Herbs can be described as nature’s medicines used for healing. Usually high blood pressure can be brought under control using natural remedies and change in the lifestyle of the individual. Before taking any proper medication, it is necessary to seek the counsel of a doctor. It has not been proven that herbal medicines can reduce the blood pressure consistently, as well as be used long term. Exercise regularly in addition to using herbal remedies, as it helps to reduce the average blood pressure.
Herbs For High Blood Pressure
Many unconventional therapists use different herbs instead of synthetic drugs for high blood pressure. The herbs help to dilate the blood vessels, thereby ensuring that blood can circulate much easier. Some of the herbs prescribed for high blood pressure helps in treating hypertension. There are herbs that help to relax the cardiovascular system and thus lower the blood pressure. A few other herbs help the kidney to pass more amounts of water and essentially lowering the fluid in the body system. Some of the herbs used are:
- Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
- Garlic (Allium sativum)
- Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)
- Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum)
- Hawthorn (Crataegus oxycanthus)
- Valerian (Valeriana)
- Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans)
- Burdock (Arctum lappa)
- Skullcap (Scutellaria)
Garlic is very effective in lowering the blood pressure by 5% to 10% and reduces the cholesterol level, as well as safeguarding against heart disease. Many traditional herbal practitioners use the herb called Hawthorn often. Hawthorn helps to regulate heartbeat, take away the water that has built up around the heart and also stimulate the heart. Hawthorn can be used as tea from flowers and dried leaves or as tincture or a fluidextract. In some research studies, it was found that the patients taking the hawthorn supplement experience considerable reduction of about 2.60 mm Hg in their mean diastolic blood pressure. Not only that there were no herb and drug interactions. Mistletoe can regulate blood pressure and is often used in combination with hawthorn.
Olive leaves contain oleuropein, a substance that lowers hypertension. Stevia leaves, calorie free sweetener reduce high blood pressure, but must only be taken with the doctor’s advice. Siberian or Chinese Ginseng is basically an adaptogen that helps the body in adapting to the physical, biological and chemical stress. Siberian Ginseng is doubly effective than Chinese Ginseng. They raise the oxygen level in the blood and avoids toxic level rise. Take daily three to fifteen grams of powder or ten to fifty drops of tincture. Lemon balm is a mild heart tonic that helps to calm nerves and improves the blood flow. It can be consumed as food or as tea. Laminaria and kelp are extracts from seaweeds with no side effects and contain histamine as well as other blood pressure lowering chemicals. Kudzu root uses puerarin to normalise the hypertension. Lime blossom and passionflower relaxes the blood vessels, and hence the blood pressure gets lowered. High blood pressure tea, a mixture of valerian root, ginger root, motherwort leaves, and hawthorn berries and flowers, can also be used to reduce hypertension.
Herbs To Be Avoided
Some of the herbs and supplements that must be avoided as they raise the blood pressure include:
- Mau Huang
- Rosemary essential oil
- Asian Ginseng