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has anybody tried herbs to fight cold feet ?

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Created October 17, 2012 at 11:30 PM

I am a 26 yo male and always had cold and purple feet, even hands actually, when it is not summer, sometimes to the point where I cannot sleep. I had raynaud's syndrome on my fingers [all yellow/white] last year when I still was in my cold flat, but fortunately, I moved out. Lots of posts here talk about iodine but I eat seafood daily, veggies, no junk-food at all.

Is there some feedbacks on the classical herbs for venous insufficiency like Aesculus hippocastanum (Ruscus aculeatus Pinus pinaster Vitis vinifera Melilotus officinalis

Is it possible to take these in infusions ?

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24538 · November 01, 2012 at 9:57 PM

I've had the cold feet thing my whole life. As an adult red wine was my instant fix for that for many years, especially gluhwein, dilates the blood vessels like crazy. I take iodine, but haven't noticed that it helps that much with the cold feet. It does go away when I'm on a high enough dose of Armour thyroid. Get your thyroid tested.

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505 · October 18, 2012 at 2:54 PM

I agree getting to the root cause should be the first step. Will add this is also a symptom of pyroluria and something I struggle with (just cold not purple - yikes!)

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11557 · October 17, 2012 at 11:46 PM

It's not just about iodine, but salt. Are you salting your food? Hands/feet being cold point to low blood pressure, poor circulation, or possibly hypothyroid (hence, the iodine). Cod, sea bass, haddock, and perch are (from what I can remember) some of the better sources of iodine, as well as sea weed, but many people do find they have to take an iodine supplement if they have thyroid issues. Have you had this checked out? I would make sure other possibilities are eliminated before trying herbal infusions.

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505 · October 18, 2012 at 2:54 PM

I agree getting to the root cause should be the first step. Will add this is also a symptom of pyroluria and something I struggle with (just cold not purple - yikes!)

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24538 · November 01, 2012 at 10:03 PM

I've had the cold purple feet thing my whole life. Exercise helps. Hot showers before bed help. Wearing socks to bed after the hot shower really helps.

When I was a teenager, drinking coffee with lots of cayenne pepper in it seemed to help a little.

As an adult I've had some success with a few things red wine was my instant fix for that for many years, especially gluhwein aka mulled wine, dilates the blood vessels like crazy.

I've taken an iodine supplement for years now, but haven't noticed that it helps that much with the cold feet. The real fix for me has been a high enough dose of Armour thyroid. I'd highly recommend getting your thyroid tested.

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