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Hypertension (known as Rakta Gata Vata in Ayurveda) is exalted pressure of the blood in the arteries. The increase in blood pressure depends upon these factors like a person’s age, sex, physical and mental activities, family history, and diet. Normal blood pressure of a healthy adult individual should be120 mmHg systolic and 80 mmHg diastolic.
Hypertension treatment in Ayurveda has a long-term and deeper impact because instead of controlling symptoms, it treats the root cause of the problem.
Also known as the ‘silent killer’ high blood pressure afflicts millions around the globe. High blood pressure is the repercussion of the increase of the arterial blood pressure. It causes the heart to pump blood into the arteries at a faster rate and is harmful to the person’s overall health. High blood pressure requires a calculated way of treatment and ayurvedic treatment for high BP does exactly that.
In Ayurveda, high blood pressure is the outcome of imbalance in two doshas. These doshas are pitta and vata. High blood pressure is also known as rakta cappa vriddhi in terms of Ayurveda. Ayurvedic treatment for High Blood Pressure (BP) aims at balancing these doshas. Sometimes an inequality in kapha too can lead to high blood pressure.
Unhealthy diet and inactive lifestyles are the leading causes of hypertension today. Most of the food items that we consume -fast foods or items packed foods with preservatives and chemicals - create digestive problems in the body. Impaired digestion leads to build up of ama (toxins), which further lead to high blood pressure. The food we eat is digested by our digestive fire in the intestines (jatharagni) to produce nutrient plasma. This plasma nourishes all other body tissues(dhatus) and aids in the production of healthy blood, which circulates all over the body through various channels).
However, if digestion is faulty, the nutrient plasma ends up producing digestive impurities or ama. This ama mixes with plasma and makes it sama (combined with ama) or heavy. As a result, the blood thus produced also becomes heavy or syrupy. This heavy blood (laden with impurities) circulates through numerous channels and toxins start accumulating in weaker channels of the body. When piling up in the heart’s channels, these toxins cause narrowing of the channels. The blood has to, therefore, end up utilizing more pressure to circulate through these channels, leading to the condition of high blood pressure.
Additionally, stress, anxiety and other negative mental feelings also cause an increase in blood pressure. Other causes could be hereditary of BP in the family, obesity, lack of exercise, consumption of high-fat and low-fiber diet, excessive intake of tea, coffee, and fried foods, etc.
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# Ayurvedic Hypertension Treatment
The Ayurvedic line of Hypertension treatment or high blood pressure is aimed at identifying the root cause of the condition and then administering herbs that can eradicate the problem from its roots. For this to happen, it is crucial that digestion is improved and the digestive fire is strengthened. Secondly, the toxins that have already assembled in the heart channels have to be eliminated. And lastly, mind relaxation methods including meditation, yoga, and pranayama are recommended to ensure that the mind remains calm and stable. It is very important to complete Hypertension treatment and follow the diet and lifestyle recommendations by the doctor.
# Ingredients to Control Blood Pressure.
Ashwagandha: It is an amazing herb and effective Ayurvedic treatment for Hypertension, inflammation and several other ailments
Arjuna: It works as a heart tonic, improves aerobic endurance, and helps manage cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels.
Triphala : The herb provides a deeply-appeasing effect on the body and mind and hence reduces the psychological stress. With the decline of the stress hormone- it results in lowering down of the BP. Triphala has been used for years to renew the cells of the body. It is a combination of three dynamic herbs. Amla, Bibhitaki, and Haritaki.
Punarnava: It also helps reduce weight and edema and also decreases the pressure from the heart. The herb is being used for the medicinal purpose since the ages as an effective Ayurveda low blood pressure treatment. The herbs calm the nervous system, anxiety, lowers obesity, and many more.
Gotu Kola: Gotu kola contains certain chemicals that seem to decrease tenderness and also decrease blood pressure in veins. Gotu kola also seems to increase collagen production, which is important for the healing of wounds.
Basil: Basil is a delightful herb that goes well in a variety of foods. It also might help lower your blood pressure. It is one of the precious herbs that helps to control blood pressure.