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Hypertension or high blood pressure is so common today that at least one in ten people aged 40 or above has high BP related problems. This is the pressure that blood exerts on blood vessel walls. High blood pressure comes in when it is totally difficult for the heart to pump blood. Thickening of blood vessels (arteriosclerosis) causes it. This can cause a stroke or heart attack. It is therefore very important to keep blood pressure to normal levels. According to Ayurveda, hypertension is caused mainly due to the accumulation of toxins in blood and tissues, poor digestion or nutrition, imbalance of nervous system, physical or mental stress due to disruption of natural biological rhythm. Ayurveda is a natural treatment for hypertension. It is a gradual process of removing impurities accumulated in body tissues.
The main herbs used by Ayurveda practitioners to reduce blood pressure include sarpagandha (Rouwolfia serpentine), Arjuna (Terminalia Arjuna), Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa), Rose extracts etc are great treatment for hypertension. Dhara or medicated oil massage for the head is beneficial in pacifying mind and reducing blood pressure. Avoiding alcohol, smoking, fat-rich foods all of them should be implemented in order to start better and healthier lifestyle. It's proven that certain amounts of black chocolate can be beneficial for heart health and may help to relax the blood vessels and even lower blood pressure. Be warned, before taking any treatment you should first consult the Rasyog Ayurveda doctor’s provider before start taking any of those herbal supplements, to avoid interference between them.
American Heart Association grades hypertension according to the blood pressure readings, systolic blood pressure more than 140mm of mercury is considered high blood pressure. Conventionally used medications for hypertension treatment are angiotension converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, angiotension II receptor blockers (ARBs) and calcium channel blockers.With so many medical practitioners claiming to treat hypertension, why should anyone choose Rasyog? Well, for a simple reason that understanding the entire pathophysiology of hypertension is necessary for hypertension treatment. Ras Shastra is a science that makes understanding the disease easy and their treatments easier. Rasyog opines that a healthy diet and regular physical activity mainly for the obese or overweight are essential for a healthy lifestyle. Hypertension can present as chronic kidney disease, heart failure or even acutely as heart attack and hence the need for a multi-dimensional approach.