High blood pressure or hypertension occurs when your blood exerts a constant, abnormally high pressure on your circulatory system. The major symptoms of high blood pressure are rise in the systolic and/or diastolic blood pressure, headache, loss of sleep, palpitations, increased urination, flushed face, easy fatigue and impaired digestion.
Once hypertension develops, it usually lasts a lifetime. You can control and manage high blood pressure by taking necessary actions. The causes of hypertension vary. Causes may include a greater than normal volume of blood, narrowing of the arteries, or the heart beating faster or more forcefully than it should. Any of these conditions will cause increased pressure against the walls of the arteries.
Excess weight is another important factor in hypertension. Though many people who are not obese suffer from the condition, it is three times more likely that those who are overweight will develop the condition. Sometimes a small weight loss of five to ten pounds will reduce blood pressure to within the normal range. If you have hypertension and are overweight, try to get as close to your recommended body weight as possible.
There are number of hypertension home remedies that you can engage in to lower your blood pressure and reduce the possibility of complications arising. The hypertensive patients are advised to involve in physical activity, walking and light exercises. They should attempt to exercise at least three to four hours weekly. They should also take foods that are organic and have high amounts of fiber, as well as starch.
1. Asparagus (shatavari) is an effective home remedy for hypertension. You can take shatavari in the form of powder or juice.
2. Garlic (lahsun) is another useful herb used to lower high blood pressure, hardening of arteries and high cholesterol. Swallow two or three fresh cloves of garlic daily on an empty stomach.
3. Drink milk mixed with a few drops of almond (badam) oil. This will soothe the nerves and help to keep down the blood pressure caused by anxiety.
4. Make a powder of the roots of rauwolfia (sarpagandha). Take half a teaspoon of this powder two or three times a day. This is a popular home remedy for hypertension.
5. Prepare a paste of garlic (lahsun). Add 1 to 3 grams of garlic paste in a glass of buttermilk (chaach). Take this twice a day.
6. Take 50 ml fresh juice of oranges twice daily. It acts as a health tonic and strengthens your circulatory system.
7. Prepare a decoction by boiling the bark of terminalia arjuna (arjuna) tree. Take 30 ml twice a day. By regular use of arjuna, a significant decrease in blood pressure has been seen in those who suffer from hypertension.
8. A sweet jelly (murabba) of apple, carrots and Indian Gooseberry (amla) are also beneficial in lowering high blood pressure.
9. Daily intake of onion (pyaz) juice along with two teaspoonfuls of honey once a day is beneficial in lowering high blood pressure. Take this home remedy for a week. If you find relief and comfort, continue for some more days.
10. Grind equal quantities of watermelon (tarbooja) seeds and poppy seeds (khas khas) and keep together. Take one teaspoonful of this mixture on an empty stomach in morning and evening with water for reducing hypertension.
11. Take one teaspoonful of fenugreek (methi) seeds morning and evening on an empty stomach for 10-15 days with water. This is an effective home remedy for hypertension as well as for diabetes mellitus.
12. Use the water kept in a copper vessel for drinking. This is good for heart as well as for overall health.
13. For immediate relief from hypertension, squeeze half a lemon in 100 grams of water and drink it every two hours.
14. Eat fresh papayas daily on an empty stomach for a month and do not take anything after it. This is also a useful home remedy for hypertension.
15. Onion (pyaz) and garlic (lahsun), if taken in balanced amounts, do not let cholesterol in the blood to increase and keep melting the blood cholesterol.
16. Do not take butter, oil products, meat, fish, ghee, salt, potato, sugar, sweets, jaggery, polished rice, cigarettes and alcohol.
17. Dates (khajur) are useful for heart patients because they contain good amounts of fiber, calcium, carbohydrate and protein.
18. Walk on green grass barefoot for 20 minutes daily. This improves blood circulation due to good oxygen supply.