Problems with poor circulation can be prevented, relieved, or solved with conventional medicine, lifestyle changes, and natural and alternative methods. The goal of all the methods is to prevent circulatory problems, reduce swelling and pain and promoting the healing process.
The treatment of poor circulation involves changes in lifestyle, like a more healthy diet rich in fiber and with a low fat intake, quitting smoking and introducing an exercise program. In obese persons losing weight is also important.
In case poor circulation causes pain, doctors can prescribe analgesics. Aspiring brings some relief to persons suffering from circulatory problems, and there are also heparinoid creams.
Surgical solution for the circulatory problems include angioplasty (widening of a narrowed or obstructed blood vessel), atherectomy (removing plaque from the arteries), revascularisation (restoration of blood supply) and endarterectomy (similar to atherectomy).
It is important to include vitamins B6, B12, C and E in the diet or to take supplements, if necessary. This goes for niacin and magnesium as well.
Physical therapy and hydrotherapy can also help with problems of the circulatory system.
Dietary habits should be revised. The diet should consist of plenty of water and fiber and it should eliminate caffeine, sugar, and alcohol.
There are many natural and holistic treatments that can improve overall health and are beneficial for the circulatory system as well. Acupuncture, reflexology, aromatherapy, and similar treatments can be very therapeutic.
Many herbal remedies aim to treat the underlying causes of circulatory problems and they usually have no side effects like chemical medication often does. Some of these remedies include Gingko biloba, zingiber and ginger. However, if a person is already taking a prescription drug, they should consult a doctor before taking herbal remedies as their effects may interfere.
Cod liver oil, Omega 3 fatty acid and garlic are known to be beneficial for problems in circulation.
Exercise is important for improving circulation. This does not have to mean a difficult exercise program because any physical activity gets the blood pumping. The best ways to improve circulation is by walking, jogging, swimming, biking, even dancing.
It is important to quit smoking because it causes high cholesterol levels, hardens the arteries, and constricts other blood vessels.
It can be helpful to wear supportive socks or tights. In case the feet and legs get swollen, it helps to elevate them, for example on a cushion. Feet should be kept warm. A hot bath will also boost circulation.
Stress is another important factor that can cause or aggravate the poor circulation. Persons suffering from circulatory problems should explore different methods of relaxation, like meditation, breathing techniques, and aromatherapy.