Cold hands and feet are usually the result of poor blood circulation. Besides, other more serious health problems can possibly occur in every organ of your body when blood flow becomes restricted there. Good news is that some herbs have long been used in the home remedies to improve the blood flow around the body.
Poor circulation of blood can afflict any gender, at any age. However, this condition itself and related discomforts can be helped the natural way. Most importantly, some of these herbs for circulation problems can be found in your spice drawers. Are you surprised that ginkgo leaves, cinnamon, ginger, garlic, and pepper can be the ones you are looking for? However, it is important to emphasize that they are useful only when you know how to use them properly. And here are the most common herbs for healthy circulation.
1. Peppers. Since ancient times peppers were used as an important nutritional supplement. Besides, they are also known for their amazing medicinal properties, among which include nourishing the heart and clearing the blood cholesterol. In addition, peppers are able to unclog arteries to make blood flow more smoothly to extremities. You can also combine it with other herbs, for example tea, to get better result.
2. Cinnamon and ginger. Cinnamon and ginger are traditional herbs that improve blood circulation too. This is because both of them can thin the blood to a certain extent, which in turn makes you have good blood flow around your body. If you often drink the tea made of this combination, it still provides relief to pain, chills, and other discomforts due to bad circulation. The only drawback is that when they are used in large doses they are likely to cause nausea. So, it is recommended to use a small amount of this herbal tea and preferably flavor by adding some honey.
3. Salvia miltiorrhiza. Salvia miltiorrhiza is better known as Danshen in the east. Traditionally, it is commonly used for poor blood flow due to blood clots or stagnation. That’s to say, it is able to clean blood vessels and dilate coronary artery. No wonder clinically it is often seen in the treatment of angina pectoris and the prevention and treatment of myocardial infarction.
4. Ginkgo. Ginkgo is good for poor circulation, which has been confirmed after years of research. Since ginkgo contains ingredients that help dilate blood vessels, in turn it can keep blood flow. However, one important thing to note about this herb is that it has some blood-thinning properties. So, finding the right dose is your first priority, which is especially important when it is used in conjunction with garlic since both of them have a tendency to reduce platelet aggregation.
5. Hawthorn berry. Hawthorn berry is good at getting rid of body fat, lowering cholesterol levels, and preventing and treating high blood lipids. Since it is capable of eliminating blood stasis and clearing blood vessels, it makes sense in the treatment of arteriosclerosis and myocardial infarction and the prevention of stroke.
6. Ligusticum striatum. Also known as Szechuan lovage and Chuanxiong, Ligusticum striatum is one of 50 fundamental herbs in traditional Chinese medicine. It can dilate the arteries in the heart and brain, increase blood flow and improve microcirculation.
7. Safflower. In folk remedies, safflower is mainly used for amenorrhea, endometriosis, and other gynecological diseases. And it also works for sequelae of accidents, traumatic injury, circulatory disturbance due to Lower extremity superficial venous aneurysms, blood stasis caused by bruises, and so on. In addition, it prevents arteriosclerosis and helps clear clogged coronary arteries.
Besides of the above-mentioned 7 herbs, there are a few others for you to choose from. They include Kudzu Root, Erigeron breviscapus, Panax notoginseng, Dong Quai, peach kernel, Radix Paeoniae Rubra, and the like. When it comes to home remedies, wine, massage, hot compress, foot bath, and regular exercise are highly recommended to enhance your immune system and help improve circulation.
Admittedly, some of the mentioned herbs contain ingredients that can stimulate the spinal cord blood flow and activate the nerve regeneration. Just as a reminder, they should be used based on syndrome differentiation. So, it is better to consult an experienced herbalist if you have no idea how to use them, just to be on the safe side.