Hypertension Overview:

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.

  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4717468/


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". [1]. 

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). [1]. 

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. 


Special Considerations:

  1. Rule out any causes of hypertension before treating as essential hypertension. 
  2. Never atempt to treat severe (170/110) hypertension with herbal or natural medicines exclusively. This is a medical emergency. 


High Blood Pressure








Diagnostic Considerations:

Blood Pressure Classifications:

Systolic Diastolic Condition
<120 <80 Optimal
120-129 80-85 Normal
130-139 85-89 Prehypertensive
140-159 90-99 Mild Hypertension (Stage 1)
160-179 100-109 Moderate Hypertension (Stage 2)
>180 >110 Severe Hypertension (Stage 3)
  • ECG
  • Urine testing
  • Kidney ultrasound

Therapeutic Aims:

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.

4. Diet


  • DASH Diet
  • ↑ Omega-3 Fatty Acids
  • ↑ Arginine
  • ↑ Fiber
  • ↑ Folic Acid and B6
  • ↑ Calcium
  • ↓ Salt
  • ↓ Alcohol & Caffeine

5. Protect The Cardiac Muscle


  • Co-Q-10
  • Cardiotonics (Crataegus oxycanthus, Olea europea)

Differential Diagnosis:




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
  • Rauwolfia
  • Hibiscus
  • panax ginseng

Hypertension Formula

Herb Name Ratio Amount in mL
Crataegus Oxycanthus 1:2 30 mL
Olea europea 1:2 40 mL
Hibiscus sabdariffa 1:2 20 mL
Total 100 mL


Justin Cooke

The Sunlight Experiment

Updated: November 2017

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