Treatment of atherosclerosis with folk remedies is an addition to drug therapy and special nutrition.
A trigger for the development of pathology is considered to be a violation of lipid metabolism and an increase in the level of "bad" cholesterol.
There are many recipes and methods of alternative medicine that stabilize the concentration of cholesterol, as well as fat and lipid metabolism.
These include medicinal plants, red and white wine, hirudotherapy and massage. How to use them correctly is described in the material below.
Atherosclerosis - causes of development and signs
Atherosclerosis is understood as a lesion of the vascular walls as a result of the development of atheromatous plaques. They are a collection of cholesterol and other lipoprotein fractions.
There are two main types of lipoproteins - protein compounds that transport cholesterol into the cellular structures of the body: low density (LDL) and high density (HDL). If a high level of HDL in the blood indicates a healthy cardiovascular system, then an elevated concentration of LDL - an atherosclerotic change.
The progression of the disease is conditionally divided into three stages: the accumulation of lipid spots, the formation of fibrous plaques and the development of complications (thrombosis, rupture of cholesterol plaques).
There are many factors that increase the risk of atheromatous deposits. These include:
- gender (men suffer from atherosclerosis - 3-4 times more often than women);
- age (men - from 45 years old, women - from 55 years old);
- improper eating habits and obesity;
- inactive lifestyle;
- genetic predisposition;
- hyperlipoproteinemia (LDL - more than 3 mmol / l, total Cs - more than 5 mmol / l);
- the presence of diabetes of the first or second type;
- arterial hypertension (BP more than 140/90 mm Hg);
- bad habits - smoking and alcohol;
- hyperfibrinogenemia, homocysteinemia and homocysteinuria;
It should be noted that at the beginning of the development of the disease a person does not feel any symptoms. Only if the artery is blocked by atheromatous deposits of at least 50%, does the disease begin to manifest itself. Common signs of atherosclerosis, regardless of its type, are considered to be:
- Neurological disorders of short-term nature - impaired speech, hearing, vision, headaches, dizziness, episodic paralysis, partial or complete loss of sensitivity of a certain part of the body.
- Disorders of mental activity - reduced intelligence, moderate memory impairment, poor nighttime sleep, depression, irritability.
Sometimes atherosclerosis affects a specific area of blood vessels, although complex pathological changes are more common.
The disease affects the arteries of the brain, lower and upper extremities, aorta, brachiocephalic, renal and coronary vessels, so the clinical picture may be different.
Medicinal plants against atherosclerosis
Mother Nature has prepared for us many medicinal plants that help normalize lipid and protein metabolism. The most popular folk remedies are presented below.
Thyme decoction. This effective recipe helps to cope with the manifestations of cerebral atherosclerosis. In addition, it is an excellent prevention of reducing brain activity, memory impairment and manifestations of insanity. In the container you need to pour 1 tbsp. dry raw materials and pour 0.5 liters of boiling water. For 1 hour the mixture is infused, then filtered and poured into a glass. In the broth you need to add 5 drops of plant juice golden mustache. Take the finished product 3 times a week, the course of treatment is 4 months.
Infusion for compresses. It is made in the treatment of atherosclerosis of the lower extremities in order to get rid of pain, cramps and improve blood circulation.
For the preparation of this infusion useful herbs such as plantain, chamomile, St. John's wort, sage and a series. The flowers are mixed in equal quantities, pour 1 tbsp. boiling water 1 tbsp. dry raw and insist.
Next, act as follows:
- the limbs are washed with soap;
- they are wrapped from heel to groin with gauze dipped in the infusion;
- limbs wrapped with compress paper;
- then they are wrapped in a sheet.
The duration of therapy is 3 weeks. Moreover, the procedure is carried out twice a day. Compress left for 3 hours, at this time the patient must rest.
According to many patient reviews, a good remedy against atherosclerosis is a tincture based on open pine cones. To do this, ripe cones (20-40 pieces) are poured with vodka (1 l), left in a dark place for 30-40 days, and then filtered. Drink ready tincture 1 tsp. three times a day before meals. It is better to add it to sweet tea. The course of treatment is 2 months.
Prevents the deposition of cholesterol plaques dill infusion: 1 tbsp. crushed seeds need to pour 1 tbsp. boiling water. Ready infusion take 1-2 tablespoons. three times a day. It helps a lot with headaches.
Arteriosclerosis, burdened with arterial hypertension, is treated with walnuts. To do this, chopped nuts take with honey 100 g per day. The initial dosage is 3 nuts. The course of therapy is 45 days.
For the prevention and treatment of atherosclerosis, it is recommended to introduce into the diet fish oil and flaxseed oil, rich in Omega-3,6,9 polyunsaturated fatty acids. They inhibit platelet aggregation and reduce LDL levels.
Garlic and onions in the fight against cholesterol plaques
If there are risk factors, it is recommended to add garlic and onions in your diet - miracle vegetables, which prevent the development of cardiovascular pathologies, including atherosclerosis.
Raw garlic contains mineral salts, sugars, vitamins (A, C, group B) and essential oil (volatile production and allicin). Its beneficial effect on blood vessels is associated with such properties as blood thinning and normalization of blood pressure.
For the prevention and treatment of atherosclerosis, garlic tincture is most often used. The drug cleanses the arteries, improves their elasticity and has a vasodilating effect. To prepare it, you need to pour 250 g of finely chopped garlic 1 liter of vodka. The mixture remains in a dark cool place for three weeks.
Then filter the homemade tincture and take it with milk or water as follows:
- 1st day - 1 drop of medication.
- 2nd to 25th day - from 2 to 25 drops.
- 26th to 30th day - 25 drops each.
- The 31st and the following days - the dosage is decreasing.
Onions - a storehouse of natural fiber, trace elements, organic acids, pectin and vitamins (A, C, E, group B). Among the beneficial properties of this plant emit phytoncidal, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antihelminthic, immunomodulatory, etc.
Drugs based on onions are taken to increase blood pressure during arterial hypotension. The presence of carotene and iron prevents the development of anemia and has a beneficial effect on the hematopoietic system.
Onion peel is often used to prevent atherosclerosis. There are several ways to receive it.
І way. For 1 serving of medicine you will need 20 drops of onion peel tincture and 1 tbsp. sunflower oil. Components must be thoroughly mixed and taken three times a day, half an hour before meals. The duration of therapy is 2 weeks, then you need to observe a break for 10 days.
II method. In atherosclerotic heart disease, treatment with such a folk remedy is effective, because helps to cope with heart pain. To do this, pour 1 tbsp into the container. onion peel and yarrow, 0.5 st.l. horsetail and hawthorn flowers. The mixture is poured 1 liter of boiling water and boil for about 15 minutes on low heat. When the broth cools, filter it and add 200 ml of boiled water. Drug drink on 3 UF. three times a day, 20 minutes before meals.
The duration of the course of therapy varies from 7 to 10 days.
Red and white wine - healing properties
Everyone knows that alcohol abuse increases the risk of stroke, heart attack, atherosclerosis, ischemic heart disease and other pathologies associated with the cardiovascular system.
Despite this fact, the prevention of atheromatous plaque deposits includes the intake of dry red and white wine. Numerous foreign and domestic studies confirm that moderate alcohol intake has a positive effect on the cardiovascular system, reducing the likelihood of IHD and atherosclerosis.
The beverage contains catechins and flavonoids, which break down and fight the deposition of "bad" cholesterol. In addition, the wine increases the concentration in the blood of HDL, cleansing the blood vessels and reduces blood clotting. Present in the composition of polyphenols have an antioxidant effect, so taking a drink prevents the oxidation of cholesterol and damage to the arteries.
The recommended dosage of drinking is 50 ml. It is advisable to drink wine during lunch or dinner. The course of therapy is on average 2-3 weeks.
Often, atherosclerosis take a spicy drink based on dry red wine, which includes a pinch of cloves, ginger, cardamom and nutmeg. Also add 0.5 tsp. orange peel and cinnamon, 0.5 tbsp. sugar syrup. The mixture is thoroughly mixed, it takes 1 tbsp. twice a day.
Many French doctors recommend using the following recipe: 0.6 l of white wine should be combined with 100 ml of liquid honey and 100 g of chopped onion.
The remedy is infused for 1 day, it is taken in 3 st.l. the day before meals.
Hirudotherapy and massage for atherosclerosis
In addition to diet, taking lipid-lowering pills and playing sports, patients resort to alternative methods of treatment. A popular technique is hirudotherapy - treatment of atherosclerosis of the lower extremities with the help of medical leeches.
The therapeutic effect is achieved due to the fact that the leeches, biting the skin, inject biologically active components that have a vasodilator and antispasmodic property.
The presence in the mucus of the substance hirudin helps to reduce blood clotting and liquefaction. Hirudin helps to normalize blood flow in small vessels and capillaries.
Hirudotherapy is prescribed not only for atherosclerosis, but also for hypoxia, tissue swelling and the formation of blood clots. Such procedures will prevent the formation of cholesterol plaques, clear the blood vessels and eliminate pain syndrome.
However, they are forbidden to pass in such cases:
- pregnancy and lactation period;
- tendency to allergic reactions;
- the presence of malignant tumors;
- anemia and hemophilia;
- suffered injuries;
- recent surgeries;
- children and old age;
- 3-4 days before and after menstruation.
Many treat atherosclerosis of the lower extremities with the help of massage. This is a great way to counteract atheromatous plaques and prevent their new appearance. The following are general guidelines:
- Massage in atherosclerosis of the cerebral vessels is carried out only in the supine position, when the patient is completely relaxed.
- Manipulations are performed starting from the foot, gradually moving to the lower leg and thigh.
- Massage movements should not cause any discomfort.
- For massaging the feet, special ointments are used to relieve swelling and inflammation.
- If a patient has an advanced stage of atherosclerosis, then massage procedures are performed 3-4 times a day for 10 minutes.
It is worth remembering that atherosclerosis is a serious disease, the mortality rate of which remains high. Therefore, when the first symptoms appear, it is necessary to consult a doctor. Only a specialist can prescribe effective drugs, to advise on diet and taking folk remedies.
Traditional methods of treatment of atherosclerosis are discussed in the video in this article.