Diseases of the Cardiovascular System

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 Read more […]

Hyperthyroidism: Botanical Treatment

Traditional Western botanical medicine practitioners have found several herbs effective in the treatment of hyperthyroidism, a number of which have demonstrated antithyroid activity, inhibiting the binding of thyroid-stimulating hormone to thyroid tissue (Table Botanical Treatment Strategies for Hyperthyroidism). Additionally, a number of herbs are effective in the treatment of heart palpitations, anxiety, and adrenergic symptoms associated with hyperthyroidism. Note the treatment of mild hyperthyroidism only with botanical medicines is recommended. Botanical Treatment Strategies for Hyperthyroidism THERAPEUTIC GOAL THERAPEUTIC ACTION BOTANICAL NAME COMMON NAME Inhibit thyroid-stimulating hormone binding Antithyroid Lycopus spp. Bugleweed Lithospermum officinale Club moss Melissa officinalis Lemon balm Relieve palpitations Anti-arrhytmics Leonurus cardiaca Motherwort Relieve anxiety Anxiolytics Leonurus cardiaca Motherwort Melissa officinalis Lemon balm See Nervines in index Herbs that increase thyroid activity, as discussed under hypothyroidism, should be avoided in the hypo-thyroid patient. Additionally, the use of ephedra is contraindicated in Read more […]