Racing Heart Beats…
Diminishes the arterial tension; Extends the cardiac muscle’s capacity to contract itself; Reinforces and dilates the coronaries; Increases the coronary blood flow and in consequence the nutrition of the heart; Slows down the cardiac rhythm and diminishes palpitations; Reduces nervousness and anxiety; Contributes to a restful sleep; Supports the oxygenation of all cells.
A silent danger…
Hypertension, a heart disease without clear symptoms!
Arterial tension, also called “blood pressure”, is the strength applied against the artery walls. It depends on the hearts effort, the blood vessels resistance and the total volume of blood. The danger of hypertension is the precise absence of symptoms. Most of the time, the affected person does not feel anything. There is no age for suffering from hypertension and it concerns as much men as women. Only in one out of 20 cases can the cause of its apparition be precisely identified. The only way to detect it is to have your arterial tension checked regularly. The systolic pressure (the 1st number of the tensiometer) measures the heart beats when it contracts itself. The diastolic pressure (the 2nd number) measures when the heart is resting. Hypertension occurs when the tension is superior to 140/90 mm of Mercury (14/9).
Understand more to fight better.
For the majority of us (90%), several factors conjugate themselves in order to cause the primary hypertension. While ageing, the artery walls lose their elasticity and suppleness. The heart must therefore work harder in order for the blood to flow through them. Day after day, the applied pressure hardens and thickens the arteries which limit the quantity of blood flowing towards the organs. Because of this, the coronaries do not supply the cardiac muscle with enough nutrients, and therefore it tires itself faster. When the passage towards the arteries is blocked (cholesterol, blood clots) the arterial tension rises! This is why hypertension can lead to very severe complications: CVA (cerebrovascular accident), heart attack, renal affection, erectile disorders, and considerable decrease of the visual acuteness… Generally diabetes, obesity, smoking, cholesterol excess, salt abuse and absence of physical activity amplify these harmful effects.
Take care of hypertension and strengthen your heart… in a natural way!
Light hypertension is an affection which responds very well to the natural approach. Managing stress, improving nutrition and the contractility of the cardiac muscle, reinforces the arteries, inhibits the production and the activity of certain tension regulating molecules, supports the excretion of sodium as well as privileging a diet rich in potassium, magnesium and vitamin C… These are simply and efficient ways to preserve your heart and arteries health. Don’t let yourself get surprised by this silent disease!!!!
Hawthorn will give you a hand: it reduces the blood pressure, strengthens and dilates the coronaries, oxygenates and nourishes the heart, calms the palpitations, eases from nervousness, contributes to a restful sleep.
Symbol of virginity and innocence, Hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata) is a plant from the family Rosaceae. Its name comes from the Greek word “kratos” which means “strength”. In Ancient Greece and Rome, Hawthorn was associated to happy events, hope, happiness, weddings and children. Since Renaissance, the bark of young Hawthorn twigs and its berries were used for lowering fever, soothing sore throats, insomnia and irritability. But it is especially its flowers and leaves which make this flower a remarkable medicinal flower. Hawthorn is the key to the good function of your heart and of the health of your coronaries! It gives the heart everything it needs to improve, balance and stabilizes its metabolism and rhythm. This ancestral phytotherapy increases the blood flow towards the cardiac muscle, and therefore its oxygenation, nutrition and contractility. It slows down the cardiac rhythm and subsequently diminishes the palpitations. However Hawthorn diminishes the inflammation of the blood vessels and prevents the accumulation of cholesterol deposit and blood clots on the arterial walls. This will strengthen and dilate the arteries and will contribute to regulating the arterial pressure. Hawthorn is also the best friend to stressed, irritated, impulsive, anxious or insomniac people. It is an unavoidable plant for hypersensitive students, overtired during the exam period. Hawthorn will help prepare himself serenely and pass easily the exams! Note that the effects of Hawthorn are neither immediate nor radical: it will take effect slowly but will bring lasting change. Between six to eight weeks are sometimes necessary before the total efficiency of Hawthorn is reached.
Hawthorn… the «valerian» of your heart!
Recommended in cases of arterial hypertension and its complications: angina pectoris, palpitations, dizziness, buzzing in the ears, cardiac beats of anxious people, arrhythmia, extrasystoles, arteriosclerosis and senile heart.
Good to know: ESCOP and World Health Organization certify the use of Hawthorn (flower and leaves) for supporting the cardiovascular functions and for treating Class II of congestive cardiac insufficiency. References: European Scientific Cooperative on Phytotherapy (Ed.). Crataegi Folium Cum Flore, ESCOP Monographs on the Medicinal Uses of Plants Drugs, Centre for Complementary Health Studies, Université d’Exeter, Grande-Bretagne, 1999. •Organisation mondiale de la santé. WHO monographs on selected medicinal plants, vol. 2, Suisse, 2002.
Good to know: The presence of a doctor unconsciously stresses certain emotive people. This phenomenon, called «white coat syndrome», is very frequent. Anxiety can increase the arterial tension in such a way that you may think these people are suffering from hypertension when they are actually healthy.
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