Herbal Supplements
Angina and Herbal Remedies
General
 
Condition when the heart muscle (myocardium) does not get enough blood is called angina (or angina pectoris, not to confuse it with the angina tonsillaris, an inflammation of the tonsils). People suffering from it feel chest pain and discomfort in the chest area, that most often are the symptoms of the coronary heart disease. Atherosclerosis, the buildup of plaque in the coronary arteries, reduces the blood flow to the heart, decreasing the heart muscle’s oxygen supply. Such an insufficient blood supply is called ischemia. To properly handle angina, it is necessary to know angina types. The chest pain of stable angina (most common type) happens when the heart woks harder that typically. It goes away right after the person takes his medication. Unstable angina occurs without any physical reason and the medication does not relieve its symptoms. It may be a sign of heart attack and requires immediate medical attention. Variant angina (Prinzmetal's angina) occurs when a person is at rest. Attacks usually occur at night.
 
Symptoms
 
Pressure, squeezing pain, tightness or burning in the chest are the most common signs of angina. Pain in jaw, neck, shoulders, arms or back, indigestion also occurs among typical symptoms. Patients may also experience nausea, fatigue, shortness of breath, sweating, light-headedness, or weakness. The feeling of discomfort usually starts in the chest, right behind the breastbone. All the symptoms vary within the angina type.
 
Causes
 
The reason of the angina attacks lies in the reduced blood flow to the heart area. This phenomenon is caused by plaque on the inner walls that narrows the arteries or by the blood clots blocking the artery. Angina attacks occur when triggered by the intensified physical and emotional activity – exercise, strong emotions, extreme temperatures and other factors. In people with unstable and variant angina the symptoms appear due to the coronary artery spasm, these patients may experience angina attacks while they are resting or sleeping.
  
Traditional Approaches
 
Drugs that enhance the blood supply to the heart muscle are usually prescribed to the patients with various heart conditions. Most commonly used one is nitroglycerin, which relaxes the veins and the coronary arteries. Drugs that reduce blood pressure and restore heart’s demand for oxygen also help to treat angina. Beta-blockers and calcium antagonists are often prescribed by the doctors to achieve similar effects.
 
Alternative Approaches
 
Herbal medicine has a number of solutions to relieve the symptoms of the angina attacks.
 
Compounds of the chicory root are known to slow a rapid heart beat and enhance the heart work. It is consumed in dried or roasted forms, and the roots may also be eaten.
Reishi (a medicinal mushroom) is able to steady an irregular heartbeat, reduce heart palpations and lower blood pressure. Even sixteen-century Chinese Ming dynasty texts say that this plant “mends the heart”.
 
Another popular Chinese herb astragalus is effective in reducing heart cells’ damage and enhances regular heartbeat.
 
Active components of angelica are potential calcium channel blockers, and the juice containing the similar herbs in it (carrots, fennel, and parsley) is a healthy heart drink.
 
Bilberry is a known vasodilator that opens the blood vessels and lowers blood pressure. Its chemicals prevent the formation of blood clots.
 
Evening primrose contains gamma-linolenic acid that lowers blood pressure and prevents blood clots.
 
Hawthorn improves heart function – opening of the coronary arteries provides normal blood and oxygen supply to the heart.
 
Antioxidant properties of ginger protect blood vessels from the cholesterol damage and strengthen the heart muscle.
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