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High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
What Is Hypertension?
Blood pressure is defined as the force that the blood exerts on the veins and arteries while it circulates around the body.
If this force is greater than it should be, it is often referred to as High Blood Pressure or Hypertension.
Blood pressure is controlled by a variety of organs and body systems, including the heart, the blood vessels, the kidneys, the brain and the adrenal glands, as well as the complex interaction between the body systems.
Crataegus oxyacantha (Hawthorn) which is one of the most highly respected herbs used in natural high blood pressure treatments and has well-known cardio-protective properties.
Hawthorn has been shown to assist the body’s natural ability to adequately dilate blood vessels, thereby maintaining a healthy supply of oxygen and energy to the heart. Dilation of the blood vessels serves to reduce blood pressure, which in turn reduces the load on the heart. Hawthorn also assists the body in blocking the action of ACE (angiotensin-converting enzyme), a blood vessel constricting enzyme. Numerous recent studies have confirmed the benefits of Hawthorn on the cardiovascular system and in particular, this herbs ability to assist the body in regulating the pressure of blood on the circulatory system.
Dose: Take half a teaspoon of powdered berries 3 times daily.
As mentioned in numerous places on this site, garlic is a most heart-friendly herb. There is a lot of scientific evidence showing that garlic has the ability to lower blood pressure, without the toxic side effects of hypertensive drugs.The active compound in garlic is believed to be allicin, although this has not been absolutely established. Allicin is an unstable compound that is formed when the meat of the clove is cut. For this reason it is best to use fresh or lightly cooked, chopped garlic.
Also known as Passion Flower. The active ingredients in this herb include flavonoids (compounds with diverse beneficial biochemical and antioxidant effects), glycosides, alkaloids and saparin. Passiflora has stood up well to clinical studies on animals that support its traditional usage to assist in cardiac health. The usual dosage is 4 - 8g daily or as an infusion of 2g in 150 ml of water, 3 - 4 times daily.
The Sunshine Vitamin
Yet more good news for sun worshippers and those who eat plenty of oily fish: the vitamin D derived from either activity reduces your risk of heart disease and increases your survival chances if you have cancer.
In one study involving 1,739 participants, researchers discovered that those with low levels of vitamin D are twice as likely to suffer a cardiovascular problem such as heart attack, heart failure or stroke.
In a separate study, researchers found that sunshine also reduces your chances of dying from cancer. The vitamin D produced by solar radiation in countries below the Equator was 3.4 times greater than in northern countries such as the UK. Although the incidence of major cancers was higher in lower latitudes, the survival rate was dramatically better.
These latest benefits from the ‘sunshine vitamin’ follow the discovery announced several weeks ago that the vitamin also reduces the risks of epilepsy. (Source: WDDTY 29/01/2008)
Dandelion and Fennel
Natural diuretics such as Taraxacum officinale (Dandelion) and Foeniculum vulgare (Fennel) are excellent alternatives to prescription diuretics as they can be equally effective without causing potassium loss - a side effect of prescription diuretics. Make a dandelion tea with 1 teaspoon in 1 cup of boiling water; take 3 to 6 times daily. Or drink half a teaspoon of ground fennel seeds with a glass of water; 3 times daily.
Heart-Friendly Vegetable Soup
Why not combine several of the heart healthy herbs and vegetables into a delicious soup? Add any of the following: Celery, Garlic, Hawthorn, Kudzu, Onion, Tomato, Broccoli, Carrot, Purslane (any anything else that contains magnesium), Saffron, Valerian, Fennel, Oregano, Black Pepper, Basil and Tarragon. Consume on a regular basis.
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High-Rite contains a selection of herbs known for their supportive function in maintaining circulatory health and wellbeing. High-Rite supports the healthy functioning of the cardiovascular system, thereby helping to maintain balanced pressure of the blood on veins and arteries, routine oxygenation of the blood to the heart muscle and pulse regulation. more...
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Symptoms of Hypertension
Hypertension is sometimes known as the Silent Killer, because it often carries no symptoms at all until something serious happens. However, high blood pressure symptoms sometimes include headaches or a ringing sound in their ears. High blood pressure symptoms also may include blood shot eyes and elevated heart rate but these symptoms may also be caused by other conditions. If you think you are experiencing high blood pressure symptoms, it is highly advisable that you visit your doctor, homeopath, naturopath or other health care provider.
Treatments for Hypertension
There are many well known natural high blood pressure treatments that use herbal and homeopathic remedies. Conventional medicines usually treat the symptoms of high blood pressure, but seldom address the underlying causes. Naturopaths recognize that high blood pressure may be a sign or symptom of imbalance in the body and know that the best way to treat it is by a combination of lifestyle changes and natural remedies to remove the causes of the high blood pressure, rather than simply treating the symptoms.
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