Last Modified on Feb 16, 2016
What Causes Poor Circulation?
Poor leg circulation, or peripheral artery disease (PAD), occurs as arteries narrow and reduce blood flow to limbs of your body. As a result, your blood cannot keep up with the demands of your body and can cause pain (usually in the legs). Bad circulation is a result of fatty deposits accumulating in the arteries (atherosclerosis), which can also reduce blood flow to the brain and other vital organs. Smoking, poor diet, and lack of exercise are common causes of poor circulation.
Poor circulation symptoms include leg pain while walking, cramping in arms or legs after activity, cold feet, calf pain, leg numbness or weakness, hair loss or slow hair growth on legs, sores on feet or legs that won't heal, slow toenail growth, and erectile dysfunction in men.
Natural Remedies for Peripheral Artery Disease
On this page you can find a number of user submitted home and natural remedies for poor circulation. Some of our suggested cures are apple cider vinegar, blackstrap molasses, cayenne pepper, and coconut oil. Let us know what you try from Earth Clinic to treat poor circulation. Know of a remedy not listed here yet? Please don't hesitate to share your story with us!
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[YEA] I found this site looking for help for my husbands high blood pressure. I am so glad that I did! His blood pressure has dropped 40 pts. in 5 days by using Apple Cider Vinegar remedy on this site. He drinks 2 tbsp. in 8 oz. of water 2 times a day before meals.
I was drinking it with him as well as he didn't enjoy the taste and I wanted to share in his misery..lol
I have suffered from cold hands and feet and a cold backside for many years. I was diagnosed with Hypothyroid over 10 years ago. Since drinking the ACV my feet and backside are burning hot! I can't remember the last time I had warm feet or a warm bum...My face even has a warm rosy glow!! This is amazing! Not only has this helped my circulation come back but I am finding that my fibromyalgia aches are going away. I am so excited! It is a double miracle. I am so glad I decided to "suffer" with him in drinking this nature's cure!! Thank you for your website. I wonder how many lives are being saved by this wonderful information. God bless you.
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Posted by Jodi (La Quinta, CA) on 09/20/2008
[YEA] Edema, Poor Circulation:
I recently was told by my Naturopath to begin 1Tbsp of ACV before every meal. One of my health complaints has been very swollen ankles ( even legs sometimes) and cold pale feet. It has been a week and among other things, my ankles are very skinny, my feet now have color again and my overall circulation has improved. I also have dropped 5 pounds- but I'm also following the Elmination Diet to identify allergies so I can't completely credit that to the ACV. My whole body seems to have been de-bloated. I notice that after drinking the ACV my appetite wanes, so I do eat less and can definitely feel my food digesting.
One way to know if you are digesting food properly or not is to check your stools. Do you recognize your meals? If you can identify what's there- you are not digesting your food.
I'm thrilled with the results so far and am anxious to see what else happens from my new dosing.
Posted by Anon (US) on 09/04/2014
When I drink coffee I get pain in my legs when I lay down at night. I put 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda in a large glass of water and drink it between meals, one or two glasses a day if I had coffee. Also senna helps.
YEA (3) 100%Posted by Norman L. (Abbotsford, BC) on 03/16/2008
[YEA] I had serious swelling of ankles ,feet & legs. And all doctors could suggest is poor ciculation and one way valves in leg not working properly and would have to wear pressure socks for the rest of my life but I was not willing for this and kept earching and tryinng all sorts of natural things but when finally I went back to black strap molasses which I used to take for nose bleeding & cured that and after some time of use I ran out of it & forgot to replace it and got swlling problems but never connected it to molasses but after 2 yrs for some reason tried molasses again and after some time I noticed something , less swelling to happen and gradually dissapearednd not even swelled during the day anymore and so must be the molasses that played a part in circulation for me in my legs and so will continue taking it for this is a much better cure than wearing pressure socks whch did not go to fix the problem anyways. Thank You, Norm from Abbotsford BC
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Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada
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Rokeby, Sk, Canada
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YEA (2) 100%Posted by Neva (Glendale, Az) on 02/01/2013
[YEA] A really old remedy from our family is to actually soak whatever body part is giving you grief in cayenne and hot water for 15 minutes. So feet which in turn move up to legs with circulation the effects aren't instantaneous but you can definately feel the difference after one soak. Just use as much as you like either less or more it's always to your preference.
Posted by John (Panama City, FL) on 01/20/2008
[YEA] Someone offered this advice to hunters (and anyone else looking to keep their feet warm): sprinkle cayenne in your socks. It DOES work. However, DIABETICS BE WARNED: you should be careful using any topical treatment which provides heat, be it medicinal or homeopathic (this includes cayenne, IcyHot or similar items, electric heating pads, etc.). Because diabetics often suffer from poor circulation and skin issues, using such items can produce burning, and since diabetics often do not heal as quickly, this can become a serious medical issue.
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YEA (1) 100%Posted by Deloris (Covington, GA) on 07/06/2007
[YEA] My husband suffers from cold hands and feet, but since he's using the Extra Virgin Coconut Oil(Organic) he has not had any problems since. I use it on my hair and it makes it look healthier and stronger than it has in years.
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Toronto, On, Canada
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Lang Ka, Negros, Philippines
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BETTER BUT NOT CURED (1) 100%Posted by Anonymous (Manitowoc, Wisconsin, USA) on 04/05/2010
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] Chamomile Catnip Basil and Yogurt help legs
Make a strong tea of 1 tablespoon each of Chamomile, Catnip, and Basil. Cover it and let it steep for 10 minutes or so. Try eating a cup of yogurt with it, or taking some calcium supplement. Try adding a heaping teaspoon of turmeric.
YEA (2) 100%Posted by Maureen (Buffalo Grove, IL) on 01/29/2007
[YEA] I've suffered with poor circulation of the legs for a few years now. Standing for short periods of time left my legs feeling tired and achy. My legs had a heavy feeling when walking, too. Worse, any pressure applied to my ankle area resulted in pain. My doctor put his hands around them to see if I was retaining fluid and I could have cried from the pain. After doing research online, I started taking 900 mgs of horse chestnut and 350 mgs of pycnogenol each day. It's been only four weeks, but the difference has been amazing. My legs feel lighter, no more pain near the ankles, no more fatigue when standing for long periods. There have been medical studies on this, which is why I decided to try it myself. I highly recommend taking these supplements at these doses each day for improved circulation of the legs.
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Manitowoc, Wisconsin, Usa
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YEA (2) 100%Posted by Todayishine (America, New York, New York) on 01/15/2016
[YEA] The blacken leg, Lord have mercy, has anyone ever gotten the blacken leg? It is scary in itself. As I have said, I successfully took Alpha Lipoic Acid about 400mg to help with my circulation problems. My private doctors diagnosis is that my situation was caused by arthritis. What I want to say is, even after my circulation seemed better, my right foot and leg remained darkened and bigger than the left. About mid last year I started getting these pimples on the leg sometimes three pimples in a roll sometimes a small batch which dried up with a mixture of bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar.
Something was seriously wrong with my leg, but I refused to waste my time in the ER again. Twice last year as I was sitting I got this pain that felt as if my leg was stopped up, not just numb. Lord have mercy. It's a bad memory. I kept praying over my leg and searching EC.
About a month ago, I decided to try a few drops of Hydrogen Peroxide in my early morning water. I just let a circle like a donut in the cap and pour in the glass of water. I just keep doing about the same each morning, and some days, I might take the same amount, when I return in the house. Also around the same time, a quiet, still voice said, "Do not eat flour, not even a taste." Now, I like to make a sandwich now and then. So I asked the Lord, "Than what shall I do for bread?" As I awakened from sleep in a vision, I saw a slice of brown bread (I hope it wasn't rye). I felt some relief. I chose whole-wheat grain.
Though one leg is still bigger than the other, my leg as regained its natural skin color. Neither has my legs gotten any more sores or pimples. Thank you Jesus!
God Bless Earth Clinic and its Contributors.
EC: Hi Todayishine, can you please tell us what percentage of Hydrogen Peroxide you used (food grade 35%, 3%, etc). Thank you!
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Ten Mile , Tn
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America, New York
BETTER BUT NOT CURED (1) 100%Posted by Anonymous (Manitowoc, Wisconsin, Usa) on 04/05/2010
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] If your legs/feet get really bad and you can't do anything immediately to heal them, lay on the floor on your stomach and put your feet against the wall or a chair so your lower legs are vertical. Or lay on your back and lay your calves across the seat of a chair so your thighs are vertical. Raising your legs above your body is the idea. The extra blood will drain easier.
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Posted by Martin (Brunswick, OH) on 05/25/2006
I want a cure for a feeling of.... numbness, tiredness, heaviness, like a loss of full circulation or something of the sort that i feel in my legs at times. Maybe it's always there but i've gotten used to it that i don't even really notice it, unless i notice it. what i mean to say is that it's not hindering at the least for i ride my bike for hours at top speeds. but the sort of feeling of lack is there and i'm not sure what it is. can you give some feedback on my inquiry?"
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Circulation problems of the leg and tiredness could be an electrolyte and buffer problems, along with the lost of certain vitamins as a result of excessive. Common electrolytes loss are sodium chloride (sea salt is best), potassium and magnesium. Take plenty of vitamin B complex and vitamin E, to reduce the cells need for oxygen. The body needs much more antioxidant than you need during an exercise.
The lactic acid buildup will be a problem and while some sports medicine says it is good, that the body can convert lactic to glycogen to further the energy requirements, my background in biochemist do not see it as helpful, since the liver is an imperfect factory that does not necessarily convert all of it and this create problems.
So in sports medicine, lactate buildup is really a no-no during training as lactate tends to destroy cells and mitochrondria reducing your energy output anyway. In fact doing this during training will almost guarantee that your athlete will loose the competition anyway. Since lactic acid buildup will kill an awful lot of cells and mitochrondia before the competition. Lactic acid will simply drain any energy. I don't know why these P.E. Teachers do that to students, unless of course they don't know what they are doing. Therefore the best solution is to use soda loading. Most athletes know soda loading by using sodium bicarbonate. That is actually an inferior form.
The use of citric acid + sodium bicarbonate (sodium citrate) is a preferred form. You can add potassium bicarbonate at 1/10 of the sodium bicabonate to get an ideal soda loading and some magnesium chloride (at 1/20 of sodium bicarbonate) should eliminate most of the problems.
Now taking vitamin B complex will help with the circulation, removal so of some fatty buildup that might block circulation can be helped with granulated lecithin taken everyday. If the problems persist than EDTA will be the way to go, but it takes a while longer. I prefer sodium EDTA orally (only small amounts) at less than 500 mg is the safe amount. This should help somewhat but it takes about 3 months to notice the full effect on your athletic performance after daily taking it."
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