Homeopathic Medicine and Cholesterol
A Google search for “cholesterol homeopathic remedies” returns more than 300,000 results covering anything from using herbs to specialized vitamins. Clearly, homeopathic cures work for some people given that the alternative medication industry is valued at $2.7B according to a Medica.com industry report. My sister-in-law swears to this day that she cured her cholesterol problem by taking soy tablets every day.
After being diagnosed with high cholesterol, I tried homeopathic remedies to help me lower my cholesterol. At the time, I was concerned about the side effects of Lipitor, especially its effect on the liver. My experiment with homeopathic remedies started with soy tablets given the recommendation offered by my sister-in-law. After about a month, I started to really feel the effects of this remedy, but not exactly in the way I was expecting. I experienced unbelievable emotional swings to the point that I found myself in tears watching ASPCA commercials on the television. Clearly, my feminine emotional side was definitely making itself known and while there is nothing wrong with that, there already was a woman in the house and that was enough. So, I chucked the idea of using soy to lower my cholesterol.
My next experiment involved using niacin, also known as vitamin B3. Niacin has been proven to be a very effective homeopathic weapon against high cholesterol, but its side effects, especially for the faint of heart, can be quite scary. Prior to taking it, I had read that niacin will cause flushing, but I honestly didn’t expect the flushing to be so strong. My adventure with niacin lasted a total of one day. I ate breakfast in my office that morning and took niacin with a glass of water. I went back to work and within about thirty minutes I started to feel really hot. Since it was March, I stepped outside in the cool spring air which gave me relief for about two minutes. The heat came back and I stepped into the restroom and just happened to glance at myself in the mirror and nearly freaked out. I was as red as a tomato and it was apparently clear that I was going into anaphylactic shock. I started to splash cold water on my face and neck to cool myself down and gave myself ten minutes before driving to the emergency room. Thankfully, the flushing subsided and eventually completely disappeared over the next few hours. Not exactly an experience that I care to relive.
While I do take supplements such as omega 3, fish oil tables, calcium and aÃ§ai berry juice, I have decided to stay away from alternative ways of controlling my cholesterol for now. The supplements, lipitor, exercise and balanced diet are the things that are helping me maintain overall cholesterol numbers under 180 and triglyceride numbers under 200. This and the supplements has also helped me greatly increase my high-density lipoprotein, known as HDL (or good cholesterol), level to 66 during my last cardio visit. High levels of HDL have proven extremely effective in combating cardiovascular disease and preventing strokes.