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| Clearing Plaque from the Arteries in Arteriosclerosis |
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Mary
Posted on: May 01, 2007
I would like to know if there is any herbal medicine for clogged arteries. I have asthma and high blood pressure.
"Clogged arteries" are usually caused by atherosclerosis, which is the build up of fat and minerals on artery walls. Atherosclerosis usually leads to arteriosclerosis, which is a loss of elasticity of the arteries, commonly known as "hardening of the arteries". The heart then needs to work harder to push the blood through the arteries narrowed by plague. Thomas Bartran, in "Bartram’s Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine" (available at Richters) suggest teas of alfalfa, chamomile, borage, olive leaves, mint, nettles, calendula, garlic, linden flowers, yarrow, horsetail, hawthorn and ginkgo (among others) to lower cholesteral levels and shrink hardened plaque. Bartram’s dietary advice is vegetarian, low salt, low fat, high fibre, oily fish (e.g. salmon, mackerel, herring), artichokes, freshly ground flax seed and garlic. Please see additional items on our website www.richters.com. Choose Q&A from the main menu, then enter "arteries" for the Q&A search.
Asthma is usually caused by allergies or infections. Please see other items about asthma by entering "asthma" on the Q&A search.