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Common Ailments ~ Ischemic Heart Disease, CVA and Stroke ~ Holistic Treatment

What is the Holistic Treatment?

Ginkgo Biloba

An extract of the leaves of this tree benefits the nervous system, the brain, the heart and the arteries. In some people who have experienced a stroke, ginkgo improves the functioning of undamaged areas of the brain and helps ease depression, a common result of stroke.

Typical dosage: 40 – 80 milligrams pf capsules standardised to 24 per cent heterosides three times per day.

Caution: rarely, individuals may experience gastrointestinal discomfort, headache and dizziness.

Garlic and Onion

Both of these delicious, aromatic herbs contain substances that decrease clumping platelets, lower blood cholesterol and increase HDL. The ‘Good’ cholesterol. Garlic promotes the breakdown of fibrin-based clots, which can form stroke-causing emboli.

Typical dosage: at least 1 garlic clove or ½ of a small onion per day, or enough garlic capsules to provide 10 milligrams of allicin per day

Hawthorn

This traditional herb helps prevent stroke by treating heart disease and atherosclerosis. It is antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. It lowers serum cholesterol and blood pressure and stabilises collagen, thus strengthening the wall of arteries.

Typical dosage: 2-3 cups of tea per day (simmer 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried berries in ¼ litre of water for 10 minutes); or ½ to 1 teaspoon of tincture three times per day; or 100-250 milligrams of capsules standardised to 20% procyanidins three times per day.

Ginger

Another delicious, aromatic herb, ginger is a good stroke preventative because of its benefits to the arteries. It lowers blood cholesterol, prevents platelets clumping and produces anti-inflammatory effects. It works best when eaten fresh and taken on an empty stomach.

Typical dosage: 10 grams (a slice about 6 millimetres thick) of fresh root ginger per day; or 150-300 milligrams of freeze-dried ginger in capsules three times a day.

Caution: may cause stomach upset in susceptible people, especially in higher doses

Alfalfa

The leaf of this grain may help decrease blood cholesterol and shrink plaques already present.

Typical dosage: eight or nine 400- to 500-milligram capsules per day; or 15 to 30 drops of tincture four times per day; or follow manufacturer’s direction.

Cranberry

Research has shown that cranberry juice can increase the levels of ‘good’ (HDL) cholesterol and blood antioxidants. Doctors think that cranberries may help both to reduce the severity of strokes and aid recovery from them – check to see if olive is on warfarin as cranberries can increase warfarin’s anticoagulant effect, causing severe bleeding.

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