What is hypertension and what causes it?
Hypertension is the term used to describe high blood pressure . Also commonly known as high BP, it is a rapidly spreading ailment. It has also earned the moniker of a silent killer. Blood pressure indicates the expansion and contraction of the heart. Blood pressure is the measurement of the force against the walls of arteries as the heart pumps blood through the body. Conventionally blood pressure readings are measured in millimeters of mercury (mmHg) as systolic pressure and diastolic pressure. The high pressure measured at every beat is called systolic pressure and the lowest pressure between two beats is called diastolic pressure. This must ideally be 120/80 in youth and 140/90 in case of the elderly. Systolic pressure is considered high if it is over 140 most of the time, whereas diastolic pressure is considered high if it is over 90 most of the time.
Primary (essential) hypertension is the term applied to most of the cases in which no cause is identified. It is often the result of complex interaction between multiple genetic and environmental factors.’ Secondary hypertension, which affects approximately 5% people, has identifiable specific causes, such as alcohol abuse, cocaine use, atherosclerosis, chronic kidney disease, coarctation of the aorta, diabetes, certain autoimmune disorders (like periarteritis nodosa), certain endocrine disorders (like adrenal tumours, cushing syndrome, hyperthyroidism ), renal artery stenosis and some drugs like birth control pills, appetite suppressants, corticosteroids, migraine medications, etc. Prevalence of hypertension increases with age.
How does Work habits and lifestyle contribute to Hypertension?
Increasing industrialization, obesity, faulty diet, mental stress, has all resulted in an increase in the number of hypertensive patients. A number of youngsters work in the IT and IteS sectors like BPO, in high pressure situations with multiple deadlines to justify high pay scales, earn additional monetary incentives and have better career prospect. Here they have to work night shifts, have practically no personal life, irregular eating habits, lack of exercise, and added to it, plenty of money which results in uncontrolled binging on fast food. All this causes immense damage not only to the body but also the mind. Excessive consumption of tea, coffee, smoking, consuming processed food, meat, alcohol, etc., results in losing the natural balance of life. Toxins get accumulated in the body, the covers of the arteries thicken. This makes its inner diameter small and increases pressure because blood flow is hampered. Diabetes also increases blood pressure. It also increases when oil, fatty foods, and salt is consumed in excess. Deficiency of fiber only adds to its growth.
What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?
Initially high blood pressure is asymptomatic for many years. The back side of the head and the neck experiences pain and heaviness. These pains disappear as rapidly as they come. Giddiness, palpitations, chest pain, frequent urination, mental stress, weakness, troubled breathing are all symptoms of high blood pressure. Some of the other symptoms are swelling at the ankles and face
Other symptoms like confusion, ear noise or buzzing, fatigue, non specific headache, irregular heartbeat, nosebleed and vision changes are felt. Untreated hypertension may end up with blood vessel damage (arteriosclerosis), brain damage, congestive heart failure, chronic kidney disease, heart attack, hypertensive heart disease, peripheral artery disease, stroke, vision loss, etc.
How to lower blood pressure naturally and quickly?
Lifestyle changes may help to control blood pressure. Avoiding smoking and alcohol, eating more fruits and vegetables, regular exercise, keeping blood sugar under control (if diabetic) and maintaining ideal weight are useful.
Diet: Consuming meat and eggs increases the chances of increase in blood pressure. Fruits and vegetarian diet reduces the fat in the body, makes the arteries flexible, and improves blood circulation.
Foods rich in potassium and calcium like milk, fruits, and vegetables helps control blood pressure.
Garlic: Eating two buds every day is beneficial.
Gooseberry (Amla), Lemon: Vitamin C removes the blockages in tine blood vessels and helps improve blood circulation.
Watermelon: One can eat the dried and roasted seeds of the watermelon whose constituents help widen the blood vessels.
Rice: Hand-pounded rice contains and element from the B complex vitamins which improves the health of the blood vessels and the nerves
Vegetable juices: Juice of carrots, spinach, and bottle gourd is considered beneficial for high blood pressure. One must consume a cup of each.
Other remedies: A person with high blood pressure must get at least 8 hours of sleep at night. He must avoid excessive work, worries, stress anger, and haste. He must learn to have a neutral perspective towards life
Symptoms of high blood pressure are most commonly seen in elderly or aged people. High blood pressure is common disease in which the blood flows through the vessels at higher than the normal pressure. It is also known as hypertension. High blood pressure increases risk of heart strokes and other heart related diseases. Causes of high blood pressure are obesity, smoking, alcohol consumption, stress, lack of exercise, excess salt intake, hereditary of high blood pressure, diabetes etc. Symptoms of high blood pressure include nausea, headaches, vomiting, blurred vision, dizziness, palpitations, shortness of breath, bleeding nose (epistaxis) etc. High blood pressure can create problem in several ways like vascular weakness, risk of blood clotting, increased plaque buildup, organ and tissue damage due to narrowing and blocking of arteries etc.
Homeopathic Therapeutics for High blood pressure
|Aurum Metallicum||High blood pressure with low pulse pressure.|
|Aurum iodatum||High blood pressure in persons suffering from progressive paralysis with mental deterioration.|
|Baryta muriatica||Increased tension of the pulse and systolic pressure is high in comparison with diastolic pressure which is low.|
|Natrum mur||Indicated remedies in cases of high blood pressure which occur due to a prolonged intake of high levels of salty things.|
|Plumbum metallicum||Effective for hypertension due to gout or kidney diseases or from thickening of arteries. great paleness of skin and red blood corpuscles are decreased|
|Calcarea carb||For fat, flabby and chilly persons. Excessive sweat on head, palms and soles.|
|Lachesis||High blood pressure during menopause.|
|Glonoinum||Hypertension with congestive headaches, extreme weakness and irritability.|
|Amyl nitrosum||Hypertension with breathlessness.|
|Rauwolfia serpentina||Helps in reducing high blood pressure when there are no atheromatous changes in the blood vessels.|
|Allium sativa||High blood pressure associated with high cholesterol.|
|Belladonna||High blood pressure with violent palpitation, prolonged echoing sound in head with labored breath.|
|Cactus Grandiflorus||Hypertension with heart troubles accompanied a feeling of constriction in the region of the heart and pain.|
|Strophanthus||Hypertension in aged with heart complaints dependent on kidney diseases.|
|Veratrum viride||Hypertension with oppression, sighing, rapid respiration and grasping.|
|Viscum album||Systolic blood pressure is high and diastolic is low.|
|Ceanothus||High blood pressure due to diseases and enlargement of spleen for which it is an excellent remedy.|
|Conium mac||Hypertension of bachelors and maids in old age.|
|Ignatia amara||Development of temporary hypertension following emotional shock.|
|Uranium nit||High blood pressure during dropsy. Great emaciation is evident.|
Specialty homeopathy medicines for High blood pressure
|Adel 8 co-HYPERT drops||Indicated for high blood pressure with or without recognizable cause and renal hypertension. Contains: Anamirta cocculus 4X, Aurum chloratum natr 4X, Barium carbonicum 12X, Iberis amara 6X, Magnesium chloratum 8X, Ferula moschata 6X, Melilotus officinalis 4X, Viscum album 6X. Size: 20ml, MRP: 235/-|
|Dr.Reckeweg R85 high blood pressure drops||Indicated for blood pressure with systolic above 140 or diastolic over 90 (hyper-tension). Contains: Allium Sativum D3, Citrus Medica Limonum D3, Cor D30, Glandulae Suprarenales D30, Kalium Jodatum D3, Kalium Phosphoricum D4, Mesencephalon D30, Ren D6, D12, D30, Tartarus Deputatus D5, Valeriana D3. Size: 30ml, MRP: 250/-|
|SBL Drops No 4||Indicated for regulating BP (blood pressure), symptoms of anxiety, headache and restlessness. Contains: Rauvolfia serpentine Q, Viscum album Q, Cactus g Q, Passiflora Q, Crateagus oxyacantha 2x, veratrum viride 3x, Arnica Montana 3x, Kali phos 3x. Size: 30ml, MRP: 140/-|
|Schwabe Rauvolfia Serpentina 1x Tablet||Indicated for high blood pressure and associated symptoms like irregular heart beats, increased emotional excitability, irritability and restlessness. Contains: Rauvolfia Serpentina. Size: 25gms, MRP: 145/-|
|Allen A50 Drops||Indicated for hypertension, blood pressure systolic above 140 or diastolic over 90. Contains: Rauwolfia serpentine Q,1.00 ml.Glonoinum 3x,0.50 ml.Lycopodium clavatum 3x 0.50 ml.Kalmia latifolia 3x,0.50 ml.Viscum album 3x,0.50 ml.Kali phosphoricum 3x,0.50 gm.Allium sativum 3x,0.50 ml.Kali iodatum 3x,0.25 gm.Valeriana officinalis 3x,0.50 ml.In Aqua Destillata. Size: 30ml, MRP:160/-|
|Bakson BeePee Aid Drops||Indicated to regulate circulation of blood, checks venous stasis and hemorrhage, corrects arteriosclerosis, fights hypertension, cardiac hypertrophy and dropsy. Contains: Rauvolfia serpentina 2x, Viscum album 3x, Crataegus oxy. 2x, Arnica Montana 3x, Valeriana off. 3x, Melilotus alba 3x, Canctus g 3x. Size: 30ml, MRP: 135/-|
|Blooume 43 Hyperosan Syrup||Indicated for reducing intensity of symptoms associated with mild hypertension. Contains: Allium Sativum, Aurum Mur Nat 3x, Belladonna, Crataegus Oxyacantha, Kali Phosphoricum 8x, Rauvolfia Serpentine. Size: 30ml, MRP: 75/-|
|Bhargava Nomin H Drops||Indicated for hypertension with headache, vertigo and fatigue from slightest mental exertion. Contains: Aurum iodide 200 1.5ml, Conium maculatum 2X 1.5ml, Glonoinum 2X 1.5ml, Kali phosphoricum 6 1.0ml, Kalmia latifolia 3X 1.0ml, Lycopodium clavatum 3X 1.0ml, Rauwolfia serpentina 3X 1.5ml, Viscum album 2X 1.0ml Alcohol 60% v/v|
|Schwabe Viscum Pentarkan drops||Indicated to treat symptoms of high blood pressure. Contains: Arnica Montana 2x 10%; Crataegus Oxycantha 30%; Plumbum Aceticum 5x 10%; Secale Cornutum 3x 10%; Viscum Album 40%; Alcohol Content: 65% V/V. Size: 30ml, MRP: 145/-|
|St.George B P Tab||Indicated for hypertension. Contains: Ceonanthus Am. Q 7.5 ml, Rauwalfia Serp. Q 7.5 ml, Crataegus Oxy. Q 7.5 ml, Spartium Scop. Q 7.5 ml. Size: 30gms, MRP: 120/-|