Lowering blood pressure naturally
pressure (BP), or arterial hypertension, is a BP persistently over 140/90 mmHg;
it’s also a major risk factor for stroke, heart attack and heart failure,
aneurysms, peripheral arterial disease and chronic kidney disease.
But many sensible
lifestyle changes can bring it back to normal. These can be undertaken one by
one, or several methods can be used at the same time.
- Organic apple cider or wine
vinegar (1 tbsp or 15 mL
in half a glass of water daily) inhibits the renin–angiotensin system that, if
too active, leads to high BP (Biol Pharm Bull, 2005; 28: 1208–10).
- Collagen peptides from sea bream
fish scales act like an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor to curb
high BP (Process Biochem, 2004; 39: 1195–1200).
In my own experience,
bonito fish peptides (available online) are effective in patients needing
conventional ACE inhibitors.
- Watermelon (Cucurbita citrullus)
seed extract (11/2 tbsp or 22.5 mL daily) quickly dilates the capillaries,
leading to an average reduction in systolic BP of 9 mmHg (Am J Med
Sci, 1929; 178: 470–89).
- Homeopathic Cytisus laburnum 6DH
twice a day works for many people. Prepared from the poisonous flowers and
young leaves of wild laburnum, this remedy was first proved in a pathogen-etic
trial more than a century ago and re-proved more
recently (Allgem Homöopath Zeit, 1901; 5: 143–54; Mezger J. Gesichtete
Homöopathische Arzneimittellehre, 4th edn. Heidelberg: Karl F, Haug Verlag,
- Blood Pressure Support, a complex Tibetan
medicine including white sandal-wood (Santalum album), costus (Saussu-rea
lappa), bamboo (Bambusa textilis), nutmeg (Myristica fragrans), Picrorhiza
grass (P. kurroa), chebulic myrobalan (Terminalia chebula), clove (Eugenia
caryophyllata), greater cardamom (Amo-mum subulatum), saxifrage (Saxifraga),
safflower (Carthamus tinctorius), smaller cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum),
Malabar nut tree (Adhatoda vasica) and mineral pitch or exudate, often works.
But don’t take it if you’re allergic to any of its spices.
Take two tablets
each morning: chew the tablets before swallowing with water. This usually
begins to work within three days and the benefits increase with each day of
use. It typically takes two months to correct chronic high BP. Once you’re ‘balanced’,
you can stop. It has no known interactions with other medications, but it is
still advisable to take this remedy two hours away from any other medication.
- Regular exercise has beneficial
effects on the cells that line the blood vessels, such as the release of more
chemical ‘relaxers’ while inhibiting the pro-duction of ‘tighteners’, leading
to healthy vessels. Two 15-minute walks every day should lead to a fall in BP
(J Am Coll Cardiol, 1999; 33: 1379–85).
- Stop hyperventilation, as it’s
known to increase BP (J Neurosurg, 2002; 97: 1045–53), while its opposite is
known to decrease it, so get an assessment of your breathing pattern if this is
your problem. Often, a significant and permanent reduction in BP (even in those
taking orthodox drugs) is seen when correct nasal and diaphrag-matic breathing
is established with a respiration rate of 8–10 breaths/minute. This can be
achieved via Buteyko breath-ing exercises (see www.normalbreathing. com) or
with regular meditation.
- A low glycaemic index (GI) diet
can significantly and beneficially affect your metabolism and translate into a
normal BP (Nutr J, 2009; 8: 5).
- Aged garlic extract lowers BP in
patients with uncontrolled hypertension despite treatment, according to
numer-ous trials (Maturitas, 2010; 67: 144–50).
- Magnesium supplementation, if it’s
deemed appropriate following hair mineral analysis, can also substantially help
to reduce BP (J Clin Epidemiol, 1995; 48: 927–40).
- Biofeedback. If you want to learn
how to control your BP
yourself by unwinding more, a portable biofeedback device called the
StressEraser can help (available online, it costs £145, or $179 plus shipping
in the US).
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