High Blood Pressure by the Numbers
The CDC reports that 75 million Americans have high blood pressure. That equates to 1 in every 3 adults. Only 54% of those cases are believed to be “under control.” Perhaps this is why I am so often asked for natural solutions that can help.
When speaking about any health issue, it is important to keep the situation monitored in some way. It can be very helpful to work with a doctor to track your blood pressure statistics even if you aren’t interested in pursuing pharmaceuticals,
It is the 46% that are not “under control” that disturbs me. We can only guess at what sort of situations may make up this group:
- perhaps folks for whom the currently available pharmaceuticals are not working,
- folks who do not monitor their health,
- and maybe folks who don’t want to use pharmaceuticals and don’t know (or don’t think) there are any other options.
Monitoring Blood Pressure
It is never smart to be unaware of the condition of your body. It’s just too easy to obtain a blood pressure cuff for home use! Once you have a plan for keeping track of your numbers you can move forward with what to do about them.
- 120/80 or less is considered normal
- 120/80 – 139/89 is considered pre-hypertension
- 140/90 and above is considered to be high
Whether you take pharmaceuticals or prefer to avoid them, it is never ok to do nothing. Supplementing can support either way and knowing what your options are can be truly helpful. Beyond the typical advice to get your body moving and reduce your intake of refined/iodized salt, here are some herbs that my help.
Herbs for High Blood Pressure
One of the most common natural (and medical) solutions for high blood pressure is to relieve the water pressure in your cells. When we retain water there is pressure on our blood vessels, causing our blood pressure to rise in response. These are a few common diuretics that you might add to your food or make into tea on a regular basis to move water out of the body and relieve this pressure:
- Dandelion leaf (Taraxacum officinale)
- Chickweed (Stellaria media)
- Corn silk (Zea mays)
- Nettle (Urtica dioica)
Various studies have shown these herbs to reduce blood pressure numbers by varying degrees. Use these with a bit more care if you are already taking pharmaceuticals (to ensure that blood pressure does not drop inappropriately).
- Linden (Tillia spp.)
- Hawthorn (Crataegus spp.)
- Crampbark (Viburnum opulus)
- Black Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa)
- Sesame Seed and Sesame Seed Oil
- Hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa)
- Garlic (Allium sativum)
- Orange Peel
Whenever I write one of these general health pieces, my intention is to share some of the known options with you. This condition affects people for many different reasons. Each individual must research for themselves the herbs for high blood pressure listed above.
If you have a doctor who is open to holistic conversations, share with him/her your desire to supplement in this manner. They can help you do so safely with or without your medication.
Do you use herbs for high blood pressure? If so, how’s it going?