Angina • Natural home remedies
Angina is defined as condition marked by severe pain in the chest caused by an inadequate blood supply to the heart.
It is a symptom of coronary artery disease. The lack of oxygen-rich blood to the heart is often a result of excess plaque in the coronary arteries (atherosclerosis).
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
Some or all of these may be present:
- A sensation of indigestion
- Excessive sweating
- Pain in the arms, shoulders, neck, jaw, throat or back
- Shortness of breath
It is estimated that ten million people in the United States suffer from angina.
There are several different types of angina so tests may include EKG, stress tests, X-rays, angiography, cardiac catheterization, or others. Treatments will be designed to reduce pain and prevent a heart attack. Depending on the severity of your condition, treatment may be with medications, medical procedures (i.e. angioplasty) or cardiac rehab. Your doctor will recommend lifestyle changes.
The suggestions below are self-treatments that others have found helpful for this condition and are offered as information for your further research.
A healthy immune system is always the first line of defense against disease. It is also a crucial step to healing. To promote a healthy immune system, it is important to eat a balanced diet, with as much variety as you can manage, with lots of whole, fresh vegetables and fruits, quality protein and healthy sources of monounsaturated fat. The Zone is an excellent starting point and one that Dr. Barry Sears developed specifically for heart health. If followed, it will reduce inflammation, which is a cause for many disease conditions.
FOODS THAT MAY PROMOTE HEALING
- Bone Broth
- Fiber-rich foods
- Lean proteins
- Magnesium–rich foods
- Plenty of fresh, whole, living foods
- Potassium-rich foods
- Vitamin C-rich foods
FOODS AND OTHER SUBSTANCES TO AVOID
- Alcohol (or no more than one drink a day)
- Corn and soybean oils
- Greasy foods
- High levels of sodium
- Processed sugars, to maintain healthy blood sugar levels
- Refined carbohydrates
- Smoking (harms the heart, blood vessels and blood cells)
- Trans fats
TEAS AND OTHER LIQUIDS
- Basil (crush leaves to a paste and add to a glass of water)
- Green tea
- Lemon juice
- Onion juice
HERBS AND SPICES
- Curry powder
- Hawthorn berry for pain and high blood pressure
- Hawthorn flower extract
- Blend Peppermint, orange, wintergreen oils with a carrier oil and massage the heart area or inhale vapors from a diffuser
- Essential oils can be administered via a diffuser for inhalation, administered topically in a carrier oil like coconut (3% diluted solution), or undiluted drops can be added to a hot bath.
OTHER SUBSTANCES AND SUPPLEMENTS
- Co-Q10 may reduce attacks
- Folic acid
- L-carnitine may relieve angina and improve exercise tolerance
- Lipoic acid
- Magnesium improves delivery of oxygen to the heart
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B3
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
Water is essential and a main nutrient for the human body. Without it, you cannot survive for many days. Staying hydrated is fundamental for a healthy body, so how much is enough? There are so many differences in people (i.e., how much we sweat), as well as the diets we consume (a lot of water comes from healthy, whole foods), but a general rule is to consume enough water that your urine is clear, but not so much that you dilute your nutrients. If you are taking certain supplements that make your urine yellow, then you can start out with the formula of drinking ½ ounce to 1 ounce of water for each pound you weigh. If you weigh 130 pounds, drink 65 to 130 ounces of water a day. Definitely drink when you are thirsty.
Consult your medical caretaker about a safe exercise program. That exercise is beneficial is undisputed. If you are ill, you will want to take it easy, of course, but there is always something you can do to support your body. Do what you can do without making yourself feel worse. Exercise in fresh air whenever possible.
Emotional stress triggers angina. Stay calm. Anxiety undermines health. Practice relaxation exercises, talk to a friend. Do what works for you to keep mellow. Stress reduction includes getting proper sleep. If you don’t know how to relax, here are some suggestions:
- Art therapy
- Biofeedback (for help with controlling muscle tension, heart rate, blood pressure)
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Massage (which will increase blood flow and lower blood pressure)
- Music Therapy
- Qi Gong
- Tai Chi
OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Keep cholesterol normal.
- Keep blood pressure normal (though high BP may be a symptom and not a cause of heart disease).
- Quit smoking.
- Avoid large meals.
- Avoid rich food.
- If you have angina at night, try tilting the head of your bed up a few inches..
- If you have an attack at night, try sitting on the edge of the bed with your feet on the floor, so more blood goes to your legs and less goes to your heart’s narrowed arteries..
- Acupressure (http://www.modernreflexology.com/effective-acupressure-points-for-cardiovascular-disorders/)
- Acupuncture (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23724696)
- Breathing Retraining (https://www.normalbreathing.com/s/angina-pectoris.php)
- Chinese Medicine (http://www.chineseherbshealing.com/shortness-of-breath-and-chest-pain-what-chinese-herbs-work/)
- Earthing – https://www.thesilverlinedheart.org/single-post/2015/04/15/The-Purpose-of-Walking-Barefoot
- External Counterpulsation (ECP) therapy (https://centennialheart.com/patient-center/patient-education/ecp-faq.dot#ecp_angina)
- Homeopathy (https://treatment.hpathy.com/homeo-medicine/homeopathy-angina/)
When you have angina symptoms at rest and without precipitating anxiety, treat it as you would a heart attack.
- A healthy immune system
- A wholesome diet
- Regular exercise
- Use natural household products rather than chemicals
- Quit smoking! Smoking is the single worst thing you can do for your heart as smoke increases blood levels of carbon monoxide. It also makes blood platelets stick together, further blocking your arteries. Just this one act may decrease your episodes of angina and cut your chances of dying from heart disease by half.