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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Kathleen Jeanne Keyes, MD
(563) 324-2992
1236 E Rusholme St Ste 300
Davenport, IA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Georgetown Univ Sch Of Med, Washington Dc 20007
Graduation Year: 1989
Hospital
Hospital: Genesis Med Ctr, Davenport, Ia
Group Practice: Cardiovascular Medicine

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James E Davis
(319) 356-4041
200 Hawkins Dr
Iowa City, IA
Specialty
Thoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Cardiac Surgery

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Mary J h Morriss
(319) 356-3537
200 Hawkins Dr
Iowa City, IA
Specialty
Cardiology, Pediatric Cardiology

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Bruce W Stavens
(712) 294-7010
801 5th St
Sioux City, IA
Specialty
Thoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Cardiac Surgery

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Edward Charles Piller Jr, MD
(712) 623-7280
1400 Senate Ave
Red Oak, IA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Creighton Univ Sch Of Med, Omaha Ne 68178
Graduation Year: 1979
Hospital
Hospital: Montgomery Cnty Memorial Hosp, Red Oak, Ia
Group Practice: Red Oak Internal Medicine

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Peter J Sharis
(563) 324-2992
1236 E Rusholme St
Davenport, IA
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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James E Tatkon Coker, MD
(641) 422-6730
250 S Crescent Dr
Mason City, IA
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1974

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Hooshang Soltanzadeh, MD, FACC
(515) 241-5735
1440 Pleasant St Ste 150
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Cardiology, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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David Nathan Helman
(319) 356-4041
200 Hawkins Dr
Iowa City, IA
Specialty
Thoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Cardiac Surgery

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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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