Angina (angina pectoris) is severe chest pain due to lack of blood (i.e., oxygen) in the heart muscle. The main cause is a coronary artery disease called atherosclerosis, or a clogging of the arteries. Angina typically feels like the chest is being strangled. Severity of symptoms may or may not be associated with fatal heart attacks.
Natural Remedies for Angina
Avoid fats like polyunsaturated margarine, dairy products, and meat. Soy margarine is safer. Virgin olive oil, either heated at low temperatures or raw, is also beneficial.
Avoid coffee, tea, alcohol and spicy foods.
You need lots of garlic – at least 2 fat cloves for lunch and another 2 for supper. There is no cheaper or more perfect medicine.
Consume lots of leeks, onions, and spring onions.
You should take some sources of GLA – evening primrose seed oil or black currant seed oil.
An herbal formula that will immediately help the heart and will work long term would be 2 parts Hawthorne berry, and one part each of gingko leaf, motherwort leaf, and cayenne pod. They can be consumed in tincture form if capsules are unsuitable.
Take herbs to calm and relax your body and mind. Examples of which are skullcap leaf, black cohosh root, oat straw, passionflower, gotu kola herb, lobelia pod and for a short while, valeria root.
A great nutritional herbal drink: equal parts of alfalfa leaf, red clover flower and nettle leaf tea.
Exercise, but pace yourself. You will need expert help and guidance because overdoing it could be dangerous. Not exercising at all could be equally dangerous. You need to find the proper balance that will suit your own personal needs and condition.
Quit smoking Angina is brought on by having too little oxygen in the blood. As hard as quitting smoking is tens of thousands manage to do it every year. You can too.
Relaxation techniques Take time in the evening to practice meditation or relax with some soft music or even a bath with lavender essential oil.
Stress is a killer. It has many causes and can even be brought on when we don’t get enough sleep. Studies suggest that most people need from 6 – 9 hours of sleep every night. If you get less even one night it may be days before your body is right again.
Herbs for Angina Treatment
Khella (Ammi visnaga):
Commercial supplements are widely available for healthcare professionals. Effects are less than those reported for hawthorn. Active ingredients may have toxic effects at clinical doses.
Astragalus membranaceus (currently correct name: Astragalus propinquus):
Widely available in supplement form. Better known as an herb for boosting the immune system. One major Chinese study showed significant benefits in treating heart disease in humans. However, treatment was not with any available oral form.
Important cardiotonic herb in Ayurvedic medicine. One small clinical study (10 patients) showed significant improvement in several indicators of heart health, including lower frequency of angina.