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Old 04-06-2013, 05:59 AM   #20
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"Blood flow" is the Great Snake Oil of medicine in the last 50 years. The notion that some kind of limitation of blood flow to a particular area is crucial to that area healing or recovering has never been demonstrated with the possible exception of coronary arteries, which are usually too atherosclerotic to be dilated anyway. Moreover, as was demonstrated years ago when papaverine was being touted for dementia as a vasodilator (an issue that has absolutely nothing to do with most dementias), it was found that attempting to increase blood flow to a particular area often had the opposite effect by virtue of a "steal syndrome" (the area with poorer circulation tends to be that way because of rigid and somewhat atherosclerotic blood vessels, so a vasodilator would dilate OTHER blood vessels in that area of the body, increasing circulation to areas that don't need it and "stealing" circulation from areas of concern.)
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