Blood pressure can play havoc on blood vessels and internal organs, if left untreated, setting the stage for the development of a heart attack, stroke, or kidney failure.
There are so many Ayurvedic herbs and modern food supplements for prevention and treatment of hypertension.
Vitamin C in the form of Amla Juice ( Amla Saar)
Vitamin C is one of the most important antioxidant that is required by the body for removal of free radicals.
They are also formed because of stress, pollution, smoking, synthetic drugs etc.
Stress and anxiety increase the formation of free radicals many times.
The antioxidant vitamin C may also help lower high blood pressure and cholesterol and helps in formation of arterioneogenesis.
Recent studies found that higher blood levels of vitamin C were correlated with lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
It has 30 times more vitamin C than oranges.
Co-Enzyme Q 10 is the natural vitamin like micronutrient which is required by the heart muscle for proper functioning.
The daily requirement for prevention of heart disease and cholesterol maintenance is between 30 to 60 mg/day.
Ayurveda recommends Terminalia arjuna to be taken in the form of “Arjuna Ksheer pak” i.
in a herbal tea form.
Co-Enzyme Q 10 also helps in normalizing blood cholesterol levels.
Flaxseed and Fish Oils
Flaxseed is the only vegetarian source of Omega-3 fatty acids, very essential to keep the cholesterol levels in control.
Flaxseed oil is used in Ayurveda for prevention of heart problems, cancers and many other chronic ailments.
Only extra virgin cold pressed Flaxseed Oil should be used for oral consumption.
The Omega-3 fatty acids get destroyed if the oil is heated or used for cooking.
For cooking purpose, Mustard oil or Olive oil can be used.
(14 grams) a day.
Fish oils: 1,000 mg 3 times a day.
Keep refrigerated to ensure freshness
Garlic is another wonderful natural remedy to keep cholesterol and heart related problems away.
Garlic contains compounds which are good for digestion of lipids and heavy diets.
Garlic should be avoided in cases of high blood pressure as it may increase “Pitta”.
Suggested dose: 500 mg twice a day i.
1-2 buds once daily.
Ashwgandha ( Withania somnifera)
Ashwgandha is also known as “Indian Ginseng” in international herbal market.
It is known to possess adaptogenic properties i.
it helps body to adapt to various stresses and cope with them.
In Ayurveda it is used in rheumatic conditions and as a sexual stamina enhancer.
Regular use of Ashwagandha with milk is recommened in emaciation of children, protein energy malnutrition as well as insomnia in elderly due to stress and hypertension.
Suggested Dose : Ashwagandha root powder can be taken 3-6 gm twice daily with lukewarm water or milk.
The size of an old British colonial-period penny — this is how it came to be known as Indian pennywort, marsh penny and water pennywort (with “wort” being the ancient anglo-saxon word for plant).
It is famous in western world as ‘Gotu Kola’.
It is a wonderful herb not only for blood pressure but also for memory weakness, lack on concentration It is regarded as one of the most spiritual and rejuvenating herbs in Ayurveda.
Since so often we find high blood pressure is related to daily stress, Gotu kola is an important herb for blood pressure patients.
It effectively controls blood pressure without causing any side effects.
Brahmi powder can be taken 3-6 gm per day with lukewarm water.
It has been studied to be effective in so many illenesses.
Aloe gel contains active substances known as glycoproteins and polysaccharides.
Polysaccharides are a type of carbohydrate that stimulates skin growth and repair.
These substances are also thought to stimulate the immune system.
It increases the working capacity of liver cells.
Kumari is said to possess the properties of removing endotoxins from the body.
BPN- verse- 230.
Aloe vera removes endotoxins, it is soothing, bitter tonic, improves eyesight, rejuvenative (Anti-ageing), strengthens body, enhances immunity, increases vigour and vitality, relieves ‘Vata’ and removes ‘poisons’ from the body.
The best properties of ” Kumari Saar” the inner juicy portion of Aloe vera is to remove this ‘Aama’ from our body.
So Aloe vera juice is a very useful herb in a number of diseases including blood pressure and cholesterol.
Shankhpushpi ( Convolvulus pluricaulis)
Shankhpushpi is another useful herb famous for improving memory in children.
It is also useful for high metabolic rates, wear and tear reactions.
It also heals stomach and duodenal ulcers.
Suggested dose: 20 ml of Shankhpushpi juice or syrup can be taken twice daily for one month to get good results.
Haritaki ( Terminalia chebula)
Terminalia chebula is also commonly known as ‘Harar’ an age old remedy to relieve constipation.
Ayurveda considers ‘Vayu’ as a major culprit for hypertension.
Triphala is best combination to get rid of hypertension, constipation and high cholesterol.
Haritaki powder or Triphala powder/ Triphala capsules can be taken 3-6 gm(1 tablespoon) once at night with lukewarm water.
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