Atherosclerosis: CAM Therapies for Specific
- According to literature, atherosclerosis
patients treated with Qi Gong exercise showed improvements in memory, insomnia, dizziness,
tinnitus (buzzing in ears), and numbness.
- Since excess protein in general, and
particularly excessive animal protein, is associated with increased risk of
atherosclerosis, it is a good idea to reduce or eliminate animal foods from the diet.
- Humans cannot synthesize carotenoids, which are nutritious red pigments found
in fruits and vegetables, so they must be derived from diet. However, they are
not well absorbed. Carotenoids may help to protect LDL cholesterol from
oxidation, thereby inhibiting atherosclerosis and heart attacks.
- A 1995 study of 605 heart attack patients
documented the value of a Mediterranean-type diet, rich in alpha-linolenic acid, bread,
root vegetables, green vegetables, fish, and fruit and low in meat, butter, and
cream. After twenty-seven months, there were 73 percent fewer heart attacks and
70 percent fewer deaths.
- A study of 8,341 men with previous
myocardial infarctions demonstrated the long-term benefits of niacin, a component of vitamin B. In a
follow-up study, niacin supplementation was associated with an 11 percent
reduction in mortality. In a 1985 study, supplementation with the alkaloid
L-carnitine was found to increase exercise tolerance in patients with angina.
- A number of herbal compounds have been used to prevent
- Guggul, an herb, also identified as Commiphora
mukul, has been used
traditionally in Ayurvedic medicine for the last one thousand years for a
variety of inflammatory problems, including osteoarthritis. There is
considerable clinical evidence that Guggul lowers blood lipid or cholesterol levels and may protect against
cardiovascular disease and atherosclerosis, and is also beneficial for the
- An extensive inquiry was conducted into
the possible biological basis for why women live longer than men. The in-depth
analysis included an examination of the hormone estrogen, which tends to prevent atherosclerosis
in premenopausal women. Increasingly women are seeking naturally occurring
estrogens, phytoestrogens, in such products as soy for an alternative to
hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
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BEST ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: WHAT WORKS? WHAT DOES NOT? by Dr. Kenneth R.
Copyright © 2000 by Dr. Kenneth R. Pelletier,
Reprinted by permission of Simon &
Schuster, Inc., New York, New York.
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