Poor blood circulation can occur for a variety of reasons. Although not as common today due to the social stigma attached to it, smoking used to be one of the prime causes of poor circulation. Today it is fatty foods, lack of exercise and work related issues such as spending too long sitting down at a computer terminal. All of these things do not immediately cause poor circulation but over the years they can build up and symptoms could start to appear.
Commonly poor circulation will appear first in the extremities so symptoms such as having cold feet or hands all the time or a feeling of numbness will be the first clue. Other signs that can strike any part of the body are pins and needles, cramps and skin blemishes. Having poor circulation can have an effect on the head as well, since oxygen to the brain is effectively being lessened. When it gets to this stage memory loss, headaches, dizzy spells and a little hair loss can result.
One commonly used spice that can help with poor circulation and is freely available as an herbal supplement is cayenne pepper. A Cayenne pepper contains capsaicin which has a surprising effect on the human body. Capsaicin is used in skin ointments to help with nerve pain, is used in pepper spray and according to the Research may even help with certain types of cancer. For circulation though the cayenne pepper is known to increase blood flow to all areas of the body and for strengthening the heart. This is possibly why it is also known as a male aphrodisiac!
Ginkgo Biloba is one of the most extensively studied herbs in the world today. This is a unique tree in that is has no close living relatives and because of this it is classed as a living fossil. Native to China these remarkable trees have many medicinal uses. Used as a treatment not only for circulation problems, but also for memory as well this herb treats both the cause and some of the symptoms of poor circulation. There have been reports of some side effects so always read the label carefully of any Ginko Biloba herbal supplement.
In folk medicine ginger has long had a role to play in improving circulation. It is thought that the many minerals and amino acids that the body absorbs from ginger have an effect on the creation of blood cells and the regulation of many bodily systems. Initial medical studies show that ginger may have some effect in thinning the blood and lowering cholesterol but these results need to be replicated.
One herb that is used in a variety of products and that traditionally helps with circulation is rosemary. Rosemary is used in cooking, soaps, cosmetics and other items that need a fragrance. It has been used by aromatherapy to help with memory loss and relieving stress. Consuming rosemary is thought to normalise blood pressure by increasing blood flow. There are many ways to take rosemary, from adding it to cooking, drunk in tea, taking a rosemary capsule or just using aromatherapy oil in a hot bath making this herb especially easy to use daily.
Poor circulation is becoming a common problem thanks to the hectic stressful way the world is today. That doesn’t mean it cannot be stopped before it becomes an issue or even rectified when the problem arises. For some it will mean something as simple as changing a diet whilst for others it may mean taking a few minutes out of each day to stretch and exercise. Like many other problems though there are plenty of herbal remedies out there that can help so if stuck for a change why not give them a go.