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posted 01-13-2000 10:51 AM           Edit/Delete Message
I am an extremely active person and enjoy outdoor activities. With the winter temperature in Canada dropping down to -20C, or more at times, many people tend to stay indoors but I enjoy skiing, playing hockey, toboganning etc...
My problem is that my feet are always cold. And my hands aren't always warm either. I always wear many layers of clothing and my body stays warm but my extremeties don't. Sometimes after skating I have to sit for 5 or 10 minutes warming up my toes which have started to lose color from being so cold. Other people around me don't seem to have this problem to the same extent. Is my circulation that poor? Is there a herbal remedy which may help me increase the circulation to my extremeties? I sure don't want to stop going outside so any information is greatly appreciated.

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posted 01-13-2000 06:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Herbalist     Edit/Delete Message
Dear Tim:
A warm hello and many thanks for writing.
To address your problem properly and give you a better perspective concerning your particular condition and symptoms thereof, I will do it in several parts, but believe me its all part of the whole.

Some folks experience the effects of poor Chi circulation, (for more on what is Chi, see notes on: Read the Answers, in this forum), and blood statis which can lead a to a breakdown of life functions. Without freeflowing Chi , internal organs have no fuel. When this free flow of energy is impaired the ebb flow of our lives is not consistent. One of the keys is to reduce Chi congestion from an unhealthy diet.
I recommend you begin by eliminating pork, red meats, all dairy products, pasta, chocolate, hot dogs, bologna, excess coffee, white sugar, and fried, oily and greasy foods, all of these require digestive acids and enzymes for a longer period than simple sugars, therefore overworking the intestinal and digestive systems.
Eliminate as well alcohol, cigarrettes and excessive use of aspirins.

What makes things better are nourishing foods, rest, herbs to smooth circulation, blood tonics, and herbs that stimulate Chi.
I suggest you enhance your diet by eating lean fish, chicken, turkey deli roast beef, sardines, tuna, venison, rabbit, elk, cornish hen, pheasant, steamed fresh vegetables, honey and fresh fruits. You should also increase your dietary intake of iron-rich foods, as well eating wheat germ, nuts, and soybeans (this latter to help dilate the blood vessels).
I would also advise you to use ginger root(it stimulates circulation), garlic (it tonifies and protects the immune and circulatory systems), rosemary, and turmeric in your cooking all of these are warming spices which in turn will nourish and protect Chi and your immune system. If you like it or can stand the heat, I would also suggest you include cayenne pepper either in your cooking, or 2 tablets, 2xs daily.

Never start the day with cold foods or drinks, its like trying to start a cold car using cold water. You may want to try drinking 1 glass of red wine before starting your activities. Remember only 1 glass and it must be red wine, as it is the only kind that will truly stimulate circulation.

On a personal basis, I used to myself suffer from the condition we know as internal cold in Traditional Chinese Medicine, therefore I also suggest you may want to start your day with oatmeal sprinkled with plenty of cinnamon. Cinnamon is a warming spice which will also prove effective in treating your ailment.

I would like to remind you that a multivitamin-multimineral daily is very important, you should supplement that with 400mg of Vit. E and 1,500mg of Vit. C. daily.
You may want to begin taking capsules of Korean Ginseng 2 or 3 tablets once or twice daily to boost your immune system, if it is too warming you may want to change to Chinese Ginseng(its less warming), or reduce the dosage.
The following herbs I recommend you begin drinking in infusion, echinacea combined with licorice can stimulate the white blood cells, clove tea is a warming stimulating spice, and cinnamon tea will also help to boost and stimulate warmth.

Alternate meals with ginger and licorice teas. They disburse stagnant Chi. During the day you may want to add green tea to your diet it is anti-cancer and anti-cholesterol.

You may want to massage your hands regularly with essential oils of lemon, rosemary or black pepper which will stimulate circulation. Or a mixture of warm mustard and sesame seed oil which will serve the same purpose.

There are many more remedies and patent medicines we often use in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and I suggest that since you live in Canada, if the problem persists you consult with a learned practitioner in our discipline.

I realize I have given you quite a few avenues to explore and as with all medicines, you must find the correct balance for you.
At least now, you have a few to choose from. Smile ! It isn't all bad !!!

I hope we have been of help. Again, thanks for writing and Good Luck !!! H.

[This message has been edited by Herbalist (edited 01-14-2000).]

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