HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE SYMPTOMS CAUSES DIET & TREATMENT

Dr.Armughan Riaz
M.B.B.S, Dip Card
Consultant Cardiologist

 

Common Chinese Herbs for High Blood Pressure

Common Chinese Herbs for High Blood Pressure, High blood pressure is also a disease that has been known to be very responsive to herbal treatment.

Common Chinese Herbs for High Blood Pressure

 

Chinese medicine is an ancient form of treatment which has a holistic view of the body. It aims at balancing the vital energies that flow through the body called ‘chi’ and the physical systems of the body. Its treatment is based on herbs which help restores the natural balance of the body and cures all types of ailments.

Common Chinese Herbs for High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is also a disease that has been known to be very responsive to herbal treatment. The best advantage of using herbal therapy in hypertension is that it has none of the side effects that pharmaceutical drugs have, for instance, lethargy, lightheadedness, headache, constipation, dry mouth, depression and other such symptoms.

Some of the most effective herbs in high blood pressure are:

1. Ginseng: This is one of the most powerful Chinese herbs and it has the ability to relax blood vessels and greatly reduce the cholesterol levels.
2. Pine bark: This is another Chinese herb that is used in the treatment of high blood pressure as it also helps in relaxing blood vessels and controlling cholesterol levels.
3. Flax seed: Its oil contains a vital fatty acid that helps in lowering the bad cholesterol.
4.    Bilberry: Arteries are made strong and flexible due to its chief active content. Furthermore, it helps in controlling blood pressure by preventing the formation of atherosclerotic plaques on the arterial walls.
5.    Reishi: It affects the nervous system to effectively reduce high blood pressure and lower cholesterol levels. This herb is rightly called the ‘elixir of life’ as it boosts energy, promotes longevity and slows down aging.
6. Hawthorn: Hawthorn berries act in various ways to benefit the body. These are useful in dilating the blood vessels and reducing cholesterol levels. Hawthorn berries also support the heart and circulatory system by preventing atherosclerosis.
7.    Dong quai: This herb helps in increasing the gap between heartbeats.
8. Mucuna: It works in regulating blood pressure levels by acting as a diuretic.
9.    Rehmannia: It is known for its glucose reduction property and is thus, an effective tool against high blood pressure. It also works as a diuretic.
10. Grape seed: It helps in lowering blood pressure because it contains polyphenols that expand the blood vessels, lower cholesterol and defuse free radicals in the blood. However, grape seed should not be combined with vitamin C as it can have the reverse effect, which is an increased blood pressure level.
11. Tien ma: It calms the chi and clears the meridians. It is often prescribed for high blood pressure and can also be good for dizziness and numbness of the limbs.
12. Gou teng: It is often prescribed for high blood pressure because it calms the liver and clears the liver-heart chi blockages. It can also be used for treating low blood pressure symptoms like dizziness.
13.    Mu li: It is usually used for treating high blood pressure as it is believed to be very effective in balancing the chi. It can anchor the liver and thus reduce Wind.
14.    Du zhong: It is often prescribed to people with blood pressure problems and is strongly associated with kidneys and having a positive effect on the liver. It increases the chi and is considered a tonic for vital energies.
15. Dan shen: It invigorates the blood and lowers blood pressure by effectively thinning the blood and preventing clotting.

All of the above herbs are effective in lowering blood pressure. However, it is never advisable to begin any treatment without first consulting a related specialist.

 



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