Hypertension or high blood pressure an imbalance in both the mind and body. Our blood pressure becomes high, causing blood to pulse or move against the arterial walls so much so that it creates a disease. Hypertension is just another name for high blood pressure.
Blood pressure—the force our blood exerts against the walls of the arteries as it travels through the circulatory system—fluctuates during the day. This force increases during exertion or stress and decreases when the body is at rest.
Our blood pressure reading taken in a doctor’s office contains two numbers:
- The top number, called systolic, is the measurement of the pressure in the arteries when the heart beats.
- The bottom number, called diastolic, is the pressure in the arterial walls between heart beats.
When our blood pressure is normal, we don’t run the risk of having:
- Heart attack
- Heart failure
- Kidney failure
- Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) – a narrowing of the arteries of the arms and legs
What Causes High Blood Pressure or Hypertension?
Allopathic medicine doesn’t know what causes hypertension or high blood pressure. They have noticed that certain factors cause it to be more common. Allopathic medicine also doesn’t offer a “cure” for high blood pressure. Instead, they offer medications to treat the symptoms. Many of these don’t address the root cause of the illness. Major risk factors for hypertension and its complications include:
- Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
- Imbalance hormones
- Pregnancy (this is usually a temporary condition which resolve itself once the baby is born)
- People who have had heart attack or stroke in their families
- African Americans (socioeconomic factors are more at play than genetics, here.)
The more risk factors you have, the longer it will usually take to correct high blood pressure. As you will begin to see when reading possible cures for high blood pressure listed below, the natural methods also help to correct other imbalances in our basic physiology. High blood pressure is cured as a secondary by-product of healing the body’s chronic inflammation, acidic pH, and poor blood quality.
High blood pressure usually does not have any direct symptoms. However, it has been associated with the following symptoms:
- Blood spots in eyes
- Facial Flushing
- Shortness of Breath
How to Diagnose
Its best to visit a local physician to diagnose high blood pressure. Trying to diagnose yourself is not recommended. The doctor will use a sphygmomanometer, a blood pressure meter, blood pressure monitor, or blood pressure gauge to measure your blood pressure. Blood pressure usually lies in the range of 80-120 mm Hg.
Should you be worried?
High Blood pressure as a disease is very common and can easily be controlled with medication which do not have side effects even in the long run. It can easily be managed using medication and can be controlled by being healthy physically and mentally. However, not keep the blood pressure in check can cause harm, so visiting a local physician is highly recommended.
Hypertension/ High Blood Pressure Treatment Options:
Allopathic Cures for Hypertension/High Blood Pressure
Allopathic medicine offers several remedies to help deal with the symptoms of blood pressure, but none of these pharmaceutical medications cure the disease.
- Diuretics (often causing dehydration)
- Vasodilators (often causing chest pain, heart palpitations, headache, nausea, and more)
- Beta blockers (often causing dizziness, headache, fatigue, upset stomach, dry mouth, cold hands and feet, etc.)
- ACE inhibitors (side effects include low blood pressure, weakness, dizziness, dry mouth, diarrhea, and more)
- Alpha blockers (side effects include swollen legs, sleep disturbances, skin rashes, and more)
- Angiotensin II receptor blockers (the hormone angiotensin narrows blood vessels)
- Calcium channel blockers (side effects include weakened bones and the malabsorption of calcium)
- Central agonists (these medications can cause nausea, stomach upset, and even impotence)
You should also be aware that hypertension is a huge market for pharmaceutical companies. Only recently the numbers for what was considered “high” blood pressure were altered. For decades normal blood pressure was considered to be – sytstolic 120, over diastolic 80, and anything up to 140 was considered acceptable or “high normal.” This was based on the famous Framingham Heart Study.
Then in 2003, the JNC 7 lowered those numbers by five points, both systolic and diastolic to 115/75. Why? Because prescription hypertension medicine is a big money maker for pharma. The wider the net is cast, the more people they can get on a prescription medication. What’s worse? Once prescribed, these medications are usually given for life.
Home Remedies for High Blood Pressure
There are numerous natural remedies that may aid in lowering high blood pressure. Most of these natural remedies change the body through its physiology. They alter your body from the inside out, by utilizing lifestyle choices, diet, herbs, and lowering stress – all contributors to high blood pressure.
Herbs that May Help Lower Blood Pressure
Many herbs contain phytonutrients which support lowered blood pressure. Each contains its own set of compounds which either cleans the blood, lower stress, or prevents toxic build up. Others even keep the arteries from thinning or collapsing so that blood can flow unimpeded.
- French Lavender
- Celery Seed
Yoga for High Blood Pressure
Practice a yoga pose called pranayama. It has been proven to quickly lower high blood pressure. A slow bhastrika, or bellows breath practiced for just five minutes, can reduce both the systolic and diastolic blood pressure decreased significantly with a slight fall in the heart rate.
Pranayama creates a relaxed state in the body. This state of parasympathetic activity overrides sympathetic activity, thus reducing the stress-response even further. In other words, you are less stressed out, and your body stops pumping blood so frantically through your arteries.
When you add a few yogic postures meant specifically to ease the nervous system, stress is mitigated, and high blood pressure can be eased.
Meditation for High Blood Pressure
There are numerous studies indicating that regular meditation can help to lower high blood pressure. It seems to work primarily by lowering stress, and changing our nervous system to be more resilient in the face of stressful situations. More doctors are starting to realize that a “high-stress” life can lead to high blood pressure where there is no “disease-specific” cause.
Like yoga, meditation teachers our hearts to relax, and our sympathetic nervous system to slow down. This reverses the fight-or-flight response which keeps us in a state of “high-alert.”
Many meditative practices have been proven to work better than pharmaceutical medications for lowering blood pressure and reducing stress.
Traditional Chinese Medicine for High Blood Pressure
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has its own protocols for dealing with high blood pressure.
Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, qigong, and Tai Chi are the modalities most often prescribed through TCM for healing this disease.
TCM has measured clinical factors which cause high blood pressure and have found that there are 11 kinds of syndrome factors. Among them, seven syndrome factors are due to excess, while four syndrome factors were deficient. The system of TCM sees the body as an energetic field with different factors controlling its harmonious existence. These must be balanced for health to result.
Diet and Lifestyle Changes for High Blood Pressure
One of the easiest ways for someone to start to reverse their high blood pressure is through a change in diet and exercise. Along with reducing stress through meditation, deep breathing exercises, yoga, tai chi, or spending time in nature, the food we eat has a profound effect on our physiology.
Especially in people who are obese, reducing weight, and getting active can have a profoundly positive effect on their blood pressure. It just so happens to improve every other aspect of their health as well.
For all people, a diet high in fiber which includes plenty of fruits and vegetables, as well as Omega 3 fatty acids is ideal.
There are hundreds of studies which also indicate that exercise can help to lower high blood pressure.