Heart pumps blood through arteries to all parts of the body with certain amount of pressure. When this pressure increases over the required level, it is referred as high blood pressure. To be more precise, hypertension or high blood pressure is the condition in which the blood flows through the blood vessels with a pressure greater than required.
Ayurveda does not consider hypertension as a disease, but assesses certain dosha (tridosha) or dooshya involved in the blood along with blood vessels. Hypertension is referred to as Rakta gata vata in Ayurveda and describes the vitiation of vata and pitta doshas as the main cause.
Few early symptoms of hypertension is dizziness, pulsating headache, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, nose bleeding, pain at the back of the neck, palpitations (abnormal heart beat or sensation of feeling one’s own heart beat like fluttering, pounding or thud) and visual disturbance.
The risk of high blood pressure increases as the person gets older. Hereditary factors, physical & mental activities and diet are also the causative factors of blood pressure. Women are likely to get affected with high blood pressure after menopause. Over time, if untreated, high blood pressure can damage eyes, liver, kidney and can lead to heart attacks, renal failure, stroke etc.
Ayurveda provides the most natural approach towards hypertension along with extensive healing techniques without any side effects on one’s health. Ayurveda treatment concentrates on treating the root cause of the disease rather than just controlling the symptoms using medicine
Improving the digestive system is very important in Ayurveda treatment. Digestive fire has to be strengthened to eradicate all the toxins from the body as it helps to treat the disease from its roots. Following a healthy diet, regular physical exercises and taking proper medications will help to manage hypertension
Here are few effective home remedies to cure hypertension or rakta gata vata;
- Soak methi in water over night and chew the seeds and drink the water the next morning. Have lots of Greens. This will also reduce weight and triglycerides.
- Chew 1or 2 raw garlic cloves every day. Or you can also crush the garlic and add them to a glass of buttermilk. Drink this daily twice a day. Garlic is very helpful in preventing blood flow obstructions in the arteries and it also makes blood thinner, which in turn promotes a good blood flow.
- Flax seeds are very useful in controlling hypertension. Use it every day in the diet either raw or in powdered form. You can roast the flax seeds before consuming it. But do not roast and store it for later use. Freshly roasted flax seeds are more effective.
- Take one or two amla (gooseberry) and cut them into small pieces. Crush them using a blender to extract its juice. Take 2-3 tsp of the prepared juice and add 1tsp of honey. Mix well and consume this daily in the morning. Amla is a rich source of vitamin c and helps to widen the blood vessels. It is also the best fruit to consume to prevent heart ailments and hypertension. Amla is helpful in reducing cholesterol levels in the blood too.
Also include following food and herbs in your diet to manage hypertension:
- Moong dal or yellow split dal is an excellent source of potassium. It helps to bring down high blood pressure. Few recipes with moong dal which can be included in your diet; moong dal paratha, moong dal laddu, moong dal fry, moong dal kheer
- Cucumbers are good diuretic which helps to reduce hypertension and also clears the digestive system. Consume raw cucumbers daily or eat it by preparing cucumber raita, cucumber idli, cucumber sweet idli, cucumber dosa
- Water melon is a super fruit which can be included in your diet. Eat this fruit regularly or prepare juice or smoothies to keep you well hydrated and healthy too.
- Have beetroot juice, beetroot curry, beetroot stir fry, beetroot paratha Beetroot is a vegetable rich in nitrates-which relaxes the blood vessel and hence helps in easy blood flow.
- Drink a glass of buttermilk after lunch regularly. Butter milk helps to manage high blood pressure naturally.
- Include other fresh fruits and vegetables like orange, avocado, pomegranates, banana, carrot, tomatoes, drumsticks, fresh greens, lemon etc. in the diet.
- Ashwagandha tea: Boil about 2 cups of water. To the boiling water, add one or two small pieces of Ashwagandha dried roots. On a low flame, allow it to boil for 10-12 minutes. Remove the roots from the water, strain and consume ¼ cup twice a day. You can also use Ashwagandha root powder instead of the roots (use about ¼ – ½ tsp powder).
- Add 1 tsp of triphala choorna to 2 cups of water along with little rock candy and bring to boil. Cover the vessel and keep it overnight. Next morning, strain the liquid and drink on an empty stomach. Repeat this daily for to lower the blood pressure.
- Take 8-10 fresh neem leaves and crush them to extract juice. Add it to a cup of warm water and mix well. Drink this daily early in the morning.
- Hypertension occurs due to excess acidity in blood. Eat more of basic foods like methi, jaggery, bottle gourd, carrot, palak, brinjal and fruits like apple, banana, guava etc.
Diet & lifestyle changes:
- Avoid having too spicy, sweet and salty foods as they aggravate high blood pressure.
- Avoid foods with preservatives, maida products, oily foods etc.
- Do not eat heavy foods after sunset. Also limit the use of refrigerated foods.
- Include nuts & legumes, whole grains, fresh vegetables, fruits, greens and low fat dairy products in your diet.
- Eat freshly cooked homemade foods. Have early dinner and go to bed only after 2 hours of having food.
- Include sweet, astringent and bitter foods in the diet as they help to remove impurities from the blood and hence clears pitta.
- Drink enough warm water or fresh juice throughout the day and keep yourself well hydrated.
- Quit smoking and consuming alcohol.
- Do not stay awake at night or sleep immediately after dinner. Also avoid having heavy meals at night or late night meals.
- Indulge in certain physical exercises to keep yourself active.
- Practice Yoga and meditation for a healthy and stress free life.
- Amla: also known as Amlakai is used since 1000years in Ayurveda medicine. Amla is sour tasting fruit which pacifies all tri doshas (vata, pitta and kapha). It rejuvenates the body and enhances immunity and youthfulness. It promotes energy, reproductive health, supports metabolism, digesting and elimination. Amla is one of the three fruit used in triphala choorna.
- Ashwagandha is one of the most important herbs in Ayurveda. the leaves, seeds and fruit are used in various treatment. The name Ashwagandha translates to ‘smell of horse’. The herb helps to relive stress, reduces hypertension, improves concentration, boosts immunity and it also helps to sleep better. It is one of the most powerful herbs with abundance of amino acids, antioxidants and iron.
- Triphala: Triphala is an ayurvedic herbal powder which is a combination of three Ayurveda fruits Amlakai, bhibhitaki and haritaki. It is an herbal rasayana consisting of equal amounts of all these three ingredients. Triphala is loaded with antioxidants, vitamin c and also balances blood sugar. Triphala include all five different tastes-sweet, sour, salty, bitter and pungent. It also helps to balance tridosha-vata, pitta and kapha.
- Water melon, the summer fruit contains amino acid which helps to lower the high blood pressure. The fruit is also heart friendly with enough vitamin A, fiber, potassium etc. which helps to manage weight and thus blood pressure.
The information & Remedies provided on the website is for informational purpose only and has to be approved by your doctor before proceeding for self-medication. Any remedies and its benefits and uses given are believed to be accurate, however, should not be relied on in any way in making a decision whether to treat any common ailments you or your family members may suffer without consulting a certified Ayurvedic practitioner or Doctor.
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