by Angelo Druda
Cardiovascular diseases kill more Americans than cancer and motor vehicle accidents combined. Most of our aging baby-boomer population will be brought down by problems located in the heart and cardiovascular system. Even so, we can significantly increase heart longevity in the highest percentage of cases with the right application of herbal medicine. Once again plants have provided the answer.
Modern Chinese medicine contains a highly developed and effective cardiovascular specialty. Oriental doctors are successfully rejuvenating weak and tired hearts, and eliminating a broad range of heart imbalances safely. Modalities like acupuncture and Qi Gong are important in this endeavor but a group of unique and powerful herbs lies at the core of their success.
Herbs work their magic
I first saw these herbs work their magic, years ago in our clinic in Melbourne, Australia. Our patient had undergone quadruple bypass surgery, and after one year, his circulatory pathways were closing again. His medical doctors had ruled that he was unable to endure another round of surgery, and so he sat, pale, and weak, trying to catch his breath. After three weeks on a classic combination of Chinese heart herbs, color returned, and he was moving up and down the stairs again. He remains healthy to this day and continues to use appropriate combination’s of these heart rejuvenating herbs.
Several years ago researchers at the Brown Institute of Molecular Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston procured some of the Chinese herbs typically used for heart issues from the local herb shops in Houston. Hoping to understand and confirm the effectiveness of these plants, they tested them for the presence of nitrates and nitrites suspecting an abundance of nitric oxide precursors.
Active ingredient in rejuvenation
Nitric Oxide (NO) is the active ingredient in heart rejuvenation. NO is produced in the endothelium or the lining of the blood vessels. When there is proper production of NO in the body, the blood vessels open and relax, and the lining becomes slippery. This prevents deposits from sticking to the walls of our circulatory pathways. Under such conditions, the blood flow will remain free and strong and the narrowing of the veins and arteries is prevented.
In animal trials, researchers discovered an abundance of Nitric Oxide precursors in the Chinese herbs and observed significant improvements in blood vessel health, thus confirming what Chinese doctors already knew – the herbs regenerate the heart and cardiovascular system. The body converts the nitrates and nitrates in the plant material into Nitric Oxide through an enzymatic process. In some cases the herbs can increase NO production in the body by more than a thousand times.
Researchers concluded that heart disease is caused by a deficiency of Nitric Oxide. The Chinese herbs restore the endothelium’s ability to make NO. Overweight, lack of exercise, smoking, and high blood pressure all damage the endothelium and the necessary production of NO. The herbs restore NO production and the effects are long lasting. Taken in conjunction with right exercise and diet, these wonderful plants provide nature’s answer for heart and cardiovascular rejuvenation.
The following herbs were included in the test: Radix Salvia, Fructus Trichosanthus, Bulbus Alii, Radix Notoginseng, Resina Olibani, Radix Peony Rubra, Radix Ginseng, Borneol. It is highly recommended that people obtain professional guidance in the proper use of these plant medicines.
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Angelo Druda practices oriental medicine in Cobb, California. He is the founder of Traditional Botanical Medicine and the Author of The Tao of Rejuvenation. He can be contacted through his website Traditional Botanical Medicine.
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