Home Remedy for Blood Pressure

Herbal Treatment

Home Remedy for Blood Pressure

Treatment

It is based on strict regimen that includes control on diets, exercise and drugs/plants.

Role of Plants

Description: The bulbous root of this plant consists of layers of fleshy scales covered by white, yellow or violet coloured tunics. The erect stern is hollow with a swelling at the lower end and can grow as high as 2-3 ft. The hollow leaves, which are almost cylindrical or slightly flattened, have a smooth surface. The flowers, which have white or purple petals, are clustered into rounded heads. The fruit consists of one capsule and 3 loculi with flat, black seeds.

Distribution: Cultivated throughout India.

Parts used: Bulb.

Phytochemicals: Essential oil containing allylic disulphides, sugar, inulin, quercetin, calcium, biflavonoids.

Properties: Diuretic, antibiotic, hypoglycemic, hypotensive (lower blood pressure), anti-inflammatory, lithotripic (pertaining to removal of stone), anthelmintic, analgesic, anti-neuralgic, expectorant, anti-rheumatic and corn remover.

Forms of use: Decoction, fluid extract, tincture, poultice, ointment and juice.

Medicinal Uses

(a) In blood pressure

 (i) One teaspoonful onion juice with honey should be taken for 15-20 days to bring down the blood pressure.

(ii) Regular use of raw onion especially its yellowish and purplish scales with meals help keeping blood pressure in control.

(iii) Raw onion juice with honey and ginger juice reduces blood pressure and cholesterol level.

(b) Other Uses

Onions have antiseptic value for the entire alimentary canal It is stimulant, diuretic and expectorant. Mixed with common salt, onion is a remedy for colic and scurvy and the roasted onion is applied as poultice to indolent boils and haemorrhoids (a venous swelling at the anus; a pile). Onion juice is often smelled for the recovery from faintness be- sides being used in infantile convulsions, headache, epileptic and hysterical fits.

A decoction of the onion is beneficial for checking extreme heat sensation. To relieve ear-ache warm onion juice is dropped in the ear.

2. Allium sativum, Linn.

Description: It is well known, bulbous, herbaceous plant which grows to about 2-3 ft height. The bulb consists of 8- 10 curved bulblets (cloves). The stem is erect and hollow.

Distribution: Cultivated throughout India.

Parts used: Bulb.

Phytochemicals: Alliin, allicin, inulin, essential oil.

Vitamins -A, Band C

Minerals -Selenium

Properties: Antibiotic, hypoglycemic, hypotensive, anthelmintic (eradicate worms from intestine), carminative (digestive), intestinal disinfectant (antiseptic), anti-rheumatic (pain killer and anti-inflammatory), corn remover, antimalarial, rubefacient (causing reddening of the skin), anti-oxidant, immune stimulant and lowers cholesterol.

Forms of use: Tincture, juice, poultice, raw.

Medicinal Uses

(a) (i) For cardiovascular disease and high blood pres- sure, use fresh garlic (10 cloves) or 500 mg garlic capsule twice daily.

(ii) Daily use of garlic along with salt and pepper keep one healthy and controls blood pressure.

(ill) A paste of garlic - one spoonful and honey - two spoonfuls if taken early in the morning on a roasted slice tones up the heart and maintains normal blood pressure.

(iv) Decreases incidence of thrombus formation.

(v) Activates the systemic circulation.

(b) Other Uses

Garlic is called poor man's remedy. It is useful in bronchial and asthmatic complaints. Garlic is antiseptic for intestinal ailments. In tubercular infection of the lungs, garlic juice diminishes the obstinate cough and acts as expectorant. It is also applied to indolent tumours. When given with common salt, garlic improves the nervous system and relieves headache, flatulence, hysteria etc. Garlic has also been found efficacious in sore throat, paralysis, gout, sciatica (pain in the course of the sciatic nerve) and many skin diseases. In the absence of common antibiotics, garlic juice may be applied to the open wounds to prevent bacterial infections and pus formation. The cloves have always been regarded as a source of strength. A decaying tooth will hurt less if packed with garlic pulp. It is aphrodisiac (capable of stimulating sexual impulse) and anti-cancerous in nature. A little rub behind the ear will alleviate the pain of trigeminal neuralgia, and a little pulp introduced into the ear will ease rheumatic otalgia (pain in the ear).

For all infections, add freshly chopped raw cloves to food three times daily or take garlic capsules.

3. Cassia absus, Linn.

Description: Leaves compound, leaflets 1 to 2 inches long. Flowers reddish yellow, fruit 1 to 1lh inch long and slightly curved. Seed. fine, compressed, lusturous and brownish black.

Distribution: An erect annual herb growing in lower parts of western Himalayas. Available in Indian Market.

Parts used: Seeds, Leaves.

Phutochemicale: Alkaloids, essential fatty acids, sterols and Chaaksu oil.

Properties: Bitter astringent, hypotensive and antibacterial.

Forms of use: Powder, juice, decoction.

Medicinal Uses

In blood pressure, Chaaksu is a wonderful remedy for bringing down high blood pressure. Powdered seeds 2-3 g soaked overnight- in a cup of water and filtered next day, if taken once or twice daily maintain blood pressure.

Other Uses

It is also considered to be a remedy for cough. Paste of seeds in bland oil cures ringworm and other skin diseases. Useful in purulent conjunctivitis, urinary bladder; treatment of wounds and sores. The drug is employed in certain diuretic drug formulations and a large number of eye lotions.

4. Rawolfia serpentine, (L) Bentham ex-kurz

Description: An erect smooth shrub, 3.0-7.5 cm high, leaves whorled, 8-20 cm long, gradually tapering into short- petiole. Flowers about 1.5 cm long, petals white or pinkish, peduncle deep red, in small clusters. Fruits small, round dark purple or blackish when ripe.

Distribution: Found in all parts of India up to 1000 meter height. Available in Indian market.

Parts used: Root.

Properties: Bitter, tonic, sedative, febrifuge, heart stimulant, hypotensive, specific for insanity, Central Nervous System (CNS) depressant, stimulates the mammary gland etc.

Phytochemicals: Several alkaloids, sterols.

Forms of use: Powder, decoction

Medicinal Uses

(a) Blood pressure/heart diseases

The root of this plant contains several alkaloids which ate proved affective in reducing the blood pressure. It is confirmed remedy for blood pressure associated with mild anxiety and pain in arms.

(b) Other Uses

It is sedative and hypnotic in nature and is used for insanity (Chronic mental illness), sexual aggression and intestinal disorder. The drug has tranquillizing effect. The drug should not be given to persons suffering from bronchitis, asthma or gastric.

Decoction of the root is employed to increase uterine contraction and promote expulsion of the foetus.

In UP. and Bihar, the plant root is sold as Pagal-ki-dawa. It's tiny root portion puts children to sleep in remote parts of Bihar (tribals).

5. Terminalia arjuna, Wight and Arn

Description: Arjun is a large tree of 60-80 ft height. Leaves sub-opposite or alternate, sometimes clustered at the ends of the twigs and often bearing large glands on the petiole or near the base of the midrib beneath. Flowers small, green or white. Fruit ovoid, vary in size, smooth or angular or winged. Bark 5-10 mm thickness, external sur- face pink and inner surface reddish brown, finely striated.

Distribution: All over India.

Parts used: Stem Bark, Peeling out in thin flakes.

Properties: Astringent, lithotriptic, cardiac tonic, hypotensive.

Forms of use: Powder, decoction.

Medicinal Uses

(a) In blood pressure/heart diseases

Arjuna is popularly used as cardiac tonic. The decoction of bark (3g), cane sugar (24g) with one cup cow s milk IS a wonderful preparation for heart disease.

Powdered bark (2-3g) soaked overnight in a cup of water, decanted next morning and water taken empty stomach for bringing down the blood pressure.

(b) Other Uses

It is useful as diuretic, in cirrhosis (degeneration of liver), inflammatory conditions, dropsy and in the fracture of bones. The ash of bark is prescribed in scorpion sting. Fruit is a tonic and deobstruent. In doses of 14 to 28 ml in the form of decoction it is useful in haemorrhages, (bleeding), the escape of blood from any part of vascular system and other fluxes (an excessive fluid discharge from the body), also in diarrhoea, dysentery and sprue characterized by morning diarrhoea with bulky pale stool, anaemia, sore tongue, and failure to absorb fats.

Doses- Decoction   60 to 120 ml

Powder   1 to 3 g

Other Useful Plants

Dendrobium macraci (Jivanti)-It is found to lower blood pressure in acute and chronic hypertension.

Digitalis purpurea (Tilpusphi)- The main use of this drug is in heart diseases. The drug promotes and stimulates the activity of all muscular tissues. It is used in cases of congestive heart failure. It forces more blood into the coronaries and improves the nutrition of the heart. It helps in restoration and regulation of the function of the heart.

Crataegus oxyacantha-Regulates heart rate and reduces high blood pressure. It is used in tincture and root extraction.

Camellia sinensis (Tea)-Lowers blood pressure and cho- lesterol levels, strengthens capillaries.

Commiphora mukul (Guggul)-Recommended for ischemic heart disease (defective flow of blood to the heart) and to bring down cholesterol level.

Solanium melongena (Baigan)-Is an excellent cholesterol regulator.

Fumaria indica (Pitpapra)-Is a definite remedy in low blood pressure.

Ephedra sinica-Raises blood pressure.

Veratrum viride (Green Hellebore)-Lowers blood pressure.

Solanum tuberosum (Potato)-Helps regulate your heart beat, and research suggests that it can lower blood pressure and risk of stroke.

Persons suffering from low blood pressure i.e. if their blood pressure is lower than 120/70, one should take nutritive diets, vitamins, minerals, fruits, meat and soup etc.

Low blood pressure may be due to injury-internal or external leading to loss of blood, anaemia, acute or chronic diseases, food poisoning, leukaemia or other blood disorders.

Symptoms are extreme weakness, cold sweats, increased pulse and heart rate, giddiness and history of fainting, headache and chest pain.

Plants recommended in fall of blood pressure are: Ephedra sinica, Eguiseium, Gerardiana and Fumaria indica.

Blood pressure is a silent killer and to keep blood pressure in control and heart healthy, one has to follow certain norms. The first thing is that one has to change the lifestyle, food habits and exercises are to be made part of the life. This includes yoga, meditation, vegetarian diet and proper counseling.

Regular 20 minutes of aerobic exercises five days a week, this could be walking or cycling, say no to smoking and use of tobacco (as nicotine increases pulse rate), a vegetarian diet, tension free life controls blood pressure; sugar and cholesterol.

Medicines

Ayurvedic             Arjun tablet  

Unani                   Triyakfishar

 

 Homeopathic    Glonine drops - 5-10 drops, 3 times daily. 



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