There are a variety of natural ways to restore blood circulation to the legs using supplements, herbs and certain foods. Many people suffer from circulatory difficulties that result in limited blood supply to the legs. This can be caused by a number of different conditions such as autoimmune disorders, cardiovascular disease, peripheral artery disease, Raynaud’s or constriction of the capillaries. Certain supplements and herbal remedies may cause side effects, so always consult a your natural health practitioner before starting new treatments.
According to the University of Michigan Health System, Inositol hexaniacinate has been found to improve blood circulation to the legs of people suffering from autoimmune diseases such as Raynaud’s. Inositol is a derivative of niacin which is one of the B vitamins. It needs to be taken in extremely high doses so should never be self-administered. Always consult a healthcare practitioner familiar with using inositol regarding individual dosage.
Evening Primrose Oil
Evening primrose oil can be used to improve peripheral circulation to the legs according to the University of Michigan Health System. It is high in omega-3 fatty acids and may inhibit certain chemicals that are known to promote the constriction of the capillaries.
Apple Cider Vinegar and Capsicum
Dr Theodore Baroody describes a method to stimulate blood flow to the legs and feet using apple cider vinegar and cayenne pepper in “Alkalize or Die.” Heat a mixture of 2 cups of water and 1 cup of apple cider vinegar to as hot a temperature as you can stand without causing pain or burning yourself. Sprinkle ½ to 1 whole teaspoon of cayenne pepper into the water and vinegar and mix well. Soak your feet in this mixture for at least 30 minutes. You can also soak a cloth in the mixture and then wrap it around your legs and feet. Some people may experience a burning sensation due to the cayenne pepper. Start with a small amount, and gradually build up the amount of pepper in the mixture until your skin becomes used to its effects.
Hawthorn has been used as traditional medicine for centuries by herbalists and Native Americans. Hawthorn tones the heart muscle, improves circulation, reduces blood pressure, and strengthens the entire cardiovascular system. As it has the potential to cause side effects, hawthorn should only be used under the supervision of a natural health practitioner or qualified herbalist.
“The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook: Your Everyday Reference to the Best Herbs for Healing“; James Duke; 2002
“Alkalize or Die”; Dr. Theodore A. Baroody; 1991
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