Chilblains

Chilblains are sore, itching and often swollen patches of skin that occur most commonly on the finger and toes. They sometimes come up on other exposed areas such as the ears, outer thighs. They normally occure in cold weather.

Chilblains are caused by a restriction of blood flow to the tiny capilleries, which leads to a lack of oxygen and nutrients which causes damage to the cells. There is no cure for chilblains, prevention by improving blood flow to the extremities the best option.

Nutritional Supplements that could help. (Refer to the individual supplement for cautions in use.)

Supplement/Herb What it does Dosage

B complex

To help strengthen the nervous system high potency formula as directed
Fish oil Contain Omega3 which is a powerful anti-inflammatory. Helps blood viscosity and circulation 1gm -6gm daily
Vitamin C Anti inflammatory. 1 -3 gm daily
Vitamin E Powerful anti-oxidant. 500iu daily
Cayenne Powerful anti-oxidant, it reduces the stickiness of blood platelets helping circulation. Powerful analgesic and anti-inflammatory. 500mg 3 times daily
Garlic Antioxidant, lowers cholesterol, homocysteine and blood pressure and improves circulation. 500mg 3 times daily
Ginger Pain relieving and anti-inflammatory. 500mg 3 times daily
Ginkgo Biloba Stops platelets from sticking together too much, improves circulation, also anti-oxidant. Garlic and Gingko Biloba work together to decrease the over-coagulation of blood that may contribute to atherosclerosis. 120-240mg daily
Horse Chestnut Anti-inflammatory, it reduces the swelling of blood vessels, tones the walls of veing snd improves overall blood circulation.

500mg 3 times daily

Symptomatic relief can be obtained by using cayenne cream to reduce pain and discomfort, aloe vera cream or gel to soothe, calendula cream to soothe.

Homoeopathic Remedies which may help. (Refer to the individual remedy for guidance on the one that is most appropriate for you.)

  • Pulsatilla
  • Arnica cream

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