Blood pressure (BP) in a scientific sense is the perpendicular pressure exerted by the blood over the blood vessels. The Natural Remedies for High Blood Pressure include
- Arjuna extract.
- Garlic (Lasuna)
- Guggul lipids
- DASH diet
- Yoga and meditation
- Reduce sodium intake
The normal BP, when measured with sphygmomanometer, is around 120/80 ± 10 mm of Hg. and the upper figure represents the systolic BP while the lower figure indicates the diastolic BP. The pressure on arteries is called systolic BP and that on veins is diastolic BP.
The rise in blood pressure depends on factors like anxiety, the resistance of blood vessel walls, age, diet, etc.
The chances of a rise in blood pressure increase with age and half of the population above 50 years age experience high BP.
The rise in blood pressure is risky to health as it can cause stroke in the brain, kidney, cardiac problems, etc.
High blood pressure is routinely kept under control by the use of medications but the patient has to be careful and take medicines regularly.
Any negligence or irregularities by the patient in taking medicines can lead to an abrupt rise in Blood pressure.
So it is always advised to consult a doctor for variations in blood pressure.
But for those who are young and tend to have changes in blood pressure, here are few natural remedies as mentioned below.
This can also be followed by those elders who have no addictions of alcohol and smoking.
Before you read further, these remedies are only for those who have B.P within Systoli139-149/90-100 (diastolic).
How to control high blood pressure without medication:
Arjuna: This is an extract from the dried bark of Terminalia Arjuna tree. It consists of water-soluble tannin which act to support cardiac health and regulate blood circulation. Those who take it regularly can have a decrease in hypertension symptoms without other side effects.
Arjuna reduces blood pressure by its actions in the brain and also on the blood vessels. It also helps to reduce edema by enhanced urination. Further, if you have breathlessness or congestion in the chest, it helps to relive it by supporting the heart function.
Still, it is advised to consult a physician before you try this product. Also, keep a regular check on your blood pressure while taking this medicine.
Lasuna: This is the kitchen garlic and having it on a daily basis can reduce high blood pressure. It also reduces cholesterol and excess fat content in the blood. Thus it helps to check blood pressure and also chances of heart diseases.
However, since it is pungent to eat raw garlic, one can have it in the form of tablets having the garlic extract.
Rauwolfia: This is an alkaloidal extract from the plant rauwolfia serpentina plant. It acts to reduce mild to moderate blood pressure by its action on the nervous system. However, the rauwolfia extract is too bitter to taste. Hence you could take it as tablets or capsules.
Guggul lipids: Guggul lipids help in the reduction of high blood pressure by their ability to reduce harmful lipids in the body.
Ashvagandha: Ashvagandha is a general health supplement that helps to reduce stress and bring in overall health. It can reduce high blood pressure provided other steps like physical activity and control over salt and oil uptake are followed.
Basil: It is also called Tulasi and has prominent effects on respiration, stress and also mental health. Basil helps to reduce blood pressure arising out of mental stress.
By DASH diet: DASH is “Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension”. This is a sort of diet which includes more fruits, vegetables, grain, etc. and less fatty food, spice, etc. One can take a detailed note from their physician or look into DASH books.
By exercise: Exercises are good workouts for muscles and helps regulate their tone. Similarly, blood vessels have muscles that maintain their contractile nature and thereby regulate blood pressure. So doing exercise helps them stay fit in function. So blood pressure comes down even in those patients who take up walking like regular workouts.
If you are of old age or feel too hard to go for exercise, at least go for a walk. Walking is one of the natural exercises. It helps relieve stress in muscles and minimize blood pressure. If you are in old age and feeling some vertigo-like symptoms due to high blood pressure. The try walking for a few hundred meters a day. You will notice a decline in symptoms of high BP.
Even exercise helps remove body water content by sweat keeping blood pressure low. Also, it reduces obesity which can be a cause of blood pressure.
The intention of the exercise is also to reduce obesity and overweight.
By stress-free mind: Many youngsters have high blood pressure due to mental stress. Psychological problems like anxiety lead one to suffer from high blood pressure. These people can get rid of blood pressure by relaxation of mind. This can be achieved by yoga, breathing exercise, good sleep, and positive thoughts.
By decrease in Sodium consumption: Sodium consumption is a part of food as it is added for better taste. High salt intake increases blood volume due to its ability to retain water inside. So a reduction in salt intake reduces blood volume and thereby high blood pressure.
Decrease consumption of oil and fat-rich foods. Oily foods enhance cholesterol formation which in turn hardens the blood vessels leading to a lack of elasticity and alteration in blood pressure. So control of cholesterol levels is important to lower blood pressure. The blood vessels stay healthy and avoid chances of high blood pressure for long.
Less spicy food: Spicy foods add up to stress and excitement of the brain which can raise blood pressure. Also most spicy foods have oil. So use as little spice as possible.
By Blood Pressure control machines:
Ex: Zona plus. This is a handy machine that a person requires to exercise with his hands. Regular use has shown to reduce blood pressure. Though this is approved by the FDA recently for use by the public still there are mixed responses in its effectiveness. You can try Zona plus for a few weeks to see.
Also take steps for weight loss in case you are overweight. Obesity is also one of the causative factors for change in blood pressure.
Following these methods besides normal medicine to check high BP has an advantage that accidental irregularity in taking medicine will not lead to an abrupt rise in BP.
Further in people whose system is not completely prone to high blood pressure these methods help in lowering BP.