If you’ve been told by a doctor that your cholesterol levels are too high you should also be aware of the causes and dangers of
high cholesterol levels. Our diets typically include too much of the ‘bad’ fats, too few of the ‘good, with the resulting high cholesterol readings and attendant heart problems. While there are many pharmaceutical cholesterol lowering products on the market, it makes sense to limit the number of prescription drugs you must take, to avoid negative interactions and side effects. With this in mind, we’ve put together a list of natural plant medicines that help control cholesterol You should always consult your health practitioner as to the advisability of taking any herbal treatment.
You’ll notice that different herbs, roots and berries can be of benefit, not only to control cholesterol, but alleviate other health conditions. For example, if you’re a woman going through menopause, with high blood pressure and cholesterol readings, Black Cohosh root will help you on many fronts.
All of these herbs may be found in any good herb shop.
1.Panax ginseng, a.k.a American Ginseng, has been a staple in the Traditional Chinese Medicine cabinet for thousands of years, is still used today to reduce and control cholesterol, tone and support the adrenals, as well as regulating blood sugar. This magical herb also boosts immune system function, enhancing both mental focus and physical endurance, while reducing stress and increasing energy.
2.Black Cohosh root is a well known Native American remedy for most female disorders and an excellent alternative to estrogen replacement therapy (ERT). With its hormone balancing qualities, it’s effective in relieving menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes, mood swings, as well as menstrual cramps in menstruating women. Other helpful effects of Black Cohosh: reduces nervous and anxious feelings, reduces your blood pressure and is a tonic for the cardiovascular and circulatory systems. It’s excellent for remedying the swelling and pain of rheumatism. And, yes, it helps control cholesterol!
3.Buplureum root is another multi purpose plant medicine. Not only does it reduce serum cholesterol levels, but tones and strengthens the liver, while stimulating the flow of bile and promoting good circulation through all of your organs. This root also improves memory and cognition, strengthening and toning muscles and helps maintain healthy emotional stability. Adding to the list of virtues of Buplereum root, include relief from menstrual pains, bloating of the abdomen and hemorrhoids. If that’s not enough, it’s useful for alleviating anxiety.
4.The cynarin found in artichoke concentrate is a star in the fight to control cholesterol. Much like the popular pharmaceutical statin drugs, cynarin suppresses the production of cholesterol in the liver. However, cynarin has many other benefits not delivered by the statin drugs: cynarin enhances overall function of the liver and protects the liver from damage. It ‘sweeps out’ sluggish deposits of cholesterol from the liver, which, in turn stimulates bile production and flow, which results in the breakdown and elimination of fat from your body. It reduces the LDLs and increases the HDLs. Anecdotal reports suggest that cynarin acts as a powerful aphrodisiac.
5.The humble Garlic clove provides a bonanza of health benefits and disease fighting properties. Study after study has found that garlic reduces the LDLs and triglycerides, while raising the HDLs. It also promotes good blood circulation, reduces blood pressure and fats in the blood. Garlic is a good blood cleanser, detoxifies the lymphatic system, treats colds, flu’s and respiratory infections, strengthening the immune system along the way. Garlic inhibits tumors, kills almost three dozen specific pathogens and even flushes heavy metals from the body.
Depending on your personal health conditions, you’ve got five powerful plant medicines that can help control cholesterol. However, as with all herbal medicine, check with your doctor for any possible contraindications before you begin taking them.