Hypertension is not just a disease of aging. Young men and women can suffer from its damaging, sometimes deadly effects. You should not take this condition lightly; get treated as soon as possible before it creates lasting damage and adversely affects your life as you age.
High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is potentially fatal, and it can lead to other serious health problems such as heart disease, stroke, kidney and liver disease, and arteriosclerosis. The need for treatment of this condition is an absolute necessity, and, unfortunately, physicians have problems treating this symptom effectively.
Only about 30% of hypertension is caused by permanent physical factors such as the hardening of the arteries (arteriosclerosis), or kidney damage. Because such physical problems offer little possibility of reversal, treating this disease before it creates permanent damage is essential.
Although medical attention and opinion should not be replaced, there are some natural techniques that have been proven to help to significantly reduce high blood pressure.
- Breathe slowly: 70% of diagnosed hypertension has no known organic causes, meaning it has its origin in stress, emotional or unconscious responses. One of the most effective natural ways to control the body’s response to stress, is by exercise and proper breathing. One powerful technique is diaphragmatic breathing. How to do it? Just place a hand over your upper abdomen, push your abdomen out as you inhale, and let your abdomen move in as you exhale. Let your chest, shoulders, neck and back relax and you breathe: only on a very Deep breath should these parts move in the breath. This may be the most important hypertension technique you can learn! Other breathing techniques involve a short series of deep slow breaths, where you count as you breathe. Try counting slowly from 1 to 4 as you inhale, pause and hold your breath as you count from 1 to 4, and then count from 1 to 8 as you slowly release the air and empty your lungs. After 4 of these breaths, you will be breathing easier and you’ll be able to control your body’s pattern of holding tension, which can significantly improve your high blood pressure.
- Remain in the Now: Many people with high blood pressure have trouble maintaining their thoughts in present time for focusing on their bodies in positive ways. Fears or angers from the past or apprehensions about the future seem to take up too much of their consciousness. Living in the present, letting go of negative emotions, and letting life’s daily dramas roll off you are all important skills to develop. This is when mindfulness meditation, combined with proper breathing come to the rescue!
- Rely on your Herbal Friends: You can safely complement your treatment with some powerful herbal remedies, to consume either in capsule form or infusions. Some recommended herbal remedies are:
- Ginkgo: is first and foremost a vasodilator. It improves circulation to all poorly nourished areas, and it counters the general effects of aging.
- Siberian Ginseng: is what is called an “adaptogen”, meaning that it can produce a resistance to stress, modifying the imbalance caused by stressing factors, no matter if they are chemical, physical or psychological. Siberian Ginseng’s adaptogenic qualities have been shown to improve generalized resistance to infectious diseases, to lessen muscular fatigue and to help balance hypertension.
- Reishi: A remarkably beneficial fungus for the human body, Reishi is a supporter of the immune system, helps protect against cancers, viruses and it provides cardiovascular protection by helping to lower excessively high blood pressure. It also seems to have a calming and strengthening effect on the nervous system.
Other natural ways to help lower your high blood pressure are warming your feet and hands, exercising aerobically and regularly and avoiding caffeine and other stimulants.
These tips are merely an advice to make your life more comfortable while living with this serious condition, and they are not meant to be a replacement for your regular treatment. Always consult with your physician before stopping your high blood pressure medication!