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Vein Lite: a Chinese herbal formula for cardiovascular problems.

Introduction

Proper circulation is vital to one's health because it drives many of the body's processes. The circulatory system transports blood throughout the body. It regulates cellular oxygen levels. It controls lymphatic movement. Even the brain is partly dependent on good circulation, as it uses up to 20% of the body's oxygen intake.

Maintaining proper circulation entails keeping the blood vessels and the blood itself healthy. Blood vessels must be reactive and flexible enough to allow blood to pass through. And blood must be at the right consistency in order to flow optimally.

Many factors contribute to the proper functioning of the blood vessels and the blood. For instance, hormones like angiotensin and prostaglandins constrict the blood vessels. Nitric oxide, on the other hand, is a well-known vasodilator.

In the blood, there are factors that affect its viscosity. Fibrinogen, for example, can deposit along the blood vessel walls and slow down blood flow. The way red blood cells are clustered (aggregation) also affects how smoothly blood can flow.

When circulation is poor or when the blood vessels are impaired, many diseases can arise. For instance, coronary artery disease (CAD) is one of the most common cardiovascular disorders, especially in industrialized nations. The heart muscle requires a constant supply of oxygen and nutrients, delivered through the arteries, in order to function normally. When blood flow through the arteries become impaired, CAD results.

One of the causes of CAD is hardening of the arteries, or atherosclerosis. The lining of the arteries eventually become clogged with accumulated fat, cholesterol, and other particles - collectively known as plaque. The deposits lead to the narrowing of the arteries or a blood clot when the plaque is suddenly ruptured. Stroke is the most likely result when this happens.

You can follow certain diet and lifestyle practices to ensure healthy circulatory function. Supplements can also promote healthy blood vessels, address blood-coagulating issues, and reduce cardiovascular disease risk. Being able to identify cardiovascular symptoms can also help detect disease early and stave off complications.

Vein Lite is a unique combination of Chinese herbs shown through clinical studies to increase blood flow; lower blood pressure; enhance cellular oxygen levels; and improve symptoms of poor circulation such as cold limbs, numbness, darkened lips, and even angina. Toxicity studies show that it is a very safe formula with a LD50 (lethal dose, 50%) of 12 g/kg.

Clinical Studies

Vein Lite Reduces Blood Coagulation Factors

Various mechanisms are responsible for its effect on circulation and cardiovascular function. Primarily, it improves blood flow by lowering blood thickness, dissolving fibrinogen, and reducing platelet-clotting factors.

A study involved 130 patients with poor circulation. Normally, it takes 2.4 seconds for blood to travel to from the heart to the toes and back. For the subjects of this study, it took more than 3.4 seconds on average. After taking Vein Lite for 30 days, blood flow improved among the patients (See Figure 1). Vein Lite reduced blood viscosity (28.9%), decreased fibrinogen (26.6%), reduced red blood cell aggregation (38.1%), lowered the index of thromboelastrogram (36.8%), and increased microcirculation (38.1%). (1) As a result, the precipitation of fibrin in the blood vessels is minimized, enabling normal oxygen and nutrient exchange in cells. When this happens, blood circulation increases, toxins that were trapped in the cells are released into the bloodstream, and they are then excreted through the kidneys.

Furthermore, Vein Lite lowers thromboxane 2 (TXB2), a lipid that constricts blood vessels, increases blood pressure, and promotes platelet aggregation. (2) Lowering it, therefore, also lowers the risk for ischemic events and thrombosis.

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Figure 1. Effect of Vein Lite on Coagulating Factors After 30 Days

Blood viscosity 28.9
Fibrrinogen 26.6
Red blood cell aggregation 38.1
Index of thromblastrogram 36.8
Microcirculation 38.1

Note: Table made from bar graph.


Vein Lite on Lipid Profile

Salvia miltiorrhiza, used in this study, is one of the most commonly used herbs for cardiovascular disease in China. In a study of coronary heart disease cases, 127 men and 73 women participated with ages ranging from 42 to 87 years. Eighty percent of the group were over 50 years old. Of the 200 patients, 35 had diabetes and/or coronary heart disease. After 2 months of participants' taking either Vein Lite or Salvia miltiorrhiza, results were compared and illustrated in Table 1.
Table 1: Comparison of Vein Lite and Salvia miltiorrhiza on the lipid
profile of 200 patients

 Vein Lite

Lipid Before After 2 months

Cholesterol 189[+ or -]22 162.6[+ or -]16
[beta]-lipoprotein 367.7[+ or -]58.9 328[+ or -]43.8
Triglyceride 142[+ or -]41.2 108[+ or -]31.3

 Salvia miltiorrhiza

Lipid Before After 2 months

Cholesterol 189[+ or -]22 173[+ or -]16
[beta]-lipoprotein 368[+ or -]6.0 358[+ or -]44
Triglyceride 142[+ or -]41 148[+ or -]3


With Vein Lite, there was a 13.97% decrease in total cholesterol compared with an 8.46% decrease with Salvia. Similarly, Vein Lite was more effective than Salvia in reducing both [Beta]-lipoprotein and triglyceride levels after 2 months.

Vein Lite Increases Pulmonary and Coronary Circulation

Not surprisingly, Vein Lite promotes circulation to and from the heart and lungs. Because it reduces blood-clotting factors, blood is easily transported through a system of arteries, capillaries, and veins from the lungs to the other organs and back. The oxygen-rich blood flows through the lungs, oxygenating different tissues of the body. Muscle contractions squeeze the blood vessels and veins and keep blood circulation going quickly and smoothly

A study by the China Western Medical School and Beijing College of Traditional Chinese Medicine followed 315 patients from 1989 to 1992. It investigated the effect of Vein Lite on symptoms associated with high blood pressure (38 patients), cerebral vascular conditions (24 patients), chronic obstructive lung diseases (60 patients), senility caused by cerebral vascular accidents (21 patients), coronary heart disease (angina pectoris), and hyperlipidemia (172 patients).

Each day the test groups were given 3 packs of Vein Lite for periods between 4 and 12 weeks, depending on when the first signs of alleviation of symptoms were observed.

Overall, Vein Lite was 92.2% beneficial to the patients, with results ranging from improved to completely effective (See Figure 2). In particular, the formula worked best to alleviate heaviness of the head, limb numbness, nausea, anxiety, and chills. Neck stiffness and heart palpitations were alleviated to a secondary degree. Positive results were also seen in the mitigation of edema, right upper quadrant pain, portal vein hypertension, jugular vein distension, dark tongue due to blood stasis, cerebral vascular conditions, and senility. Speech capacity and language comprehension abilities were also improved.

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Figure 2. Vein Lite on Cardiovascular, Pulmonary and Cerebral
Conditions

Completely Effective 30.7
Effective 34.6
Improved 26.9
No Change 7.8

Note: Table made from bar graph.


No changes were seen in chemistry panels, electrolytes, liver/kidney function tests, or EKGs, indicating no adverse side effects. As a side note, kidney function tests showed improved results after taking Vein Lite. Only 4 out of the 315 experienced any degree of nausea, dizziness, and/or diarrhea. These subsided with no intervention within a few days after taking Vein Lite.

Further studies show that circulation is indeed important not just for recovery from cardiovascular conditions but also from diseases that affect specific parts of the body.

Vein Lite Improves Peripheral Blood Circulation

As seen in Figure 1, Vein Lite increased microcirculation by 38.1%. Another study shows that it does improve blood flow to the limbs and promotes blood vessel health as well. The study involved 37 patients with diabetic neuropathy. In this condition, diabetes directly causes microvascular injury involving small blood vessels that supply nerves. Numbness or tingling of the limbs is a typical symptom. After 2 months, Vein Lite was 78% effective in reducing neuropathy symptoms. This is because Vein Lite improves microcirculation, peripheral blood flow and blood vessel structure.

Vein Lite Regulates [Na.sup.+][K.sup.+]TPpase

Another function of Vein Lite is regulation of [Na.sup.+][K.sup.+]ATPase (NKA), also called a sodium pump or sodium-potassium exchange. This is an enzyme that maintains the body's electrolyte and fluid balance. (3) Inhibition of NKA activity is associated with an anti-arrhythmic effect. Inhibition of NKA enhances heart contractions and slows down heart rate. (4) However, it is important to note that NKA inhibitors also increase intracellular [Na.sup.+], so hypertensive patients should be careful as this increases blood pressure. This is not a concern with Vein Lite, since it also has antihypertensive activity, as you will see in the next section.

Vein Lite Reduces Hypertension and Ocular Blood Pressure

Due to its ability to reduce coagulating factors and inhibit NKA activity, Vein Lite can reduce blood pressure as well. This was evident in a study of 400 hypertensive patients. After only 15 days, there was an average decrease of 13.32% in systolic pressure and an average decrease of 11.47% in diastolic pressure (See Table 2).
Table 2: Vein Lite on Average Systolic and Diastolic Pressure of 400
Hypertensive Patients After 15 Days

 Before After 6 months

Systolic Pressure 153.9 133.4
Diastolic Pressure 93.3 82.6


To reinforce Vein Lite's blood-pressure-lowering effect, it was tested on 116 glaucoma patients. Glaucoma is caused by excessive fluid pressure in the eyes, leading to vision loss. After 6 months, Vein Lite was 50% effective in reducing ocular blood pressure and improving ocular circulation among the patients.

Another study showed how Vein Lite regulates pressure to other parts of the body. In this study, 82 patients with neck and spinal disc herniation were involved. After 6 months, Vein Lite was 92.6% effective in relieving disease-related symptoms. This is because Vein Lite reduces pressure on the central nerve system.

Vein Lite Improves Cerebral Function After a Stroke

Vein Lite not only reduces the risk for cardiovascular conditions such as CAD and stroke, but also increases brain circulation to improve memory and cognitive function after a stroke or in relation to Parkinson's disease. Electroencephalogram (EEG) tests show increased brain wave activity among senile patients after taking Vein Lite.

In 56 patients who had suffered a stroke, Vein Lite was able to improve cognitive impairment after 6 months.

A 6-month study on 32 Parkinson's disease patients found that Vein Lite increased the effectiveness of Medopa, a drug used for Parkinson's disease. For better results, take Vein Lite with asparagus extract, which is rich in organic folic acid. Studies have shown that folic acid can decrease the risk for Parkinson's disease. (5)

Discussion

It is apparent from the presented studies that Vein Lite could be very beneficial to those who suffer from CAD and other cardiovascular conditions.

It has already been shown to reduce coagulating factors such as fibrinogen, viscous blood, aggregated red blood cells, and thrombelastrogram. In addition, it reduces cholesterol and triglycerides. With these functions alone, Vein Lite can be beneficial in reducing the tendency for plaque buildup, thereby minimizing damage to the blood vessels and lowering the possibility of forming blood clots.

Regulating heart rhythm and strengthening heart contractions are benefits that can also be derived from Vein Lite through its function as an NKA activity inhibitor. Some may be concerned that this particular function could be problematic for hypertensive patients (as NKA inhibitors tend to increase blood pressure). With Vein Lite's antihypertensive action, this is not a concern.

Studies have also shown that Vein Lite apparently improves circulation and blood pressure throughout the body, not just the heart. This was evident in the study on ocular blood pressure, peripheral circulation, and cerebral circulation. It was even effective in improving cognitive function in stroke and Parkinson's disease patients.

With its broad spectrum of functions and applications, Vein Lite could potentially be a very viable alternative herbal formula for cardiovascular function. Further clinical studies are needed to fully establish it as such; however, these preliminary studies have already shown its promising potential.

Tsu-Tsair Chi, NMD, PhD

P.O. Box 753

Atwood, California 92811

714-777-1542 / Fax 714-777-7186

veinlite@mindspring.com

Notes

(1.) Journal of West China University of Medical Sciences. 1999;30:64.

(2.) Wikipedia Thromboxane Available at: http://en.wikipediaorg/wiki/Thromboxane. Accessed January 15, 2009.

(3.) Jorgensen PL, Hakansson KO. Karlish SJD: Structure and mechanism of Na, K-ATPase: functional sites and their interactions. Annu Rev Physiol. 2003; 65:817-849

(4.) Science Daily. Researcher discover new function of cardiac sodium pump. Available at: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/01/070115100535.htm. Accessed December 30, 2008.

(5.) de Lau LM, Koudstaal PJ, Witteman JC, Hofman A, Breteler MM. Dietary folate, vitamin B12, and vitamin B6 and the risk of Parkinson disease. Neurology. 2006;67(2):315-318.

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Tsu-Tsair Chi, NMD, PhD received his medical training in China and earned his doctorate in biochemistry from the Waksman Institute of Microbiology at Rutgers State University (NJ). He then became a board-certified naturopathic physician. Dr. Chi has been the president of Chi's Enterprise, Inc. for 22 years. He has published articles in journals such as the International Journal of Integrative Oncology and Townsend Letter. Additional clinical research on his supplements is published in the International Journal of Cancer and Cancer Biology & Therapy.
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