Natural remedies and home treatment for Atherosclerosis
Atherosclerosis is a disease of the arteries wherein plaques of fatty material adhere to artery (blood vessel) walls. It is considered irreversible in allopathic medicine. The restricted blood flow can affect your heart and other organs and tissues, including the brain.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
- Chest pain/pressure (angina)
- Flaccid facial muscles
- High blood pressure
- Kidney failure
- Leg pain
- Numbness or weakness in your limbs
- Speaking difficulties
- Vision loss
HIGH RISK FACTORS
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- High triglycerides
- Unhealthy diet
- Medications such as ACE inhibitors, beta blockers and cholesterol lowering drugs
A healthy immune system is always the first line of defense against disease and inflammation. 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 nutrition plan.
FOODS THAT MAY PROMOTE HEALING
- Bone broth
- Citrus fruits
- Coconut oil
- Green vegetables
- Nuts and seeds
- Oat bran
- Oatmeal, steel-cut, slow cooking for the GLA
- Omega 3-rich foods, particularly wild fish from cold waters
- Reishi mushrooms
- Soy protein is thought to decrease LDL
FOODS AND OTHER SUBSTANCES TO REDUCE OR ELIMINATE
- Decrease Omega 6 fats
- Excess salt
- Excessive saturated fats
- Food additives (i.e. nitrates)
- Grains (except oatmeal). If you must eat grains, choose whole grains and consume in moderation.
- Processed foods
- Processed sugars
- Smoking causes damage to capillaries.
- Starchy foods
- Trans fats
TEAS AND OTHER LIQUIDS
- Black Tea
- Green tea
- White tea
HERBS AND SPICES
- 12 Herb Tea (a commercial herb combo)
- Arjuna TA is an Ayurvedic herb purported to benefit the heart, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and reverse hardening of the arteries.
- Fenugreek seed
Essential oils can be administered via a diffuser for inhalation, administered topically in a carrier oil (coconut, almond, olive, etc.), or undiluted drops can be added to a hot bath or compress. Find recipes for blends on the web or create your own.
- Clary sage
- Orange bergamot
- Palo Santo
- Ylang ylang
OTHER SUBSTANCES AND SUPPLEMENTS
The cost of having a blood test to determine if you have nutritional deficiencies is likely to be negligible compared to over-consuming expensive supplements that you do not need.
- Alpha-linolenic acid
- Cod liver oil
- Omega 3’s
- Artichoke extract
- Co Q10
- Omega 3
- Plant sterols
- Policosanol (to lower LDL and increase HDL)
- Red Rice Yeast (to lower blood pressure)
- Tocotrienols (may dissolve arterial plaque and lower cholesterol levels)
- Vasotensin (to control hypertension)
- Vitamin B6, folic acid and B12 in combo (to keep homocysteine levels low)
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin K
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 to one 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.
That exercise is beneficial for overall health is undisputed. Aim for 30 minutes a day if possible. 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. If necessary, break your exercises into ten-minute increments. Do what you can without making yourself feel worse. Exercise in fresh air whenever possible.
Studies show that lack of quality sleep affects the production of disease-fighting antibodies. If you wake in the morning after 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep feeling unrested, you aren’t getting enough sleep or you have an underlying health condition.
Stay calm. Anxiety undermines health. Practice relaxation exercises, talk to a friend, meditate. Do what works for you to stay mellow, thus helping to keep your blood pressure low. Some of the following relaxation methods may be helpful for you:
- Art therapy
- Bach flower remedies
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Music Therapy
- Qi Gong
- Tai Chi
OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO
- Keep your blood sugar low
- Avoid both low-fat and high-fat diets. Try to use only good fats.
- Acupuncture – https://www.healthcmi.com/Acupuncture-Continuing-Education-News/1573-acupuncture-alleviates-atherosclerosis-benefits-arteries
- Ayurveda – http://www.atreya.com/ayurveda/Atherosclerosis-An-Ayurvedic.html
- Chinese Medicine – https://www.intechopen.com/books/complementary-therapies-for-the-body-mind-and-soul/complementary-therapy-with-traditional-chinese-medicine-for-treating-atherosclerosis-related-disease
- Chiropractic – https://www.acatoday.org/News-Publications/ACA-News-Archive/ArtMID/5721/ArticleID/74/Atherosclerosis-Subluxation-and-Medicare
- Earthing – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3576907/
- Homeopathy: plumbum met; cactus; digitalis; arsenic iod (best to consult a homeopathic physician rather than self-treat)
- A wholesome, balanced diet
- Adequate hydration
- Regular exercise
- Low stress levels
- Quality sleep
- Quit smoking
- A healthy weight