Raynauds Disease

Raynaud's disease is a constriction of the blood vessels of the extremities which go into spasm and turn white or bluish in response to cold. It is a painful condition due to the diminished blood supply and affects most often the fingers but sometimes the toes, ears, nose, and cheeks. Raynaud's phenomenon has similar symptoms and responds to the same remedies but the cause involves connective tissue.

Nicotine constricts the flow of blood and should be avoided; birth control pills can also affect circulation. Keep the affected areas warm and if there is no response to warmth, consult a physician.

Nutrients

Inositol hexaniacinate—3 to 4 g or 200 mg niacin, improves circulation and decreases spasms.

Evening primrose oil—1 to 4 g, reduces the number and severity of attacks; inhibits action of prostaglandins that play a role in blood vessel constriction.

L-carnitine—1 g three times daily, reduces spasms.

Foods

Fatty fish

Salmon

Mackerel

Albacore tuna

Sardines

Herring

Fresh fruits

Apples Figs

Fresh vegetables

Leafy green vegetables

Legumes

Soybeans

Nuts

Seeds

Whole grains Eggs Seafood Low-fat dairy Ginger

Garlic

Cayenne

Mustard

Juices

Fruits Vegetables

Herbal therapy

Ginkgo biloba—60 to 240 mg extract, improves blood circulation. Garlic—400 to 500 mg, 2 to 4 ml tincture, or one clove raw garlic, improves blood circulation. Indian snakeroot—contains the compound reser-pine which dilates blood vessels.

Homeopathy

Take remedy according to symptoms:

Arsenicum album

Cactus

Carbo vegetabilis Chelidonium

Hepar sulphuris calcareum Lachesis

Secale Sepia

Veratrum album

Aromatherapy

Black pepper, lemon, rosemary, peppermint— massage into affected areas for warmth and increased circulation.

Ayurvedic medicine

Mustard and sesame seed oils—warm and massage hands.

Chinese medicine

Dong quai Peony

Chinese angelica Cinnamon twigs Acupuncture

Chiropractic

Spinal and neck manipulation improves blood circulation to extremities.

Bodywork

Massage—improves circulation and relaxes. Qigong

Mindbody therapy

Biofeedback—application of methods to warm hands and feet.

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