Herbalist Oskaloosa IA

While physical workouts remain important, maybe it's time to look a little deeper. The heart, for instance, continuously pumps our blood and regulates its circulation. It also affects (and reflects) our emotional state—its rhythm is often mandated by the condition of our nervous system.

Linda M Lee, MD
(319) 339-3883
540 E Jefferson St
Iowa City, IA
Business
Iowa City Heart Center PC
Specialties
Cardiology

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Ranjan Dahiya
(515) 235-5000
411 Laurel St
Des Moines, IA
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Thomas Edward Becker
(515) 288-1097
330 Laurel St
Des Moines, IA
Specialty
Cardiology, Pediatric Cardiology

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Warren Neil Verdeck, MD
(319) 398-1500
600 7th St SE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Specialties
Orthopedics, Pediatric Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1968
Hospital
Hospital: Mercy Med Ctr, Cedar Rapids, Ia; St Lukes Methodist Hosp, Cedar Rapids, Ia
Group Practice: Physicians Clinic Of Iowa

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Erik Branin Schelbert, MD
(319) 356-1616
200 Hawkins Dr # E318-5GH
Iowa City, IA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Northwestern Univ Med Sch, Chicago Il 60611
Graduation Year: 1995

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Boothapuri Venkatesh
(319) 364-7101
1002 4th Ave Se
Cedar Rapids, IA
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Francois Mitry Abboud, MD
(319) 356-2745
200 Hawkins Dr
Iowa City, IA
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Ibrahim Pasha Univ, Fac Of Med, Cairo, Egypt (915-01 After 1/1971)
Graduation Year: 1955
Hospital
Hospital: Univ Of Iowa-Psychiatric Hosp, Iowa City, Ia
Group Practice: Faculty Practice Plan Univ Of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics

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Ramanujam S Ramabadran
(563) 584-3425
1000 Langworthy St
Dubuque, IA
Specialty
Cardiovascular Disease

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M Naser Payvandi, MD
(319) 368-5757
1002 4th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tabriz Univ, Fac Of Med, (Univ Of Azarabadegan) Tabriz, Iran
Graduation Year: 1968

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Nicholas E Walker
(319) 339-3883
540 E Jefferson St
Iowa City, IA
Specialty
Cardiovascular Disease

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Heart Tonics

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By Stephanie Bernstein

You’ve seen the ads: “Tone your abs—just five minutes a day!” and “Tone your legs with this simple, everyday workout!” Well, as grating as they may be after repeated viewing, their message does have value. When we “tone” our muscles, we nourish them and bolster their strength. Generally speaking, a daily or frequent workout can provide results without much work. Medicinally, when we speak of tonics, we mean herbs and foods that do the conditioning work for us—they nourish, support, or strengthen our energy, blood, and organ function from the inside.

So while physical workouts remain important, maybe it’s time to look a little deeper. The heart, for instance, continuously pumps our blood and regulates its circulation. It also affects (and reflects) our emotional state—its rhythm is often mandated by the condition of our nervous system. Daily stress, nervous tension, and heartbreak (among other emotional strains) can interfere with the heart and cause palpitations, lack of sleep, and a racing mind. The best way to prevent acute issues of the heart is to keep it healthy by supporting the physical apparatus of the circulatory system and balancing the emotions that beset us. You can keep the blood flowing clean and without obstruction and your heart at an even and steady rhythm by making regular use of the following heart-friendly herbs.

II Cacao (Theobroma cacao) A natural source of theobromine, long considered a heart tonic and mild stimulant, cacao also contains epicatechin, a flavonol that improves the function of the blood vessels. Of course eating flavonol-rich cacao is not the same—on many levels, alas—as snacking on sugary chocolate bars. Your best bet? Munching on raw cacao nibs or taking a cacao tincture.

II Cayenne (Capsicum frutescens) Taken daily, this Indian spice strengthens, stimulates, and tones the heart, balances circulation, and calms palpitations. Start with a few grains at a time (up to 1/2 teaspoon), and add it to juice. If you feel hesitant because of cayenne’s spicy reputation, start with a a tiny pinch and increase the amount as you feel comfortable.

II Garlic (Allium sativum) Many ancient cultures recognized garlic as a therapeutic plant—the Egyptians, for instance, found more than 200 medical uses for the herb. Several studies have shown that a clove a day (approximately 600 to 900 mg a day of powder) inhibits bad cholesterol (LDL) production and raises the good kind (HDL). Smaller trials have also demonstrated garlic’s promise in normalizing blood pressure, preventing blood platelet aggregation, and improving circulation.

II Hawthorn
(Crataegus oxycanthus) Boulder, Colorado-based herbalist Brigitte Mars can’t say enough about this heart and circulatory tonic, which she says can improve oxygen and blood supply. Rich in flavonoids that protect small capillary vessels from free-radical damage, hawthorn normalizes blood pressure and lowers cholesterol and fat deposits in the liver and ...

Author: Stephanie Bernstein

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