Named after an American physician, this disease process of aggressive arterial occlusion is found at any age, although more common in middle age, and is associated with smoking. Arteriosclerosis with associated inflammation, especially in the arteries of the lower limb, causes severe pain that is worse on walking. This is known as intermittent claudication, which may occur in non-smokers. The occlusion of arteries can be so severe that the outcome, especially in those who continue to smoke, is often amputation. The occlusion can occur in arteries other than in the leg and more serious operations may be required if occlusions occur in the bowel.


Stop smoking and is aided and abetted by mast cells, which are specialized white blood cells that collect unwanted molecules such as cholesterol and free radicals and then bind to the nearest surface, taking the dangerous compounds out of the circulation. This process is inevitable and necessary for the well-being of delicate organs such as the brain.

Care of the circulation should start at an early age with the avoidance of cholesterol-containing foods, and with daily exercise, good breathing techniques and proper nutrition full of antioxidants. Unfortunately this advice is not well heeded and the ravages and difficulties occur in our latter years.


See Arteriosclerosis.

Cayenne capsules or a level teaspoonful of turmeric in a cup of heated milk, three times a day may help peripheral circulation in those who have cold hands and feet.

At the first sign of circulatory difficulties, use commonsense by wearing hats, gloves and warm footwear.

Internal circulatory difficulties such as the clogging of the heart arteries may not be noticeable until a very late stage. If symptoms occur, please refer to the relevant section here and contact your complementary medical practitioner immediately.

It is never too late to exercise, and yoga, Qi Gong and Tai Chi are the best forms.


Aneurysm is the term given to an artery that loses its integrity from a source other than an injury. Broadly speaking, an aneurysm can be a weakness within the arterial wall or ‘dissecting’, where the inner lining of the artery ruptures but the outer lining holds, causing a swelling in the arterial wall. If not surgically treated, aneurysms can be fatal when they occur in arteries in the brain, other vital organs or the aorta . Sudden abdominal or chest pain, a sledge hammer-like blow to the head, sudden blindness or neurological symptoms must all be treated as an emergency and reviewed by a surgeon. RECOMMENDATIONS

Aneurysms are difficult to diagnose and any sudden pain should be seen by a medical practitioner.

There is no complementary treatment other than support for pre- and post-operative care.

On your way to hospital or awaiting the doctor’s arrival, use Aconite 6, 12, or 30, one dose every lOmin.