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Natural Treatments for High Blood Pressure
In most cases of mildly elevated blood pressure, doctors will recommend dietary and lifestyle modification for a period of time to see if this normalizes blood pressure. It is important to work with your primary care provider. Untreated high blood pressure can damage many organs in the body and increases the risk for stroke, brain hemorrhage, heart attack, and kidney failure at an early age.
Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium – Adequate intake of the minerals calcium, potassium, and magnesium is necessary for blood pressure control. When the diet lacks these minerals, supplementation may improve blood pressure control. Potassium-rich foods include avocados, bananas, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, grapefruit, nectarines, oranges, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, green peas, potatoes, and squash. Foods rich in magnesium include nuts, rice, bananas, potatoes, wheat germ, kidney and lima beans, soy, and molasses.
Herbs and Nutritional Supplements
Garlic – There have been a number of studies examining the effects of garlic supplements on blood pressure. Garlic appears to lower blood pressure by 5 to 10%. It can also lower cholesterol, reduce triglyceride levels, discourage clot formation, and promote blood circulation. A typical dose of garlic is 900 mg of garlic powder per day, standardized to contain 1.3% alliin. This provides about 12,000 mcg of alliin per day. This dosage is also recommended for lowering high cholesterol.
Garlic can thin the blood. It should not be combined with prescription blood-thinners such as Coumadin (warfarin) or Trental (pentoxifylline) or with natural blood-thinners such as vitamin E or ginkgo. It is usually recommended that people taking garlic stop in the weeks before and after any type of surgery.
Co Q10- Coenzyme Q10, also called Co Q10, is another supplement that is commonly recommended for high blood pressure. One double blind, placebo-controlled study of 59 men already taking blood pressure medication found that 120 mg of Co Q10 daily for eight weeks could reduce blood pressure by about 9% compared to placebo. A typical dose of Co Q10 is 30 to 100 mg three times a day. Co Q10 appears to be safe, however, there are some concerns about whether Co Q10 interacts with the blood-thinning drug Coumadin (warfarin).
Hawthorn (Crataegus oxycantha) – Hawthorn is a very well known heart herbal tonic in traditional herbal medicine. It has been used in Europe and China for centuries as a folk remedy. It is believed to decrease blood pressure, increase heart muscle contraction, increase blood flow to the heart muscle, and decrease heart rate. There is more evidence supporting the use of hawthorn for congestive heart failure. For blood pressure, hawthorn is believed to seldom be enough to make a significant difference. A typical dose of hawthorn is 100 to 300 mg three times a day of a dose standardized to contain about 2 to 3% flavonoids or 18 to 20% procyanidins. The full effect takes several weeks to months to develop.
In ayurveda, high blood pressure is treated according to each person’s dosha, or constitutional type. High blood pressure is most often found in pitta and kapha types. Ayurvedic approaches often include a diet low in salt and fat, yoga breathing exercises, and herbs such as sankhapuspi (Convolvulus pluricaulis) and ashwagandha (Withania somnifera).
Traditional Chinese Medicine
In traditional Chinese medicine, high blood pressure is often a problem of circulation of energy (qi) in the body. Poor diet and emotional imbalance are just some of the factors that can lead to this condition. A combination of acupuncture and herbs is often recommended to balance energy flow. Secondary high blood pressure is often due to exhaustion of energy reserves. This is called kidney yin deficiency. The treatment goal is to build up and restore energy.
Exercise – Regular exercise can help to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and decrease resting heart rate, which is a sign of heart health. Before beginning a new exercise program, a person with high blood pressure should consult a qualified health professional.
Stress Management – Mind/body techniques to help manage stress include yoga, meditation, biofeedback, qigong, relaxation exercises, breathing exercises, and hypnotherapy. There have been numerous studies that suggest these techniques can effective in managing high blood pressure, in combination with other approaches.
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Mix juice of onion and pure honey in equal quantity. Taken two spoons of this mixture once a day is an effective remedy for high blood pressure. Take for about a week. Upon noticing improvement, take for few more days as needed.
Onion juice reduces cholesterol and works as a tonic for nervous system. It cleans blood, helps digestive system, cures insomnia and regulates the heart action.
Honey soothes the nerves and is also helpful in lowering the high blood pressure.
Other helpful remedies for High Blood Pressure:
Keep clean potable water in a copper urn overnight. Drink a glass early morning.
Take four leaves of Basil and two leaves of Neem (Margosa) and grind them with four spoons of water. Take this ground mixture empty stomach with a glass of water.
Eat empty stomach one Papita (Papaya) everyday for one month. Do not take anything after this for at least two hours.
Im talking about the top number, my bottom number is about 70 but my doctor said the top number should be lower. I walk everyday for about 40 minutes.
its usually 130 / 77
and the top number never seems to go down and like i said, im an avid walker and i dont eat much salt.
Also, im 44 pretty active but need to lose 20 pounds.
What is your age, weight, lipid profile, lifestyle?
Do you suffer from anxieties, tensions, stress?
There are so many factors for high systolic blood pressure. You havent mentioned the number, so I presume it should be above 140.
Again the fact remains, when do you measure your BP?
BP is measured after a person has rested for atleast 30 mins, and I mean literally rested. Variations in the measurement occur when you use digital BP monitoring instruments. The best option is to measure with the conventional mercury type sphygmomanometer.
The ideal reading is 120/80.
If you have anywhere above130, then you are hypertensive. There are a lot of remedies for high blood pressure. Most important is reduction of common salt intake.
HOME REMEDIES INCLUDE:
* Garlic helps to lower blood pressure by 5 to 10%. It can also lower cholesterol, reduce triglyceride levels, does not allow the clot formation, and increases blood circulation.
* Add one teaspoon of cayenne pepper in half a cup Luke warm water and stir. Drink when required.
* Prepare a mixture by adding 1/2 onion juice and 1/2 honey. Take 2 tbls once a day for 1-2 weeks.
* Eat 1 Papaya on an empty stomach daily for a month. Do not eat anything after for about 2 hours.
* Intake of potassium also helps to maintain the blood pressure.
* Some parts of the Laminaria and similar seaweeds are used as a blood-pressure-lowering drug in a preparation called Kombu.
* Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) has a tonic effect on the heart and circulatory system. Drink the tea daily, or use lemon balm vinegar on salads.
* Take nutmeg or saraswat powder in warm milk.
* Take equal parts of Ashwagandha, Valerian, and Gotu kola. Mix well and take 1-3 grams of the powdered herbs with warm water or with ghee.
* Being physically active is one of the most important steps to prevent or control high blood pressure.
* Reduce salt intake, smoking, alcohol intake and avoid fried foods.
* Increase the intake of fruits and green vegetables in the diet.
* Reduce stress.
* Those who are over weight should try hard to reduce weight. Weight reduction can be achieved through regulation of diet, reasonable and non-tiring exercise.
* Morning walk is also very helpful in reducing the blood pressure.
Managing stress, which has become an everyday affair plays an important role in controlling high blood pressure. Breathing exercise like Pranayam, meditation and doing yoga have helped to combat high blood pressure. The benefits of regular exercise cannot be overlooked. It helps to lower blood pressure and decrease the resting heart rate, which is important for the health of the heart. In combination with other techniques, high blood pressure can be controlled.
Aromatherapy is now being associated as a remedy for high blood pressure. The oil of blue chamomile is said to be beneficial under stressful conditions when inhaled directly.
A combination of lavender oil and olive or sunflower oil with blue chamomile massaged under the collarbone every night is said to afford relief from high blood pressure.
Consumption of adequate Sodium, potassium and magnesium help to lower blood pressure. The dietary ratio between sodium and potassium and sodium and magnesium has got to be narrowed. This can easily be done.
Bananas, melons, grapefruit, oranges, cabbage and cauliflower and other fresh vegetables and fruits are rich in potassium Magnesium is present in nuts, rice, wheat germ, beans, soy and also in bananas. So go ahead and increase your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Supplementing with oral calcium will also help. Celery and celery oil helps in the dilation of the muscles that regulate blood pressure and is considered to be very beneficial. Celery juice in combination with carrot juice and water makes a nutritious and beneficial drink..
Cloves of garlic, which we use regularly in Indian cooking, helps to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels and increase circulation of blood. Garlic pills or powder help to make blood thinner but you have to be careful when it is combined with prescription drugs.
Ayurvedic treatment of high blood pressure is very common in the Indian set up. The treatment is highly individualized according to what is referred to as”dosha” or in more common parlance one’s constitution. A diet low in salt and fat and herbs like Sankhapuspi and ashwagandha are supposed to be cardio protective and help in the strengthening of heart muscles.
Dandelion is a popular home remedy which more or less acts as a diuretic and thus helping to lower high blood pressure. As there is no loss of potassium and as dandelion leaves are easy to attain, it does seem an easy remedy.
Reishi, the Japanese mushroom reduces the amount of bad cholesterol and also helps to combat high blood pressure. Homeopathy is just as popular in India as Ayurveda or Allopathy.
Sound therapy and imagery are gaining in popularity as natural remedies for high blood pressure. It has been found that listening to relaxing music for about 20 to 30 minutes a day slows down the heart rate and lowers blood pressure. Just close your eyes, breathe slowly and deeply, lie down in a comfortable position and let your body absorb the sound energy. Use headphones and you will find that the music soothes you and helps you to relax.
Imagery psychiatrists say when practiced for 3-5 minutes a couple of times a day does help to combat high blood pressure. Of course it involves visualization of the sense of coolness pervading every pore of your body and imagining it to enter your blood stream and sensing that your elevated blood pressure is being lowered.
Reflexology has its share of helping to stablise blood pressure by focusing on foot reflexes. No one can deny the power of yogic postures.
Grandma’s remedies especially in India still have a following. Equal amounts of melon seeds and khus khus ground into a powder are a favorite. A teaspoon early in the morning and late in the evening is effective.
The juice of curry leaves mixed with water and limejuice has its own potency. It is said that coriander and fenugreek leaves also produce the same effect and as they are harmless it is worth the try.
Grandma also says that honey, ginger juice and cumin powder is an excellent natural remedy for high blood pressure. Whatever remedy you choose, the bottom line is this —changing your lifestyle, managing your stress and controlling your diet are all in your hands.
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