Hypertension, also known as hugh blood pressure, is a symptom rather than a condition, but is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease and stroke.
The majority (90%) of cases involving hypertension has no identifiable cause. This form of hypertension is termed "essential hypertension". Other cases of hypertension that do have an identifiable cause is termed "secondary hypertension". .
The main cause for secondary hypertension is kidney disease, but can also be due to coarctation of the aorta, endocrine disorders, anxiety, and pregnancy (eclampsia). .
In order for blood pressure to increase, a few things must happen:
- Blood volume must increase
- Blood vessel diameter must decrease
Any of the causes for heightened blood pressure will have an effect on either one or both of these activities.
- Rule out any causes of hypertension before treating as essential hypertension.
- Never atempt to treat severe (170/110) hypertension with herbal or natural medicines exclusively. This is a medical emergency.
High Blood Pressure
Blood Pressure Classifications:
|140-159||90-99||Mild Hypertension (Stage 1)|
|160-179||100-109||Moderate Hypertension (Stage 2)|
|>180||>110||Severe Hypertension (Stage 3)|
- Urine testing
- Kidney ultrasound
1. Promote Dilation Of The Blood Vessels
- Vasodilators ()
- Smooth Muscle Relaxants ()
2. Increase Elimination Through The Kidneys
- Diuretics (Gentle)
3. Lifestyle Changes
Reduce stress and anxiety, and promote relaxation through lifestyle changes, and relaxation techniques. Excercise regularily.
It is important to achieve and maintain ideal bodyweight.
- DASH Diet
- ↑ Omega-3 Fatty Acids
- ↑ Arginine
- ↑ Fiber
- ↑ Folic Acid and B6
- ↑ Calcium
- ↓ Salt
- ↓ Alcohol & Caffeine
5. Protect The Cardiac Muscle
- Cardiotonics (Crataegus oxycanthus, Olea europea)
With severe hypertension immediate drug intervention is required. This is considered a medical emergency and should not be attempted to manage with herbal medicine.
Herbs For Hypertension:
- hawthorn -cardiotonic
- allium sativum
- coleus - antiplatelt (use only coleus containing forskolin)
- valeriana - vasodilator
- olea europea
- cramp bark - vasorelaxant, smooth muscle relaxant
- dandilion - diuretic high potassium
- tilia flowers
- viscum album
- panax ginseng
|Herb Name||Ratio||Amount in mL|
|Crataegus Oxycanthus||1:2||30 mL|
|Olea europea||1:2||40 mL|
|Hibiscus sabdariffa||1:2||20 mL|
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Updated: November 2017
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