The most common symptom of poor circulation is feeling cold all the time, especially in the hands and feet. Thankfully, natural remedies can often help poor circulation. Remedies include Lugol’s iodine, cayenne pepper and various supplements.
What is Poor Circulation?
Poor circulation is symptomatic of several diseases, including diabetes, Raynaud’s disease, hypothyroidism and anorexia nervosa as well as medications such as beta-blockers. Chilblains are the body’s natural defense to cold; small veins and arteries narrow. Warming causes expansion, irritation and swelling. Acrocyanosis is when the face, hands or feet appear mottled red or blue, accompanied by either sweating or coldness and swelling.
Ted’s Ginger & Cayenne Tea Remedy for Poor Circulation
Ted, from Bangkok, Thailand sent us the following remedy in 2002:
“While ginger seems to restore energy in most cases, however I find capsicum powder (cayenne peppers) mixed with fresh ginger works the best as it helps with circulation. Especially works well if you are drowsy and raises oxygen level to those tiny capillaries which receives little or no blood flow.
If you can find them, fresh ginger and fresh cayenne peppers (fine chopped) work the best due to higher bioflavanoid, vitamin P content, as well as vitamin C, etc.
You would not believe that the amount of vitamins in FRESH vegetables are MUCH MORE THAN THOSE THEY GIVE YOU IN VITAMIN SUPPLEMENTS!!! Cooking destroys nearly everything the vegetables have to offer and end up paying more buying vitamin supplements, and much much more going to see doctors.”
Poor Circulation Remedies
Below is a summary of remedies sent in by Earth Clinic readers over the years. You read more in depth below in the comments section.
- A mixture of uncooked, fresh minced cayenne pepper and ginger.
- Crushed ginger in green tea.
- 35% Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide: 5 drops in water 3x daily.
- Cayenne pepper: 1/2 tsp. 2x daily, with 2 Tbsp. ACV and 1 Tbsp. blackstrap molasses.
- Coconut Oil, 3 Tbsp. in morning. Geranium Essential Oil can be added and used as massage oil.
- Also worked for some: Cold showers, Vitamin K, one capsule daily; Anthocyanin (in red grapes); Penny Wort; Vitamin E:large doses; Arginine and Butcher’s Broom, 1-2 capsules daily.
- Lugol’s Iodine treats coldness in extremities caused by hypothyroidism. Start at 1 drop in a glass of water 2x a day. Slowly work up to 2 to 4 drops 2x a day. See post below: 08/28/2011: Bill from San Fernando, La Union for further details and Lugol’s Iodine under Remedies.
- Fluoride in drinking water can cause hypothyroidism. Drink purchased non-fluoridated water and see there is improvement in a couple weeks. Limit exposure to tap water in cooking or bathing during test period.
Continue reading below for more poor circulation remedies from Earth Clinic readers!