Cayenne stimulates blood flow, strengthening the heart and metabolism.* Cayenne is also a general tonic, specifically helpful for the circulatory, digestive, and eliminative systems. Cayenne promotes stomach secretions and peristaltic action in the colon. Ingesting cayenne with a meal helps regulate fibrin*
In Scientific Validation of Herbal Medicine, Daniel Mowrey, Ph.D., recommends cayenne for circulatory stimulation, blood flow, detoxification, and occasional fatigue.
As a general stimulant of circulatory health, cayenne has no equal. I find it to be the single most useful cardiovascular herb in my practice. Matthew Wood, herbalist.
Ginger is circulatory and digestive stimulant, promoting blood flow.* In combination, cayenne and ginger stimulate circulation throughout the body.* As a catalyst, ginger combines well with other herbs and helps the body digest the more pungent cayenne. Enzyme-rich ginger root is an antioxidant that regulates inflammatory responses.*
Garlic and Onion are close relatives – excellent together. In combination, cayenne, ginger, garlic, and onion promote more viscous, free flowing blood.* In The Healing Benefits of Garlic, John Heinerman, Ph.D., explains why garlic is so effective: Over 30 sulfur compounds, 17 amino acids, plus chromium, selenium and germanium. Garlic contains volatile oils that are readily transported throughout the body, nurturing the circulatory, digestive, respiratory, and urinary tracts.*
Hawthorn contains flavonoids (plant chemicals) that provide direct nourishment to the heart.* In German scientific research, hawthorn has been found to regulate blood pressure already within the normal range, support the contractility of the heart muscle, and promote blood flow to the heart.*
James Green, author of Male Herbal, calls hawthorn “the best tonic for the heart and circulatory system.” In The Green Pharmacy, James A. Duke, Ph.D., says, “Extensive research has demonstrated that hawthorn extracts promote heart healthy function.”
* These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.