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Diet Therapy for Coronary Arteriosclerotic Cardiopathy

Updated: Friday, Feb 28,2014, 7:22:16 PM
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Coronary arteriosclerotic cardiopathy, called coronary heart disease (CHD) for short, is characterized by paroxysmal oppressed sensation or pain in the chest, pale complexion, anxiety or irritability, palpitation, shortness of breath, and severe pain with sweating. Clinically it is manifested as latent CHD, angina pectoris, myocardial infarction, myocardial sclerosis and sudden death. Among them angina pectoris and myocardial infarction are most commonly encountered. CHD often occurs among the people aged above forty. More males suffer from this disease than females and most patients are mental workers. Nowadays, it is one of the most common heart diseases in Europe and America, and about 5.7 millions in U. S. A. (2.5% of the population) suffer from this disease. In China its incidence is increasing in recent years and it has become one of the most dangerous diseases threatening people's lives.

The disease is associated with hypertension, hyper-lipidemia, diabetes, obesity, cigarette smoking, and social and psychological factors. As atheromatous plaque formed in the inner wall of coronary artery causes stenosis or obstruction of the blood vessel and block of blood flow, and results in myocardial ischemia, hypoxia and even necrosis, the disease is also called ischaemic heart disease. About 90 % of CHDs result from coronary atheroclerosis and about 5 %- 10% from coronary vasospasm.

According to the clinical manifestations, it belongs the categories of "xiong bi" (thoracic obstruction of qi), "xin tong" (cardialgia), "xin ji" (palpitation), "jue xin tong" (precordial pain with cold limbs) and "zhen xin tong" (angina pectoris) in TCM. Its pathogenic factors include inward attack of exogenous pathogenic cold, improper diet, emotional disharmony, and aging and debility. Its pathogenesis is involved with the deficiency and excess. The former refers to deficiency of the heart, spleen and kidney and nutritional deficiency of blood vessel; the latter to stagnation of cold, qi and blood, and phlegm obstructing pectoral yang and heart vessels. If the blockage of heart vessels by blood stasis occurs, it may give rise to myocardial infarction and the prognosis may be unfavorable.

 Diet Therapy

Hawthorn fruit (Fructus Grataegi)  Not only resisting myocardial ischemia, but also bringing down blood pressure and blood-fat, it is an ideal dietetic drug for coronary heart disease, especially good for the patients accompanied with hypertension and hyperlipemia.  Take 9 to 15g per day.

Macrostemi onion (Bulbus Allii Macrostemi)  Also known as wild garlic, small garlic, it is a drug often used in TCM to treat obstruction of qi in the chest and precordial pain because it has the functions of regulating the flow of qi, relieving chest stuffiness, activating yang and resolving accumulation of qi. It is often used to treat coronary heart disease with symptoms of deficiency of yang, or stagnation of qi, or accumulation of phlegm. Take 9 to 12g per day.
Lily bulb (Bulbus Lilii) It can tranquilize the mind and nourish the lung to arrest cough. Those who suffer from coronary heart disease with symptoms of vexation, palpitation and insomnia can take it. Take 9 to 30g per day.

Longan aril (Arillus Longan) it is also known as dried lon- gan pulp. It can tonify the heart and spleen, invigorate qi and enrich the blood, so patients suffering from coronary heart disease manifested as deficiency of the heart-qi can take it often. Take 9 to 30g per day.

Mulberry (Fructus Mori) It can nourish yin and sup-plement the blood, and promote the production of body fluid to moisten the intestinal tract. So patients suffering from coronary heart disease marked by deficiency of yin or constipation can take it often.  Take 9 to 16g per day.

Poria (Poria) It can tonify the spleen, excrete dampness and tranquilize the mind. It is applicable to patients with coronary heart disease marked by the type of deficiency of the heart-qi manifested as palpitation and insomnia. Take 6 to 12g per day.  There is another "kind of poria growing around and against the root of pines, called poria with hostwood (Poria cum Lingo Hospite), which is ideal for tranquilizing the mind.

Gruel of Macrostem Onion and Hawthorn Fruit (Xiebai Shanzha Zhou)
Ingredients: macrostem onion, Bulbus Allii Macrostemi 9g hawthorn fruit, Fructus Grataegi 12g (double it if the fresh is used) polished round-grained rice, Semen Oryzae Sativae 100g
Process: First wash the first two ingredients clean, and then make gruel with all the three.
Directions: To be taken once or twice per day for treatment of coronary heart disease with symptoms of fullness sensation in the chest and obvious precordial pain.

Soup of Seaweed and Laminaria (Haizao Kuenbu Tang)
Ingredients: Seaweed, Sargassum 30g laminaria, Thallus Ecklonia 30g Jew’s ear, Auricularia 15g soybean, Semen Glycinis 200g
Process: Stew all the ingredients together, and when it is done, season it with a little amount of condiments.
Directions: Those who suffer from the coronary heart disease complicated by hyperlipemia and hypertension can take it often.


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