Poor circulation can be caused by a number of factors including but
not limited to thickening and narrowing of blood vessels. Some fairly
common disorders including varicose veins, high or low blood
pressure, and weak heart may be the result of poor circulation.
A common symptom of poor circulation is cold hands and feet.
Each of the billions of cells which go to make up the body
need a regular supply of oxygen, gasses, nutrients and vitamins
which are dissolved in the plasma - the liquid component
of blood. As the blood is pumped round the body the blood
vessels gradually get smaller and smaller until they form
tiny little capillaries. The walls of the capillaries are
so thin that some of the fluid can seep out into the area
around the cells.
This fluid carries nutrients and dissolved
oxygen with it and has several jobs to do. Carbon dioxide,
any dead cells, waste products, bacteria and other debris
are removed in the fluid plasma which acts like a refuse
collector. The fluid is then reabsorbed into the blood through
the walls of the capillaries and makes its way back to the
heart. A common form of poor circulation is cold hands and