Lifestyle changes and supplements that encourage better circulation may help you manage Raynaud's. However, more study is needed. If you're interested, talk to your doctor about:
- Fish oil. Taking fish oil supplements could help improve your tolerance to cold and delay the narrowing of your blood vessels that triggers Raynaud's attacks.
- Ginkgo. Ginkgo supplements could help decrease the number of Raynaud's attacks you have.
- Biofeedback. Using your mind to control body temperature (biofeedback) may help decrease the severity and frequency of attacks. Biofeedback includes guided imagery to increase the temperature of hands and feet, deep breathing, and other relaxation exercises. Your doctor may be able to suggest a therapist who can help you learn biofeedback techniques. There are books and DVDs on the subject.
- Acupuncture. This practice appears to improve blood flow, so it may be helpful in relieving Raynaud's attacks.
Talk to your doctor before taking supplements. Your doctor can warn you if there are potential drug interactions or side effects of alternative treatments.
Coping with Raynaud's takes patience and effort. Work with your doctor to manage your condition and maintain a positive attitude. The majority of people with Raynaud's respond to treatment.
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