Last Modified on Dec 07, 2014
What Is Raynaud's Disease?
A condition that affects the flow of blood to different parts of the body, Raynaud’s disease is a rare disease and most often affects the fingers and the toes. Similar to cerebrovascular disease that inhibits the flow of blood to the brain, Raynaud’s disease limits the blood flow to the extremities.
Typically occurring when the affected individual is feeling stressed or cold, the condition causes the restriction or narrowing of the blood vessels preventing the flow of blood to specific areas and causing the affected areas to turn white or blue. After the episode, the blood flow returns often causing redness, throbbing, and tingling. In severe instances, the loss of blood flow actually causes sores or even tissue death to develop.
More than just cold hands and feet, Raynaud’s disease is defined by specific signs and symptoms – typically classified by frequency, duration and severity of the disorder. Common symptoms include blood vessel spasms, cold fingers and toes, sequential color changes in the skin in conjunction with cold or stress, prickly feeling or pain associated with the warming of the hands or relief of stress.
Doctor’s generally do not understand the exact cause of Raynaud’s characteristic episodes; however, the attacks typically appear to be linked to cold temperatures and stress. Additionally underlying medical conditions may be related to the predisposition of blood vessels to spasm, including cerebrovascular disease.
Natural Remedies for Raynaud’s Disease
Self-care and prevention are some of the most common treatment methods; however, additional natural remedies are also available. Keeping the extremities warm and living a low stress lifestyle are both important focuses of treatment. Additional lifestyle changes that should be considered include not smoking, exercising regularly, controlling stress, avoiding caffeine and caring for the hands and feet. Fish oil and gingko supplements have been shown to decrease the prevalence of attacks while biofeedback techniques may also be used to control the body’s response to cold or stressful situations.
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[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] I am 38 and have started running low on adrenal horsepower at times; related (I believe related) troubles are Raynauld's in the winter and dry eyes. I work out very vigorously 6 times a week, recently ran a marathon, and work a great deal every day. I got tremendous relief to all my symptoms from a combination of weekly acupunture (esp. focused on qi and kidneys), daily different types of yoga (restorative and vigorous like Bikram), weekly espsom salt baths, and daily meditation and the emotional release and clarity about one's purpose it gives. My circulation is great, Raynauld's almost gone, and energy terrific. I feel 15 years younger, literally. And I am calm and have an entirely new level of self-awareness. Magnesium is very important, as well.
However, hard and/or long workouts 3-4 days in a row sneak up on me and the symptoms return. Also aggravating, I have discovered, is high consumption of tofu, dairy, and daily protein shakes, taking advil, working late on the computer, and Doing what you don't enjoy.
I was reluctant to try yoga for years and never thought about doing acupunture. Now I swear by them. Give them a go and be amazed - and get off that computer by 9pm!
I was diagnosed with Raynaud's 3 yrs ago and am currently going through an episode. All the doctors can tell me is to stay warm and take advil or some other anti inflammatory drug. Can someone please offer a natural way to deal with this?
Replied by Susan
Higganum, CT USA