Hypertension


Overview

Hypertension is a condition in which the force of the blood against the artery walls is too high. Usually hypertension is defined as blood pressure above 140/90 mm/Hg , and is considered severe if the pressure is above 180/120 mm/Hg. If left untreated, it can cause health conditions, such as heart disease and stroke.

Symptoms

High blood pressure is a largely symptomless “silent killer.”

A few people with high blood pressure may have 

  • Headache
  • Nose bleeds.
  • Shortness of breath.

According to Ayurveda there are three elements in the body : vata,pitta and kapha which affect the body functions when imbalanced. Hypertension, seems to be a result from the Disproportionation of vata. This condition of Disproportion can be of two types either Increase (vriddhi vaishamya) or Decrease(Kshaya vaishamya). Hypertension comes under vriddhi type of vaishamya.

Causes

  • Ageing
  • High salt intake 
  •  Lack of exercise
  • Central obesity 
  • Smoking
  • Too much alcohol consumption (more than 1 to 2 drinks per day)
  • Family history of high blood pressure
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Adrenal and thyroid disorders
  • Sleep apnea
  • Stress

Treatment

Treatment protocol aims at:

  1. Maintain Blood pressure level at normal level.
  2. Rejuvenate the whole body and treat the complications associated with Hypertension.

The first line of treatment should always be avoiding the causative factors. If the problem persists then consider the following treatment protocol.

  • Sarpagandha, Sigru, Punarnava, Lashunadi vati helps to control blood pressure at normal level by relaxing the arteries. 
  • Jatamansi,Tagara, Brahmi, Ashwagandha helps to rejuvenate the whole body and also helps to reduce stress ,irritability, anxiety and provide good sleep.

Other therapies -  Abhyanga (body massage), Padabhyanga (foot massage), shiroabhyanga (head massage) with medicated oils, Shirodhara (Pouring medicated liquids (milk/ water/ oils ) on head medicated liquids Pichu (application of cotton soaked with medicated oil over head, Takra dhara (Pouring medicated buttermilk all over body).

Herbs

Sarpagandha, Sigru, Punarnava, Lashunadi vati, Jatamansi, Tagara, Brahmi, Ashwagandha


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