Raynaud’s Disease is a vascular condition in which the blood supply to the extremities (hands, feet, nose, ears) is reduced abnormally in response to cold and stress. This causes the skin to turn white/pale and numb. Due to oxygen depletion, the affected area may turn blue. If the same area is affected for prolonged periods of time, gangrene or tissue necrosis may develop.
Many more women suffer from Raynaud’s disease than men. Raynaud’s disease is a chronic disease that causes patients who suffer from it a lot of pain and distress. There are a number of conditions that can cause (secondary) Raynaud’s symptoms, such as Lupus and obstructive arterial disease. Also certain medications such as beta-blockers can cause symptoms of Raynaud’s.
There have been some successes in treating Raynaud’s disease with certain medications. It has been reported that treating Raynaud’s disease with Viagra can improve circulation and symptoms in patients with secondary Raynaud’s phenomenon. The standard medical treatment for Raynaud’s disease is using calcium channel blockers.
Natural treatment options for Raynaud’s Disease:
- Arginine: Arginine is an amino acids and one of the 20 building blocks of proteins. It is a precursor for Nitric Oxide (NO), which is a potent vasodilator. Arginine is also important for tissue repair and wound healing.
- B-Vitamins: B Vitamins have a positive effect on reducing the bodies’ stress levels and help the body cope with stress. Since stress is one of the triggers for Raynaud’s disease, it is important to supplement with B vitamins.
- Vitamin C and Vitamin D: Both are important for healthy immune functioning and tissue repair.
- Garlic: Fresh or in extracts, garlic has a positive effect on the circulation.
- Nattokinase: Nattokinase is an enzyme derived from a fermented natural soy food “Natto” that is popular in Japan. Nattokinase is believed to be beneficial to the circulation.
Try to consume fresh foods that are high in arginine: wheat, dairy products, seafood, nuts, chickpeas, soy products.
What to Avoid?
Caffeine and caffeinated beverages, smoking and second-hand smoke. Avoid cold weather (always wear cloves, mittens).