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High Blood Pressure and Herbal Remedies


High blood pressure is a very dangerous, sometimes life-threatening condition, affecting people all around the world.

The force of blood against the arteries walls is called arterial blood pressure. When the arteries become hardened and narrowed with cholesterol plaque and calcium this force increases. Medical condition of the chronically elevated blood pressure in the arteries is called hypertension or high blood pressure.

Blood pressure is considered to be normal if it is below 120/80 mmHg.


Hypertension may develop without any sings and remain silent for years in some people (that is why it is called “the silent killer”); others can experience dull headaches, dizziness or nosebleeds. The advanced disease can cause fatigue, confusion, vision changes, nausea, excessive sweating, fast heartbeat, and nervousness. It can also result in erectile dysfunction.


In about 90% of high blood pressure cases the cause of the disorder cannot be defined; such disease is called essential or primary hypertension. It tends to develop gradually over years. Heredity, hormonal imbalances, and life-style are supposed to have influence on the development of the disease.

Secondary hypertension occurs as a result of some other health condition (kidney and adrenal glands disorders, tumours and heart defects); it can also be caused by certain medications (for example, oral contraceptives or pain relievers). Unlike primary high blood pressure, secondary hypertension appears suddenly.

Medical Approaches

The main aim of the hypertension treatment is to reduce blood pressure to normal levels. The drugs used to reach this goal are called antihypertensive medications. Here belong - diuretics (help your body eliminate sodium and water), - alpha-blockers and beta-blockers (slower the heartbeat), - and a number of medicines, which help relax blood vessels muscles (calcium channel blockers, blockers of the central sympathetic system, angiotensin receptor blockers, angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, and direct vasodilators).

Very often several drugs are used in combination to reduce blood pressure more effectively. However, every patient needs an individual approach to the treatment, which will suit him best.

Alternative Approaches

Herbal remedies can effectively be used to treat high blood pressure instead of the pharmaceutical drugs by those, who want to avoid such adverse reactions as dizziness, drowsiness, insomnia, dry mouth, headaches, bloating, constipation, depression, and others caused by antihypertensive medications.

One of the mightiest Chinese herbs, ginseng has the ability to relax blood vessels muscles and reduce the levels of cholesterol. Pine Bark lowers high blood pressure, working in the organism the same way. Flax Seed oil, which contains an essential fatty acid, reduces “bad” cholesterol as well.

The main active components of bilberry help keep arteries flexible and strong; they also prevent forming of atherosclerotic plaques on the arterial walls. In the long run, these actions help fight and avert hypertension.

Reishi is often called the “elixir of life” due to its energy boosting, longevity promoting, and aging slowing abilities. It is said to be also effective in reducing high blood pressure by lowering blood cholesterol levels, as well as influencing the work of the sympathetic nervous system.

Berries of hawthorn can significantly support heart and circulatory system. They dilate the blood vessels, reduce cholesterol levels, and work in the liver, preventing the development of atherosclerosis.

Dong quai makes the resting periods between heartbeats longer, while mucuna and rehmannia are known as diuretics; therefore, they all are the herbs to be used in case of hypertension. In addition, rehmannia possesses the properties of glucose reduction, thus being beneficial for fighting high blood pressure.

Grape seed polyphenols dilate blood vessels, lower cholesterol levels and neutralize free radicals in the bloodstream, thus reducing hypertension. However, when combined with vitamin C grape seed extract may increase blood pressure.

To make a conclusion, it is worthy to note that herbs and herbal supplements may not be recommended for some people; therefore, it is necessary to seek an advice of an experienced herbalist or a doctor before deciding to start the treatment with herbal remedies.

2013-03-26 14:11:15
no gene do NOT take both... ween off meds before using the herbal alternative. pharmaceuticals are all derived from nature, (unless it's totally synthetic), then fillers are added and the consumer is charged $400% inflated rates.~~it will be like doubling up~~ but, Herbs actually heal you, meds 'treat' you..
2010-12-28 14:46:49
Where do you get "nature scutelleria"?? My mother-in-law has been having horrible results with her blood pressure medicine & want her to start trying herbal remedies instead. I'm afraid of these modern medicines that keep making her sick.
2010-05-31 05:30:56
My blood pressure has been severely reduced after using Nature Scutelleria way below the normal, what do I do?
2010-01-25 18:47:18
where can i buy dong quai? is this really effective in resting the heart beat, where did you get your info?
2009-07-31 05:28:20
Are there any known side-effects from using the Natura Scutelleria tablets, I am a 52 year old male and have been using the tablets for the past 4 months with good results regarding my high blod pressure. Though, I have been experiencing some degree of lost of libido and was wondering if could be due to the tablets.

2009-05-16 14:21:19
vit. c and grape seed extract together dose not raise blood pressure. where do you get your info.
2008-11-11 06:37:12
I was given atenalol for high blood pressure. I started taking vitamin supplements with ginseng but my pressure increased . Now Iīve increased the dosage of gingseng. So I need to wait and see if the pressure decreases.
2007-06-03 04:06:04
The problem is you dont answer queries........ but now try to email me for answer , is it enough to take ganoderm for blood pressure
2007-03-25 18:49:01
Ar you sure I can take these alone ith my other High Blood pressure medications? How much can I take of ginsing?
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