High Blood Pressure is also referred to as hypertension in medical terms. High Blood Pressure is generally considered as a lifestyle disease, with alcohol abuse, smoking, high salt intake, obesity, stress and lethargy as the contributing factors. In addition, Hypertension is also genetic. When left untreated, High Blood Pressure could lead to stroke or heart attack.
Herbal medicines have very few or no side effects, when used in appropriate dosages. Rarely, the herb could lead to headache or a stomach upset. Over-dose of medicines could lead to serious health issues and even death. Today, natural herbs are increasingly used by alternative therapists for treating high blood pressure.
A few ayurveda herbs that are often used in treating hypertension are mentioned here. However, they should be used only under a physicians guidance in appropriate dosages.
Dandelion “ Mannitol, a substance derived from the roots and leaves of Dandelion during spring, is used for treatment of hypertension. A tea made by using the leaves and roots of Dandelion can be consumed during mid-March to mid-May. Boil one quart of water, simmer and add 2 tbsp of chopped fresh roots. Simmer for a minute, remove from heat, add 2 tbsp of freshly picked leaves. Steep for about half and hour. Strain and drink about two cups a day.
Garlic “ Studies has proven that garlic is effective in treatment of mild hypertension. However, garlic supplement should strictly be used only under a physician’s guidance. Garlic has blood thinning property, similar to aspirin and hence could interact with certain prescription medication such as Gingko, Vitamin E, Trental, Coumadin or Aspirin. Hence individuals due for a surgery should stop garlic intake a few weeks before and after the surgery.
Hawthorne “ dilates the coronary blood vessels, thereby lowering blood pressure. It is often used by traditional herbal practitioners for treatment of high blood pressure.
Mistletoe “ It is non-toxic in normal doses, and is well tolerated.
Rauwolfia “ Only a small dose in needed to achieve good results, though has nasal congestion as a side effect.
Mistletoe “ can be tolerated when taken in normal doses.
Few other herbs used in treating high blood pressure are Gotu Kola, Arjuna, Valerian, Ashwagandha, Skullcap, Cinnamon, Burdock, Jatamamsi, Manjishta, Shankapushpi, Hawthorn, Ginger, Nutmeg, Garlic, Kelp and Cardamom.