Diseases of the Cardiovascular System

2011

Herbs For Diseases Of The Cardiovascular System

Formulas For Cardiovascular Conditions

Strategy

Implement appropriate lifestyle changes and appropriate diet. Monitor patients regularly, particularly if herbs are used as the sole treatment for early cases or if the patients are on conventional medication. Doses can be adjusted upwards if changes of less than 20% have been observed per week. The doses of conventional medicines may need to be reviewed 1 to 2 weeks after beginning treatment with herbs. It is assumed that conventional medicines will be used for diagnosed cardiac disease, whenever good evidence exists for efficacy. In most cases these formulas provide adjunctive care. The formulas below can be made as per the recipe or adapted from other recipes according to patient needs. They are formulated to allow substitution.

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

Astragalus: Immune-enhancing, tonic, cardiotonic, nephroprotective, diuretic, hypotensive; 1 part.

Bugleweed: Cardioactive, diuretic, reduced heart rate, sedative, thyroxine antagonist; 1 part.

Motherwort: Sedative, antispasmodic, cardiac tonic; 1 part.

Ginkgo: PAF inhibitor, antioxidant, circulatory stimulant, cognitive enhancer; 1 part.

Dandelion leaf: Diuretic, laxative, cholagogue, antirheumatic; 1 part.

For tinctures, give 1 ml per 10 pounds twice daily in food. For teas, give one-fourth cup per 10 pounds twice daily in food.

Dilated cardiomyopathy

Hawthorn: Cardiotonic, coronary vasodilator, hypotensive, antioxidant; 1 part.

Panax ginseng: Adaptogen, antiarrhythmic, cardioprotective, circulatory stimulant; 1 part.

Dan Shen: Cardioprotective, hypotensive, anticoagulant, antiplatelet, hepatoprotective; 1 part.

Ginkgo: PAF inhibitor, antioxidant, circulatory stimulant, cognitive enhancer; 1 part.

Lemon balm: Carminative, antispasmodic, sedative; 1 part.

For tinctures, give 1 ml per 10 pounds twice daily in food. For teas, give one-fourth cup per 10 pounds twice daily in food.

Mild congestive heart failure

Hawthorn: Cardiotonic, coronary vasodilator, hypotensive, antioxidant; 2 parts.

Korean ginseng: Adaptogen, antiarrhythmic, cardioprotective, circulatory stimulant; 1 part.

Dandelion leaf: Diuretic, laxative, cholagogue, antirheumatic; 1 part.

Lemon balm: Carminative, antispasmodic, sedative; 1 part.

For tinctures, give 1 ml per 10 pounds twice daily in food. For teas, give one-fourth cup per 10 pounds twice daily in food.

Heartworm disease

Black walnut hull is commonly advocated for the prevention and treatment of heartworm in dogs; however, there is no traditional or scientific basis for this use to date. In 1 study dogs naturally infected with Diroftlaria immitis were treated with alcoholic extracts of Ginger. Ginger at 100 mg / kg administered by 12 subcutaneous injections reduced microfilarial concentration in blood by a maximum of 98%. After the last injection (day 55), an 83% reduction in microfilarial concentration was recorded, suggesting that partial destruction of adult worms had occurred. A decoction of Andrographis paniculata leaves killed the microfilaria of Dipetalonema reconditum in 40 minutes in an in vitro study. Infected dogs were given 3 subcutaneous injections of the extract (0.06 mL per kg), which reduced microfi-lariae by more than 85%. While further injections did not eliminate the infection, the reduced level of microfilaria persisted. Lethargy was observed for 1 week following treatment.

Heartworm disease support is indicated during treatment and post treatment. Conventional monthly preventatives are recommended during transmission risk periods. Support protocols include:

Hawthorn: Cardiotonic, coronary vasodilator, hypotensive, antioxidant; 2 parts.

Korean ginseng: Adaptogen, antiarrhythmic, cardioprotective, circulatory stimulant; 1 part.

Andrographis: Immunostimulant, bitter, antiinflammatory, hepatoprotective; 1 part.

Ginger: Carminative, antispasmodic, antiplatelet, antiinflammatory; 1 part.

For tinctures, give 1 ml per 10 pounds twice daily in food. For teas, give one-fourth cup per 10 pounds twice daily in food.

Hypertension

Hawthorn: Cardiotonic, coronary vasodilator, hypotensive, antioxidant; 1 part.

Yarrow: Antispasmodic, mild vasodilator, hypotensive, bitter; 1 part.

Astragalus: Immune-enhancing, tonic, cardiotonic, nephroprotective, diuretic, hypotensive; 1 part.

Withania: Tonic, adaptogen, nervine, sedative, antiinflammatory; 2 parts.

For tinctures, give 1 ml per 10 pounds twice daily in food. For teas, give one-fourth cup per 10 pounds twice daily in food.

Feline hypertension

Lemon balm: Carminative, antispasmodic, sedative; 1 part.

Bugleweed: Cardioactive, diuretic, reduces heart rate, sedative, thyroxine antagonist; 1 part.

Motherwort: Sedative, antispasmodic, cardiac tonic; 1 part.

Hawthorn: Cardiotonic, coronary vasodilator, hypotensive, antioxidant; 2 parts.

For tinctures, give 1 ml per 10 pounds twice daily in food. For teas, give one-fourth cup per 10 pounds twice daily in food.