Top 5 Natural Ayurvedic Remedies for High Blood Pressure

Top 5 Natural Ayurvedic Remedies for High Blood Pressure

Authored by DesiMD Doctor on 15 Feb 2016 - 10:13

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Blood Pressure is the measure of the force that your heart uses to pump blood around your body. Your blood pressure rises with each heartbeat and drops down when your heart relaxes between beats. High blood pressure puts extra stress on your arteries and your heart, ultimately leading to heart attacks, coronary heart disease, chronic kidney failure and strokes. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute- almost one in three adults in India suffer from high blood pressure.

High blood pressure also known as hypertension is a chronic medical condition called as the "silent killer" because in most cases hypertension is asymptomatic until it causes major complications like a heart attack or a stroke. Therefore, it is extremely important to get your blood pressure checked at regular intervals.

Blood Pressure Levels: Normal Blood Pressure with a human being is 120/80 mm of Hg. For a healthy person, higher blood pressure (systolic pressure) is 110-120mm of Hg and lower blood pressure (diastolic) is 70-80 mm of Hg. A borderline high systolic pressure of 120 to 139 or a diastolic pressure of 80 to 89 needs to be closely observed as it is known as high normal blood pressure.Along with a healthy diet and exercise, your doctor may also prescribe medications to regulate your blood pressure.

Natural Ayurvedic Remedies may also help manage your high blood pressure, which include:

  • Garlic: Garlic is considered to be one of the best home remedies for treating high blood pressure. It has powerful antioxidant properties like allicin, selenium and vitamin C , effective in thinning the blood and making your arteries flexible. Garlic also induces the production of nitric oxide in your system which increases the blood flow smoothly all over your body, ultimately helping to reduce your blood pressure. Raw garlic or garlic supplements are preferred against cooked or fried garlic.The relationship between garlic and high blood pressure has been examined scientifically, in a meta‐analysis published in 2008 which suggests that garlic consumption lowers blood pressure in hypertensive and normotensive patients (patients with normal blood pressure). Researchers claim those with high blood pressure, could control their condition by adding garlic to conventional medication. The review of more than 20 studies on humans discovered that supplements of dried garlic containing a guaranteed dose of allicin led to lowering of high blood pressure.
  • Olive oil:  Olive oil helps reduce blood pressure due to its powerful anti-hypertensive effects. A latest study showed that patients who were on a low-saturated fat diet and increased intake of olive oil got rid of their blood pressure-lowering medications in just six months. Researchers examined 23 patientswith mild to moderate high blood pressure, for a six-month period and found that those patients on MUFA (monounsaturated fatty acids) diet found in Olive oil, had reduced blood pressure levels as compared to those on PUFA diet (polyunsaturated fatty acids) contained in Sunflower oil.Though their body weight and cholesterol levels did not change their high BP levels reduce to the extent that their medication need for lowering blood pressure reduced by half. Olive oil is therefore very helpful to reduce blood pressure in the long-term.
     
  • Honey: According to the book "The Healing Powers of Honey," author Cal Orey attributes the blood pressure-lowering ability of honey to oligosaccharides -- a type of carbohydrate that contains an antioxidant effect. Honey also has essential vitamins, probiotics, minerals, amino acids and enzymes that have a soothing effect on your blood vessels. It helps reduce the pressure on the heart, in turn reducing high blood pressure. A study, published in a 2011 edition of "International Journal of Molecular Sciences," discovered that honey reduced systolic blood pressure in rats which developed unprompted hypertension. Consuming 1-2 tablespoons of honey regularly will help cure your hypertension.  Alternatively you can also mix 1 tsp of honey, 1 tsp of ginger juice and 2 teaspoons of powered cumin seeds and take it twice a day.
     
  • Cayenne pepper: If you are experiencing mild hypertension then cayenne pepper is considered as one of the best natural herbal remedies. Cayenne pepper is a natural vasodilator (a drug that causes dilation of blood vessels), which means that it opens up the blood vessels and improves the overall blood flow throughout the body. You can simply incorporate cayenne pepper to fruit salad or vegetable salad or you can even add a pinch of cayenne pepper powder into your soup. Make sure, you use only a small pinch as cayenne pepper is very spicy.
     
  • Cinnamon: Cinnamon is another excellent ayurvedic remedy that helps in lowering high blood pressure effectively.  Cinnamon is very effective in reducing blood sugar and high cholesterol, both of which are associated with high blood pressure. Researchers suggest that if you consume only ½ teaspoon of cinnamon powder regularly, you can lower your high cholesterol leading toreduced high blood pressure. Blood pressure also elevates when blood clotting takes place in your body. However, cinnamon has anti-clotting effects which forbids blood from clotting and thus prevents heart attack or stroke. Cinnamon also has good amount of calcium and manganese that makes your blood vessels and arteries flexible and allows smooth blood flow in your system.

    Treatment for High blood pressure:

  • Eat a healthier diet with less salt
  • Engage into physical activity
  • Comply with medical prescriptions
  • Cut down on alcohol and quit smoking
  • Lose weight if you are obese

The Root Causes of Hypertension according to Ayurveda

  • Accumulation of toxins in tissues and blocking circulation.
  • Poor nutrition and digestion
  • Imbalance of the nervous system.
  • Physical as well as mental stress.
  • Reduced natural resistance and immunity
  • Faulty lifestyle
  • High alcohol intake
  • Hormonal disorders
  • Steroid and birth control pill
  • Excessive intake of salt
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Pain killers
  • Genetic factors

Signs of High blood pressure: 

  • Strokes
  • Kidney failure
  • Hardening of the arteries
  • Headache
  • Insomnia
  • Restlessness
  • Respiratory problems
  • Giddiness
  • Tiredness
  • Chest pain
  • Increased heart beat
  • Heart attack
  • Nose bleeding.

 

Reference:National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute

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