Poor Circulation of the Extremities

November 12, 2012

Poor Circulation of the Extremities

People with untreated poor circulation can suffer from a range of ailments ranging from being simply uncomfortable to suffering from a fatal stroke or heart attack.

Poor circulation is a condition when, for whatever reason, the body is unable to sufficiently meet the metabolic needs of your body. In some way, shape, or form, the blood in your body is having a hard time reaching the extremities like your hands and feet. The effect of this is that some parts of your body may not receive the oxygen or nutrients which are needed for healthy tissue function. In general, this is known as peripheral vascular disease and should be monitored and treated as soon as possible in order to avoid complications such as amputation.

Causes

There is a very large range of diseases and illnesses which can cause poor circulation. On top of these, many life style choices can also have the same result. Anything that will obstruct or slow down the ability of blood to flow correctly through body will result in circulatory problems. Some common causes are:

  • Obesity

  • Drinking high levels of caffeine

  • Injury to the area

  • Diabetes

  • Heart disease

  • High blood pressure and/or high cholesterol

  • Kidney disorders

  • Certain lung diseases

  • Alcohol consumption especially in cold environments

  • Disease conditions such as Raynaud’s syndrome

  • Any other disorder which will affect the heart’s ability to pump blood or the body’s ability to circulate it

Poor Circulation Symptoms

The signs and symptoms of this condition can vary greatly depending what exactly is the cause. Some of them are more common than others and may be related to a different disease. If you are experiencing a number of these symptoms, make sure to mention them to your healthcare professional:

  • Spider and varicose veins

  • Brittle nails

  • “Pins and needles” sensation in hands and feet

  • Vision problems

  • Leg and foot cramps

  • Cyanosis which is a blue tinge or purpling of the skin due to oxygen deficiencies

  • Headaches and migraines

  • Constantly cold feet and hands

  • Swelling or pain in the legs

  • Deep vein thrombosis which is caused by blood clot formation in the veins

  • Dizziness with sudden movements

Many of the symptoms of poor circulation occur simply because the areas farthest from the heart are not getting enough blood flow.

Natural Treatment Options

If your poor circulation is caused by an underlying condition, the main condition will be treated along with the symptoms. While medication may be necessary in some cases, many people suffering from circulation problems can naturally treat themselves by making some simple changes to their daily habits. A few natural treatment methods for poor circulation include:

  • Reduce your dietary intake of substances that constrict blood vessels like alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine

  • Keep your hands and feet warm

  • Avoid tight footwear which might further hinder circulation

  • Massage feet and hands with herbal oils such as rosemary

  • Increase watermelon and garlic intake which both have been shown to prevent the blood vessel blockages

  • Eating pumpkin can help thin the blood which makes it easier for blood to circulate

  • Increase vitamin E and vitamin C intake

  • Drink hot teas on a regular basis

Do not allow the problem to continue for a long period of time without the assistance of a medical provider. Severe and, sometimes irreversible, complications can occur from lack of proper blood flow. Solely using natural remedies may not be enough for everyone.

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