Circulatory disorders – a disease pattern with many faces

 
 
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Arteriosclerosis, Hypertension
 

In the human body, the arteries transport the oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the body. If the arteries are healthy and flexible, they will adapt to different levels of blood pressure and the blood flows unhampered. Due to an unhealthy lifestyle – unbalanced nutrition, too less physical activity – lipid substances (cholesterol, triglyceride and homocysteine), calcium and other substances will be deposited on the inner walls of the blood vessels. It is called arteriosclerosis if the blood vessels are narrowed. A disabled blood flow has the effects that the tissue does not receive enough oxygen and nutrients. Moreover, the narrowed vessels can be easily blocked by blood cloths.

Circulatory disorders can basically affect every part of the body. The legs are mostly affected but also the arms or vital organs can be affected. If the heart arteries are insufficiently supplied because of constrictions, the coronary heart disease can be triggered. Dangerous consequences of circulatory disorders are heart attacks and strokes. If the disease is in an advanced state, there will be more arteries affected throughout the body.

Circulatory disorders are a civilization disease: Men are four times more often affected than women

Circulation disorders in the legs – commonly called smoker’s leg or intermittent claudication – occur very frequently: 8 million people are affected in the USA alone. * The risk of being affected by circulation disorders increases with age. Especially affected by arteriosclerosis are people between 60 and 70 years because their blood vessels are less flexible.

*Source:http://www.cecity.com/wsu/claudication/

The stroke is a disastrous result of circulatory disorders. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States. According to strokecenter.org, more than 140,000 people die each year from stroke in the United States. The coronary heart disease is seen as the leading cause of death in industrialized countries.

A differentiation is made between a chronic and acute course of disease:

Arteriosclerosis is seen as the main reason for the chronic course of the disease. Mainly older people are affected because their arteries have lost flexibility. Arteriosclerosis is the progressing calcification of arteries. Embolism is often the cause of an acute course of disease; embolism is the sudden blocking of a vessel. Embolism is mainly triggered by a blood clot. There could be dramatic consequences if vital organs are affected by circulation disorders: The brain survives only a few minutes without oxygen, the kidneys and the liver will survive a few hours and the resting heart can even survive a little bit longer. If the oxygen supply of the cells is interrupted for a longer time, the cells will die and there will be the risk of a stroke due to a sudden circulation disorder. The risk of a renal infarction or a heart attack is also given. That’s why prevention is important, medicinal mushrooms can support the prophylaxis. For example, medicinal mushroom Auricularia can prevent thrombosis.

Hypertension is a typical symptom of circulatory disorders

As the disease often develops unnoticed over a longer period of time, it often takes years or even decades until circulatory disorders are discovered.

In many cases, complaints usually occur very late, for example when the affected arteries have narrowed considerably on half size of its diameter. As a result, the body parts which have been insufficiently supplied with blood could have suffered severe damage.

It is even more important to be alert of general warnings signs of the body e. g. hypertension, and to have the reasons clarified. Further symptoms can vary significantly, depends which parts or organs of the body are affected by arteriosclerosis or circulatory disorders. Caution is required when walking short distances make the legs hurt: Intermittent claudication is caused by narrowed arteries in the lower limbs. An intermittent claudication is usually preceded by arteriosclerosis. If arteriosclerosis remains untreated, the legs will start to hurt even when they rest and in the worst case, the tissue will die completely. It is therefore important to check the indicating blood parameters (HDL, triglyceride and homocysteine levels).

You should visit a doctor if you have heart problems. A narrowing of the coronary arteries can result in a heart attack if a vessel is completely blocked. If the brain is insufficiently supplied with oxygen, the risk of a stroke will increase. Vertigo, disorientation and memory disorders are signals for an insufficient blood supply of the brain. Numb limbs and impaired vision possibly occur. Embolism as an example for an acute circulation order, leads within few minutes, due to oxygen deficiency, to heavy reactions like paralysis, shock, muscle weakness, numbness, pain and loss of sensitivity.

Fat-rich foods, too many fast available carbohydrates, obesity and too less physical activities are common causes.

The decreased flexibility of the blood vessels is basically an indicator for the natural aging process. Though, there are numerous risk factors which particularly favour arteriosclerosis. In the first place is an unhealthy lifestyle: Wrong, cholesterol-heavy food is blamed to produce deposits on the walls of the vessels. Moreover, increased levels of blood fat especially triglyceride, smoking in combination with a high level of homocysteine, lack of physical activity, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, stress and obesity are poison for the arteries.

Changing the lifestyle consistently is the best therapy

The good news: If the unhealthy lifestyle is changed consistently, the progression of arteriosclerosis is not only slowed down but in the best case it will be completely stopped or the existing plaques will be reduced.

A balanced, low-sugar and complete nutrition is most important. A lot of fresh fruit, vegetables, mushrooms, full-grain products, fish, little lean meat and vegetable oil – please do not heat up- should be on your menu. Sausages, fatty meat, white flour products and sweets should be avoided. Reduce the stress factors in your life and go for a walk and engage in sports. If you smoke; stop it!

If a circulation disorder in the limbs is detected in time, regular walks, toe standing exercises, squats, cycling and physical activities will be recommended. Additionally, hot-and-cold baths have proven effective to stimulate the blood circulation.

Acute circulation disorders require immediate action because otherwise life is, for example, threatened by a heart attack. Blood clots will be surgically removed and bypass will be placed if necessary.

Effective prevention and treatment with Mycotherapy

Circulation disorders often result from arteriosclerotic changes in the blood vessels. Narrowed blood vessels also facilitate the formation of blood clots (thrombosis). Therefore, it is important to improve the blood flow. Medicinal mushroom Auricularia has remarkable effects: Auricularia contains adenosine which improves the blood flow, has vasodilator properties and therefore reduces the risk of thrombosis. Furthermore, it reduces the overall level of cholesterol.

Badly circulated tissue contains too little oxygen. As a consequence, the affected body parts are in pain. Here, the additional intake of medicinal mushroom Reishi is recommended: it helps to reduce inflammatory processes and contributes to a higher oxygen saturation of the blood. This has positive effects on the cardiac activity and pain relieve because the limbs and the organs can be better supplied with oxygen. Reishi has balancing effects on the nervous system, this is positive for the emotional balance. That’s why the intake of Reishi can reduce or normalize vegetative related fluctuations of the blood pressure.

If the circulation disorder is caused by dyslipidemia, medicinal mushrooms Shiitake and Maitake will be recommended. A too low level of the “good” cholesterol HDL can be brought back to its normal range by Shiitake. From a value of 60 mg/dl or 1,5mmol/L, the deposits can even be totally removed. This is of importance, so that the used cholesterol can be transported to and decomposed by the liver, instead of depositing on the walls of the arteries and narrowing them. Maitake contributes to the reduction of increased levels of triglyceride. Maitake can improve a worsened dyslipidemia by inhibiting lipid accumulation in the liver and an increase of triglyceride. The intake of Maitake facilitates the removal of plaques. Plaques are small, spotty and inflammatory changes of the vessels. They occur within arteriosclerosis and contain cholesterol, triglycerides and homocysteine.

An increased level of homocysteine is an often neglected risk factor for arteriosclerosis. A homocysteine level above 8mmol/L is a sign that the body’s vitamin B supply is disturbed. This is often caused by a deranged intestinal flora. But also, an unhealthy lifestyle (smoking, too much sugar, alcohol) is negatively related to the supply of vitamin B. Hereby, medicinal mushroom Pleurotus is useful. It nourishes the precious intestinal bacteria and contributes to the elimination of harmful dysbiotic intestinal pathogens. The intestinal flora will improve and vitamin B can be absorbed well by the intestines. Additionally, Pleurotus supplies the body with nearly all B-vitamins.

A good and sufficient bile flow goes hand in hand with a healthy intestinal flora. The intake of bitter substances combined with Pleurotus can be useful for the support of the bile flow. There are a lot of recommendable bitter substances. Just ask us; we would really like to answer your questions.