disease is characterized by constrictive spasms of the
smaller vascular system arterioles (small arteries).
It most commonly affects the fingers and, at times,
can also affect the nose, tongue, and feet. Typically,
the initial symptoms of Raynaud's disease are triggered
by exposure to cold or because of chronic emotional
stress. The affected areas become white or bluish, are
usually accompanied by tingling sensation. At times,
the affected areas can also take on a reddish hue and,
in rare cases, the walls of the arteries can thicken,
permanently obstructing blood flow, causing ulcers,
infections, and even gangrene (death of tissue) to form
around the fingernails.
deficiencies can cause Raynaud's disease because a lack
of nutrients can result in intolerance to cold and impaired
circulation. Smoking is another common cause is smoking,
as are certain drugs, such as the beta blockers used
in blood pressure treatment as well as ergotamine used
in migraine treatment, both of which may trigger Raynaud's
When Raynaud's symptoms develop without any
known cause, it is labeled Raynaud's disease. When these
same symptoms occur as a result of other health problems,
this is then called Raynaud's phenomenon and is usually
One of the keys to treating and preventing
Raynaud's disease is to increase circulation. Breathe
deeply throughout the day and keep your hands and feet
as warm as possible. Also be sure to get plenty of regular
exercise. Rapid arm movement exercise can force blood
through the tiny capillaries. Stand with arms at your
side and swing them strongly like a windmill, forward
and up as high as you can and as fast as you can to
relieve symptoms. This often relieves hand symptoms
in a minute or two. And, if you smoke, stop.
Eat plenty of organic foods high in vitamin
E, such as raw seeds and nuts. Hot vegetable soups,
vegetable purees, and fresh, organic vegetables are
also. Avoid coffee and alcohol, both of which constrict
The following nutrients are advised
vitamin B complex,
vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin E, folic acid, magnesium,
essential fatty acids (EFAs), evening primrose oil,
and digestive enzymes with meals. If you are anemic,
also take iron.
Combine equal parts of the tinctures of ginkgo,
prickly ash, and ginger and take 1/2 teaspoon of this
mixture three times a day.
Arsen alb., and Secale are useful
Place two bowls with warm water in different
locations - one in a warm room and one in a cold room
or, outside in the cold. Immerse your hands in the warm
water indoors for 2-5 minutes, then go to the next location
and immerse your hands in the cold water for 7-10 minutes
Then return to the warm room and repeat the first immersion.
Do this four to six times a day.
Drink plenty of fresh squeezed, organic fruit
and vegetable juices.
If your symptoms persist despite the above measures,
seek the help of a qualified health professional.
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