The term ‘angina’ refers to pain or heavy pressure in the chest that is caused by insufficient oxygen to the tissues of the heart. It is typically brought on by physical exertion and is relieved by rest. Angina is often the first sign of atherosclerosis – where the artery walls are becoming thickened and hardened by the build-up of fatty deposits and calcium. Any
natural treatments need to be aimed at attempting to remove the fatty deposits
from the artery wall, improving the ability of the blood to flow more easily and
also at improving metabolism within the heart muscle.
Lecithin is often used to help remove fatty deposits. 1-3 tbsp daily to increase the solubility of cholesterol, and L-Carnitine 500mg twice daily to reduce fat and triglyceride levels. (L-Carnitine is a vitamin-like substance that stimulates the breakdown of long-chain fatty acids). Mucilaginous fibres – oat bran, psyllium, flaxseed etc. should be taken daily to carry excess cholesterol from the bowel out of the body.
It has been found that supplementing the diet with Flaxseed Oil
can improve blood flow by reducing blood viscosity, take 1-2 tbsp daily.
The use of Fish oils will have the same effect.
Also use Garlic and Cayenne on a daily basis as they will also help improve blood
flow. Other herbs that have this type of action and Yarrow and DanShen.
GLA, found in Evening Primrose Oil and Borage also helps to reduce blood viscosity,
take 3000 mg daily.
The action of herbs such as Ginkgo Biloba and Hawthorn is to improve blood flow by dilating the peripheral blood vessels. (Garlic and Hawthorn can also have
the action of helping lower blood pressure ).
Niacin (B3) also has a dilating affect – best used very carefully in conjunction with B complex – and also helps lower cholesterol levels. Be aware that Niacin will cause the body to ‘flush’, and to take too much, too suddenly can be somewhat dangerous, apart
from being uncomfortable. See notes on ‘Niacin- use of B3’.
To improve the metabolism of the heart you need to make sure all minerals
are adequate. Use Colloidal Minerals, 1 tbsp. daily, but extra Magnesium and Potassium may be indicated.
Magnesium is especially important as it helps prevent spasms of the coronary arteries and can also help prevent irregular heart rhythm. It is also possible to slowly reverse calcium build-up by using extra Magnesium, but this takes time and it is difficult to gauge
results. See page on ‘Calcium : Magnesium ratio.’
Colloidal Minerals already contain Zinc and Selenium but you may also need to supplement with vitamins A, C and E to add to anti-oxidant levels.
Herbally Hawthorn is excellent for heart metabolism.
Other supplements are Co-enzyme Q10 which is excellent for oxygenating heart
tissue, resulting in more efficient energy production and reduced cardiac
stress. Dosage needs to be 90-100 mg daily for it to be effective.
See page on ‘Co-enzyme Q10’
B6 and B12 and folic acid are important. Together these
vitamins are known to reduce homocysteine levels. B6 also aids Magnesium uptake
and helps reduce fluid retention. B12 plays a vital role in regenerating blood
cells and improving energy levels. Folic acid is needed for optimum B12 utilization and for the uptake of Iron. See page on ‘Vitamin B12’.
Always add as much ginger, cayenne and paprika to the diet as possible as
all help improve circulation.
If attempting to combine orthodox medications with natural treatments be sure
to let your G.P. know what you are doing as some medications may require
altering. Do not stop medications without consulting you G.P.