Stimulating the blood circulation will assist just about every body process and improve every system of the body. It will improve the transport of nourishment, the elimination of toxins, and the function of the Heart, Liver, Kidneys and Lymphatic (Immune) System.
How to improve blood circulation
Here are three good ways to improve blood circulation
1. Exercise – A major key to excellent health
Love it or hate it – exercise is good for blood circulation!
It is a source of wonder that the human body will so often function for very many years, without any serious attempt at exercise by its owner.
The human body may be a wonderful – miraculous – machine; but it does need help. Don’t sit there and let your body stagnate!
You need regular exercise – especially if you are in a sedentary (desk-based) job. Go for a long walk at lunch time, for example, or get off the bus a few stops early. Owning a dog is another great way of getting exercise. Join a gym. Play a sport. Exercise is needed every single week.
Exercise is particularly important for the lymphatic fluid - a vital part of our immune system. This is because muscle action is how the lymph is ‘squeezed’ along the lymph vessels.
The lymph hasn’t got a heart to pump it round – so it’s either exercise or nothing.
2. Herbs for blood circulation
There are lots of herbs and spices which help blood circulation. These include ginkgo, cayenne, ginger and garlic.
Ginkgo biloba is a powerful herb which is widely used to improve the circulation. It is also one of the best selling herbs in the UK, Germany and France.
Ginkgo biloba is well proven to help circulation, and thus helps in very many cases of tinnitus, dementia, Alzheimers, poor memory, lowered sexual function and difficulties with circulation to the arms and legs – such as Raynaud’s syndrome, which affects the hands.
One of the best blood circulation herbs. Cayenne has a great affinity with the blood – which is appropriate, given its red colour. Cayenne is a mild form of chilli powder. So you could get similar benefits by eating lots of curries!
Cayenne has the reputation of stopping bleeding. For example, I have seen it stop a severe nose bleed in seconds. How? Put a teaspoon of cayenne in water, and drink quickly. All I can say is it worked; I don’t know exactly how. Cayenne is said to equalize the blood pressure all over the body’. So probably it was something to do with this.
In any case, the person involved was very happy, having watched their precious blood pour away for ten minutes.
Cayenne also has the reputation of being an emergency aid in a heart attack. Certainly, if I had a heart condition, I would keep a dropper bottle of Cayenne tincture with me at all times, ready to take a squirt if I ever felt the need.
Cayenne can certainly give symptomatic relief in the case of piles (haemorrhoids) and varicose veins.
Cayenne and blood pressure
Cayenne is reported to have lowered blood pressure – by itself. To try this out, take your blood pressure regularly – at the same time each day. Then take 1 capsule of cayenne pepper, 3 times a day with food. Keep monitoring your blood pressure.
You should see a benefit within 3 months if you are going to – in which case, try continuing for a total of 6 months, then leave off and continue monitoring.
Caution: If you have high blood pressure, let your doctor know what you intend to do. Be extra cautious if you are taking any drugs; especially drugs for high blood pressure. If taking Warfarin or other anti-coagulants or blood thinners do not take cayenne in this way, as you will have an extra blood thinning effect from the cayenne. Don’t worry unduly though if not taking such drugs; Cayenne is a balancing herb which tends to thin the blood or stop bleeding as necessary.
Cayenne and piles (Haemorrhoids)
Many people have reported benefits from piles by using cayenne. This is because cayenne helps the circulation – which is often sluggish in the anal area – around the piles. Certainly, take 1 capsule 3 times a day to help piles. You should see a benefit in a couple of months, in which case continue for 6 months, then try reducing. Yo can take it for longer if you wish.
Bear in mind the above caution if you are taking drugs.
Cayenne and varicose veins
A woman with varicose veins once worked in a shop, standing all morning weighing out products. After half an hour her ‘veins’ were hurting.
She took one capsule of Cayenne Capsules, 3 times a day. After 2 weeks, she could stand all morning with no aching at all.
Of course, this won’t work for absolutely everyone; but it does show the power of Cayenne at times. It is certainly worth trying to try to relieve aching varicose veins.
Dosage of Cayenne
Start off with one capsule with each main meal. You can increase to 5 or 6 capsules a day; but like most people you may need to take it in the middle of a meal to avoid a burning sensation in the stomach.
Cayenne can beneficially be poured onto open wounds – believe it or not. It stops bleeding and helps bring white blood cells to the area. So there should be no need to worry about aggravating stomach ulcers, if you have them. (In fact, if I had a digestive ulcer it’s one of the first things I’d take to help.)
Can you sprinkle Cayenne on food? Certainly – but you’d have to put quite a lot on the food to equate to one or two capsules-worth. But by all means use it in place of black or white pepper. These assist circulation too – but Cayenne is stronger.
Ginger has a boosting effect on the circulation, and seems to have a particular affinity with the abdominal area. It can easily be taken as a tea.
To make it, take a few slices of fresh ginger root, and simmer gently in a mugful of water for 5 minutes. As it is good for the abdomen, you can sip it throughout the day if you have abdominal cramping, period pain and indigestion.
Many people find ginger tea a refreshing drink for during the day. And if drinking it means you drink less tea and coffee – so much the better!
Garlic has well know benefits for the circulation in addition to its well-known antiseptic and antibiotic effects. This makes Garlic a great herb to take every day – either in food, or in a supplement. A quality low-odour garlic supplement is the best way for those who like to avoid the pungent garlic odour.
Garlic and blood pressure
Garlic lowers blood pressure for many people. This appears to be because it widens the blood vessels. This allow the blood to circulate more freely.
Garlic, stroke and heart attack
Several studies show that garlic makes blood platelets less likely to clumping together. This clumping is what causes clots – and thereby strokes and heart attacks.
Taking garlic daily will help to reduce this risk. This may well help Mediterranean countries to enjoy much lower levels of stroke and heart attack.
Garlic and infections
Certainly, the use of garlic for infections goes back a long way. Physicians in both world wars used garlic on the battlefields to treat wounds – to avoid infections. The UK government paid people to grow garlic during the First World War.
Garlic, taken daily, can improve the immune system response to infections and help to avoid them.
Garlic is best taken raw rather than cooked. An alternative is to take a quality low-temperature dried, low-odour garlic. This gives a measured dose of garlic including the beneficial enzymes which are otherwise lost in cooking.
Most of us use the Lungs at a small fraction of their full efficiency. If we carry out deep breathing to use the Lungs more fully, this will get more oxygen into the blood, remove waste products from the blood – especially carbon dioxide – more quickly; and generally help to speed up the circulation of the blood.
To see how little of the Lungs you really use, there is a free test you can take at the website of Mike White the Breathing Coach. I like this site a lot. Did you know that the capacity of your lungs is closely related to how long you live? And that you can improve lung capacity with exercises?
Check out Mike’s site.
Don’t do too much too soon
If you’re not used to exercise, or taking loads of Cayenne Pepper or ginger, don’t overdo it at first! Start Gently!
Take extra care if you’re taking prescription drugs – especially for circulation-related problems; or if you have any other health condition. Introduce any changes slowly, and note any reactions to what you are doing. Preferably ask your doctor’s advice first. This is only common sense.
If you don’t get much exercise, you can start off with, say, walking. At first, just walk a moderate distance – perhaps half a mile each day, or two or three times a week. Or do a shorter distance if this is too much.
After a week or two, slowly increase the amount you do. But always be sensitive to your body’s reactions – as with any new health regime.
If you are not in great health, just introduce any changes slowly, and there should be no problems. If you have any concerns after starting measures such as those suggested here, please consult a properly qualified advisor, such as a medical doctor. You are also welcome to contact us here, and we’ll be pleased to offer advice.
If you are starting to take Cayenne Pepper, for example, you can take just one capsule a day. Take it in the middle of your main meal. Then, after a week or so, if you are comfortable with one capsule, start increasing the amount taken. Some people work up to 3-6 capsules a day.
Don’t be put off by these cautions, though – they are just sensible measures that you should follow whenever starting new health measures.
Even if you are not in the best of health, carefully improving circulation will help your body to make the most of the faculties you do have; and will help your body to cope with any extra burdens it has due to reduced health.
Keep your circulation excellent to keep healthy – and help you to live a long and fulfilling life!