What is Arterial Plaque?
Healthy arteries distribute oxygen and nutrients to all parts of the body. There are many individuals, however, that are afflicted with the buildup of arterial plaque, which is an accumulation of cholesterol crystals and calcium deposits. This accumulation leads to what is commonly known as a “hardening” of the arteries, and this symptom can impair blood flow. When this condition, known as atherosclerosis, becomes excessively problematic, one may suffer from a sudden heart attack, an aneurism, or, because it has no outward symptoms, even death. There are routine blood tests available in Western medicine that can determine one’s risk of arterial plaque.
How can I treat Arterial Plaque?
The Chinese approach to treating arterial plaque includes reducing dampness and mucous in the body through diet, and those with arterial plaque should consume whole grains such as whole oats and brown rice as well as other wholesome foods such as green leafy vegetables, sprouted vegetables, mung beans, and sunflower seeds. One may stimulate circulation by getting 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise per day and practicing energy exercises such as tai chi. Another method to stimulate circulation is to take showers that alternate between a hot and cold temperature every 3 minutes.
What should I avoid in my lifestyle for Arterial Plaque?
To reduce arterial plaque, one should avoid preservative- and additive-filled foods, oily and greasy foods, sodium-rich foods, refined sugar, and white flour. One should also avoid a sedentary lifestyle, stress, cavity formation in the teeth, and smoking as well as exposure to secondhand smoke.
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