There are many natural therapies that have been shown to help reduce
the risk of coronary artery disease. These are the agents that
normally fall under nutrition, exercise, vitamins, red wine, etc. Had
you asked about "reducing the risk of heart disease," there are many
more investigational therapies and nutritional alternatives!
However,since you asked specifically about agents that reduce plaque
once it has formed, I have concentrated specifically on that aspect.
These alternatives are far fewer and still somewhat questionable.
I have not included conventional medicines and surgery like
arteriectomy. It seemed that your question was directed more toward
non-conventional means. If I am mistaken, please let me know in a
The following alternative methods of reducing arterial plaque were
the most prevalent in the research.
EDTA - ORAL CHELATION THERAPY (most research currently focuses on this
From the Rising Health alternatives website
The expanded role of EDTA as a tool to remove arterial plaque, prevent
bypass surgery, or perform functions that affect conventional medicine
"in the breadbasket," is where controversy arises. (If we've said it
once, we've said it a thousand times on this site: if you want to know
why something is or isn't approved by orthodoxy, just follow the money
Is this valid research?
"Position Paper on EDTA Chelation Therapy. American College for
Advancement in Medicine.
From "The Way to a Healthy Heart with Oral Chelation Therapy." FREEDOM
PRESS ONLINE|DPHL VOLUME 6, ISSUE 9
"In the early 1980s, 2,870 patients at the Clinica Tuffik Mattar in
Sao Paulo, Brazil were treated with EDTA chelation. The results were
impressive with 89 percent of all treated patients showing marked or
good improvement in atherosclerosis symptoms. Also in the early 1980s,
Dr. Richard Casdorph, then Chief of Medicine at Long Beach Community
Hospital and assistant professor of medicine at University of
California Irvine, observed similar results in patients with
arteriosclerotic heart disease and reduced cerebral blood flow. All of
the patients in his studies showed significant clinical improvement as
well as enhanced blood flow.
Also read "Chelation Therapy (From Alternative Medicine)," by Garry F.
Gordon, M.D.,D.O.,M.D.(H) Gordan Research Institute.
Also read "Oral Chelation Formulas Remove Toxins, Improve Circulation,
Artery and Cardiac Function." Alternative Medicine Shop.
From "Serrapeptase: Insect-Derived Enzyme Fights Inflammation.
"Serrapeptase is an enzyme that is produced in the intestines of silk
worms to break down cocoon walls. This enzyme is proving to be a
superior alternative to the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents
(NSAIDs) traditionally used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and
osteoarthritis. Its uses have also been extended to the treatment of
chronic sinusitis and postoperative inflammation, and some researchers
believe the substance can play an important role in arterial plaque
prevention and removal."
"Hans A. Nieper, M.D., an internist from Hannover, Germany, studied
the effects of serrapeptase on plaque accumulations in the arteries.
The formation of plaque involves deposits of fatty substances,
cholesterol, cellular waste products, calcium and fibrin (a clotting
material in the blood) on the inner lining of the arteries. Excessive
plaque results in partial or complete blockage of the blood's flow
through an artery, resulting in arteriosclerosis, or hardening of the
arteries, and an ensuing stroke or heart attack. The evidence to
support serrapeptase's role in preventing plaque build-up is
anecdotal. Still, further studies are called for in this area as
Nieper's research indicated that the protein-dissolving action of
serrapeptase will gradually break down atherosclerotic plaques.(31)
"Effect of Garlic on Cardiovascular Disorders: A Review," by Sanjay K.
Banerjee and Subir K Maulik. Nutrition Journal. (November 2002)
The above reference points to garlic's ability to lower blood
pressure, but does not relate this function to reducing plaque
NEUTRALIZING AGENTS TO THIN BLOOD
Excerpt:"Heart-Disease Sleuths Identify Prime Suspect:Inflammation of
Artery," By RON WINSLOW
Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL. (Oct. 1999)
But in a particularly fatty plaque, the immune-system macrophages can
become engorged with so much cholesterol that they can't do their job.
They turn into what scientists call foam cells -- because they become
so laden with fat they are squishy.
Unable to perform their duties, they die. As they die, they add their
contents to the cauldron of plaque bubbling under the fibrous cap. And
they release toxic substances that lay the groundwork for the plaque
One of the toxic culprits they release, identified by Dr. Libby and
his colleagues, is a group of enzymes that attack the fibrous cap
covering the plaque, chewing up structural components and
destabilizing it. That appears to make it vulnerable to some other
event -- like a stressful argument or strenuous snow-shoveling -- that
raises blood pressure and causes the plaque to break open, spilling
its clot-causing contents into the blood stream.
At Mount Sinai, Dr. Fuster and his colleagues found that macrophages
can do even more damage. It turns out that they release another toxic
substance in their death throes, called tissue factor, which increases
the tendency of blood to clot.
He teamed up with Juan Jose Badimon, another scientist in his lab, who
invented a chamber that mimics conditions in which blood flows through
diseased arteries. When they used it to expose blood to plaque
specimens that were rich in tissue factor, they found the blood was
hyper-susceptible to clotting.
Then they added to the blood an agent designed to neutralize the
tissue factor and ran it through the chamber again. "The clot didn't
take place," Dr. Fuster says.
From "Clean Your Arteries with Bromelain," by Dr. David Williams.
"Recent research suggests that bromelain may be one of the best tools
we can use to help prevent and even treat heart disease.
Atherosclerosis, or clogging of the arteries, directly accounts for
one-half of all the deaths in this country. It kills by cutting off
the life-sustaining blood supply to vital organs like the heart,
brain, and kidneys. Heart attacks result from the blockages of the
small blood vessels supplying the heart muscle; while strokes are
often the result of similar blockages to the brain."
"Research has continually shown that the clots formed in arteries are
composed largely of protein (fibrin). These clots also contain
particles of various fats and cholesterol, but the protein mesh of
fibrin seems to be the culprit that holds the clot together. Some of
the clot-busting drugs on the market today--like streptokinase
(marketed as Streptase) and urokinase--can dissolve as much 70 percent
of these clots in heart patients. They work by breaking down the
protein fibrin. Bromelain works much the same way as these new
"miracle" clot-busting drugs, by stimulating the conversion of
plasminogen to plasmin, which in turn helps break down the fibrin
"Besides breaking down clots, bromelain also appears to keep them from
forming in the first place. Explaining this area can get somewhat
complicated, but let me give it a try. The "stickiness" of your blood
cells has a lot to do with clot formation. This "stickiness" is linked
to your body's production of those temporary hormones we keep hearing
about called prostaglandins. Let's just say that bromelain blocks the
production of prostaglandins that keep blood cells too sticky, and
promotes the production of those that help circulation. On the other
hand, aspirin blocks the production of all prostaglandins, both good
ARTERIAL RECLAMATION DEVICE
From "NANO MACHINES AND CYCLING," by Dr. A.P. Reel.
"Recently my team was responsible for the successful assembly and
deployment of an Arterial Reclamation Device, in simple terms it is a
roto-rooter for clogged arteries."
"We have used ARD's in human volunteers and have achieved an 89%
improvement in cardio/pulmonary circulation. The ARD are simply
swallowed or injected into the patient's bloodstream. In matter of
hours the ARDs begin removing arterial plaque, chopping it into tiny
harmless chunks that filter out in the liver. The ARD's are programmed
to self disassemble after about 20 to 30 hours, depending on the level
of clean up required. Such non-invasive methods will revolutionize
cardio surgical methods, rendering invasive interventions obsolete. It
is no surprise that we are excited about the many applications of this
From "Science and Medicine News." Stanford Today Online. (1997)
Reducing Arterial Plaque:
"Atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, is arguably the most
serious health problem in the developed world. While atherosclerosis
has some well-known risk factors, such as high cholesterol and high
blood pressure, the reason life-threatening plaques form in arteries
has, until now, remained a mystery. New research by Dr. Christopher
Zarins, chief of vascular surgery, and surgical resident Dr. Bradford
Tropea and their colleagues shows that one important trigger for
plaque formation is the mechanical stress induced by the expansion of
blood vessels under high blood pressure. The researchers also found
that they can prevent plaque formation in rabbits by gently
reinforcing an artery with a wrapping of Gore-Tex, a waterproof,
"breathable" fabric. The sleeve-like wrap damps down the motion of the
pulsating artery. "This study shows that the mechanical functions of
the arteries and the physical forces on them are just as important [in
plaque formation] as the known metabolic factors such as cholesterol."
said Zarins. The results hold out the hope that new techniques may
limit or prevent plaque progression by reducing artery-wall motion,
ARTERIAL CLEANSING SUPPLEMENT
From the Prebio website:
contains a carefully selected combination of 25 different ingredients
including 13 active vitamins, 3 lipotropic factors, 7 minerals, and 9
non-medical ingredients: Betaine Hydrochloride, L-Cysteine
Hydrochloride, Thymus Concentrate, Spleen Concentrate, Adrenal
Concentrate, Vitamin D, Calcium, Iodine, and Copper.
(If there are any real research studies, you will have to contact the
"Since 1983, many thousands of people have been successfully using
this unique cleansing method both to prevent and remove arterial
deposits that are responsible for heart attacks and strokes. "Before"
and "after" angiograms and Doppler tests have, in some cases, revealed
complete removal of significant arterial blockages within a few short
months of starting the program. Symptoms-- such as angina, leg cramps,
lack of measurable pulse in the ankles, tingling in the hands,
trembling and even gangrene -- often disappear within weeks. Blood
pressure and cholesterol/triglyceride levels tend to normalize
themselves. Many who were scheduled for bypass surgery no longer
require it. Many have been able to throw away their diuretics, blood
thinners, aspirin, anti-cholesterol drugs and nitroglycerin."
I hope these references help to answer your question!
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