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Signs and symptoms of poor blood circulation


  • Tingling, burning or numb sensations in the body are major signs of poor blood circulation. These usually happen in the hands, arms, feet and legs.If your arms or legs feel numb or weak while you’re active or at rest, you may have low blood circulation, says the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre. If these symptoms in your arms and legs come about suddenly and are accompanied by impaired or slurred speech and drooping facial muscles, you may have low blood circulation to your brain due to atherosclerosis. Poor circulation in the arteries supplying your brain can cause a stroke.
  • Emotional Signs
    Memory problems and low enthusiasm or energy accompanied by some of the other physical symptoms could be indicative of poor blood circulation.
  • Poor Healing
    A sign of poor circulation is wounds that are not healing properly, especially in the arms, feet and legs.
  • Color Changes
    Poor blood circulation can lead to an appearance of blueness or waxy pallor in one’s complexion, according to the Mayo Clinic. In severe cases of poor circulation, part of limbs can become purplish or black.
  • Breathing Issues
    Shortness of breath and irregular heartbeat can also accompany other signs of poor blood circulation.
  • Leg Pain While Walking
    A common symptom of poor blood circulation is pain or cramping of your leg or hip muscles while walking, climbing stairs or another similar physical activity.
  • Loss of Libido
    Libido is a touchy subject for many people, even though it is still an important component of good health; this may be one of the most difficult symptoms of poor circulation to confirm. Normal intimate functioning requires a healthy blood flow, and impaired circulation will significantly impede such function.
  • Frequent Headaches
    The brain is filled with many blood vessels, and needs a great deal of blood flow in order to function to the best of its ability. When that blood flow is reduced, it can take on many different forms. Memory loss, a lethargic demeanour, dizziness, and a lack of overall mental acuity are some of its most frequent symptoms of poor blood circulation. It can also take the form of severe migraines and constant headaches that come on without warning and obvious cause.
  • Fatty food tend to leave cholesterol deposits in your arteries hence reducing your blood flow, hence putting extra stress on your heart, hence your whole metabolism breaks down. High cholesterol levels, can cause platelet aggregation, or arterial build-up, and lead to heart attack or stroke, depending on where the blockage occurs. Low blood circulation can occur due to several different underlying conditions, the most common of which are atherosclerosis, or “hardening of the arteries”; and peripheral artery disease.
  • Too much salt also can hardens the arteries
  • Too much sugar affects your pancreas and your blood sugar level thus creating ulcers, gangrene, eye issue…
  • Too many process foods affect your stomach / digestion / mal absorption issues, lack of vitamins…..
  • Soya milk and soya based products create hormonal imbalance thus influencing blood flow.

Assisting blood circulation

Health tips

Poor circulation occurs when blood flow becomes restricted in certain parts of the body. It is commonly caused by a build up…
One very important thing for good blood flow is healthy blood cells.

The following health tips can assist in reliving / restoring good circulation


To put it simply, one of the basic self-help everybody can do is to DRINK WATER regularly throughout the day. Please note it must be good water as water loaded with chemicals, bacteria and….are contraindicative for your metabolism.

If there is insufficient hydration of the body, the cells are flat, sluggish and can’t perform their duty of carrying oxygen, hydration, nutrients … Your blood can even thicken thus reducing its flow. With poor hydration, your brain can’t receive the right amount of oxygen to perform properly. As a consequence, all your basic metabolic functions governed by your brain will be reduced. The blood will not reach your extremities hence cold fingers and toes . Poor blood suply will affect your respiratory centre, you can become short of breath, your breathing can become shallow which will increase the lack of oxygen. Lack of oxygen, fluid… leads to your kidney struggling due to insufficient liquid to filter toxins through….., your bowels stop functioning properly due to lack of moisture in the bowel……, your heart works harder because your body requires more oxygen…and so it goes on with your whole metabolism breaking down, just because you are not drinking water on a regular basis.

This is an even more important factor in summer as skin releases a lot of moisture to assists in controlling body temperature during the hot weather. Therefore you need to increase your water intake in summer.

So….. think about allowing your body to have nice round moist healthy blood cells (without drowning them off course), for a healthy blood flow.


REGULAR 20 minutes WALKS

Another basic self-help for proper blood flow is: REGULAR 20 minutes WALKS. How does walking assist in getting the blood flowing? In a simplistic way: it is a bit like when you look at a bottle of lemonade everything looks still. When you give it a good shake, you see the activity of the fluid and the whole bottle looks alive. Sure your blood does not make bubbles (not normally), but the extra oxygen you breath as you walk, stimulates your brain centres and the extra oxygen is delivered to all your organs, you become a new person. (Walking does not need to be fast).

Watch what you are eating

Another health tip for self-help is look at what you eat.


Another very efficient way to assist your blood flow is to reduce your level of stress. When we are stressed we tend to hold our breath, hence reducing level of oxygen in the blood cells and…you know the rest. When we are stress we also tend to have a poor diet (food for comfort…or no time to eat…) whichever way, it does not help. Stress also affects hormone levels which in turn affect the metabolism and reduce your level of energy, muscle tone, blood flow.

Take Hawthorn

Hawthorn, or Crataegus oxyacantha, is a member of the rose family and a thorny shrub whose flowers, leaves and berries are used to make herbal preparations. Its use as an herbal remedy for improving circulation to the heart dates back to the Middle Ages. Hawthorn has several effects on the heart. It works to dilate the coronary arteries, which increases circulation to the heart, and also reduces blood pressure and the heart’s workload. Take hawthorn under your doctor’s supervision, as high doses can cause low blood pressure and irregular heartbeat. This is available at any health shop.

Take Nutri circulation

This product contains: Blackcurrant, Olive Leaf and Red vine leaf. These herbs are essentially focussing on blood circulation and works wonders for heavy legs, heavy menstruation…. This product is available through Jocelyne at :Holistic Health Therapies Lts. Contact: 021502095

Take Nutri Puncture

When there is poor blood supply it creates a mineral imbalance in the cells of areas affected. Nutri Puncture rectifies this imbalance by nourishing the affected system at a cellular level. It provides minerals that have became depleted, in a form of tablets that is chewed.


Massage (be it relaxing or deep tissues or lymphatic drainage) is excellent in assisting blood flow.


Bowen therapy is an excellent form of relaxation and self tuning of the body and self regulation

The circulatory system is a vast subject and many more information are available on Google. Hope this introduction will be of some help to you