Natural Remedies for Hypertension

Hypertension can be considered either primary (essential) hypertension or secondary hypertension.  It is considered to be primary when the cause is undetermined and approximately 90-95% of all cases of high blood pressure are in this category.  Secondary hypertension is when it is results from an underlying cause which can be identified such as kidney disease, thyroid disorders, adrenal disorders, the use of oral contraceptives and many others.  These conditions are often reversible and can be corrected.

Making Changes in Your Lifestyle

By decreasing your weight and following a diet with foods that are higher in potassium and lower in salt you can lower your blood pressure significantly.  It has also been shown that people with a low calcium and magnesium levels tend to have a higher than normal blood pressure.  Studies have shown that vitamin C has been effective in lowering systolic blood pressure.  Adopting and maintaining an aerobic workout can help to improve your blood flow and condition your heart and circulatory system.  Finding better ways to manage stress such as with meditation or relaxation therapy can help reduce your blood force thus lowering your blood pressure as natural remedies for hypertension.

Herbal Treatments

There are some herbal treatments that can be used as natural remedies for hypertension.  Some of these include Hawthorne, Convolvulus pluricaulis, Withania somnifera, Passiflora, Rauwolfia serpentine and Ginkgo biloba.  Garlic used as a routine diet ingredient is thought to lower blood pressure because it thins the blood.

Only use herbal supplements with the permission of your physician because some can interfere with other medications you may be taking and also herbal alkaloids may affect balances in other body functions.

Stress Management

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