High cholesterol is a matter of concern today as it is associated with other health conditions but can be effectively managed with homeopathic treatment.
Cholesterol is a fat-like substance that is produced by the liver. It is present in every cell of the body. Large amounts of cholesterol are usually produced by the body, and only a small amount is obtained from food. The high amount of cholesterol in the blood is not due to eating fatty food but is due to physical or mental stress that the body is unable to deal with. Physical stress like after surgery, heavy physical labor, an infection, or a health issue like liver enlargement, etc. and mental stress including emotional disturbance such as the death of a family member, severe anxious or fearful nature, etc. can increase the levels of cholesterol. High cholesterol is commonly seen in people above 30 years of age. Usually, high cholesterol is associated with other health conditions like diabetes, cardiac problems, or other chronic diseases.
Cholesterol is essential for the body because it helps maintain and regulate the body's vital functions, like the production of essential hormones, fighting infections, building immunity, helping in bone formation, and developing brain function.
It is a myth that most of the time, high cholesterol is due to either a bad lifestyle, unhealthy food habits, or due to less physical activity. These are the triggering factors but not the real cause of high cholesterol levels. The high levels are due to the body's incapability to deal with stress. One can surely reduce or maintain cholesterol by having a healthy diet, regular exercise, sleeping well, and reducing the stressful lifestyle. However, it is not always possible to deal with stress. So, along with a change in lifestyle, homeopathic remedies can be taken that would work effectively in dealing with the stress level and thus reduce the cholesterol in our body. These remedies not only help reduce cholesterol safely but also help maintain the desired level for a longer time and maintain a healthy life.
If left untreated high cholesterol can cause many health problems. High cholesterol can cause plaque buildup in the blood vessels resulting in narrowing blood vessels over time. This condition is called atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis limits the blood supply through the blood vessels, increasing the risk of blood clots. This can lead to the development of life-threatening complications, such as:
Chest pain or angina.
Chronic kidney disease.
Peripheral vascular disease (a disease in which the blood flow to limbs is reduced due to narrowed blood vessels).
High blood pressure.
Homeopathy is a type of medicine that believes in the theory that the human body can heal itself as its foundation. The homeopathic treatment uses natural substances like minerals and plants that are believed to help in the healing process. Homeopathic remedies focus on treating high cholesterol by restoring the balance of various systems of the human body. The aim of homeopathy is to reduce cholesterol levels to the desired level and prevent coronary heart disease. By helping the body in healing the underlying disease, homeopathic remedies can reduce LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol (bad cholesterol) and increase HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol (good cholesterol).
There are some specific remedies in homeopathy that help deal with the high cholesterol levels caused due to physical stress. They are:
Curcuma Longa - The common name of this remedy is turmeric, which is commonly used in our traditional food preparation. This remedy can be taken either in the form of mother tincture or in low potency in case mother tincture is not available. This remedy significantly reduces the LDL level. This remedy has a great anti-atherosclerotic function, which means it has the ability to protect and prevent arterial walls from hardening and narrowing.
Allium Sativum - This homeopathic remedy is made from garlic. It is especially useful for people who suffer from high cholesterol levels and who eat a lot of meat, with stomach-related issues like constipation, eructations constantly after eating food, etc. It has vasodilatory properties. That means it has the capability to reduce high blood pressure caused due to high cholesterol levels in the blood. 10 to 20 drops of Allium sativum twice a day would reduce the high blood pressure and cholesterol as well.
Cholesterinum -This remedy is mainly indicated when a person suffers from liver or gallbladder disease along with high levels of cholesterol. Actually, when the high cholesterol is due to liver disease or disease of the gallbladder, this remedy acts well in lower potency, like 3X. It is indicated in people who suffer from severe pain in the epigastrium, severe acidity, no appetite, and feel nauseous often. It is also indicated in acute attacks of gallstone pain that come suddenly. This remedy not only relieves the acute attack of pain but also cures the problem to a larger extent.
Lycopodium Clavatum - This remedy is also called club moss and is highly effective in physically weak people suffering from poor digestion and having a lot of stomach gas. This remedy has been proven to reduce elevated levels of cholesterol and improve the overall health of people suffering from high cholesterol.
Baryta Muriaticum - This remedy is best suited for elderly people suffering from atherosclerosis and has associated conditions such as high blood pressure, seizures, epilepsy, and circulatory disorders. The common name for this remedy is barium chloride. According to laboratory studies, this remedy effectively reduces blood cholesterol levels.
There are several more homeopathic remedies for this condition. However, it is not possible to mention all of them here. Also, there are lots of other remedies that deal with a person’s mental stress levels and regulate cholesterol. These remedies are individualized, which means they are prescribed based on the individual case history and after understanding a person completely. A good homeopath can surely direct patients to these remedies.
Homeopathy is a safe and effective method of treatment without any side effects. Homeopathic treatment for high cholesterol can safely and easily supplement standard allopathy medicines. A proper homeopathic constitutional remedy prescribed by a licensed doctor can also help in treating imbalances in various systems of the body that result in high cholesterol.
High cholesterol is primarily caused by too much stress. The other risk factors include a sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy food habits. Homeopathic remedies along with lifestyle changes can help reduce cholesterol safely.
Some of the cholesterol-lowering supplements include psyllium, fish oil, flaxseeds, green tea, Niacin, soy proteins, phytosterols (wax derived from plants, garlic, and ginger.
Follow these tips to lower your cholesterol levels without medications:
- Avoid trans and saturated fats.
- Consume poly or monosaturated fats.
- Include a lot of fruits and vegetables in your diet.
- Avoid refined sugars and processed meats.
- Exercise regularly.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
Drinks that can lower cholesterol are green tea, grapefruit, orange, or lemon juice, cranberry juice, and juice made from tart cherries.
Yes! The compound called curcumin present in turmeric helps lower cholesterol. It has been found to reduce the levels of LDL (bad cholesterol) and prevents it from building up in the arteries, thus preventing atherosclerosis.
Vitamin B3 or Niacin has been found to lower LDL and triglycerides and increase HDL (good) cholesterol. Avoid taking niacin unless prescribed by your doctor, as niacin can increase the effects of hypertension medicines and cause other side effects.
A study showed that dehydration could increase lipid concentration in the body, which makes it harder for the heart to pump it through the blood vessels. So drinking plenty of water will keep you hydrated, and it will help eliminate the excess buildup of cholesterol from the body.
Foods to avoid are red meat, dairy products, vegetable and palm oil, refined sugar, refined flour, and organ meats.
Dehydration increases lipid concentration in the body, which makes it harder for the heart to pump it through the blood vessels. This can result in atherosclerosis (blocked blood vessels), which can cause heart attack and stroke.
A cholesterol level of more than 190 mg/dL is considered to be very high. It increases the risk of heart problems.
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14 Nov 2022 - 4 min read
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