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Herbal Remedies for Hypertension

Dr. Urvashi Bandhu

Hypertension is the condition that occurs when the pressure of blood in the arteries is persistently higher than normal because of increased resistance to blood flow through the arterial circulation. It is best to control hypertension by natural means, control of diet and certain herbal remedies.


Blood pressure means the pressure that is exerted on the walls of the blood vessels by the blood within them. In the event of this pressure going beyond the limits of normal, the case is referred to as high blood pressure or hypertension.

The body’s circulatory system consists of the heart, the arteries, arterioles, capillaries and the veins. The blood is constantly on the move through the blood vessels. Pumped out from the left ventricle of the heart, the blood flows through exel-narrowing channels-arteries and arterioles in to the capillaries, where it does its vital work of the distributing nutrients and oxygen to the cells and tissues, and receives, in return, the cell tissue wastes and carbon dioxide.

Peak pressure is felt in the left ventricle, from which the blood begins its journey; it falls down steadily, until a negative pressure is felt in the veins. These are thus varying pressures in different parts of the body.

Apart from these changes in the pressure, the pressure changes now and then according to the need for the blood in different parts of the body. For example, after a heavy meal, a tremendous amount of muscular contraction is called for the region of the stomach and the intestines. The effect of this exertion on the heart is comparable to the effect of violent physical exercise. The heart has to rise to the occasion, by walking more forcefully and more rapidly- there is a rise of blood pressure that is high blood pressure.

Blood pressure in supine (lying down) position in the right arm 120/80mm mercury (Hg) is considered to be normal, although this reading may vary from person to person.

Symptoms of Hypertension
There could be ay one or more of the folowing symptoms:

  • General headaches, a feeling of fullness in the head.
  • Poundling of heart and shortness of breath even after mild exertion.
  • Frequent nose-bleeding.
  • Fringling sensation in the arms, fingers, etc.
Here, the upper value, that is, 120 mm Hg is known as systolic blood pressure and the lower value, that is, 80 mm Hg is known as diastolic blood pressure.

There are two types of blood pressure are hypertension “Essential Hypertension” which is also known as ‘Primary hypertension.’ It does not mean that hypertension is necessary for the sufferer. It simply means that it has all the characteristics of the disease without any destructive changes in the blood vessels. The other type, known as “Malignant hypertension or ‘Secondry hypertension” relates to those cases where the damage progresses very rapidly.

There are several cause of hypertension. One of the most important causes is persistent wrong eating habits which results in making the blood-streams laden with impurities because of which the arteries loose their elasticity and muscles and nerves become weak.

Stimulants like caffeine and tobacco also affect the general health. Alcoholic drinks check tissue changes and cause hardening of the arteries and premature ageing.

Disorders of the thyroid, the pituitary and kidneys can cause an abnormal increase in blood pressure.

The first step for curing hypertension is to purify blood. In order to get rid of impurities in the blood stream , the diet is to be re-framed on positive lines.

However, in order to expedite this process the sufferer is advised to take a fast for a short period of two to four days. Patient should take complete rest and should not exert himself or herself. During this period of fasting, the patient should take raw vegetables or fruit juice in moderate quantities, twice a day without adding any salt. This fast will help the system to eliminate the impurities/toxins fast.

After fasting, patient should include raw vegetables as well as boiled vegetables in one’s diet. Total avoidance of salt and other spices and condiments as a definite effect in bringing back normalcy of blood pressure. Sodium chloride (common salt) has a dangerous effect on the process of digestion. Kidneys have to overwork. The kidney tissue is particularly sensitive to salt and those who use salt excessively are prone to get kidney disorders.

Pranayama is extremely beneficial as this suplies pure oxygen to the blood stream, light exercise, jogging or brisk walk early in the morning is of much importance.

If the patient is constipated, he should not take any laxatise but rather take to fasting to get rid of the foul matter. Abdominal wet pack is very beneficial.

The patient should remain cheerful. He should take wheat grass juice twice a day. Empty stomach works wonder. Mental tension, overwork, stress shold be avoided to achieve full benefit.

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