Congestive Heart Failure natural remedies

• Pigweed is high in calcium, a mineral that significantly reduces the risk of heart attack. It is also high in fiber. Add it to salad soup, and mixed vegetable dishes.

•  Salicin is the herbal precursor of aspirin and can be found in willow. People use the bark of white willow, but crack willow and purple osier contain higher concentrations of salicin. White willow will work, though, so use it if that's what is available to you. Brew a tea with 1 teaspoon of bark to 1 cup boiling water. Steep for 15 minutes and strain. Try drinking 1 cup daily. Caution: Don't take this herb if you are allergic to aspirin.

•  Congestive Heart Failure natural remediesAngelica contains 15 compounds that are calcium channel blockers. These blockers are known to prevent heart attacks. By no means should you trade in your prescribed channel blocker in favor of angelica, but you could add it to your regimen.

• Hawthorn is a well-known heart tonic. It is especially useful in treating congestive heart failure. However, it also prevents heart attack. It opens the coronary arteries, increases the heart's ability to deal with a loss of oxygen, and keeps the heart beating regularly. This is a very powerful herb. Naturopaths do not recommend taking the raw herb for treatment of heart disease; if you decide to take it, do so only after consulting your physician.

• The omega-3 fatty acids that prevent blood clots are available in abundance in the herb purslane. This herb also contains many antioxidants, calcium, and magnesium. Eat it like spinach, either raw in a salad or lightly steamed.

• Egyptian researchers have discovered two benefits of chicory: It slows a fast heartbeat, and it has a heart-stimulating effect. Chicory can be found as a coffee substitute here in America.

Dosages may vary, depending on the duration and severity of your symptoms. Consult a qualified herbal practitioner, and alert your physician to your decision to use herbs. Herbal remedies cannot always be used in combination with conventional pharmaceuticals.

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