Blood circulation is the process through which oxygenated blood and other nutrients reach each and every cell in your body and toxins are eliminated from your body. The heart is the main organ for circulation.
Factors Affecting Natural Blood Circulation
- Abnormal blood pressure and blood sugar.
- Increased cholesterol levels in the blood.
- Immobility due to some illness like a coma, post surgery, trauma, etc.
- Certain cardiovascular diseases like blood clots, atherosclerosis, peripheral vascular disease, varicose vein, etc.
- Chronic smoking.
- Climatic conditions like extreme temperatures.
Signs and Symptoms of Poor Circulation
- Muscle cramps.
- Abnormal sensation, numbness and tingling sensation.
- Swelling due to fluid retention.
- Abnormal discolouration and dryness of the skin.
- Ulcer formation.
Natural Methods to Improve Your Blood Circulation
- Stop smoking. Avoid alcohol and caffeinated beverages.
- Do regular exercise.
- Do daily massage with appropriate oils like sesame oil, ksheerabala taila, Mahanarayana taila, Murivenna, Dhanvantara taila, etc, before bath.
- Once in a while, you can undergo steam bath.
- Eat healthy foods to maintain your blood pressure, sugar and cholesterol.
- If you have oedema elevate the affected part with a pillow or sling and cut down your salt intake.
- Include garlic, ginger, onion, avocados, flax, sunflower seeds and foods rich in vitamin C and E in your routine diet.
- You drink a glass of boiled and cooled water with 2 tsp of lemon juice and 1 tsp of honey. This will act as a natural blood thinner.
- Certain Ayurvedic medicines like Dashamoola, Arjuna, Guggulu, Pushkaramula, Punarnava, Garcinia, Gokshura are beneficial to improve blood circulation, protects the health of the cardio-vascular system and eliminates retained body fluid.
- Doing Asanas improves the blood circulation to the respective organs and part of the body. Example – Baddha Konasana enhances blood circulation to your pelvic organs.
- Deep breathing exercises and pranayama improves oxygenation in your blood.
Ayurvedic procedures like Abhyanga, Udvartana, Utsadana, Lepa, Upanaha, Rakta mokshana and dhara enhances blood circulation locally and all over body too.