What Is High Blood Pressure?
The American Heart Association reports that one in three people around the world deal with High blood pressure, also called hypertension. High blood pressure is a common medical problem that occurs when the force of your blood pushing against your arteries is high enough that it ultimately causes heart problems and disease. Blood pressure is determined by the amount of blood that your heart is pumping compared to the resistance to blood flow in your arteries.
High blood pressure does not usually cause any symptoms, and it is not always diagnosed in the early stages.
it has often become a life-threatening condition like
- heart attack
- kidney disease
- and other serious medical problems.
it is important for everybody to have their blood pressure checked periodically.
If you’ve been diagnosed with high blood pressure or hypertension, you might be worried about taking medication to bring your numbers down. Lifestyle plays an important role in treating your high blood pressure. If you successfully control your blood pressure with a healthy lifestyle, you might avoid, delay or reduce the need for medication.
Along with lifestyle and dietary changes, you might select to try herbs to help decrease your blood pressure.
Currently, there are no herbs regularly recommended by high blood pressure specialists. Some herbs may produce side effects so you can consult your health practitioner or a “Doctor”, before using herbs to treat this serious condition.
Symptoms of High blood pressure
High blood pressure does not usually cause any noticeable symptoms. When it does, you might experience
- shortness of breath
which could indicate that your blood pressure is rising.
Causes of high blood pressure are of the following:
- Birth control pills
- Heavy-metal poisoning
- A high-salt diet
- Emotional stress
Blood pressure ranges include:
- Normal: Less than 120/80 mm Hg
- Prehypertension: Systolic between 120–129 and diastolic less than 80
- Stage 1 high blood pressure: Systolic between 130–139 or diastolic between 80–89
- Stage 2 high blood pressure: Systolic at least 140 or diastolic at least 90 mm Hg
Hare are some Herbal remedies for high blood pressure
Basil, also identified as Saint Joseph’s Wort, is a herb belonging to the mint family. It is a delicious herb that goes well in a variety of foods. Basil extract has been shown in studies to lower your high blood pressure. Adding fresh basil to your diet or food is easy and certainly can’t hurt. Keep a small pot of the basil herb in your kitchen window.
2- Black Cummin Seeds
Also identified as Nigella sativa seeds. Research shows that daily use of black cumin seed extract for two months may have a blood pressure-lowering effect in patients with mild hypertension. It also helps to decrease LDL cholesterol levels, which is more beneficial for cardiac health.
Buchu is used in western herbal medicine for urinary or bladder infections, infections anywhere in the genito-urinary system and as a warming and stimulating tonic to the kidneys and for kidney disorders. It also helps to lower high blood pressure and weight loss.
This spice comes from India and is often used in South Asian cuisine. One study found that ate powdered cardamom every day for several months had a significant reduction in their blood pressure.
5- Cat’s claw
Cat’s claw is also a herbal medicine which is used to treat hypertension as well as neurological health problems. A study shows that it may be helpful in lowering high blood pressure by acting on calcium channels in your cells.
6- Celery seed
Celery seed is a herb which can be used to add flavour to soups, egg dishes, casseroles, and stews. Celery seeds have long been used in China to treat high blood pressure. You can use the celery seeds, or you can juice the whole plant. Celery is a known diuretic, which may help explain its effect on blood pressure. Researchers believe that a variety of substances in celery seeds play a role in lowering blood pressure.
7- Flax seed
Flax seed is Rich in omega-3 fatty acids and Alpha-linolenic acid which is the natural precursor of the cardio-protective long-chain n-3 fatty acids, Flax seed may protect against atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease by reducing cholesterol, stabilizing blood pressure, and improving glucose tolerance. According to research published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, dietary supplementation with flaxseed oil (8d/day) lowers blood pressure. Add 30 grams of milled flaxseed to your diet every day.
8- French lavender
The perfume-like scent of French lavender is not only a useful aspect of the plant. This herb can lower your blood pressure and heart rate.
Although many people don’t think to use lavender as a culinary herb, you can use the flowers in baked goods.
Garlic is a very powerful herb that is well known to be highly effective for a number of physical diseases. Latest research done at the University of Berlin found that garlic can remove nanoplaque. Nanoplaque is a compound that gets deposited on the walls of cells, which leads to clogged arteries and atherosclerosis.
Garlic may have the ability to lower your blood pressure by helping to increase nitric oxide, which can cause your blood vessels to relax. This lets blood flow more freely and reduces blood pressure.
Ginger may also help to control blood pressure. In animal studies it has been shown to improve blood circulation and relax the muscles surrounding blood vessels, lowering blood pressure.
11- Ginkgo Biloba
it can thin the blood while dilating your blood vessels, that allow the blood to circulate more easily, according to the University of Maryland Medical Research Center. This popular herb is also high in important terpenoids, flavonoids, and antioxidants, which are known to lower blood pressure, which improves the health of your heart.
12- Guelder Rose Bark
Guelder Rose bark is also one of the herbs for high blood pressure. It is the highly effective heart tonic and relaxes the muscles.
13- Divya Mukta Vati
Divya Mukta Vati is an ayurvedic medicine. It is highly effective in curing high blood pressure. Mukta Vati helps in lowering hypertension and also stress disorders.
Hawthorn is a herbal remedy for high blood pressure. it supports the overall health of your cardiovascular system . You can take hawthorn as a pill, tea or liquid extract.
Author: Muhammad Parvaiz
Mr. Muhammad Parvaiz is a botanist by profession. He has published many review articles and research papers in well reputed national, international scientific impact factor journals, magazines and newspaper. He is also co-author of a book, i.e. “Introductory Plant Taxonomy”.