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Arteriosclerosis is a health condition whereby the artery wall thickens, hardens, and loses elasticity, leading to altered function of tissues and organs. Hence, its common name: "hardening of the arteries".

Rather like plumbing pipes, or kettles, in hard water areas, this form of build-up consists primarily of calcium.


Arteriosclerosis has often been viewed with passive acceptance, as age-related. However, the modern Western lifestyle seems to be a significant factor.

High stress and low activity levels correlate even more significantly with hypertension and arteriosclerosis than simply age.

In some health conditions, like scleroderma, there may also be a genetic predisposition for nephrosclerosis as well as arteriosclerosis.

Atherosclerosis may be regarded as a related condition, although the terms are often used interchangeably.

There is some debate, although the point is somewhat moot, whether the condition of the artery wall must deteriorate in order for the plaque to build-up within the artery (i.e. atherosclerosis), or if the build-up within the artery must inevitably extend to the walls.

Finally, there is some discussion about some forms of plaque being more easily deposited, related to the process of oxidation.

Signs & Symptoms

It is often difficult to decide whether hypertension precedes arteriosclerosis and atherosclerosis, or if it is the other way around, or the processes are simply too interwoven to decide?

There may be minor symptoms, like headaches, or overt signs like a change in color (often accompanied by shortness of breath upon exertion), or clinical signs like bruits. A decreased blood supply means less oxygen and nutrients as well as impaired absorption. If symptoms are eliminated by vasodilator medications, a correct diagnosis is confirmed.

Nutritional Supplements

Structure & Function: Cardiovascular Support

General Supplements

Beta Carotene*
Calcium1,500 mg
CoQ10100 mg
Magnesium750 mg
Melatonin2 - 3 mg
Proanthocyanidins50 mg bid
Selenium200 mcg
Vitamin A25,00 IU
Vitamin C5,000 - 20,000 mg
Vitamin E1,000 IU

*Please refer to the respective topic for specific nutrient amounts.


All amounts are in addition to those supplements having a Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA). Due to individual needs, one must always be aware of a possible undetermined effect when taking nutritional supplements. If any disturbances from the use of a particular supplement should occur, stop its use immediately and seek the care of a qualified health care professional.

Dietary Considerations

A high fiber, low fat diet is typically recommended, with an emphasis on fruits and leafy vegetables.

Homeopathic Remedy

Ambra grisea
Aurum metallicum
Baryta iodata
Bryonia alba tinct.
Cocculus indicus
Conium maculatum
Kali iodatum
Nux vomica

Treatment Schedule

Over-the-counter homeopathic remedies may be single strength (of fairly weak potency e.g. 6X ) or a blend of several weaker strengths (6X, 8X, 10X).

This may comprise a single remedy, or several remedies.

Doses are administered on a 3 times daily (tid), between meals,schedule and continued for 3 days.

Liquid preparations usually use 8-10 drops per dose.

Solid preparations are usually 2 or 3 pellets per dose.

Children use 1/2 dose i.e. 1 pellet.

If there is aggravation of the symptoms, stop taking the remedy and consult a homeopath.


Murphy, R. : Homeopathic Medical Repertory. Hahneman Academy, Pagosa Springs, Colorado. 1993.

Murphy, R. : Lotus Materia Medica. Hahneman Academy, Pagosa Springs, Colorado. 1995.

Pert, J.C.: Homeopathy for the Family. The Homoeopathic Development Foundation, London. 1985 edition.

Herbal Approaches


Cayenne (Capsicum)
Ginkgo Biloba
Hawthorn Berries
Pau D'Arco

Note: The misdirected use of an herb can produce severely adverse effects, especially in combination with prescription drugs. This Herbal information is for educational purposes and is not intended as a replacement for medical advice.


Hoffmann, D: The New Holistic Herbal. Element, 1983. Third edition 1990.

Aromatherapy - Essential Oils

Garlic Essence,
Juniper Essence,
Lemon Essence,
Onion Essence.

Related Health Conditions

Coronary Heart Disease
Heart Disorders



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