We all know that stress increases our heart rate (amongst other things) and if it persists over a longer period of time, it can throw our circulatory system out of whack on a permanent basis. Obviously, there are more factors that can contribute to the inefficient working of our circulatory system but you probably agree that our reaction to stressors around us plays a significant role in today’s circulatory problems.
You can read about many foods here, here and here that claim to have blood pressure reducing effects, but did you know that there are herbs too that can help improve circulation? That’s right, herbs!
Take a look at these 9 herbs from Eastern medicine that are often used to achieve better circulation:
- Tulsi (ocimum sanctum linn or holy basil)
- Red sandalwood
- Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera, Indian ginseng or winter cherry)
- Bhringraj (eclipta alba)
- Manjistha (rubia cordifola or Indian madder)
How to Use These Herbs?
Many people’s spice rack includes the first three or four herbs for daily use. The rest of the herbs are often combined with other herbs and prescribed by a certified health practitioner as part of a palliative treatment. Although ashwagandha is gaining popularity in the west, it is important to remember that just like with everything else in life, moderation is key – both in quantity and duration of taking this herb.
Will Herbs Alone Do the Trick?
For full disclosure, consuming circulation-enhancing foods and herbs can only take you so far. Dietary and lifestyle modifications are often needed to improve your circulatory balance. These changes may call for eliminating or significantly reducing certain things in your diet, such as smoking, excessive salt, alcohol or processed foods. Or, they may advocate for introducing new habits into your life, such as daily meditation for 10 minutes, lying on your back (a.k.a. savasana if you’re a yoga lover) for 15 minutes every day or elongated alternate nostril breathing.
This blog is to make you aware of foods that are said to have positive effects on the circulatory system. However, the information in this article is not meant to be used to replace your blood pressure medication. Please consult your physician if you’re looking to discontinue or lower the dosage of your medication.
Many thanks to Della Davis at Mount Madonna Institute for her edits.
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