dissolve potential clots (fibrinolysis).
- Ginger-Zingiber officinale
• Thins the blood, decreases platelet aggregation and lowers cholesterol.
• Decreases blood pressure and reduces hardening of the arteries.
• Antioxidant, contains potent proteolytic enzymes; prevents clots.
- Ginkgo-Ginkgo biloba
• Increases microcirculation to all parts of the body, heart, limbs, brain.
• Blood-thinning activity, inhibits clot formation and inflammation.
• Antioxidant; strengthens, tones arteries, improving their elasticity.