Hypertension Natural Remedies - Therapies, Herbs and Supplements
Are you seeking some hypertension natural remedies and alternative solutions?
Synthetic drugs should be the last resort treatment in the battle against high blood pressure. Many effective natural remedies exist, and all generally have far fewer side effects on the human body, in addition to being non-addictive.
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In natural health and healing, we believe in holistic health and healing, as we realize that different parts of the human body are highly interlinked, often beyond Man's understanding. We also believe that the body has the ability to heal itself of any disease, even supposedly incurable diseases.
In order to do so, the body needs the support of some basic dietary and lifestyle good health habits, such as a full body detox and a proper understanding and application of nutrition. No matter how remote or unrelated a health condition may seem, these fundamental health steps will greatly magnify the effects and benefits of any of our health-promoting efforts, including the use of specific natural health remedies.
The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet, promoted by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), serves as a sound starting point in reducing hypertension. The DASH diet includes fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy foods, beans and nuts. Sodium is limited to 2,400 mg per day. A related diet called the DASH-Sodium reduces sodium to 1,500 mg a day, (approximately equal to 2/3 teaspoon from all sources).
Likewise, aerobic exercise should constitute a major portion of the natural approach to hypertension treatment. Once these two elements have been incorporated into your lifestyle, you may wish to try the broad range of hypertension natural remedies, in the form of supplements, traditionally used to treat high blood pressure.
Hypertension Natural Remedies - Useful Supplements
Bee pollen contains flower pollen, nectar and digestive enzymes from worker bees. It should not be taken by those who have allergies to bee stings, as the chemical present in the enzymes could lead to anaphylactic shock.
Several pantry items have been shown to reduce hypertension including cinnamon, cucumber, and notably, garlic. Garlic supplements should be used under the supervision of a qualified natural health practitioner, as its properties cause blood thinning (reducing the ability of blood to clot) similar to aspirin. Garlic may also interact with prescribed drugs such as the prescription "blood-thinner" drugs Coumadin (warfarin) or Trental (pentoxifylline), and aspirin. In addition, some people experience reactions in combination with vitamin E and gingko supplements.
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), taken at 200 to 300 milligrams, may also lower blood pressure, and increasing amounts of recent research have touted its benefits.
The herb hawthorn is often used by traditional herbal practitioners as one of the hypertension natural remedies. No herb-drug interactions have been reported.
Other herbs in the hypertension treatment toolkit include: broom, black cohosh, blue cohosh, boneset, golden seal, hyssop, myrrh, sanicle, skullcap, valerian, and wild cherry bark.
Folic acid (folate), a B vitamin necessary for the red blood cell formation, appears to work by reducing elevated homocysteine levels.
Calcium, magnesium, and potassium supplements too have been show to be helpful.
Fish oil (with bountiful Omega 3 fatty acids) may also be a beneficial supplement.
Mind-body interventions, particularly autogenic training, biofeedback, and yoga, have been found to reduce high blood pressure, and are useful hypertension natural remedies.
Developed by German psychiatrist Johannes Schultz in the late 1920s, autogenic training involves a series of sessions geared towards mastering specific techniques used for stress reduction and relaxation. During training, people learn how to control breathing, blood pressure, heart rate, and body temperature.
Biofeedback, another of the hypertension natural remedies, applies the similar principle that people can gain control over internal body processes that normally occur involuntarily such as blood pressure, heart rate, and muscle tension.
In Ayurveda, Indias ancient medical system, treatment correlates according to each persons dosha, or constitutional type, and each dosha will manifest different symptoms of the condition. In addition, the herb Gotu kola can be used by all dosha types to regulate blood pressure.
In traditional Chinese medicine, practitioners attribute high blood pressure to a problem with the circulation of vital energy (qi) in the body. They prescribe a combination of acupuncture and herbal remedies to ameliorate the effects of depression, anger, obesity, and high intake of fatty foods which cause hypertension.
In addition, foods thought to have medicinal properties that may help high blood pressure include Chinese celery, hawthorn berries, honey, water chestnut, mung beans, and turnip.
Available in fluid extract, essential oil, cut, dried or powdered form, the traditional Chinese herb dong quai (also called angelica root or root of the Holy Ghost in the West), may be used as well.
Certain herbs and supplements may exacerbate high blood pressure, and include: licorice, ephedra, Asian Ginseng, and rosemary essential oil - all of which have stimulating properties. These should be avoided during treatment.
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