Padma for Heart Health

by Dr. David Williams
Filed Under: Heart Health
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Often the first warning of cardiovascular disease is decreased blood flow in the extremities (arms, hands, legs, and feet). It’s one of the more difficult problems for doctors to treat, and it can be extremely debilitating. When body extremities don’t receive enough oxygen-rich blood, it can become difficult to walk.

One of the primary symptoms of cardiovascular disease, intermittent claudication, involves numbness, pain, aching, and extreme muscle fatigue or cramping when walking. It generally starts in the calf muscles but can be felt in the feet, thighs, and even the buttocks.

If you stop and rest for a minute or two, the pain may subside; but it quickly returns when you resume walking. Going uphill or walking fast causes it to come on more quickly. The distance you can walk indicates the seriousness of the clog in the arteries supplying the lower extremities. The shorter the distance, the worse the clogging.

Padma is an ideal therapy for restoring blood flow to an area. Studies support this:

  • In a 16-week study of 93 patients, those taking Padma were able to increase both pain-free and maximum walking distances. The average maximum walking distance increased from 87.5 meters to 187.7 meters. 
  • A German study found that after taking Padma for just 16 weeks, 23 patients who suffered from intermittent claudication  increased their pain-free walking distance to 100 percent. 
  • In a Danish study, after taking Padma for four months, patients suffering from intermittent claudication were able to increase their average pain-free walking distance from 115 meters to as much as 227 meters. 
  • Another study found that Padma  decreased pain and increased walking distances and reduced blood pressure levels measured at the ankle. This alone would indicate that blood flow through the area was being improved. 

It’s rare that any treatment, natural or otherwise, would cause such dramatic improvements in such short periods of time. What is even more unusual is that Padma doesn’t work by vasodilation. In other words, it doesn’t cause blood vessels to open wider. Instead, it appears to actually make beneficial changes in the chemistry of the blood.

This is due to the synergistic effects of 19 different herbs—allspice fruit, Bengal quince fruit, calendula flower, cardamom fruit, clove flower, columbine, costus root, English plantain, gingerlily rhizome, golden cinquefoil, heart-leaved sida, Iceland moss, knotgrass, lettuce leaf, licorice root, margosa fruit, red sandalwood, tropical almond fruit, and valerian root—plus natural camphor and calcium sulphate.

Together these herbs have been shown to significantly decrease platelet aggregation or excessive blood clotting and lower total cholesterol levels, triglycerides, total blood lipids, and beta lipoproteins, while at the same time increasing ++alpha lipoproteins. Padma also contains a wide range of bioflavonoids, tannins, salicylates, valepotriates, phenol acids, essential oils, and esters of various acids. 

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