Hypertension or high blood pressure is a common health condition faced by people. Because of high BP, the high pressure of blood against arterial walls in the heart can lead to heart failure.
Hypertension (High BP) is a growing health concern, particularly among the urban working class. Excess stress of work, sedentary lifestyle, consumption of junk food and lack of exercise are some of the factors causing hypertension. Poor digestion and accumulation of toxins in the body are some other causes.
The problem with hypertension is that it cannot be noticed in the early stages. It is detected in acute stages with the emergence of dizziness, fatigue, and headache and neck pain. Regular check-ups are good for this condition. If the BP goes beyond 120mm Hg systolic and 80mm Hg diastolic (the healthy count), it must be checked at once.
There are several medications for high blood pressure but the best would be Ayurvedic treatment which goes to the root of the problem. Hypertension is called as RaktaVata in Ayurveda. Some of the ayurvedic remedies for hypertension are:
- Take the dried roots of the herb Ashwagandha, boil for 10 minutes and allow the mix to cool for a while. Drink 1 to 2 cups per day.
- Take one tablespoon of Amla (Indian gooseberry) juice, one tbsp. of honey, mix and consume it every morning.
- Consume 1 to 2 gm of Ayurvedic herb, Sarpagandha powder once in a day.
- Consume daily flax seeds either in solid form (550 mg) or oil (20 to 60 ml).
- Take in Triphala powder (around 3 gm) anytime in the day with warm water.
- Take half a gram of Jatamansi powder, twice a day.
- Consume powder of Arjuna, a reputed Ayurvedic herb (around 2 gm mixed with a glass of water).
- Mix half a cup of wheatgrass, 8 to 10 basil leaves and 2 to 3 cloves of garlic. Grind and consume as juice.
- Add a pinch of cardamom and a teaspoon of coriander to one cup freshly squeezed juice of peaches. Drink this 2 to 3 times a day.
- Consume Moong Dal soup to which you can add some cumin, cilantro and a pinch of turmeric. Moong dal brings down BP.
- Honey water is useful. Add 5 drops of Apple Cider Vinegar and 1 tsp. honey to a cup of hot water. Drink early morning on empty stomach. This helps reduce cholesterol and regulates blood pressure.
- Mix coconut water and orange juice in a ratio of one is to two. Drink 1 cup at least 2 to 3 times a day.
- Cucumber raita is a good diuretic which helps in digestive health and controlling blood pressure.
- Eat some watermelon with a pinch of cardamom and a pinch of coriander. It acts as a mild diuretic and regulates BP.
- According to Ayurveda, persons with hypertension should avoid fried, fatty, salty and spicy food, all of which will aggravate the condition.
- An Ayurvedic herbal mixture of Punarnava (one part), passionflower (one part) and hawthorn berry (two parts) can be prepared. Take half teaspoon of this mix in a cup of hot water. Drink this after dinner and lunch to keep BP in check.
One can use any of these as the best ayurvedic remedy for hypertension. But they must be taken after consulting with an Ayurveda expert or doctor.