Therapeutic Reflexology may benefit cardiovascular conditions and in today’s post, we’ll consider this from a personal testimony.
Before beginning the writing of this post, I have to clearly state that you should never change the dosage or discontinue the use of any chronic or cardiovascular medication that was prescribed to you. If any change in medication is required, that should be done by your medical practitioner as changes in medication may have severe consequences. When reading this post and mention is made of what has been done in a personal capacity, it is based on a whole range of circumstances preceding decisions and that was a personal choice and should never be attempted; always consult with your medical practitioner or medical specialist when it comes to the use, amendment or discontinuation of any medication.
What is Cardiovascular?
Cardiovascular is a term referring to the heart and blood vessels while cardiovascular conditions refer to conditions relating to the heart, like a heart attack (myocardial infarction), heart valve problems, heartbeat problems, or heart failure) and blood vessel disorders, like atherosclerosis (build-up of fatty deposits in the arteries) or arteriosclerosis (hardening of arteries).
Causes of Cardiovascular Conditions
Depending on the specific cardiovascular disease, causes may differ, but usually cardiovascular conditions are caused by high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, obesity, inflammation, other conditions like diabetes or insulin resistance, and unhealthy lifestyle factors like smoking, lack of sleep, lack of exercise, unhealthy diet and high-stress levels. Sometimes cardiovascular conditions are solely due to hereditary factors.
The seriousness of Cardiovascular Conditions
Cardiovascular conditions are extremely serious and may lead to severe conditions like heart attacks and strokes but maybe even more serious as they may result in death. It is imperative to take cardiovascular conditions seriously and to live in such a way as to avoid the onset of these very serious conditions. When cardiovascular conditions appear in your life, it is crucial to consult with a medical practitioner, especially a medical specialist like a Cardiologist in order to deal with the conditions in the best possible way. Do not try to be macho, when it comes to cardiovascular conditions, it is very important to obtain the best possible help.
Personal Encounter with Cardiovascular Conditions
In our family, there are two main hereditary conditions, namely: (1) Heart Attacks and High Cholesterol; and (2) Porphyria. Heart attacks and high cholesterol has been evident in my family since a young age; my one grandfather died from heart failure and the other one from a heart attack. My dad and his brother have both been dealing with heart attacks and relating problems. Porphyria in our family makes it difficult to use certain allopathic medications as it causes severe side effects, making dealing with cardiovascular conditions a bit more challenging than usual.
The cardiovascular conditions in our family made me live a healthy lifestyle from an early age, however, the hereditary factor still resulted in me having to face a cardiovascular condition myself in 2017.
In 2017 I progressively became short of breath to the point where it was so severe that when I walked from the bed to the cupboard to get dressed, I first had to sit down to catch my breath. Needless to say, I realised something was not right and consulted with my General Practitioner who spoke to a Cardiologist and immediately admitted me to the hospital for an emergency coronary angiogram. It was found that my left coronary artery was blocked, and a stent was inserted to open up the artery. It was quite a shock because I tried to live a healthy lifestyle to avoid the onset of cardiovascular conditions; after consulting with the Cardiologist and having the necessary blood tests done, it was determined that the cause of my blocked artery was due to hereditary factors and the Cardiologist mentioned that people with my hereditary factors can prevent cardiovascular conditions only to a point and then genetics take over and the reason I have very high cholesterol levels. It seems like it occurred in my life.
Once the stent was inserted, the shortness of breath disappeared, but then began the challenge to prevent a similar occurrence in the future. I was put on various allopathic medications, from blood thinners to high cholesterol medication (ranging from statins to alternatives to statins to very expensive special medication that had to be approved by the medical scheme due to the rest not working). The problem was that all my Porphyria tests showed up as negative and clearly showed that I do not have Porphyria, but irrespective of negative tests, I was unable to use the medication due to having severe side effects. The side effects were severe and ranged from painful pimples all over the body, to tremors to the inability to use my muscles and I could not even hold a pen with my fingers.
Personal Decisions that justify the above-mentioned Disclaimer
After various attempts with medication, it was clear that the side effects were too severe. Every time I spoke or consulted with the Cardiologist, or when consulting with various General Practitioners that were in contact with the Cardiologist and every time getting the response that I should just continue using the medication, regardless of the side effects. Eventually, I consulted with a different General Practitioner and once again the Cardiologist said to her that I should just continue to use the medication. On my insistence, a different Cardiologist was contacted for a second opinion and he said to the GP that I cannot use those medications as a result of Porphyria in the family, regardless of whether I tested positive or negative for Porphyria. The GP was not willing to amend the medication prescribed by a Cardiologist.
At that stage, after many months of dealing with hectic side effects, I made a decision to throw away all the medication and I did so immediately. A few weeks later all the tremors stopped and my muscle strength returned and I could actually use my arms and hands again.
For me, that was the correct decision.
In December 2020 I once again went in for a coronary angiogram, especially due to not using any medication for almost two years; a different Cardiologist performed the procedure on my request. The Cardiologist told me that the stent is not blocked and none of my arteries are blocked and due to my very high cholesterol levels and not using any medication whatsoever, it is totally unknown why I do not have any blocked arteries.
What I have been doing is to keep my blood thin and to go for regular Therapeutic Reflexology sessions myself. I cannot say that Therapeutic Reflexology is what is keeping my arteries open, but what I do know, is that I’m not using any medication for cardiovascular conditions for the past two years and according to a scientific test, a coronary angiogram, done in December 2020, I do not have any blocked arteries and the stent in my left coronary artery also has no blockages.
Therapeutic Reflexology in Cardiovascular Conditions
Therapeutic Reflexology has the potential to assist with cardiovascular conditions. The claim cannot be made that Therapeutic Reflexology can heal cardiovascular conditions or even that prevents cardiovascular conditions, however, Therapeutic Reflexology is known to be an effective healthcare modality to be used in preventative healthcare; keeping the body balanced to hopefully prevent serious conditions from occurring.
Therapeutic Reflexology is a formally regulated healthcare therapy in South Africa that helps the body heal itself, or at least attempt to balance itself, from the inside out. Therapeutic Reflexology is therefore effective in reducing stress levels and since at its worst, stress causes cardiovascular conditions, or at best, worsens cardiovascular conditions, it stands to reason that regular Therapeutic Reflexology treatments may assist the body to remain balanced with reduced stress levels which may result in the prevention of cardiovascular conditions.
Even after cardiovascular conditions have been diagnosed, Therapeutic Reflexology is the ideal healthcare modality to use as a complementary therapy to help keep stress levels under control while it does not negatively impact or affect any medical or cardiological treatment the person may be undergoing.
Therapeutic Reflexology never replaces medical care, but merely complements it by providing an effective stress reduction therapy while assisting the body heal or at least balance itself in the midst of the condition being experienced.
Why not make an appointment to consult with a Therapeutic Reflexologist to assist you in preventing or managing your cardiovascular conditions? I know, I do!
Make your appointment today!
Porter, R.S. (Ed.) (2011) The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy. 19th Edition. Whitehouse Station, NJ: Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.
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