Angina is the medical term given for pain caused by lack of oxygen to a part of the body. It is most commonly associated with pains in the chest created by a lack of oxygen to the heart muscle. This oxygen deprivation is generally caused by Arteriosclerosis forming in the cardiac blood vessels but may be caused by spasm in these arteries or damaged cardiac muscle. The chest pain of angina is generally described as a grip in the centre of the chest, occasionally associated with radiation to the back, up to the neck and jaw and down the left arm. Angina is most commonly associated with exertion and can come on with walking, climbing stairs and even love-making. More rigorous exercise will of course initiate discomfort as well. There is often an associated shortness of breath.

Chest pains that are non-responsive to resting or experienced whilst sitting or lying down are termed unstable angina and require immediate attention. Another form of angina known as Prinzmetal angina is created by constriction of the coronary vessels with or without underlying atheroma changes.

See Gums, care of.

The avoidance of refined sweet foods is extremely important.

Dental cleaning on a daily basis with a good toothbrush action as well as a three-monthly visit to the dental hygienist is recommended.

Vitamin C and zinc are relevant supplements.

Other nutrients are essential for good healthy gums and should be obtained by eating at least five portions of fruit and vegetables per day The chewing of fibre is also a relevant factor because it encourages blood flow and thereby oxygen and nutrients reach the gums.


Every chest pain that is not easily relieved or that recurs must be attended to by an orthodox doctor.

Once angina has been diagnosed, medications will be recommended by the orthodox practitioner ranging from glycerine trinitrate placed under the tongue or administered as a spray to more aggressive cardiac drugs. Take the treatments and then obtain curative advice from a complementary medical practitioner.

In the case of cardiac problems it is better to be treated by a medically qualified complementary practitioner or with your cardiologist or GP in close attention. Do not stop taking cardiac drugs without medical support.

Angina is most often created by blockage to the heart arteries .

Exercise to just before the point of discomfort is encouraged but yoga and Qi Gong are the preferred methods of activity. Walking and swimming are mandatory.

To reiterate, I do not recommend self-medication other than antioxidants for cardiac conditions.

The orthodox world will offer surgery of some sort if the condition is not controlled by drugs. Be very wary and please read the section below on coronary artery bypass procedures.

Coronary artery bypass procedures If the coronary arteries are blocked by atheroma and drugs are failing to open the arteries enough to allow a sufficient blood flow, then the orthodox world is left with no option other than some form of surgical procedure. There are two types.


This literally means plastic surgery of injured or diseased blood vessels but is now in common use for the technique that inflates a balloon within the occluded artery. The specialist inserts a long tube into the femoral artery in the groin and feeds it up through the aorta and into the coronary blood vessels with the use of specialized X-ray equipment. Once in place, the balloon at the tip of this tube is inflated and stretches the occluded artery wall, breaking down the atheroma and, hopefully, removing the occlusion.

There are dangers in this procedure because the balloon may rupture the vessels, so the technique is done only in specialized units. A cardiac surgeon and emergency operating theatre must be immediately on hand. The procedure remains controversial because long-term studies and data suggest that the technique is less safe and no more efficient than coronary artery bypass grafting.

Coronary artery bypass grafting Until recently CABG has been considered the most beneficial of complex surgery. A recent report in Heart, one of the top medical journals, has shown that CABG is not all that successful in the long term. The heart is exposed by a cardiac surgeon, who finds the occluded vessel and literally bypasses the blockage using a short piece of the patient’s own vein . The procedure is risky but undoubtedly has a profoundly successful effect in the short term. Sadly, it would appear that the procedure does not lead to a longer length of life in the majority of cases.


Consider all alternative possibilities, both orthodox and complementary, before considering any form of surgery.

The orthodox world is quick to condemn chelation therapy but small studies are suggestive of it being a suitable alternative to the not-so-successful surgical techniques.

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Chelation therapy

Chelation is a word derived from Chela, which is Greek for a crab or a lobster’s claw. It illustrates the way certain compounds may interact with others, forming a bond. It is used in medicine to describe compounds that bind toxic compounds, especially heavy metals and the cholesterol deposits found in arteries and known as atheroma.

Medical chelation uses a compound called ethylene-diamine-tetraacetic acid . Chelation has been used to treat atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, angina, occlusive vascular disease, porphyria, rheumatoid arthritis and cancer. There is good scientific reasoning and research to show how EDTA may work, but controversy still exists. I suspect that this controversy is due to the potential for the use of EDTA in many conditions that dominate and are vastly beneficial to the pharmaceutical industry. If EDTA was proven to be an effective treatment for the conditions that I have mentioned above, billions of dollars of profit would be wiped out. The compound EDTA cannot be patented, so the necessary research has come to a grinding halt.


The use of chelation therapy in any of the above-mentioned conditions should be considered.

Chelation/EDTA therapy must be used before coronary artery surgery is considered, in my opinion.

Ensure that the provider of chelation therapy is a fully qualified doctor or has had many years of experience in this treatment. Specific tests must be made on liver and kidney function throughout the treatment course because there is evidence of EDTA being toxic.