Essential Oils, Self Help, Herbs, Gemstones, Reflexology and Symptoms.
A condition marked by recurrent pain in the chest and left arm caused by a sudden decrease of the blood supply to the heart muscle. It comes on suddenly and usually lasts only a few minutes.
Angina is not a disease in its own right. Normally the coronary arteries that supply blood to the heart can cope with an increased demand, but its ability is hampered if you have coronary artery disease or high blood pressure. This condition can flare up when exercise, extremes of temperature or strong emotion increase oxygen demand.
Angina tends to be a progressive disorder, and is often, but not always, a predictor of a heart attack. In some people, the condition can go on for many years with little change. Others, however, may experience the increasingly frequent or severe attacks of unstable angina.
Coronary Artery Disease: Like the rest of your body, your heart muscle requires a constant flow of oxygen and nutrient rich blood. This is delivered to the heart muscle via two main coronary arteries, and a network of blood vessels over the surface of the heart muscle. Fatty deposits can form in your arteries and narrow the passageways, thus hampering the flow of oxygenated blood to your heart muscle. When your heart beats faster in response to physical or psychological stress, severely narrowed or blocked coronary arteries cannot cope with the added demand for increased oxygen and nutrients. This causes angina, or heart pain.
Synergistic Essential Oil Blend:
- For stimulating circulation - 1 part black pepper, 2 parts coriander, 1 part rosemary
- If you smoke, stop or cut down as much as you can, since smoking makes the heart work harder
- If you are overweight, go on a sensible diet. Do not use your condition as an excuse to become inactive – you should not reduce your physical activity unless your physician specifically advises you to do so.
- Eat several light meals a day rather than fewer large ones, and rest after eating
- Do not go out on extremely cold days
- Hot compresses on the heart, renewed every 5 minutes are helpful
- Cold compresses around lower legs will remove pressure from the heart region
- Mix 1 cup of fermented apple cider with 1 quart of water, heat to the boiling point and quickly remove from heat; then soak some towels in the hot liquid and place on both arms, covering each arm completely; this will improve heart circulation, soothe the blood vessels and the nervous system, and relieve the cramps.
- Angina can be relieved by taking infusions of Lime Blossom (Tilia europaea)
- Hawthorn (Crataegus oxycanthoides) – reduces cholesterol, dilates coronary blood vessels, thereby increasing blood flow to the heart muscle. It prevents and reverses plaque formation.
- Cayenne (Capiscum minimum) – helps dilate arteries and improves circulation. Steep ½ - 1 tsp in a cup of boiling water and take warm 1 tsp at a time.
Reflexology areas to emphasize:
- Heart – main reflex point – work thoroughly – on top and bottom of both feet, especially the troughs between the first and second toes.
- Adrenal glands – they secrete the hormone adrenaline, which increases heart beat; working this reflex will improve the homeostasis (balance) in the body
- Chest/breast/lungs – to relax tension; reflex point that is the usual site of pain in this condition
- Solar plexus – to promote relaxation and a release of tension
- Left arm and shoulder – to stimulate circulation
- Chest pain behind the breastbone
- Pressure, tightness or burning in the chest
- Pain radiating to the arms, neck, jaw or back
- Chest pain that occurs during exercise, after a heavy meal, on a cold, windy day, or when under stress
Warning: See a doctor as soon as possible if angina attacks become more frequent or severe. Such changes are often a warning sign of an impending heart attack.
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