Raynaud's Disease is a disorder that causes the arteries to constrict for brief periods, limiting blood flow to the extremities—typically the fingers or toes. These "attacks" can be brought on by emotional stress or exposure to cold temperatures, and last anywhere from less than a minute to many hours. During a Raynaud's attack, little to no blood flows to the affected area, causing the skin to turn pale and the affected area to feel cold or numb. As blood flow returns, the skin may turn red and feel a burning or throbbing sensation. In rare, severe cases of Raynaud's disease, the artery constriction can lead to tissue decay, or gangrene.
Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for Raynaud's Disease.
The Chinese Medicine treatment of raynaud's disease generally involves arriving at the appropriate TCM diagnosis or pattern. This pattern within the individual is what treatment is based on not the general condition (see treating the cause and not the symptoms).
The following patterns may represent the underlying contributing factors for the development of raynaud's disease:
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