Good blood circulation is essential to maintaining a healthy body. Your circulatory system is responsible for delivering oxygen and nutrients to your cells and is used to filter out waste and carbon dioxide from your body.
Symptoms of poor blood circulation include constant extreme fatigue or lethargy, swelling of lower part of the leg, tingling or numbness in the hands or legs, coldness in the feet, toes, hands and/or fingers, legs that feel achy or heavy, sores that will not heal within the normal amount of time, constant dizzy spells, poor or declining memory and muscle cramps or throbbing, shooting pains.
One of the most common reasons for poor blood circulation is atherosclerosis, which is the hardening of the blood vessels. Blood vessels that harden make it difficult to pump blood throughout the body, most notably in the hands and legs. This is caused by plaque deposits forming along the artery walls due to high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes. Conditions like smoking or aging can also cause the blood vessels to harden.
In addition to causing atherosclerosis, diabetes or high cholesterol also contribute to the level of plaque formed and deposited in your body. This plaque sticks to the walls of your arteries which narrows the area in which blood can move through. The harder it is to pump blood throughout your body, the lower your blood circulation levels will be. This condition can be increased by poor eating habits that both contribute to the severity of these conditions and deprive your body of the necessary nutrients to keep up your circulatory system.
Circulatory disorders are quite common in middle-aged and elderly folk. Hypertension is one of them. It is caused by cholesterol plaque deposits along the walls of the arteries, making them harden and constrict.
Because the arteries are constricted, the blood exerts great force against the walls of the blood vessels, causing the blood pressure to rise. The vessels lose their elasticity and springiness. So if the body needs more energy such as walking up stairs or exercising, it can be difficult to get it.
Some people with poor circulation may be suffering from venous thrombosis or deep vein thrombosis. These conditions are caused due to veins becoming inflamed, often as a result of blood clots becoming lodged in the veins. This can lead to tenderness, skin discoloration and swelling in the area where the vein is being affected. Some people also report fluids becoming collected in nearby cells which, contributes to the discomfort of the patient. Patients suffering from these symptoms not only have to worry about their circulation becoming damaged, but the blood clot breaking loose and causing further damage throughout the body.
There are a few signs you should watch out for if you think you are developing poor blood circulation. If you do not exercise often or you suffer from one of the conditions listed above, watch for pain in the legs when walking or performing other physical activity. It may be a sign that your legs are not getting the blood flow that they need.
You may also feel a numbness or weakness in your arms or legs. This can occur when you are active or when you are in a resting position. In severe cases this can be accompanied by slackened facial muscles which can lead to your face drooping or slurred speech. Take these side effects seriously, as this is a sign that there is not enough blood flow to your brain which could lead to a stroke. If these symptoms are combined with chest pain, you may be at risk for a heart attack.
Hands and feet may become cold or swell when they are not getting enough blood flow. This may be accompanied by a weak pulse in the legs or changes in skin color. If your skin appears to have a bluish hue this is a sign that your cells are not getting enough oxygen due to poor blood flow. In men, if your lower body is not getting quality circulation is erectile dysfunction.
You can treat conditions of bad blood circulation by doing aerobic exercises, eating healthy diets and taking some medicine prescribed by your doctor to relief the pain and swelling.
Exercise. The best thing you can do to help improve poor blood circulation is to exercise more frequently and lose weight. If your circulation is quite poor you may need to start with moderate exercise and work your way up to more vigorous routines to avoid injury. Cardio based workout routines are essential for this work because this increases lymphatic fluid and help improve the immune system.
Diet. Diet will also play a large part in increasing your circulation. Increasing levels of iron and vitamin C found in foods like lentils, beans, chickpeas or citrus fruits. Increasing your intake of Vitamin E by eating foods like garlic, onions or olive oil can help thin the blood so it easier to pump blood throughout the body. Cutting foods like sugar, fat and toxins like alcohol will help you lower cholesterol levels which can cause damage to the arteries and impact blood flow.
The herb, cayenne can be used externally for poor circulation, unbroken chilblains and pains associated with arthritis or lumbago. Capsicum based creams, liniments, and infused oils can be rubbed onto the skin. Avoid the eyes and other sensitive area of the body.
Internally cayenne stimulates the heart, regulating the blood flow and strengthening the arteries and capillaries. If you want to get your blood flowing, take cayenne. It can be taken as powder in a capsule or as a liquid tincture. It will not only get the blood pumped around your body, but it will strengthen your heart, clear your arteries, and research has shown that hot herbs raise your metabolic rate by as much as 25%, so will assist in weight loss. Cayenne is a wonderful herb for a healthy life.
The herb, Ginkgo Biloba is another all-round circulation booster. It is most widely known for its ability to improve memory, due to its ability to increase blood flow through the brain. In Germany, Gingko is used by physicians to treat varicose veins. Gingko biloba is rich in antioxidants, which assist in removing contaminants from the circulatory system.
Ginkgo like cayenne improves blood flow and strengthens blood vessels. It is also anti-inflammatory, relaxes the lungs, improves blood flow to the heart and lessens coronary demand for oxygen -reducing shortness of breath and is helpful in asthma. Use it to help assist poor circulation, thrombosis, varicose veins, cramp, and spontaneous bruising.
Another herb is Garlic. Modern research shows that a regular intake of Garlic lowers cholesterol levels in the blood. Garlic cleanses the blood, tones the heart and circulatory system and helps prevent heart disease. It helps with high blood pressure and reduces the risk of atherosclerosis*.
Ginger Root is also said to promote healthy blood circulation. Ginger gently stimulates all tissues of the body and is fantastic for poor circulation. Sunflower seeds increase healthy blood flow, and sunflower oil is often recommended as a healthy alternative oil for heart patients.
Better blood circulation can be attained by receiving massage therapy on a regular basis.
According to Eileen Cahalane of Alive Magazine, “A person with poor circulation can suffer from a variety of discomforts including pooling of the fluid in the extremities (like the toes), cold hands and feet, fatigue and achiness created by an accumulation of lactic acid in the muscles. Good circulation brings damaged, tense muscles the oxygen rich blood they need to heal.”
Massage facilitates circulation because the pressure created by the massage technique actually moves blood through the congested areas. The release of this same pressure causes new blood to flow in. The squeezing and pulling also flushes lactic acid from the muscles and improves the circulation of the lymph fluid which carries metabolic waste away from muscles and internal organs, resulting in lower blood pressure and improved body function.
Another great way to improve blood circulation is doing Hijama. It removes toxins and other waste material from the blood. It helps fasten recovery time and people recover from diseases much faster after hijama. Hijama is known to prevent many diseases and, therefore, can be considered one of the best preventive measures against many diseases. Moreover, it is also noted that hijama can help those people as well who are under some magic spell or who are under the influence of some evil beings.
Hijama has no side effects as long as performed properly. It is also worth noting that about 70% diseases or disorders are caused by the failure of blood to circulate properly in the body. Furthermore, we get sick or our body organs fail to perform healthily when our blood keep circulating loaded with toxins and other impurities. Unless the toxic waste is removed from the body or from the blood, not only we do not recover fast from a disease but also become easy victim to other diseases or disorder.
Hijama is the best way to remove the toxic waste from the blood stream, and the results will obviously be a healthy and properly functioning body. We should never forget that this highly useful and recommended sunnah of the Prophet (saw) helps us in controlling many diseases such as infections, hypertension, circulatory diseases, pains, infertility, cancer, etc.