Treating Cold Hands and Feet

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If you suffer from cold hands and feet, you will understand how discomforting this can be. Cold hands and feet can affect anyone, but it appears that predominantly they are more common in women. Although if you live in colder environments, you are more likely to suffer from these, but this is not always the case as many people suffer from cold hands and feet during the summer months too. In order to avoid serious problems, it is important to be aware of what causes cold hands and feet and what you need to do in order to prevent this becoming a serious problem.

The possible causes of cold hands and feet

There are many reasons that would contribute to someone suffering from cold hands and feet and these may include:

Exposing the body including the feet and hands to lower temperatures which constricts the blood vessels and decreases blood flow to the hands and feet.

Generally poor circulation in the whole body associated with a lack of nitric oxide production. Our circulatory system uses nitric oxide to control the flow of blood to every part of our body by relaxing and dilating the blood vessels ensuring that every tissue in our body gets adequate oxygen and nutrients vital for their individual function.

Raynaud’s Syndrome, which is a concern where there is an interruption of blood flow to fingers, toes, ears and the nose. This syndrome is caused by spasms within the blood vessels and these spasms may be caused by exposure to cold weather and/or emotional stress. Raynaud’s may be the primary disease itself or it may be secondary associated with other concerns such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.

Poor thyroid function since the thyroid gland fuels every single cell within our bodies including the muscle cells around blood vessels.

Diabetes or Pre-Diabetes where higher blood glucose levels during any part of the day causes damage to blood vessels since sugar (glucose) destroys all our soft tissue structures. This damage to the blood vessels leads to greater plaque formation and hence hinders circulation in the whole body including the hands and feet.

Anaemia or low iron status can result in cold hands and feet because less oxygen is delivered to all tissues including the extremities.

Non-medical reasons for cold hands and feet include inadequate foot and hand care protection, over exposure to cold weather, smoking which leads to impaired circulation, certain medications, lack of exercise and stress.

How to treat cold hands and feet

Predominantly, the most common reason for cold hands and feet is impaired or poor circulation. In order to enhance circulation, I recommend the use of a supplement called Diosmin Plus. Diosmin Plus contains Diosmin 95 together with time tested herbal extracts which work to support the circulatory system such as Horse Chestnut, Gotu Kola, Ginger and Pine Bark Extract.

Diosmin 95 is a high potency bioflavonoid, which has been shown to reduce most of the markers of poor circulation.
Horse Chestnut is known to improve lower limb circulation and ginger is an excellent warming spice and a circulatory tonic. Pine Bark Extract contains pycnogenol, a compound that has anti-inflammatory properties protecting our blood vessels.

Diosmin Plus helps to also alleviate many other circulatory concerns such as haemorrhoids and varicose veins. Caution: Diosmin Plus is not suitable for people using blood thinning medications.

What topic treatments help relieve cold hands and feet?

I would recommend the use of Active 35 Oil by Pukka Herbs, to be massaged onto the affected areas of the hands and feet. Active Oil contains 35 herbal extracts including the warming effects of ginger and turmeric to enhance circulation and can also be used to alleviate joint and muscle pain.

You can take control of your cold hands and feet with appropriate self-care and the right natural treatments.

This content is not intended to replace conventional medical treatment. Any suggestions made and all herbs listed are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, condition or symptom. Personal directions and use should be provided by a clinical herbalist or other qualified healthcare practitioner.

Circulation, Shabir Daya | , , , , , , , ,
  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Umar, I think it would be best to take Diosmin Plus to enhance circulation and at the same time go to your GP to get your thyroid hormone levels checked. I have not come across a supplement that tackles thyroid and poor circulation together. Best wishes Shabir

  • AnnA lisowska

    Hi, I am post menopause and since no longer feel the cold except for my feet. Always wash before bed and/ or need to wear socks. What woukd you recommend I take or use on feet?
    Many thanks

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Anna, you can apply the Active 35 Oil which will not only moisturise but also keep your feet warm or Napiers Capsicum and Ginger Warming Cream used sparingly should be of benefit.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • AnnA lisowska

    Thank you very much. Will buy.
    Best wishes
    Ania

  • Vivien Lash

    My feet are never cold but occasionally feel hot. I’m addicted to ginger. Could there be a connection?

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Vivien, ginger is a warming circulatory herb so there is the connection .
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Glad to help.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • Vivien Lash

    Should I carry on ODing on ginger? Are hot feet a sign of raised blood pressure?

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Yes absolutely Vivien, an increase in circulation helps protect against cardiovascular disease as it puts less of a burden on the heart.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • Janet

    Can children use this. I have a 13 yr old daughter who suffers with cold legs and feet. She has global development delay, wears insoles because her feet role in so it is uncomfortable for her to do a lot of walking .

  • http://www.victoriahealth.com/ Victoria Health

    Hi Janet, I would not recommend Diosmin Plus for children under 16. Please use a ginger supplement such as Ginger capsules by Lamberts at a dose of one daily. Ginger enhances circulation and is a great digestive enzyme helping with nutrient uptake.
    Best wishes,
    Shabir

  • Janet

    Thankyou I will give that a try.