HERBS – The Highly Effective Alternative.
When looking for a remedy for hypertension, high blood pressure herbs usually are the second alternative, yet, ancient civilizations were using herbs long before chemicals were extracted for drug use.
They are known to be highly effective with less side effects than pharmaceuticals, if used carefully and with your doctors knowledge. Even those with more serious conditions can be strictly monitored by your doctor, who can help make sure that drugs and herbs do not cause an interaction.
- Aloe vera
- Ginkgo Biloba
- Golden seal
- Guelder Rose
- Hibiscus Flower
- Hibiscus Tea
- Limu Moui (fucoidan)
- Noni Juice
- Olive Leaf Extract
- Passion Flower
- Suma tea
- Wild apples
- Wood Betony
In Chinese and Ayurveda natural medicine there are also potent herbs for high blood pressure.
Why some herbs are useful for lowering blood pressure
Some common plants found in your garden and other not so common are good, natural remedies for high blood pressure.
Garlic, a bulb that is so common and abundantly available has shown to be beneficial. Those of us who have a garden would have access to fresh garlic. As a home remedy for high blood pressure, fresh garlic when crushed or chewed produces the Sulfur compound allicin. It is said to support the cardiovascular system. It is mildly antihypertensive and is an antioxidant. (See antioxidants)
HERBS Like The Hawthorn Berry
Hawthorn, is one of many high blood pressure herbs for the circulation. One of the best natural vasodilators.
The leaves can be used but the berries are especially effective in treating hypertension, lowering serum cholesterol, lowering high blood pressure and arteriosclerosis. It also contains an antioxidant that removes the commonest of free radicals which is known to accelerate arteriosclerosis.
In a clinical trial, 78 people who were given 600mg a day for 8 weeks of hawthorn extract, found there was a significant improvement in exercise tolerance and lower blood pressure and heart rate during exercise.
This species of hawthorn is found in Central and Western Europe. In England it grows in the midlands. It`s other names are May bush, Thorn-apple, and Whitethorn.
See also Chinese Hawthorn Fruit among 3 top herbs for hypertension.
The Dandelion can be included in our list of high blood pressure herbs.
If your neighbours can tolerate you having them, don`t pull them up, use them!
If you have had a tortoise as a pet, you will know just how much they love the dandelion flowers for lunch. Now you can join them. The flower is edible and is good for salads and other culinary delights but the roots and the leaves can be used to make dandelion tea which acts as a mild diuretic, one of many convenient herbal remedies.
When I was young and growing up in Scotland, we used to collect them for mum as a bouquet to her horror. She called them “pee-the-beds”, a name the locals gave them because of the odor they released. Now I know a second reason why the locals may have given them that name.
They are better than pharmaceutical diuretics which are often prescribed along with other medication for high blood pressure sufferers, because they do not leach potassium from the body which is a vital mineral. So dandelion is a good choice of herb for high blood pressure.A word of caution: if you are suffering from a blocked bile duct caused by gall stones, dandelion should not be used.
We have the Globe or Garden Artichoke Cynara Scolymus
Another vegetable from the garden that I will add to my group of high blood pressure herbs is the garden artichoke.
The leaves, roots and the flowers that springs from the bud (the vegetable part), can be used to help lower blood pressure by lowering the lipids in the blood, increasing bile, and as a diuretic, helping to release fluid. Again if you have blocked bile ducts it would be unwise to use it.
Chrysanthemum (Ju Hua)
If you don`t have Chrysanthemums growing in your garden, don`t go digging up your neighbours, and if you do (have them growing in your garden that is), a visit to the health shop to get it in powder form is a better idea because there are hundreds of species, and it`s wise to follow specialist instructions on all herbal remedies for correct dosage. The species we want is chysanthemum Indicum. It has white petals with a yellow center.
The chrysanthemum flower is added to my choice of high blood pressure herbs because it promotes the dilation of coronary arteries and increases blood flow.
Astragalus Centralpinus – Huang Qi
Astragalus is a powerful herb and deserves a place in my list of high blood pressure herbs.
The Chinese class it as one of the 50 fundamental herbs. They use the root as a tonic to lower blood pressure.
Tar extract from the plant can effectively treat chronic heart problems associated with the blood vessels supplying the blood, abnormal blood pressure and blood circulation problems. It acts as a diuretic, tonic and vasodilator.
Lots of pluses for this herb.
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