Arteriosclerosis-Poor Elasticity of Blood Vessels
Arteriosclerosis is one of the most common diseases of the blood vessels. It refers to thickening of arteries walls due to presence of calcium or lime. It has become a common ailment in modern times, accounting for much of the disability and high death rate among older people.
Arteriosclerosis is usually preceded by atherosclerosis, a kind of degeneration / softening of the inner lining of blood vessels wall.
The most risky places for such degeneration are the coronary vessels in heart and arteries leading to brain which results-
Loss of elasticity of blood vessels,
Narrowing of the smaller arteries,
Interferes with free circulation of the blood.
These changes may gradually extend to capillaries and veins.
Arteriosclerosis is more frequent in men than women, especially in the younger age-group. Estimated 40 per cent of all men over 40 years have a significant degree of obstruction in their coronary arteries which can lead to heart attack at any time.
Symptoms: The symptoms of arteriosclerosis vary with arteries involved. Signs of inadequate blood supply generally appear first in the legs.
There may be numbness and coldness in feets / cramps & pain in legs, even after light exercise.
If it appears in coronary arteries then you may have sharp pain & feel discomfort in your neck, jaw, shoulder, back or arm, known as characteristic of angina pectoris.
If it appears in arteries leading to brain, then vessel may burst, causing haemorrhage in brain tissues.
It may result to a cerebrovascular stroke, with partial or complete paralysis to one side of the body. If there is blockage with a blood clot then it may also lead to loss of memory and a confused state of mind in elderly people.
If arteries leading to the kidneys are involved, then person may suffer from high blood pressure & kidney disorders.
Causes: The most important cause of arteriosclerosis is excessive intake of white sugar, refined foods and cholesterol rich high fat diet.
A sedentary life and excesses of all kinds are also the major contributing causes.
High Blood Pressure, Obesity, Diabetes, Rheumatism, Bright’s Disease, Malaria, Syphilis are also the main causes of hardening arteries.
Emotional stress also plays an important part, heart attacks are more common during the periods of mental & emotional disturbances, particularly in those engaged in sedentary occupations.
Heredity also plays its role and this disease runs in families.
Treatment: If you feel symptoms of arteriosclerosis, then take the following remedies to remove the causes of arteriosclerosis.
Therefore to begin with you should resort to a short juice fast for five to seven days with all seasonally available fresh, raw vegetables and fruit juices.
Grapefruit, Pineapple, Lemon & Green Vegetables Juices are especially beneficial.
After fasting period, start taking optimum diet made up from Seeds, Nuts, Grains, Vegetables & Fruits, with emphasis on raw foods. Diet must contain plenty of raw / sprouted seeds / nuts cooked with cold pressed vegetable oils / safflower oil / flaxseed oil or olive oil.
Recent investigations have shown that garlic & onion have a preventive effect on the development of arteriosclerosis.
Vitamin C is also very beneficial because it helps in conversion of cholesterol into bile acids.
One of the most effective home remedies for arteriosclerosis is lemon peel, the richest known sources of vitamin P.
It strengthens the entire arterial system. You may add shredded lemon peel to soups / stews, or sprinkled over salads.
To take as a medicine, cut the peel of 1 or 2 lemons, keep in warm water for about 12 hours and after a teaspoonful can be taken every three hours, or immediately before or after a meal.
Parsley is another effective home remedy for arteriosclerosis. It contains elements which help to maintain the blood vessels, particularly the capillaries and arterial system in a healthy condition.
It may be taken as a beverage by simmering it gently in the water for a few minutes and partaking several times daily.
The beet juice has also proved valuable in arteriosclerosis. It is an excellent solvent for inorganic calcium deposit.
Juices of carrot and spinach are also beneficial. You can take mix use of carrot and spinach.
300 milliliter of carrot juice & 200 milliliter of spinach juice in combination have an effective results.
Take part in plenty of outdoor exercise to eliminate all mental stress and worries.
Prolonged neutral immersion baths at bedtime on alternate days is also beneficial.
Further, shorter fasts on juices may be undertaken at intervals of three months or so, depending on the progress being made.
Precautions During Treatment:
Take several small meals instead of a few large ones.
Avoid all hydrogenated fats, excess saturated fats such as butter, cream, ghee & animal fat.
Avoid meat, salt, all refined & processed foods, condiments, sauces, pickles , strong tea, coffee, white sugar, white flour & all products made from them.
Do not take foods cooked in aluminum or copper utensils, as toxic metals entering the body are known to be deposited on walls of aorta & arteries.