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Circulatory Problems

Western Diagnosis

Circulatory problems are often the result of a disorder such as hypertension (high blood pressure), thromboangiitis obliterans (Buerger's disease) or Raynaud's phenomenon.

When plaque or fatty deposits form along the walls of the the arteries, they become hard and constricted. Hypertension or high blood pressure results as the blood is required to exert greater force against the walls of the arteries to be transported throughout the body. High blood pressure is an alarmingly common condition in western society, and left untreated, can result in heart attack, stroke and/or kidney damage.

Thromboangiitis obliterans also known as Buerger's disease, is most prevalent among people who smoke. Although the most common area affected is the foot/lower leg, the thigh, arm or hands can also be involved. Signs of this disorder are the sensation of pins and needles, or burning in the fingers and/or toes.

Raynaud's phenomenon is a serious circulatory condition characterized by the narrowing and spasmodic action of the blood vessels in the extremities such as the nose, fingers and toes. Factors which contribute to this disorder are stress, smoking and cold temperatures.

In addition to the causes listed above, varicose veins, which are a result of depleted elasticity in the walls of the veins, can also contribute to poor circulation.

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