How to improve blood circulation

by on 23/01/2013

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Improving blood circulation is a key factor in good health. This is because nutrients get to the tissues and toxins leave the tissues via the blood circulation.

So if our blood circulation is not operating optimally, nutrition and detox will not work optimally either. We can greatly improve many aspects of our health by improving blood circulation.

Signs of poor circulation

Signs of poor circulation include:

  • Cold hands and feet
  • Numbness of hands and feet
  • Poor healing – either of wounds or bruises
  • Varicose veins
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Dizziness when rising suddenly
  • Swollen ankles and legs
  • Poor memory, confusion or certain other mental symptoms

How to improve your blood circulation

1. Your diet

You should be eating a diet with high quantities of vegetables, preferably raw; lean protein such as chicken and turkey breast, and oily fish; minimal starchy food – potatoes, pasta, bread, rice; little sugar of any kind; limited omega-6 fats – sunflower oil, soy oil; using cold pressed (or ‘virgin’) olive oil; limited high-temperature cooking – favour poaching, simmering, steaming; supplement with omega 3 fatty acids (1-2 grammes total of EPA + DHA).

These dietary measure will, indirectly, be a great benefit in improving your blood circulation.

2. Your exercise regime

Exercise aerobically 2-3 times a week for 30 minutes plus. Fast walking is one of the best aerobic exercises. Swimming is also good. Carry out weight bearing exercises for 30-45 minutes 2-3 times a week. In addition, carry out other exercise as you wish – eg racquet sports, football, netball.

To improve blood circulation, exercise is absolutely vital. Be assiduous with your exercise regime and you will get the benefits you deserve.

3.Your relaxation regime

You should have relaxation time every day. Set time aside for yourself as you feel appropriate. Don’t neglect yourself. Relaxation helps your whole body; your circulation will benefit, and the reduction in stress you get will feed through.

4. Herbs


Cayenne is a wonderful herb which improves circulation wonderfully. Cayenne has an affinity with the circulation, the heart and the blood. Cayenne does what is needed; if you need safely to increase the circulation, it helps. (But see the caution below.)

Cayenne is a wonderful herb which improves circulation wonderfully. Cayenne has an affinity with the circulation, the heart and the blood. Cayenne does what is needed; if you need safely to increase the circulation, it helps. (But see the caution below.)

Eg – varicose veins; try taking 1 cayenne capsule 3 times a day.

Mrs P, Seaford, Sussex: I was having trouble standing for more than 15 minutes. I got aching legs. I took 1 cayenne capsule 3 times a day and after 2 weeks could stand all morning without a problem!. It was like magic.


Ginkgo is well know for helping to improve the circulation. It is mainly known for its effect on the brain – especially with regard to memory. However, Ginkgo does improve circulation for the whole body.


Garlic has been used for many years to help the circulation and arteries. It can be used in cooking; but many people prefer to use low odour garlic – which is more sociable (your breath does not smell!) This is available as Garlic Capsules. 1-3 capsules a day is the usual amount taken.

Hawthorn Berry

Hawthorn berry is a well known, safe, herb for improving heart function and helping to improve blood circulation. It is favoured by many herbalists. If you search around it can be found to buy on the Internet.

Blood circulation herbal formulas

Proprietary formulations are available to help circulation. These are combinations of herbs which help to improve blood circulation.

If you have specific circulation-related symptoms, try one of these formulas for 2-3 months and see if it works for you. If it does – keep it up!

And do continue with the dietary and exercise recommendations above.

Remember that it is always valuable to help your health with the assistance of a trusted practitioner in alternative therapy and, preferably, a trusted medical doctor.

If you find these two advisers to help you, this will multiply your effort to live a long and healthy life.

With determination you can improve blood circulation. Carry out the background measure above, then try a few of the herbal measures suggested. Keep an eye on your symptoms and if there is an improvement after, say, 2 months, continue for another couple of months, then try leaving off. If you start to revert, try again for another 2-3 months, then try leaving off again.

You may need tor repeat annually.

Caution: If you are taking prescription drugs, mainly those affecting the kidneys, heart or circulation, only use these herbs with the agreement of a doctor. Be particularly careful if taking Warfarin or a similar anti-coagulant or blood-thinning drug.


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