Hypertension means values above normal of blood pressure (80 mmHg diastolic tension and 120 mmHg systolic tension). This may increase under stress or physical exertion, but returns to normal levels and there is nothing pathological. When, however, arises from other causes (diseases of the kidney or adrenal gland), it is not physiological and must be treated.
Arterial hypertension stage I: 90-99 mmHg diastolic tension and the systolic 140-159 mmHg;
Arterial hypertension stage II: less than or equal to 100 mmHg diastolic tension and bigger than or equal to 160 mmHg systolic tension.
In case of mild and moderate hypertension, especially caused by a sedentary lifestyle diet and an unbalanced diet, rich in salted, smoked foods, we could try to bring pressure to normal with the help from the plants. In severe cases, this can be an adjunct to conventional medication. It is indicated that the cardiologist and the family doctor know that the patient takes the phytotherapy treatment.
The main plants with a hypotensive role are: hawthorn, motherwort, mistletoe, valerian.
Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) has vasodilator properties especially in the coronary and peripheral vessels, hypotensive, cardiac tonic and tonotrope on the myocardium due to flavonoid compounds. He is actually a voltage regulator, as indicated in blood pressure oscillations in arrhythmias, palpitations, paroxysmal tachycardia.
Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca) has a calming action on the central nervous system and the heart, as recommended in ischemic heart disease, arterial hypertension, heart failure, palpitations, cardiac neurosis, insomnia, anxiety, and depression.
Mistletoe (Viscum album) displays hypotensive properties, cardio tonic, coronary vasodilators and peripheral vessels, sedatives. It will be used strictly according to recommendations, because unmanaged and unprepared appropriately and can cause poisoning.
Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) is one of the most effective herbs in treating cardiac nervous substrate. It is indicated in a number of diseases such as hypertension, insomnia and sleep disorders, nervous excitability states, disorders associated with menopause.
To these may be added plants with diuretic effect (birch, burdock, and juniper) and cholesterol lowering (artichoke, dandelion, garlic), depending of the case. All of the above mentioned plants may be administered in the form of tea (be careful with the mistletoe to be prepared by maceration at room temperature only), capsules, tablets, tinctures and extracts, used simply or in combination. Stores abound with offers in this sense, we just need to take into account the peculiarities and problems of each patient individually, namely we will not manage tinctures to people who have a contraindication to the use of even a small amount of alcohol (a stomach ulcer, for example). The form most easily absorbed and most rich in active principles is that of tincture or extract, but sometimes the patient has to consume alcohol prohibition as mentioned, or just has a busy life and the tablets/capsules makes them more accessible.
Hypotension treated naturally
Most people when they complain about problems with blood pressure, they talk about hypertension. There are also patients suffering from hypotension. Without being – with rare exceptions – a disease in itself, however, is sometimes inconvenient and makes us addicted to substances such as coffee and / or energizers. Hypotension may be the result of internal bleeding, dehydration, anaphylaxis (situations in which must be detected the problem and resolved in a timely manner) or a poor venous system, endocrine problems, pregnancy. The problem is that hypotension may provide poor blood flow to vital organs (heart, brain), particularly dangerous oscillations with decreases in blood pressure / sudden rises. Besides low blood pressure it can give us fatigue, dizziness, weakness, nausea, blurred vision.
In the following we will refer to the hypotensive persons with pathological causes of this value and what they can do to maintain optimal blood pressure.
Rosemary extract is the most indicated in hypotension, but can also be used as a tincture, rosemary wine or tea and tablets. Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) contain substances such as: phenolic antioxidants, rosmarinic acid and many essential oils, vitamins B, boron, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, selenium, zinc, vitamin A and C, folate. He is a good brain tonic, as indicated in migraine (being the adjustment mechanism of intracranial pressure) or to improve memory. Rosemary preparations are contraindicated for people with high blood pressure or for those who suffer from epilepsy; also to be administered with caution to pregnant women and nursing mothers.
Primrose (Primulla officinalis) is a cardiac tonic that regulates the circulation to the heart level but also of the brain. It is beneficial for both the treatment of hypotension and for the treatment of arterial hypertension, which may be administered in the form of tea, wine, tincture or capsules, either alone or in various combinations with other plants which would potentiate its effect.
Guarana (Paullinia cupana) is a plant that contains guarana, substance which acts like coffee, but with less harmful effects. Contains theobromine and theophylline, substances that are found in chocolate, the role of improving the mental state. It is a good energizer and stimulant for the brain activity. It is administered with caution in cases of ulcer or gastritis, arterial hypertension, insomnia.
Water must not be forgotten: an insufficient amount of water can produce hypotension. An adequate fluid intake increases the blood volume and prevents dehydration. Also, the consumption of fruit and vegetable rich in water are indicated.
Salt is also recommended to be used, and the consumption can be increased (in case, there are no other health problems which would contraindicate this).
As a lifestyle are indicated frequent meals and not very rich, since it is known the fact that at during digestion the blood flow is directed to the digestive system, a big meal can cause an outbreaks of hypotension.
It is recommended to move outdoors and to avoid sudden lifting from the lying position or from sitting.