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 Dr. George Jacob
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Alternative and Complementary Remedies for Arteriosclerosis And Atherosclerosis

Herbal Medicine

Some herbal remedies have a beneficial action on the arteries, reducing build-up of plaque and perhaps helping to remove existing deposits. Herbs will be prescribed according to individual diagnosis and the symptom pattern. Description and action of the herbs used for cardiovascular health are given elsewhere.

Garlic has blood-thinning qualities. It also helps reduce high cholesterol levels.

Siberian ginseng tea reduces blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Hawthorn leaves and blossoms reduce cholesterol levels.

Calendula strengthens, regulates and calms the heart and improve circulation.

Alfalfa leaf juice and the silica in horsetail maintain the elastic, connective tissue of the arteries and preserve their permeability.

Alfalfa meal in large amounts also lowers cholesterol because of its saponin content.

Lemon balm tea relaxes and calms the nerves.

Gugulipid, an extract of the mukul myrrh tree native to India, helps reduce both cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

Cayenne (capsicum) lowers cholesterol and inhibits platelet aggregations by dilating arteries. Many angina sufferers report a remarkable improvement in their chest pain and circulation with regular supplementation of cayenne.

Curcumin is an anti-inflammatory agent as well as an antioxidant.

Forskolin, a derivative of the herb Coleus forskohlii, is a good natural bronchoditator. Forskolin has therapeutic effects in the treatment of high blood pressure, congestive heart disease and glaucoma. It helps improve circulation due to its vasoditating effects.

Herbal Combination:

Combine lime blossom, hawthorn berries (Crataegus) and/or mistletoe (Viscum album) in equal parts and make a tea from this mixture. Drink this tea two to three times daily.

If you prefer crushed herbs, take two capsules a day after meals.

Chinese Herbal Formula

A Chinese herbalist may achieve beneficial effects by using herbs to reduce clogging, cool excess heat and regulate the circulation of the blood.

Coptis and Rhubarb Combination (San-Huang-Hsieh-Hsin-Tang):

This is the formula of choice of Oriental herbalists for arteriosclerosis (and hypertension).

Coptis Rhizome 7 g

Rhubarb Rhizome 7 g

Scute 7 g

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