Left uncontrolled, it can lead to serious ailments and pose a great danger to the life of the patient. Therefore, it becomes imperative to treat hypertension, if possible, with herbal remedies. Under the supervision of a competent herbal practitioner the mild cases of hypertension can be successfully treated.
However, the medical intervention is required if the hypertension is more and it is better to take the herbs under the guidance of an expert.
List of Herbs for Hypertension
Ginger can lower very high blood pressure. It has been used in many traditional systems all around the world, which inlude Asian, Arabic and Indian herbal medicine systems. The active organic compounds that are beneficial for high blood pressure are gingerols and shogaols.
Hawthorn is used for overall health of the cardio vascular system. It looks after hypertension as well as angina and heart failure. It works by making the cardiac functions stable and decreases the peripheral vascular resistance.
The berries, flowers and leaves of hawthorn are used as a herbal remedy for hypertension. The dosage should be fixed by your doctor.
It is an age old Ayurvedic herbal remedy for a number of ailments. It is made by using three herbs, as the name “tri”suggests. These herbs are Ambilica officinalis (amla), Terminalia chebula (haritaki), and Terminalia bellica (baheda). A powder of triphala lowers edema and inflammation, thus reduces the pressure in the blood vessels.
Its main function towards lowering of blood pressure is by reducing atherosclerosis. Triphala powder has no major side effects if taken in moderation. People in India take it regularly to keep their body functions healthy.
Reishi mushroom is obtained from plum trees. It contains water soluble polysaccharides which help in lowering blood pressure. The herb can be taken twice or thrice a day with each dose ranging from 150 mg to 300 mg. Your health practitioner should guide you about the dose recommended for you.
This plant is rich in the specific type of alkaloids called flavonoids which help in lowering blood pressure. It lowers both systolic and diastolic pressures. However, the diastolic pressure comes down faster and the effect on systolic blood pressure is a little slow.
Indian Snakeroot (rauwolfia)
Indian snakeroot has reserpine and many other alkaloids which have been used to treat hypertension. They work on some nerve pathways and control some of the nerve impulses. Through this action they influence the working of heart and blood vessels, bringing down the hypertension. It is more effective on systolic pressure than on diastolic.
The patients of mild hypertension get benefitted by the use of hibiscus. Dried hibiscus can be used to make tea by steeping 2 tbsp of dried hibiscus in one cup of water; it can be consumed once a day. The tea should be taken without milk.