There are safe, natural ways to prevent and treat claudication, a painful condition that affects many people. As men and women with various medical conditions are susceptible to it, there are a variety of herbs that can be effective in alleviating the condition.
What is claudication?
Also called intermittent claudication, it is characterized by pain in the calf or thigh muscles that occurs after walking short distances. The pain usually subsides after you stop walking, but recurs when you start moving again.
The reason that it occurs is because there is not enough blood flow to the leg muscles. This is due to narrow or blocked arteries, most commonly by fatty deposits, a condition known as atherosclerosis.
When you are walking your legs require more blood than when you are at rest, and thus problems with your arteries inhibit proper flow to your leg muscles, resulting in claudication.
How can you treat it the natural way?
Herbal remedies can help treat the conditions that predispose a person to claudication as well as help alleviate the pain. Those at risk are people with high blood pressure and high cholesterol, as well as older people and those who smoke. Any factor that can attribute to the deterioration of the arteries can be addressed with herbal options.
Blood Pressure & Cholesterol Lowering Herbs
Ginkgo Biloba - One of the best herbs for claudication, gingko biloba improves blood circulation to the legs. Ginkgo dilates (opens) the arteries, and reduces blood pressure.
Ginger Root - commonly used in Asian cooking, ginger acts to improve blood circulation and relaxes muscles surrounding blood vessels.
Olive Leaf - from the olive tree native to the Mediterranean region, olive leaf extract helps in lowering blood pressure and combats arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeat.
Green Tea - among its many therapeutic benefits green tea has been shown to lower the amount of LDL's in the blood stream, and aids in the prevention of blood vessel constriction.
Hawthorn - Also known as the mayflower, hawthorn opens the coronary arteries and improves blood flow. Hawthorn reduces artery hardening, and strengthens heart muscle making it more effective in delivering blood to the body.
Maitake - from the Chinese mushroom, maitake extract acts to decrease both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Maitake also lowers blood cholesterol levels.
Guggulipid - an ancient Indian herb that has been shown to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Guggulipid reduces LDL (bad cholesterol) levels and has performed better than modern drugs in several trials.
Turmeric - a powerful herb used in curry dishes, turmeric contains curcumin which lowers LDL levels and improves blood circulation.
Other Important Nutrients That Can Help
Policosanol - a powerful extract from sugar cane wax that has been widely studied. Policosanol has been shown to lower bad cholesterol (LDL) and increase good cholsterol (HDL).
Coenzyme Q10 - a vitamin-like substance found naturally in the body, coenzyme Q10 is an essential nutrient for the well-being and proper functioning of the heart.
Vitamin E - studies show Vitamin E may help reduce the risk of developing heart disease.
Vitamin C - used in conjunction with Vitamin E it may slow the progression of atheroscleroisis.
Vitamin B6, B12 & Folic Acid - when combined together there is evidence to suggest that these nutrients lower the risk of heart attack.
Should you take all of these claudication herbal remedies separately or together in one comprehensive formula?
We recommend that you take these herbs, vitamins and minerals together if possible for many reasons:
We have found a nutritional product that contains all of the claudication herbal remedies in a synergized comprehensive formula. The product is called Total Balance, and we have made it our core nutritional supplement. It is made up of all natural herbs, vitamins, minerals to treat claudication symptoms as well as promote overall well-being.
We thoroughly researched the company that makes this natural formula and have found that they adhere to strict GMP compliance, which are the highest manufacturing standards in the world. This ensures the quality and effectiveness of the ingredients.
Also, they only use standardized herbal extracts, the purest herbal extracts with the highest quality and therapeutic benefits.
All of the ingredients in Total Balance are supported with a Certificate of Analysis (COA) which guarantees their potency and safety.
Lastly, all of the nutritional products are formulated by a highly trained, highly credentialed scientific team that can blend these ingredients perfectly to ensure that they do not interact adversely and offer the maximum benefits to your body.
Many of our editors and visitors have experienced success with Total Balance. They have used it as a way to ensure that they have a full balance of important nutrients to prevent claudication and similar conditions from occurring.
** UPDATE **
We have added a special cholesterol lowering formula with natural ingredients to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels as well as improve heart strength and function. So far we are very pleased with the results.
As with all health supplements, be sure to consult your physician or qualified herbal professional before taking any natural treatments for claudication.