“Pain may well remind us that we are alive, but love reminds us why we are alive.” ~Trystan Owen Hughes
A great quote and so true, love makes us feel alive and motivated , valued and appreciated.
Valentine’s Day is approaching and on the 14th of February, many will be celebrating Love and all the good feelings that come from having a significant other with which to share their lives. But there will also be many that will be mourning the loss of a loved one due to death, or suffering the heartache and shock of the end of a relationship due to a break-up or betrayal. Yes, it’s possible to actually experience a physiological illness from a broken heart and at any time in one’s life, not just at this time of year.
Broken Heart Syndrome, also known as stress cardiomyopathy or Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy, is real. It is the temporary weakness of heart muscles due to extreme emotional distress which causes a major surge of adrenaline and noradrenaline, or epinephrine and norepinephrine. These are hormones and neurotransmitters released in the body as a response to this intense emotion. This surge of chemicals in the body make it difficult for the heart muscle to handle pumping blood out to the body as efficiently as it normally does. It can mimic a heart attack, cause chest pain, fluid in the lungs, and shortness of breath. In some cases it can also cause heart failure.
If you experience these symptoms in the wake of a loss or shock, of course get medical attention immediately, and follow the advice of your practitioners. But in addition to any necessary treatment, whether temporary or of longer duration, some additional support can assist with your physiological healing. As always, check with your medical team to make sure none of these suggestions are contraindicated for you for any health conditions, allergies, or medications taken.
In a previous article I wrote about grief, I mentioned some supplements that offer physiological support for grief. I mention them again for they are beneficial in this instance also.
Ignatia Amara 6X– Ignatia Amara 6X is a homeopathic product utilized for grief and emotional support, especially if “shock” is part of the circumstances. Even if shock is not involved, this product works well for many. Brands that are reputable to buy are: Boericke & Tafel, or Hyland. Strength: 6X Follow the label and assess your response.
Bach Flower Essence: Rescue Remedy – this is a combination flower essence remedy which combines Cherry Plum, Clematis, Impatiens, Rock Rose, and Star of Bethlehem. Each component in this combination may help with types of anguish, bereavement and any type of stress.
In addition to Ignatia Amara and Rescue Remedy, I suggest the following:
Hawthorn Berry: Hawthorn Berry is an herb known for its benefits as a heart tonic. It strengthens and tones the heart muscle. It helps with blood pressure normalization.
Calming teas: Lemon Balm, Chamomile, Lavender, and Rose Hips tea can bring some calm and soothing to anyone suffering with stress or heartbreak.
Motherwort: Motherwort is an herb in the mint family, known to help the heart and nervous system both. It can help with heart palpitations and rapid heartbeat and is also calming to the nervous system. It also can thin the blood, so use with caution if blood thinning supplements are contraindicated for you.
Rosemary: Used either as a spice for cooking, as a tea, essential oil, or even in capsules, this herb strengthens circulation but is also uplifting for the mood as a fragrance. It can help with feelings of motivation, inspiring you to do your best to rise above your somber mood.
There are many other supplements that can assist with each unique aspect of Broken Heart Syndrome and working with a knowledgeable practitioner is in your best interest. But, the support mentioned here is effective and relatively safe for most individuals.
Wishing you health, a happy heart once more, and living your best life.