herbs for high blood pressure
Angelica root * Ashwagandha root * Barley Grass * Bilberry * Black Seed oil * Buchu * Cacao * Chrysanthemum * Cleavers * Codonopsis * Coleus Forskohlii * Corydalis * Dandelion Root * Evening Primrose Oil * Hawthorn Berry * Hibiscus * Hyssop * Jiaogulan * Lavender * Lemon * Lemon Balm * Maitake mushroom * Mistletoe * Motherwort * Passion Flower * Periwinkle * Reishi Mushroom * Rosemary * Yarrow * Ylang-Ylang *
A holistic approach combining the use of carefully chosen herbal remedies, along with lifestyle changes can go a long way to improve the overall cardiovascular health and lower blood pressure.
Diet and excercise for high blood pressure: Moderate exercise for 30 minutes daily can have an immediate effect on high blood pressure and losing as little as 10 pounds can make a big difference as well. Even small diet changes like cooking with more readily available and inexpensive garlic garlic and savory herbs instead of salt can have beneficial effects to lower hypertension and equalizes blood circulation.(Dawson,Adele) The polyphenols in tea help to fight plaque buildup in your veins and arteries. Two to three daily cups of green tea are recommended to ease high blood pressure.
Herbs to Lower High Blood Pressure Hibiscus is a delicious red tea that has been shown in studies to reduce high blood pressure. Herbal diuretics like buchu and cornsilk tea can also help by eliminating edema. (Duke,James, Ph.D.) Angelica contains compounds that act much like calcium channel blockers, which are often prescribed for high blood pressure and heart health. In animal studies Nigella Black Seed has shown significant activity against liver disease, high blood pressure, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Cooking for healthy blood pressure : Even small diet changes like cooking with more garlic and savory herbs instead of salt can have beneficial effects. The relationship of garlic to cardiovascular disease includes the blood pressure-lowering effect of garlic in hypertension, effect on blood thinning and lowering of serum triglyceride and cholesterol levels. (Foster, Steven and Yue "Herbal Emissaries") Cayenne reduces cholesterol and triglycerides and helps keep the blood flowing smoothly through veins and arteries. Antioxidant properties in peppers enhance their cardiovascular properties. Use peppers liberally in cooking, especially when eating red meat. Oregano ranks first amoung the culinary herbs in antioxidant power. Taking oregano in teas, and using the fresh leaves in cooking helps to protect the body from harmful free radicals. Rosmarnic acid, a constiutent of oregano thought to be a strong protective against cancers, heart disease and stroke. 3 Cacao is also employed in high blood pressure as it dilates the blood-vessels and chocolate has a positive effect on cholesterol levels. (Grieve, Maud)
TCM for Hypertension:Chinese medicine considers ginseng to be one of the most yang herbs and is actually contraindicated for those whose yang condition is causing high blood pressure. This may explain the conflicting reports here in the West on whether ginseng is a cure for high blood pressure, or worsens it. (Balch, Phyllis A. CNC) Maintaining electrolyte balance is also important, for instance licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) can decrease potassium levels, cause sodium and water retention and increase blood pressure. Chinese motherwort, known as yi-mu-cao, and the common European motherwort serve as excellent examples of plants used for parallel purposes by divergent cultures, whose uses are confirmed by modern research. This fascinating but still little-appreciated member of the mint family deserves greater attention in the West. In TCM motherwort was used to promote longevity and strengthen the heart, just as western herbal medicine considers motherwort to be one of the best heart tonics. Motherwort is used to promote blood circulation, lower cholesterol, slow a too rapid heart rate, and relieve stress on the heart muscle. (Duke,James, Ph.D.) It also is diuretic, and reduces swelling, helping to lower blood pressure. These medicinal actions are confirmed by science to be linked to the bitter glycosides as well as other phytochemicals that motherwort contains. (Foster, Steven and Yue "Herbal Emissaries") Motherwort ia approved for use in nervous cardiac disorders and as adjuvant for thyroid hyperfunction by the German Commision E. Commission E Monographs
Berberine containing plants are best known as anti-infectious agents in the treatment of diarrhea and intestinal disorders, but have the beneficial secondary effect of lowering blood pressure as well.
In Iran, Barberry (Berberis vulgaris) leaf was used to reduce edema; in France, its bark was used in hypertension. In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), coptis (Coptis spp.) and other berberine-containing plants were used in heart formulas. 1TCM also uses Chrysanthemum combined with Japanese honeysuckle in the treatment of high blood pressure. Although most useful as a wound herb and fever reducer, yarrow helps to relax blood vessels and lower blood pressure.
Aromatherapy has much to offer in the treatment of hypertension. Hypotensive oils to consider include lavender, marjoram, and ylang ylang . Relaxing, stabilizing oils and herbs can be used in therapeutic massage, baths and calming mist sprays to ease the stress and tension that make high blood pressure worse. (Ericksen, Marlene)
Those with high blood pressure need to be extra cautious when using and mixing herbs, OTC medications and prescription meds. Research carefully before trying any new herbs, and always take note of your individual reaction.
- Buchu tea
- Codonopsis root tea
- Dandelion and bilberry "coffee"
- Energy Tea with Reishi Mushroom
- Forskolin Extracts
- Garlic for High Blood Pressure
- Hibiscus and Ginger Tea
- Hibiscus Tea
- Hibiscus, Pennywort Circulation Tonic
- Mistletoe tea
- Motherwort - hawthorn Heart tea
- Parsley Diuretic tea
- Reishi - Hawthorn Morning Tea
- Reishi Blend diet tea
- Skullcap tea
- Spicy and sassy blood tonic
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- Linda B. White, M.D.. "The Herbal Drugstore" , (2003) Forskolin has been shown to increase the concentration of a chemical called cAMP, thus dilating the walls of arteries. This action makes it useful in treating asthma and high blood pressure
- . Study Shows Consuming Hibiscus Tea Lowers Blood Pressure , USDA, (November 10, 2008): Drinking hibiscus tea lowered blood pressure in a group of pre-hypertensive and mildly hypertensive adults, according to a study by the USDA, olism of fats, and be used in successful weight loss programs.
- Ali BH, Blunden G. . Pharmacological and toxicological properties of Nigella sativa , www.umm.edu, (2003-04-17): Much of the biological activity of the seeds has been shown to be due to thymoquinone, the major component of the essential oil, but which is also present in the fixed oil. In animal studies the oil has shown significant activity against liver disease, high blood pressure, and rheumatoid arthrititis. The seeds/oil have anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antipyretic, antimicrobial and antineoplastic activity.,
- Wei Zheng? and Shiow Y. Wang . Antioxidant Activity and Phenolic Compounds in Selected Herbs , J. Agric. Food Chem, (2002): Oregano ranks first amoung the culinary herbs in antioxidant power.
- Wei Zheng? and Shiow Y. Wang . Antioxidant Activity and Phenolic Compounds in Selected Herbs , J. Agric. Food Chem, (2002):