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We live in a country where cardiovascular disease is the chief cause of death and disability in the United States. Besides doing your part everyday, (exercising regularly, eating well), you can also take our Chi Flow which contains one of the most heart-nurturing herbs in the world, Salvia, known in Chinese Herbalism as Dan Shen.
According to Chinese Herbal theory one of the primary causes of cardiovascular problems is what is called ''blood stagnation'''. Blood stagnation is when physical and mental stress creates impediments to the normal flow of blood. Chi Flow helps to safely and gently release the stagnation. You can see this condition with the color of the tongue. Beneath the pink of the tongue will be some grey, blue, or even purplish color.
Salvia is the main ingredient in Chi Flow, and it has demonstrated overall excellent support for cardiovascular health. (Read more here...) Unless you are taking a blood thinner (like Cumidin or Warfarin), or you are pregnant, this is a fabulous health building formula for your heart. Salvia contains several unique phytochemicals (tanshinoates and salvianolic acids) with cardio-protective and antioxidant properties, and has been widely used in the Orient for numerous cardiovascular disorders.
In fact, according to one report, Salvia has ''revolutionized the management of angina, heart attack and stroke in Chinese society''1 The majority of research on Salvia has been on its heart protective properties, especially in cases of angina (a condition where inadequate oxygen is available to the heart muscle itself), heart attack and stroke.
Salvia dilates arteries and blood vessels, increasing blood flow. This is very significant, because strokes and heart attacks are caused by blood platelets that aggregate and form clots. A heart attack occurs when one of the coronary arteries becomes severely or totally blocked, usually by a blood clot.
Most strokes are caused by an abrupt blockage of arteries leading to the brain (ischemic stroke). Other strokes are caused by bleeding into brain tissue when a blood vessel bursts (hemorrhagic stroke). Studies indicate that Salvia actually dilates the coronary arteries and peripheral blood vessels, reducing excessive platelet aggregation.2 This, in turn, increases blood flow.
Reduces free radicals
At the People's Hospital of Yichun District, Jiangxi, China, 24 patients with coronary heart disease (CHD) were treated with Salvia and tested for changes in serum lipid peroxide (LPO), and superoxide dismutase (SOD).
Lipid peroxides are the products of the chemical damage done by free radicals to the lipid components of cell membranes. This oxidative damage is believed to be a basic mechanism underlying many diseases, chronic health problems, and even aging, and may rear its ugly head in the forms of cancer, rheumatic diseases, allergic inflammation, or cardiovascular disease, to name a few. High LPO levels indicates excessive oxygen free radical lipid peroxidation, as well as a greater potential for disease and health problems.
The test results of the Chinese patients' SOD and LPO levels were compared to those of a control group of 20 healthy patients. Before treatment with Salvia, the serum LPO levels of the ill patients were significantly higher in comparison to the levels of the control group, and their SOD levels were lower. After the patients received Salvia, their LPO levels decreased and SOD activity increased significantly.
The researchers concluded that the Salvia inhibited platelet aggregation, reduced blood viscosity, and improved myocardial ischemia (insufficient blood flow to the heart). They also suggested that Salvia is an excellent antioxidant.3 Another study done at the Nanjing Steelworks Hospital, China found similar results. Thirty patients with chronic cardiopulmonary disease who were treated with Salvia showed a decrease in LPO, along with a significant increase in SOD and two other antioxidant enzymes, catalase (CAT) and glutathione peroxidase (GDH-Px).4
Reduces blood viscosity, cholesterol and lipoproteins
In another Chinese study, pregnant patients with hypertension were treated for 10 days with an intravenous solution containing Salvia. They all had an indisputable reduction of blood viscosity, cholesterol and lipoproteins5 (compounds of protein that carry fats and fat-like substances, such as cholesterol, in the blood)-significant factors that contribute to cardiovascular disease.
Potential remedy for Angina
An in-vitro study at the Yamanashi Medical University, Japan found that a Salvia preparation was comparable to a typical calcium channel blocker, Verapamil, in its effect to increase coronary blood flow. Since angina, or chest pain, occurs when blood flow to the heart is restricted, the researchers concluded that Salvia has potential for use with patients who suffer from angina.6
Contains potent antioxidants that prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol 7
Promotes the production of nitric oxide—an important promoter of blood flow 8
Protects the hearts of patients with cardiovascular disease from damage during surgery 9
Has been shown to be more effective than nitroglycerin for improving heart function and circulation 10
Improves survival rate after heart attack 11
Helps keep arteries open after balloon angioplasty 12
IMPORTANT: This product is to support heart health. It is NOT a replacement for any drug you may have been prescribed. If you are under a doctor's care, please share with him any herbal formulas you want to take.
Recommended dosage: 2 capsules twice a day
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Zhou S, Shao W, Duan C. Observation of preventing and treating effect of Salvia miltiorrhiza composita on patients with ischemic coronary heart disease undergoing non-heart surgery. Zhongguo Zhong Xi Yi Jie He Za Zhi 1999 Feb19(2):75-6. Abstract
Bai YR, Wang SZ. Hemodynamic study on nitroglycerin compared with Salvia miltiorrhiza. Zhongguo Zhong Xi Yi Jie He Za Zhi 1994 Jan14(1):24-5, 4. Abstract
Ji X, Tan BK, Zhu YC, Linz W, Zhu YZ. Comparison of cardioprotective effects using ramipril and DanShen for the treatment of acute myocardial infarction in rats. Life Sci. 2003 Aug 173(11):1413-26. Abstract
Zhang T, Du L, Cui P. [Experimental study of hirudo and Salvia miltiorrhiza on smooth muscle cell hyperplasia after balloon angioplasty] [Article in Chinese] Zhongguo Zhong Xi Yi Jie He Za Zhi. 1998 Mar18(3):159-61. Abstract
Chae HJ, Chae SW, Yun DH, Keum KS, Yoo SK, Kim HR, Prevention of bone loss in ovariectomized rats: the effect of Salvia miltiorrhiza extracts. Immunopharmacol Immunotoxicol. 2004 Feb26(1):135-44. Abstract
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