Question: I have always suffered from cold hands and feet and not just during the winter months. Family and friends say this is due to poor circulation. Should I see my GP or are there any natural alternatives that can help?
16 September, 2008
Answer: When Jack Frost comes out to play, it’s quite normal for your hands and feet to feel colder than the rest of your body. But if, as you say, your fingers and toes are always cold then you probably do have poor circulation.
Poor circulation, when the body’s flow of blood is restricted, can be caused by any number of underlying medical problems, from hardening of the arteries and varicose veins to diabetes or Raynaud’s Syndrome (‘Cold Hands’ complaint).
If fingers and toes turn cold at the slightest change of temperature and symptoms also include a loss of sensation, you could well be suffering from Raynaud’s Syndrome. Although a relatively mild condition you should, as with any circulatory complaint, consult your GP.
A healthy diet, sufficient exercise and not smoking will all help to improve your circulation.
Equally, natural remedies can also be of great benefit. Extensive medical research shows that Ginkgo Biloba is particularly helpful.
Gingko Biloba is the world’s longest living species of tree and was first used over 5,000 years ago in China to treat respiratory ailments. Today it is one of the most popular herbal remedies for circulatory complaints.
Medical studies show that it increases circulation to the extremities by thinning the blood and preventing unhealthy blood clotting. This enables blood to flow freely around the body, keeping fingers and toes nice and warm.
Ginkgo Biloba extract is usually taken in 100 mg capsules. Bio-Biloba capsules, which contain optimum levels of the active ingredients Ginkgo flavone-glycosides and terpene lactones, are particularly effective. Take one tablet once a day for general well being and two tablets for therapeutic benefit.
Due to its strength, Ginkgo Biloba should not be taken alongside medicines, which are already influencing the circulation.