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The Circulatory System

The circulatory system is the name given to the heart and all the blood vessels in your body i.e. arteries, veins and small capillaries. Blood is pumped by the heart through these and is also a vital part of the circulatory system.

Many disorders can affect your circulatory system. You should always consult your doctor if you are already taking prescribed medication for a heart or circulatory problem. However, herbal medicine can work alongside this medication or even as alternative remedies if you do not have a serious medical diagnosis.

Diet and lifestyle are, of course, important here. You should exercise regularly and eat sensibly, cutting out junk food. Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Try to avoid smoking and excessive intake of alcohol. 

Ailments affecting the circulatory system and the treatment that can help;

Frequency Relaxation Therapy may help coupled with an alkaline diet and some daily exercise.

(Please note that I make no medical claims) 


The main symptoms of anaemia are tiredness and shortness of breath when doing anything strenuous. You may not realise you have anaemia until the symptoms become extreme.

Anaemia means you have a deficiency in haemoglobin in your blood. Haemoglobin carries oxygen through the body in red blood cells by means of the circulatory system.


Angina is a type of chest pain caused by reduced blood flow to the heart. Angina is a symptom of coronary artery disease and is often described by a squeezing, pressure, heaviness, tightness or pain in your chest.

Lifestyle changes such as exercise and avoiding smoking including secondary smoke are important in reducing symptoms if your angina is mild. However, if it is serious you will need medical treatment.


Arrhythmia is also known as irregular heartbeat is a group of conditions where the heartbeat is too slow, irregular or too fast. Symptoms are palpitations, dizziness.

Most sudden cardiac arrests are caused by arrhythmias.

Please note I make no medical claims but; 


Arteriosclerosis is the thickening and hardening of the walls of the arteries. Typically this occurs with old age. It is caused by high blood pressure, smoking and high cholesterol.

Obviously lifestyle can prevent this such as not smoking. There are many prescription drugs which can slow or even reverse arteriosclerosis, for these you need to consult your doctor. 

Bleeding (cuts, domestic wounds)

I am only here referring to minor cuts or domestic accidents such as cutting your finger preparing food or nicking your face while shaving.

Always clean and disinfect the wound before dressing it.


It is normal for bruising to occur after a knock or falling over.

What happens is small blood vessels leak blood into surrounding tissues. 


Chilblains can appear on fingers or toes if you try to warm them too quickly in cold weather. They usually affect people with poor circulation to the limbs. They can be quite sore.

Haemorrhoids (piles)

Haemorrhoids or piles are lumps occurring inside or around the back passage which contain swollen and enlarged blood vessels. These blood vessels then begin to enlarge, causing symptoms such as bleeding, pain or discomfort. Haemorrhoids often go away without any treatment.

High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

This is unfortunately a common problem and may have serious health implications if allowed to go untreated. Lifestyle plays an important role in high blood pressure. So does a genetic predisposition.

You should always consult your doctor on a regular basis but you can also try herbal remedies. These herbal remedies will usually be long-term and often result in sustained improvement.

High Cholesterol

High cholesterol contributes to arteriosclerosis which thickens and hardens the blood vessel walls leading to a heart attack or stroke. You can avoid this condition by eating a sensible diet. Eat only the ‘right’ fats, fresh fruit and some raw vegetables also include garlic in your diet.

Low Blood Pressure (Hypotension)

Low blood pressure is normally not a serious problem. Some sufferers may lack energy or feel cold. 

Nose Bleed

If this problem is persistent you should see your doctor for any nutritional deficiencies that may be its cause. Sometimes, however it is due to a weak blood vessel or less serious reason. 

Peripheral Vascular Disease

This is where arteries and veins supplying blood to the lower extremities narrow and stiffen from build up of plaque. 

Poor Circulation

If you always feel cold and get chilblains easily, you dress in more clothes even though the weather is not that cold, you probably have poor circulation. Taking regular exercise and eating spicy foods can improve this condition. 

Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are enlarged, swollen, and twisting veins, often appearing blue or dark purple. They happen when faulty valves in the veins allow blood to flow in the wrong direction or to pool. Symptoms can include aching legs, swollen ankles, and spider veins.