Blood Pressure : Causes, Symptoms & Treatments

What Is Blood Pressure ?

Blood pressure is the pressure of the blood circulating in veins and arteries. When the heart beats it pumps blood at pressure throughout the circulatory system.

The normal measurement is 120mm systolic and 80 mm diastolic. Anything below these figures means low blood pressure and higher than this means high blood pressure. If blood pressure is between 130 and 139 it is stage 1 hypertension.

More than 140 means stage 2 hypertension and if it reaches 180 then it is a critical stage requiring immediate attention. A patient can suffer stroke and paralysis that can be temporary or even permanent.

Blood Pressure is one of the major causes of disability and death all over the world which include heart attacks, strokes, kidney failures and other disorder if it is neglected and remains untreated.

In many cases, Blood Pressure does not cause any symptoms until it causes complications such as heart attack and stroke and plays a role of silent killer in the body.

Approach according to dosha predominance in Blood Pressure


Main Causes of Blood Pressure

  • Unhealthy lifestyle, smoking, drinking and drug abuse can cause blood pressure.
  • Sedentary lifestyle is also a cause.
  • Fast food and junk foods and foods high in salt and preservatives cause blood pressure.
  • Not dining at right time can cause blood pressure.

There are no symptoms of hypertension. If not controlled it can lead to damaged kidneys, heart failure and prove to be life threatening. However, there may be some symptoms such as pain at the back of neck known as occipital headache, palpitations, dizziness and fatigue.


Treatments of Blood Pressure

Depending on whether you have low blood pressure or high blood pressure, the doctor will prescribe medications to manage the condition but allopathy has no medicine to permanently cure blood pressure.

Calcium channel blocker drugs and ACE inhibitors are the most commonly used drugs for hypertension treatment. Other drugs include beta blockers and diuretics. There are dozens of medications. However, they all have potentially harmful side effects and can damage kidneys and liver over long time.

It is better to turn to ayurveda for blood pressure or hypertension treatment.


Ayurveda Treatment For Blood Pressure

Blood pressure is known as rakt chaap in ayurveda and high blood pressure is uchch raktchaap whereas low blood pressure is nimn raktchaap. It is believed that aama or acidic condition of foods being digested are responsible for causing blood pressure. The medulla is held responsible for regulating blood pressure and its functions can be affected by toxins and imbalance in dosha.

Vata predominates

An increase in blood pressure will be followed by worry, strain, overwork, anxiety or insomnia. It frequently associated with nervous system disorders. Anxiety, worry, stress, and strain, are usually the main factors, therefore, treat the psychological conditions.

Pitta predominates

Leads to anger, nose bleed, Irritability, and Violent headaches Sensitivity to light contribute to high blood pressure.

Kapha predominates

Leads to dull headache, edema, and lethargy with obesity. Blood pressure remains continually high. (No fluctuation as in Pitta hypertension.)

Ayurveda strategy to cure blood pressure includes

  • Use of herbs and methods to reduce aama or acidity
  • Purification of body, digestive system and blood
  • Purgation to remove toxins
  • Nasal cleansing
  • Massage with the use of herbal oils
  • Shirodhara using oils medicated with amla, brahma and other herbs
  • Right satvik diet

The Best Herbal Remedies for Blood Pressure Treatment

While you can undergo panchkarma and other treatments at ayurvedic facility or do it at home with someone’s help, you can also try these remedies:

  • Chew 3-4 garlic cloves when you wake up and then 10 tulsi leaves and drink 1/4th cup of wheat grass juice and bottle gourd juice for 5 days a week, stop for 2 days and continue.
  • Drink onion juice mixed with pepper and honey.
  • Chew roasted watermelon seeds in the morning.
  • Consume triphala powder half an hour before meals
  • Mix one spoon ashwagandha powder with milk and drink before going to sleep.
  • Mix amla, jatamansi, arjuna and then take one spoon and mix in warm water and drink twice a day.
  • You can consume pills of pure guggul every day
  • The use of bhang leaves induces relaxation.

Other Natural Ways To Cure Blood Pressure

  • It is also recommended that you practice some yoga and 10 minutes of kapalbhati and anulom vilom every day which will give great benefits in high blood pressure.
  • Avoid stress and try relaxation practices.
  • Acupressure also helps to keep your condition stable
  • Meditation is best to reduce stress

Whether it is low blood pressure or high pressure, it is a risky condition and you need to exercise great care and follow a strict regime. Do it the ayurvedic way and you will not have to take medicines.

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