Naturopathy for High Blood Pressure or Hypertension

High blood Pressure or Hypertension is a disease of modern age. It is known to be a silent killer. Modern lifestyle, industrial environment and associated physical/mental pressures contribute to stress which results in adrenaline in the blood stream to increase which causes blood pressure to increase.

Pressure in the arteries is caused by heart as it pumps blood. A certain level of pressure in the blood is essential for blood to circulate. However, when the pressure becomes too high it results in hypertension. Hypertension is caused by narrowing of blood vessels called capillaries. As capillaries narrow, heart gets more stressed to pump blood through the blood vessels. The highest pressure reaches during each heart beat is called Systolic pressure and the lowest the pressure reaches between two heartbeats is called diastolic pressure. Systolic pressure indicates activity of the heart and diastolic pressure is the pressure in artery when heart is relaxed, thus it shows condition of blood vessel.

Symptoms of High Blood Pressure or Hypertension: Moderately high blood pressure or Hypertension may not show any symptoms for several years. Symptoms may begin with pain in back of head and neck as one walks in morning, which disappears soon. Other symptoms of Hypertension  include dizziness, pain in arms, pain in shoulder area, back and leg, pain in heart area, fatigue, nervous tension, frequent urination, feeling of tiredness. Patient may feel difficulty in breathing. If Hypertension is not treated, it may cause attack, stroke or other conditions such as detachment of retina.

Causes of Hypertension:;Major causes of hypertension are fast paced lifestyle and stress. If stress of patients continue for long periods of time, pressure may get permanently raised. Excessive intake of intoxicants, smoking, excessive consumption of tea/coffee, processed foods also disturb simple lifestyle of individuals. Obesity, hardening of arteries, severe constipation and diabetes also lead to high blood pressure. Consuming excessive painkillers,common salt, Fat-rich food items also cause blood pressure to increase. Kidneys also help in controlling high blood pressure. Kidneys secrete a chemical called renin which if secreted in high proportion by kidneys may lead to retention of salts in body leading to increase in volume of blood circulating in body which increases the blood pressure. Therefore, repeated kidney infections may also lead to high blood pressure.

Natural Cure of High Blood Pressure: Although several modern treatments are available for curing high blood pressure, most of these bring down blood pressure artificially without curing the underlying cause. Many times these medicines also have side effects on body. Natural way to deal with hypertension is to remove poisons which lead to hypertension from the system. Patients of Hypertension must always take a well-balanced diet, get regular exercise and take sufficient rest.

The process of healing should begin with adopting an only-fruits diet for atleast 7 days. In this period one should consume fruits thrice a day at an interval of five hours. Banana and jackfruit should not be consumed. Other fruits such as watermelon, orange, pears, apple, mangoes, guava, pineapple are recommended. After this period of one week, milk may be consumed. Patient should make sure that milk is pure, fresh and is boiled only once. The patient may start consuming cereals after two weeks.

Raw vegetables are recommended for hypertension patients. If cooked vegetables are consumed, patients must ensure that natural juices are retained and not burnt during cooking. Cabbage, Spinach, Tomatoes, Cucumber, Onion, Radish must be consumed raw. If required, lemon juice and little salt should be added for taste.

Garlic is known to be an effective agent for lowering blood pressure as it can ease spasm of small arteries. Garlic also paces heart and slows pulse. It is also helpful in relieving dizziness, numbness, shortness of breath, gas formation in digestive tract. Two to three capsules are recommended per day.

Amla (Indian Gooseberry) is also effective in lowering blood pressure.Fresh  alma juice ( 1 tablespoon) must be mixed with honey ( 1 tablespoon) and taken every morning. Lemon juice is also found to be effective in controlling high blood pressure.

Recent studies have found that a substance found in watermelon seeds helps in dilating blood vessels and hence lowers blood pressure. Thus consuming water melon is useful for patients of high blood pressure.

Studies have also found that people who consume potassium rich diets have lower incidences of hypertension even if they do not control salt consumption. Studies also revealed that people with hypertension did not get sufficient calcium from dairy sources. Calcium and Potassium are two essential nutrients which help in normal functioning of vascular system and also help in eliminating excess sodium from the body.

Patients suffering from hypertension must ensure that they sleep for atleast eight hours everyday as rest is an essential part of treating hypertension. Patients should avoid stress and try to stay happy and cheerful.