Metabolic Syndrome in Chinese Medicine
Metabolic syndrome is a collection of risk factors that when combine greatly increases a person’s risk of developing heart disease, and type 2 diabetes… if you have at least three of the following risk factors, you may suffer from metabolic syndrome: Significant belly fat or a waist circumference of 40 inches or greater for men and 35 inches or more for women. High blood sugar levels, High triglyceride levels with levels of 150 mg or higher, low HDL (high density lipoprotein) considered the good cholesterol, numbers lower than 40 mg for men and 50 mg for women are considered a risk factor, and lastly high blood pressure. Anything higher than 130 over 85 is considered a risk factor. According to traditional Chinese medicine, cholesterol and triglycerides are considered as excess accumulations of dampness and phlegm in the blood vessels (hyperlipidemia), in the liver (fatty liver), and in the body (obesity). When dealing with a pattern of Excess dampness and Phlegm you must address it from several aspects of your life along with changes in diet and exercise Chinese herbs can be very helpful. When looking for a more modern day formula to clear heat, and reduce accumulations of dampness and phlegm in the blood vessels, liver, and body look for one containing the following herbs:
Chinese Herbs for Metabolic Syndrome
Da Huang – Strongly Clears heat and detoxifies, as well as moves the blood and breaks up stagnation.
Ze Xie – Promotes urination and clears heat to relieve damp heat in the lower jiao, drain deficiency heat without injuring the yin fluids.
Shan Zha – Activates blood circulation and eliminate blood stasis; this prevents plaque build-up in the vessel walls and ensures a healthy cardiovascular system.