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Habits that help healing Arteriosclerosis, Atherosclerosis

Budding Winter Press Release (Draft V1)

So last two posts were all about healing arteriosclerosis and atherosclerosis with some Chinese recipe of some very convenient food. The extra chapter will be some habits to heal and prevent these diseases.

1. Avoid animal fat. Even vegetarian should avoid any food that are very spicy. Of course, veggie diet would be more healthy. Over-weight patients should avoid fine rice, meat and high carbohydrates food / high sugar food. Reduce food assumption when necessary.

2. Garlic contains vitamin B that helps reduce cholesterol and prevent heart attacks. Or eat some carrots or carrot juice before sleep.

3. After and before sleep, do an exercise called "arm swing". Slightly bend your knees up and down, and swing your arms along  with the momentum of the knees movements. This will  increase the blood flow in the lower body while reduce the stiffness of the knees after exercise. Starting from 5 minutes (300 swings) and increase eventually.

4. Keep yourself calm. Because nervousness, annoyance are the seeds of heart diseases. Or if there are signs of danger like getting tired easily or breathing quickly at work. You'd better reduce the working hours. And, don't ever run upstairs.


Foods that help healing Arteriosclerosis, Atherosclerosis, Part 2

(cont'd from Part 1)

We'll continue talking about Chinese recipes for healing and prevention of arteriosclerosis and atherosclerosis. We mentioned garlic and vinegar last post. This post will be onion and tea.

Onion: To treat arteriosclerosis, we can fry 200 grams of onion with 80 grams of lean pork. Here are the procedures:

1. pour a little vegetable oil into the pan and heat it to about 80% boiled;

2. pour the lean pork and fry for a while then pour the onions to fry for a while before the pork is overly cooked;

3. seasoning with sauce and salt as you like;

4. accompany the meal with steam rice.

Tea: To treat arteriosclerosis, we mix 65 grams of banana, 30 grams of honey and 20 grams of tea leaves. Procedures are as follows:

1. Peel the banana and chop it off into little pieces;

2. Mix banana with the tea leaves into a mug of boiled hot water;

3. Add honey into the mixed tea;

4. Drink one mug per day.


Foods that help healing Arteriosclerosis, Atherosclerosis, Part 1

Atherosclerosis is the most common type of Arteriosclerosis. That means the wall of arteries gets thicker and lose the elasticity. Cholesterol and other fatty ingredients accumulate at the wall of arteries and narrow down the blood flow. Without efficient blood flow, the issues of the arteries wall become hardened and "crispy", which is easy to break down. After middle age it's easier to get atherosclerosis.

Healing atherosclerosis or arteriosclerosis usually is to adjust the metabolism of fat and the function of Appropriate exercises, reduce the assumption of animal fat and quit smoking are important prevention of arteriosclerosis. There are many Chinese recipes for healing and prevention of arteriosclerosis and atherosclerosis. The easier ones include onions, garlic, tea and vinegar.

This post I'll just talk about garlic and vinegar first because they're pretty straight forward.

Garlic: To treat atherosclerosis, eat RAW garlic more than 6 grams per day for a long period of time. Consistency is the key.

Vinegar: To treat arteriosclerosis, immerse 150 peanuts (without shell) into 300 grams of vinegar for 7 days. Then eat 15 every morning with an empty stomach for about one and half month.

(to be cont'd)


Hand Acupressure to prevent cerebral hemorrhage (stroke)

In the last three posts I talked about hand therapy for high blood pressure and low blood pressure. One top disease related to high blood pressure that kills a lot of people is cerebral hemorrhage. It was the top cause of death before, but now it's behind cancer and heart attack because of the change of healthier, less salt diet now. However, it's still one of the top killers. Cerebral hemorrhage is mostly caused by arteriosclerosis, or artery hardening, which can happen when getting old, psychological issues, or too much fat in the blood, or diabetes etc.. Certain shock is going to break the blood vessels in the brain and ruin brain cells. Even if it's a stroke that didn't kill the patient's life, the result of numbness, weakness and activities inconvenience are still terrible to anyone.

To people who have high blood pressure, diabetes, or under a lot of stress for long term, Any preventive method of cerebral hemorrhage is always a good thing to practice. Stimulating certain acupoints on your hand can also help prevention.  A lot of potential cerebral hemorrhage patients have reddish or even blackish spots on their fingernails. These spots indicate the inefficient blood circulation in your body, which is a big warning sign for a stroke or cerebral hemorrhage. When these spots appear, don't panic. we can stimulate three acupressure points: on the roots of index fingernail at the corner towards the thumb (Shang Yang); on the roots of ring fingernails at the corner towards the little finger (Guan Chong); on the roots of little fingernails at the corner towards the ring finger (Shao Chung). See diagram.

Rub and massage these acupoints often until the spots disappear, and then keep stimulating these acupoints to help the blood circulation to help prevent the cerebral hemorrhage.



Hand Acupressure/Reflexology for high blood pressure, part 2

Last post I talked about acupoints for treating high blood pressure. This second part, like usual, is about the reflexive area that you can massage to help control high blood pressure.

When you wake up in the morning and totally feel energetic about the busy work; in the next event you totally feel like a brand new person with a loud, confident voice and never feel tired; and then you think, "I feel really healthy and strong now." If you're really confident about it, you may really be the type that is young and healthy. However, another cause of this sudden "energetic" manner can be high blood pressure. Because a lot of high blood pressure patients or "potential" patients are quite energetic and even a little "hyper" with activities.

Many think that high blood pressure is a disease that mostly occurs in middle age group. Although it's partly true, but many young people may have that as well, especially the genetic  ones. Usually when we were young, the blood vessels are more soft and flexible that can take more impacts with change of blood pressure. But if we're over confident with our health, that may become a problem. Because working over time, alcohol, smoking, stay up too late, too much salt intake....for a period of time - will easily cause high blood pressure.

May be we can start massaging our hands everyday to start adjusting our body condition. High blood pressure is not a quick thing to cure no matter in eastern or western medicine. So, patience and continuation of hand reflexology is a helpful thing to do.

The reflexive areas treating high blood pressure are mostly on the thumbs. The palm side and  the back side of the thumbs belong to "head reflexive area", "neck reflexive area" and "bronchus reflexive area". (See diagram)


Clip on the thumbs from the side of them to stimulate the area, keep twisting and waving the wrists at the same time. That may help lower the blood pressure. Massage the thumb tips every day whenever possible such as on the way to work. If blood pressure is already quite high, taking breaths in mind with the same tempo of the massage will make it more effective.

If we meet a person who got sudden rise of blood pressure, ask him or her to sit down and rub the wrist tendon on the little finger side with the direction from arm to hand. This should help lower the blood pressure immediately. And since that may cause a little temporary low blood pressure, that's why the patient need to sit down first.


Single-herb formula to treat Arteriosclerosis

Arteriosclerosis, commonly known as hardening of the arteries, is a condition in which the arteries lose elasticity because of calcium deposits within their lining or because of muscle and elastic fibers being replaced by fibrous tissue. Both types can be characterized by a thickening of the arteries walls and a narrowing of their channels, hence causes hypertension. The inefficient blood circulation through arteries can cause bigger concern when it affects the coronary artery that delivers blood to the heart.

Arteriosclerosis happens to mostly older people, but it can affect any age who doesn't care much about their health, with regard to diet and exercise. To improve circulation and keep the arteries elastic, traditional Chinese medicine suggests herbal therapy, walking, massage and certain gentle exercises like Tai Chi (a gentle martial art). And low cholesterol diet can help reducing its deposits narrowing the channels of the arteries. Red meat, dairy products, salt, refined sugar and alcohol should be avoided. Obesity and smoking also make arteriosclerosis worse.

There's a single-herb formula recommended by TCM to treat arteriosclerosis, and the herb is called "Shan Zha" in Mandarin (山楂), which is known as Hawthorne Berry or Hawthorn fruit.  It tastes sweet and sour and you can even find some very nice snacks made of Shan Zha in Chinese grocery stores. One of the famous snack is called Haw Flakes. There are also Shan Zha patent medicine as well.

Shan Zha tea (Hawthorn Berry Tea)

Ingredient: 15 grams of Shan Zha (Hawthorn fruit)

Description: Take Shan Zha tea several times a day is an effective way to reduce fatty lipids in the blood, lower cholesterol and softens the arteries. This formula should be used for a long period of time like 2 to 3 years. Shan Zha also improves digestion and circulation of blood, help hypertension and coronary heart disease.

Preparation: Use a tea cup, add 8 oz of boiling water to about 2 teaspoons of Shan Zha; cover the coup and wait for 10-15 minutes. Strain off the Shan Zha herb and drink the tea.

(sources: Chinese Herbal Medicine made easy by Thomas Richard Joiner, Streetwise Guide: Chinese Herbal Medicine by Wong Kang Ying and Martha Dahle)