As we age, some people may develop plaque buildup in their arteries, especially the coronary arteries, due to loss of elasticity in the blood vessels and a natural increase in cholesterol. Here are 5 traditional Chinese herbs for heart health!
1. Dong Quai
Dong quai, or Chinese angelica root, is traditionally used to treat blockages. This root helps in increasing blood flow.
Gingko also increases microcapillary circulation and expands blood vessels. Ginkgo extract has proven benefits to elderly people. This ancient herb acts to enhance oxygen utilization and thus improves memory, concentration, and other mental faculties.
Ginseng helps with stimulating physical and mental activity among people who are weak and tired. Ginseng reduces cholesterol and has shown positive effects on blood vessel elasticity.
4. Hawthorn Berries
Hawthorn berries are used to promote the health of the circulatory system and are useful in treating angina, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure and cardiac arrhythmia. Hawthorn berries reduce fat and mucus accumulation, purify the blood, and improve blood flow.
5. Sacred Pine
Sacred pine contains a potent antioxidant called picnogenol in its bark, needles and nut that helps reduce inflammation in the blood vessels, lowering the risk of plaque buildup.