Holistic Treatments & Remedies for High Blood Pressure
People are constantly searching for alternative methods to treat their medical conditions, for
whatever reason. Maybe they are afraid of traditional doctors and traditional doctor office
environments or maybe they simply do not believe in traditional medical health practitioners and
lab created medications. Some people whole heartedly believe that anyone can heal from within.
So if you are one of those types of people who would rather work at lowering your high blood
pressure the natural or holistic way, there are quite a few options, and as long as you feel good,
maybe going the natural route is the right choice, but do not eschew signs that the condition is
worsening. If you feel your chest tightening or your heart has an irregular beat to it, go straight to
the doctor’s office. Not all medical conditions can be cured the holistic way but you can try it as
long as you feel well and your blood pressure remains at an optimum level.
Some of the common natural methods for maintaining and controlling high blood pressure
include ingesting a lot of Potassium. Potassium is an important nutrient for the body, especially
for the maintenance of high blood pressure. Everyone’s body needs potassium as it placates the
muscles, causing steady, undisturbed contractions. Potassium is also instrumental in removing
waste from the body.
Eating a banana a day could greatly enhance blood pressure levels. If your blood pressure is
in the higher number zone, Potassium can help lower it and if it is already where it should be
Potassium will help keep it there.
Not really a well known element to help lower blood pressure the holistic way, but magnesium
is being hailed as a wonder nutrient for keeping blood pressure in check. Like Potassium,
magnesium is very good for muscle and nerve function. Magnesium could well be considered a
wonder nutrient as it normalizes heart rate, strengthens bones and facilitates a healthy immune
system. You can find magnesium in a lot of foods such as fish, namely tuna and halibut; fruits
such as artichokes and figs; whole grains—any foods made with whole wheat flour, brown rice
or barley; prune juice; yogurt; nuts; and legumes.
One of the more common nutrients that has received a lot of hype in the past for helping to lower
and maintain optimum blood pressure levels is garlic. With all the positive press that garlic has
received there must be something to it. In fact it has been proven that garlic is a heart-friendly
herb by helping to lower cholesterol and has been proven naturally to lower high blood pressure.
Garlic can be found right at your grocer’s produce section. Adding garlic to some of your
favorite dishes will not only enhance the taste by adding flavor, it is very good for you, although
pungent. If garlic breath is an issue, then try a garlic supplement. There are many on the market,
so you can acquire all of the benefits without clashing with the odor that sometimes lingers on
your person after it is ingested.
Similar to magnesium, L-argine is a little known amino acid that helps the body produce nitric
acid. Nitric acid is conducive to lowering blood pressure. Even though L-argine has not received
a lot of press, it can be found in many of the foods we eat such as meat, peanuts, soy and wheat
products. But food such as meat that is high cholesterol and peanuts that are high in fat should
always be consumed in moderation. Taken in moderation on a daily basis, L-argine, which, like
garlic comes in a supplement form, can reduce blood pressure and is also known to help lower
The wonders of vinegar. Perhaps you have used vinegar for a multitude of projects in addition
to a dressing for your salad such as cleaning windows or shining silver, but did you know that
apple cider vinegar is one of the best nutritional products on the market for treating high blood
Apple cider vinegar is chock full of vitamins and nutrients that are considered helpful for
lowering high blood pressure because it includes many vitamins such as A, B1, B2 & B6, C and
E, in addition to potassium, magnesium, which was discussed earlier, as useful natural nutrients
for lowering and maintaining optimum blood pressure.
Health practitioners tell their patients all the time to modify their diets when high blood pressure
becomes problematic. By making wise choices at the grocery store and purchasing products full
of Potassium and magnesium, along with a healthy dose of garlic and apple cider vinegar
every day, your blood pressure may come down to a level that you can be proud of. This should
be your goal since left untreated high blood pressure can surely turn into something more serious
such has heart or kidney disease—even diabetes.
But diet may not be enough—exercise should be incorporated into your daily health regimen.
This does not mean that you have to run on the treadmill for an hour every day—although that
would be great, but if you are just starting out on an exercise regimen and you want to slowly
build up to a more strenuous work out, start slow. There are many modes of exercise that will not
only help you to stay in shape but will also help to lower your blood pressure in ways that do not
tax your body too strenuously.
Holistic Treatments & Remedies for High Blood Pressure
Walking, for example; anyone who is just starting an exercise regimen can incorporate
walking more into their activities of daily living. By making a conscientious effort, anyone
can walk around a little more, even in the home environment by using landscape of the
house for inspiration. For instance, use the steps more, walk to the television to change
the channel or volume, perform simple chores more often like dusting and running the
sweeper. Not only will it create a cleaner place to live you will be moving around more,
lowering blood pressure.
Swimming is great exercise and great heart healthy exercise. This low-impact activity
encourages muscle use, thereby burning calories, and since the body is supported by the
water, swimming provides a good workout without stress to limbs or muscles. Swimming
is highly encouraged for those healthy enough to swim, as it is an optimal source for both
exercise and blood pressure control.
And for those healthy enough to participate, yoga is an excellent exercise choice. For the
beginner, classes start out slow, taking into consideration the beginners limitations. Yoga helps
improve balance while building muscle strength.
Yoga is a mind/body exercise, as it requires that you focus both on the physical and mental
aspect of each pose. It is low impact. Practitioners say that it improves balance and increases
strength and mobility. Using the natural resistant forces of gravity, yoga works by stretching
against the forces to improve muscle strength, while at the same time breathing a measured,
timely breath. Yoga also helps to lower blood pressure, improve posture, balance and strength,
all of which benefit overall health.
Pilates is also low impact, although a bit more strenuous than yoga. Pilates is for the person
who wants to build core strength, flexibility and endurance. Much like yoga, the exercises
consist of low repetition stretching and controlled movement, along with measured and
timely breaths. Not only is Pilates excellent for a maintaining controlled blood pressure it
also helps to alleviate back pain.
Tai Chi, an ancient Chinese practice that has grown by leaps and bounds in popularity in
the west these past few years, uses fluid body movements to strengthen muscles and relieve
stress. Regular Tai-Chi exercise will improve balance, posture, strength and flexibility and
will assuredly help to lower blood pressure and improve heart health.
When your doctor tells you that you have high blood pressure and gives you the choice of trying
to improve the numbers on your own before writing you a prescription, you opt to go the holistic
route. Between diet modification and low-impact exercise you can improve your numbers.
Besides it will give you that excuse you have been searching for to embark on a physical fitness
Keep in mind that there is no one type of exercise better than the next. It is up to you and your
doctor to determine what kind of physical program you are well enough to try. The doctor's
advice is very important before choosing the exercise program that suits your needs. Some
additional medicines may be necessary in the future if the fitness program does not work out to
your doctor’s satisfaction.
So in the case of the person for whom high blood pressure is a problem, by dissecting the
negative aspects of the patient’s life a cure can be found, according to traditional homeopathic
philosophy. Treatment does not include traditional “laboratory” made medications. The
traditional homeopathic healer would rather rely on products found in nature to cure high blood
Herbs, plants and stones such as quartz are some of the more common elements used on
homeopathy medicine. Diluted with alcohol, quartz stones can be used more effectively.
Homeopathy’s basic law states that to emulate someone’s adverse symptoms the health
practitioner must find an element to produce the same type of symptoms as the disease it is
trying to defeat.
For many proponents of the homeopathic way for treating, in this case, high blood pressure,
traditional medications are nothing more than a crutch on which patients become dependent. The
growing dependency on the traditional high blood pressure medications such as beta blockers,
ACE inhibitors, water pills, to name a few of the more common, makes it more difficult for the
body to fight off the disease. But homeopathic medicines do not put individuals at risk in the