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How to improve poor blood circulation

Updated on March 6, 2016

Poor Blood Circulation

The circulatory system is responsible for the movement of nutrients, gases and waste to and from cells, counterbalancing the body's temperature and pH. Blood circulation around the body is how we survive. If the circulation is put in jeopardy, oxygen can't get to all of the organs it needs to, the system can breakdown.

Symptoms of Poor Blood Circulation

Tingling, burning and numbness in the feet or hands, also known as Neuropathy (diseased condition of the nervous system),shortness of breath, low energy, irregular heart beats, sluggish memory and lack of stamina

Affects of Poor Blood Circulation

  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • High LDL cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Angina (chest pain)

Other Effects can also include


Middle-aged and the elderly are more susceptible to circulatory disorders such as hypertension. This is caused by deposits of cholesterol along the walls of the arteries, making them hard and inhibited. Once the arteries are constricted, blood applies force against the walls of the blood vessels, compelling the blood pressure to rise.

Hardening of the Arteries

Hardening arteries, is due to the same fatty deposits constricting and narrowing the artery walls. Common to smokers is Berger's disease caused by continual inflammation of the veins and arteries to the lower extremities. Raynaud's disease is the blockage and spasm of blood vessels to the extremities. If left untreated, this can lead to gangrene.

Varicose Veins

Poor circulation can result, when elasticity is lost in the vein walls. Problems with circulation are widespread with so much junk food being eaten and very little exercise being done, resulting in high stress levels. A problem common in one or both legs.

Natural Ways to Activate Blood Circulation

Doing regular exercise is a great way to get the blood pumping around your body. Herbal remedies such as; Cayenne pepper, good for stimulating the heart and regulating blood flow; Capiscum, which can be rubbed on the skin in the form of a liniment; Ginkgo Biloba, again good for improving blood flow and strengthening blood vessels, also an anti-inflammatory.

Combination of Cayenne, Ginger, Garlic and Gingko Biloba

Research shows taking garlic lowers cholesterol, cleanses blood, tones the heart and irculatory system, preventing heart disease. Ginger animates all tissues of the body and is great for poor circulation. Ginger, Garlic, Ginkgo and Cayenne Pepper are rapidly absorbed by the body. A lose relative or Garlic is Onion, known for increasing blood circulation and relaxing muscles. If eaten daily, can be beneficial for those at risk of heart disease and circulatory disorders.


Another great way of boosting blood circulation. This can be done every day in the shower on specific areas. Hot water rushes blood to the skin (vaso-dilation). When cold water is ministered, blood then rushes to the internal organs (vaso-constriction). When you start to shiver, blood is flushing out your skin leaving it oxygenated. This action carries toxins away from the muscles. Toxins such as ammonia and lactic acid. Muscle soreness, aches and pains, and stiffness can be relieved by repeating the action of hot and cold water. This can prevent muscle bruising if done early on.

Electronic Vibration Plates

Designed to stimulate the muscles in the feet and calf area more easily. Electronic pulse vibrations from the plate to the muscle fibers, stimulating them to move, increasing blood circulation to the toes, feet and calves. Many devices come with additional electrode pads, making it easier to target specific areas and muscle groups.

© 2010 Helen Bolam


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      Helen Bolam 6 years ago from South Shields

      Thank you for your comment.

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      kims3003 6 years ago

      Very well done. Nice work - pleasant writing style too!

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      Jewels 6 years ago from Australia

      Great hub Helen, very useful. My new years resolution 2011 will be to begin a fair dinkum exercise regime for balanced health. I'm doing the diet program, off processed foods. Now I have to increase circulation. Timely read.

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      Susan Mills 6 years ago from Indiana

      This was very informative and well written.

      I knew there was a reason I liked onions!