Use Natural Old Home Remedies To Treat Poor Leg Circulation
Poor blood circulation can result in poor leg circulation, which can be painful and a symptom of more serious health issues. Untreated poor leg circulation can result in serious infections and even amputation in extreme cases. Efficient blood circulation is necessary for blood flow through your body, your brain and your heart.
The causes of poor leg circulation can be numerous and varied. Smoking is one of the potential causes. Smoking constricts arteries, which in turn can cause leg circulation issues. Poor blood circulation can also be a symptom of peripheral vascular disease (PAD). LDL or high cholesterol can be a cause of plaque build up in the arteries. PAD is a build-up of plaque in the arteries and can also be a result of hardening of the arteries. Blood circulation is impeded by the build-up with the result being high blood pressure, along with poor circulation.
People with diabetes also have circulation issues, particularly in their extremities (hands and feet). Other poor circulation causes are obesity; pregnancy; thyroid disease; poor nutrition; and lack of exercise, sitting for long periods of time without movement, or even sitting in cramped locations such as a car on a long drive or a plane on a long flight.
The symptoms of leg circulation problems are often obvious: a tingling sensation in your feet or legs (also known as feeling as if your legs have ‘fallen asleep’); cramping in your calves or sometimes even in your feet; throbbing of the veins; swollen ankles, toes, and calves; and cold feet. The feet and legs may also look pale, white and bluish. Slow healing of cuts, bruises, blisters, and even ingrown toe nails is a result of poor leg circulation.
Poor circulation symptoms need to be treated; ignoring the symptoms can mean that more serious issues may go untreated. For example, a dangerous condition called deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, can create blockage through clotting blood in a vein. If not properly diagnosed, DVT can lead to serious health issues. All poor leg circulation problems require a consultation with your medical doctor.
Improving your leg circulation means taking specific actions. First, increase your activity – exercise daily (if possible twice a day for 15 minutes minimum). The exercise can range from a brisk walk to a strong work out. The idea is to get moving and to get your blood flowing. Second, make sure that your body is well hydrated; drink lots of water. Third, eat a healthy and nutritious diet that provides a good balance of lean proteins, high fiber, low fat and low salt foods. Make sure to visit your doctor regularly and have a full medical check. Also have your blood pressure and cholesterol levels regularly checked; poor leg circulation can often be an indicator of other medical issues.
Some natural home remedies for poor leg circulation are:
* Cayenne Pepper. Add 1 tsp of pepper to 2 tsps of honey, 2 tsps of apple cider vinegar and 8 ounces of water. Mix and drink daily! Cayenne pepper is recognized as stimulating circulation. You can also mix to 1 tsp of cayenne with some hand lotion or cream and rub into your skin – it will feel tingly and stimulate the skin cells. Be very careful when handling cayenne pepper; wash your hands thoroughly, you do not get it in your eyes.
* Garlic is recognized as an old home remedy that lowers cholesterol, helps maintain good blood pressure, and stimulates the circulatory system. You can take garlic in pill form (cooking with garlic sometimes results in overcooking the benefit right out of the garlic).
* Ginkgo Biloba. It is used to increase blood flow and improve circulation throughout your system. It can react with other medications or herbs that you might be taking so you will need to discuss this treatment with your medical doctor before taking it.
Poor leg circulation can be an indicator of other health problems therefore, before you begin to take action to improve leg circulation, see your doctor. You will need to be thoroughly checked to ensure that the treatments (natural and holistic or medicinal and prescriptive) are right for the problem.