High blood pressure is one of the most common chronic health condition among people all over the world. It is advisable to control it by following a healthy ligfestyle and proper medication else it can lead to complicated heart disease and kidney ailments. A healthy lifestyle with proper diet and exercise helps to control high blood pressure. You can also try alternative systems of medicine like herbal remedies to control blood pressure. Since, herbs are considered safe option for treating chronic conditions such as hypertension and diabetes. Let us understand the effect of different herbs on blood pressure and how can we include them in our daily diet.
Garlic (Allium sativum) is one of the herbs known for its healing and anti-cancer properties. It is also very effective in controlling high blood pressure. Researches suggest that the garlic sulphide present in this herb helps to lower the cholesterol level when used regularly. But the best way to obtain maximum advantage from garlic is to eat it raw; one clove everyday in the morning. It works as an excellent anti-coagulant by widening the blood vessels and reducing the chances of blood clotting. You can eat it crushed, by chewing, chopping or by smashing it slightly so that the natural juices flow directly into your mouth. It is very popular amongst Germans and Chinese. Clinically, garlic powder is recommended to treat mild blood pressure due to its ability to reduce systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
Caution: Garlic is known to interact with Coumadin (warfarin) or Trental (pentoxifylline), ginko and aspirin. Hence garlic intake is not recommended few days before any type of surgery.
Hawthorn (Crataegus oxyacantha) herb relaxes blood vessels, increases heart muscle metabolism and improves blood supply to the heart. The potent bioflavonoid complexes present in Hawthorn help to control the blood pressure. It is known to restore and regulate blood supply to heart and stabilize working of cardiovascular system. The whole floral part of the Hawthorn herb including leaves, flowers and berries (fruits) is used as cure for high blood pressure. The extract or tablet supplements of this herb is generally prescribed in combination with other medicines. The herb has no history of interaction with other medications.
Coleus (Coleus Forskohlii) helps to lower high blood pressure, and improves the force of contraction. The herb contains active compounds such as 7 beta-acetoxy-8, 13-epoxy-1 alpha, 6 beta,9 alpha-trihydroxy-labd-14-ene-11-one (forskolin) along with labdane diterpene glycosides, forskoditerpenosides A, B (1, 2). It belongs to mint family and is best used in extract form that is converted into herbal concoction or tablets. This herb is profusely found in Burma, India and Nepal. It is known to interact negatively with albuterol, ephedrine, epinephrine, and pseudoephedrine. Since this herb is also prescribed for anti-clotting and platelet aggregation, it is necessary to consult caretaker if you have been prescribed warfarin, clopidogre, enoxaparin, dalteparin and aspirin for the same ailment.
Some of the herbs that can be helpful with lowering blood pressure are:
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