This is a rare and unusual disorder which is affecting the blood vessels, generally in the toes and fingers. It is known that the hyperactivation of the sympathetic nervous system is causing the blood vessels to become constricted when you are cold or stressed. This is causing the blood not reaching to the surface of your skin and the affected areas turn blue or white. When your blood is starting flowing, then the skin becomes red and this can lead to tissue death. There are two types of Raynaud’s – primary and secondary Raynaud’s. Another name for the primary Raynaud’s is Raynaud’s disease. This type is idiopathic in nature and it has no known cause. The secondary type is also called Raynaud’s phenomenon. It is caused by trauma or other health conditions or medications. The primary Raynaud’s disease is a disease which stands alone but the majority of the Raynaud’s cases are secondary type. This means that they are a symptom of another problem or condition and some of them can be quite serious. You should talk with your doctor because he or she must know from which type of Raynaud’s you suffer so in this way you will get proper treatment. There are many medicines which can help you against the Raynaud’s disease but also there are many natural remedies which can take care for the symptoms of this condition. You need to talk with your doctor if you suffer from Raynaud’s disease before you start taking some of the below mentioned home remedies for this condition.
Here are some home remedies for Raynaud’s disease:
Vitamin C: You can eat citrus fruits and other Vitamin C – rich foods because this is very effective natural way to reduce the effects of Raynaud’s disease. This vitamin is antioxidant and an immune system stimulant. It is essential vitamin for hundreds of bodily functions in which are included the creation of collagen, the protection of vessels from damage and creation of new skin cells.
Vitamin E: This vitamin is also known as tocopherol. It is well – known vitamin for its boosting skin properties. Also it can protect the integrity of other cells, especially the blood vessels. This is a reason why the Vitamin E is very important part of the natural treatment of Raynaud’s disease. It can make you sure that your blood vessels are healthy so oxygen and blood can get through easily and effectively. You should eat foods that are rich in Vitamin E, such as green leafy vegetables, seafood, nuts and avocados.
Ginger: This home remedy has been suggested as a natural treatment for people who have circulation issues for years. This natural cure is also called “warm food”. It can provide the body with additional warmth in cold conditions. This is a reason why the ginger and ginger tea tackle the both problems of Raynaud’s disease, both problems from blood constriction and from cold.
Essential fatty acids: The supplementation with the Omega – 3 essential fatty acids can be very useful because it can decrease the platelet aggregation which can limit the blood flow. The best way in which you can incorporate these fatty acids in your body is to add them in your diet. Also you can massage the oil onto the affected toes and fingers which means that locally you will improve the blood circulation.
Potassium: This is an essential mineral which is controlling the both – dilation of the blood vessels and arteries and fluid balance in the body (along with sodium). The Raynaud’s disease is decreasing the flow of oxygen and blood to the extremities. This is a reason why you should eat bananas and other potassium – packed foods. These foods can prevent episodes from striking. It is known that the potassium is reducing the tension throughout the cardiovascular system so the flare – ups of Raynaud’s disease will have less noticeable effect.
Natural cures for Raynaud’s disease
Foods to avoid: There are some foods which you must avoid such as highly fatty foods, hydrogenated and polyunsaturated oils like cottonseed, safflower, soy and corn. Also it is recommended to avoid a diet that is high in phytic acids which can be found in processed carbohydrate products, such as bread, crackers and cereals. You should know that this type of diet is blocking the absorption of fatty acids and essential mineral acids. Also you should not drink coffee because the caffeine has vasoconstrictive properties which can further complicate the Raynaud’s disease. Also you should avoid alcohol.
Vitamin B 3: This vitamin is playing an important role in increasing the blood flow to the surface of the skin and it will regulate the dilation of the blood vessels throughout the body. Vitamin B3 is also known as niacin. You can increase the amount of this vitamin in your body when you are taking specific supplements or when you are increasing the consumption of niacin – rich foods, such as sunflower seeds, green peas, Portobello mushrooms, liver, chicken, pork and seafood.
Co – enzyme Q10: This natural cure is best known for its antioxidant properties and improving the skin. This natural cure works by controlling the flow of oxygen within the cells and it is assisting in cardiovascular functioning and absorption of nutrients into the cells.
Try acupuncture: There are some studies in which are said that the acupuncture can help to reduce the inflammation and pain and to improve the joint stiffness in people who suffer from Raynaud’s disease. There was one study in which was involved 33 patients with Raynaud’s syndrome and it was found that the acupuncture is serving as a reasonable treatment alternative. In one study was said that those patients who were undergoing acupuncture have experienced a significant decrease in the frequency of Raynaud’s attacks, decreased the duration of reduced blood flow and reduced the number of attacks that they have experienced.
L – arginine: There are some studies in which are is hypothesized that the nitric oxide can play a role in the Raynaud’s disease. In these studies are shown that there is a defect in the metabolism of nitric oxide in people who suffer from Raynaud’s disease. The L – arginine is a substance for the nitric oxide synthesis and it is playing an important role in the nitric oxide synthesis and it is playing a key role in the vascular response to the local stimuli. It is suggested that the supplementation with L – arginine can improve the nitric oxide metabolism and it can improve the vasodilatation.
Gingko: This natural cure is known as vasodilator and stimulator for the circulatory system. The gingko can work effectively but slowly because it takes a few months for all the gingko biloba to build up in the system. There are some studies in which are proven that this home remedy can reduce the symptoms of Raynaud’s disease approximately 50% and it has been used for other circulatory issues for thousands of years.
Essential oils: The volatile, aromatic and subtle extracts from plants are essential oils. Essential oils are having a direct effect on the brain via the olfactory system and skin absorption. Also they can help to warm the body, as well as for the blood circulation. Those essential oils which assist in the blood circulation and which increase the oxygenation to the body’s cells are essential oils that are effective for the Raynaud’s disease. These oils can be used in many different ways, such as via detoxifying baths, with a diffuser, by inhaling, via compresses or applied topically. The recommended essential oils for Raynaud’s disease are rosemary, fennel, lavender, palmarosa, black pepper, clove, mace and nutmeg essential oils. Also there are other essential oils such as cypress, lemon and myrtle essential oils which can have beneficial effects for the Raynaud’s disease because they can strengthen and dilate the capillaries and increase the circulation. Citrus, clove and helichrysum oils are known to be natural blood thinners. The marjoram essential oil can relax your muscles and also dilate blood vessels. The nutmeg essential oil acts as anti – inflammatory and circulatory stimulant agent. The goldenrod is a vein decongestant.
Stop smoking: There are some studies in which are shown that people who regularly smoke are having reduced blood flow. This is a reason why smokers who have both primary and secondary Raynaud’s disease must quit smoking as soon as possible. If you are one of the many people who have tried quitting smoking with no success, then you should use mind – body practices, such as relaxation techniques, guided imagery, reiki, meditation, spinal manipulation and acupuncture.