High Cholesterol Herbal Treatment

Submitted by Thiruvelan on Thu, 06/24/2010
High Cholesterol Herbal Treatment

Cholesterol herbs help lower your blood cholesterol level. Additionally, it is good for small intestine, liver, heart, and kidney, which may be responsible for its cause or affected in the long run.

9 Useful Herbs for High Cholesterol

Many conventional drugs have been derived and developed from molecules in medicinal plants. 

For example, Metformin an oral glucose-lowering agent is developed based on the plant Galega officinalis used to treat diabetes. 

Similarly, Statins (cholesterol lowering drug) is developed from a blue-green mold isolated from a rice sample collected at a grain shop in Kyoto.

1.     Cinnamon - Coriandrum sativum has historical use as a spice and as medicine. Cinnamon is the brown bark of a cinnamon tree. Traditionally, it was used to control blood sugar and cholesterol levels. It may also relieve digestive problems and improve your appetite. Its bioactive compound believed to work similar to statins (a cholesterol drug) in lowering cholesterol without any side effects. For more visit Cinnamon lower cholesterol.

2.    Arjuna - Terminalia Arjuna is an herbal remedy for heart ailments. It may lessen the effects of stress and nervous conditions. Arjuna improves cardiac functioning and regulates blood pressure. It improves the circulation of blood to the heart and strengthens it.  It may inhibit lipid absorption, thus reduce blood cholesterol level. It is a mild diuretic thus useful for hypertension. Arjuna believed to lessen the ability of the blood to clot so it can prevent stroke and heart attack. For more visit Arjuna reduce cholesterol.

3.    Coriander - Coriandrum sativum is a cholesterol-lowering herbal, which may be diuretic in nature that makes the kidneys perform their roles of excretion better. Therefore, the kidneys flush out the excess unneeded cholesterol from the body. For more visit Coriander lower cholesterol.

4.    Holy basil - Ocimum sanctum is a plant native to India and was used traditionally in Ayurvedic medicine as an “adaptogen.” Adaptogen means increased body's resistance against physical, chemical or environmental stressors. Tulsi may dissolve cholesterol build-up in the arteries and releases it into the bloodstream and then kidneys expel them as waste. For more visit Holy Basil lower cholesterol.

5.    Red yeast rice - Red yeast rice is in use for centuries in China, both as food and as a medicine. It is produced from red-rice by fermenting it with a yeast called Monascus purpureus. Its therapeutic uses are to promote blood circulation and as a digestive stimulant. Research shows, red yeast rice inhibits to produce cholesterol, by stopping an enzyme in the liver. For more visit Red yeast rice reduce cholesterol.

6.    Fenugreek - Trigonella foenum-graecum seeds are hard, yellowish-brown, angular and with a side of about three millimeters. Fenugreek is native to India and southern Europe. Fenugreek’s steroidal saponins are believed to inhibit cholesterol absorption and synthesis. Trials have shown that fenugreek lowers cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. For more visit Fenugreek lower improves cholesterol.

7.    Licorice - Glycyrrhiza glabra plant is a legume, native to southern Europe and parts of Asia. Its root extract has a sweet flavor. It boosts overall health; licorice root believed to promote normal heart rhythm. Thus it may be good for heart health and improves hormonal balance in women. For more visit  Licorice lower cholesterol.

8.    Hawthorn - Crataegus berry-like fruit has documented as food in China. It was used for the treatment of heart disease. It may dilate blood vessels, relaxes it, antioxidant, and reduces angina symptoms. It is believed to be useful for angina, coronary artery disease, mild congestive heart, and irregular heartbeat. It may restore normal blood pressure effective for both low and high blood pressure. For more visit Hawthorn reduce cholesterol.

9.    Alfalfa - Medicago sativa L. is a medicinal herb, a perennial flowering plant. People use Alfalfa’s leaves, sprouts, and seeds to make medicine. The saponins in it are appearing to decrease cholesterol (and not triglycerides) levels by binding with cholesterol and prevent its normal absorption. It may help in clearing arteries congested. For more visit Alfalfa lower cholesterol.

Taking conventional drug along with herbal medicine may cause potential interactions. So get doctor’s consent before start taking herbal treatment.

How do cholesterol herbs lower lipid?

Synthetic oral antilipidemic agents have certain adverse effects. These adverse effects are bloating, flatulence, diarrhea, and abdominal discomfort.

Alternatively, various plants provide hypolipidemic property and widely used in traditional systems. Several medicinal plants have investigated for their use in high cholesterol patients. These plants may help delay high cholesterol complications.

Various herbs for cholesterol works differently in blood cholesterol control;

  1. Limit the cholesterol synthesis by the body,
  2. Reduce the absorption of cholesterol by the body,
  3. Improves the liver function and expels unwanted excess lipid as waste.
  4. Improves the role of the kidney, thus lower cholesterol level by expelling excess cholesterol.
  5. Break down the blood cholesterol deposits and free up the arteries, and then the kidneys expel them.
  6. Act as an antioxidant and help the blood vessels to regain or preserve the elasticity of the blood vessels.

Are Herbal remedies safe?

Remember herbal remedies are also medicines that contain bioactive chemicals, so it may have some side effects. It may also interact with other medicines you are taking. It is best to get advice from (registered) herbal practitioners before taking it if the treatment is for pregnant women, breastfeeding mother, child, or older people.