I am suffering from unclassified high blood pressure. My blood pressure fluctuates and sometimes rises very high. What can I do to control my blood pressure the natural way?
Hypertension, commonly known as "high blood pressure", is a condition where blood pressure is chronically elevated. According to the National Health Institute, blood pressure 140/90 mmHg on recurring measurements is considered "hypertension”. Persistent hypertension is one of the highest risk factors for strokes, heart attacks, heart failure and arterial aneurysm. It is a leading cause of chronic kidney failure. Essential or primary hypertension has no specific causes. It is associated with genetics, environmental factors, diet such as how much salt you use, and life style, such as stress and lack of exercise. Secondary Hypertension can be identified because of underlying, often serious conditions such as tumors, kidney, or liver disorders. Sometimes drugs, such as oral contraceptives can cause elevated blood pressure.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine Diet and emotions play a key role in hypertension. In fact western diet is perhaps the primary reason for essential hypertension, as according to research, people living in remote areas in China, Brazil, Panama and Africa show no signs of essential hypertension even with advanced age. In TCM Hypertension deals with the Kidney and Liver organ systems, If the kidneys fail to nourish the liver essence, The liver energy rises uncontrolled and causes hypertension, It is for this reason that my treatments always focus on tonifying the kidneys and regulating the liver by soothing and subduing it. In my clinic with proper acupuncture, herbal and lifestyle changes we have been able to successful control essential hypertension for many patients.
Here are some of my favorite home remedies to help maintain a good cardiovascular health and clean arteries.
Eat wholesome foods, with no preservatives, additives and pesticides. Eat smaller meals more frequently. Consume more green leafy vegetables, whole grains, Celery, Tofu, Spinach, Garlic, Bananas, Sunflower seeds, Honey, Mung Beans, Bamboo shoots, Seaweed, Vinegar, Tomatoes, Water chestnuts, Corn, Apples, persimmons, peas, buckwheat, jellyfish, watermelon, hawthorn berries, eggplant, plums, mushrooms, lemons, lotus roots, chrysanthemum cassia seeds, Pearl barley, peach kernels, ginger, sprouted vegetables, wheat bran, and green tea. Assorted spices including fennel, oregano, black pepper, basil and tarragon have active ingredients beneficial in hypertension. Drink at least six 8-ounce glass of room temperature water per day.
AVOID fried, oily greasy foods Spicy stimulating foods, simple carbohydrates like sugars and white flower, Sodium, MSG and other preservatives should also be avoided. Alcohol, coffee, tobacco should be avoided. Cheeses, aged cured meats should also be avoided, as they promote plaque build up.
• Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium, Zync and essential fatty acids are essential
• 50-100 mg of Coenzyme Q10 three times daily increases oxygen supply to the heart.
• 50 mg of beta carotene every other reduces incidence of coronary and vascular events
• 7.5 mg of folic acid daily can improve blood flow to capillaries
Helpul Herb Remedies
• Salvia, Persica, Gastrodia, Uncaria, Eucommiae and Crataegia, all have been studied for their effectiveness in lowering blood pressure.
• Chinese Herbal formula for hypertension patients with dizziness, vertigo and stifling sensation in the chest includes Pinelliae, Gastrodiae, Atratylodis, pericarpium citri, Poria, Licorice, Ginger, Jujube
• A Chinese formula for hypertension patients with headache, tinnitus, blurred vision, sensation of heat rushing to the head ingredients incude Gastrodiae, Uncaria, Haliotidis, Gardenia, Scuitellariae, Leonuri, Cyathulae, Eucommiae, Sangjisheng, Polygoni, Poria.
• These formulas may be obtained from a licensed practitioner. Patients taking blood thinning medications should be cautioned with some these herbs. Consult with your physician.
Physical exercise is essential in promoting circulation and strengthening the heart function. Circulation is often inhibited with sedentary life. A good way to reduce hypertension is to do moderate level cardiovascular stimulating exercises every day for at least 30 minutes. Moderate exercises can include:
Engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate-level activity on most, and preferably all, days of the week. Examples of moderate-level activities include: Walking briskly (3-4 miles per hour), Conditioning or general calisthenics, Racket sports, such as table tennis, Swimming (with moderate effort), Cycling (at a moderate speed of 10 miles per hour or less), Canoeing or rowing exercises (at a speed of about 2-3.9 miles per hour).
Eight Treasures Qi Gong or Cosmic Tour circular walking will also help. These exercises can be obtained from a licensed practitioner. It is recommended to practice outdoors and in-group settings. Here is the Cosmic Tour circular walking exercise.
In an outdoor quiet setting, a park or woods, perform a circular waling exercise for 15 minutes. The waling is done with intent heal to toe and in deliberate slow movements, hands are draped at the side and head is slightly tilted forward to expose and erect the spine. The circle should not be too small or too wide a 15-20 foot diameter circle is adequate. Perform the exercise twice per day.
• Extreme high blood pressure can cause serious and life threatening incidents, If you experience severe pain in the chest, head or neck, radiating to the shoulders, Loss of consciousness, sudden numbness or paralysis immediately contact an emergency center.
• Sedentary life and stress, As these not only increase risk of heart problems but also cause other disorders, such as obesity and diabetes, complicating the condition.
• Over the Counter drugs containing ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) can raise blood pressure
• Smoking and exposure to second hand smoke as this expedited hardening or arteries