“If you can cherish each moment of your life, with simplicity and sanctified devotion, you could have the essence of divinity and when you utilize the eternity, you will never fall ill”.
This is a power of Ayurveda, which is a divine gift for human beings to utilize its effective qualities and add grace to the body. Ayurveda is a treatment of many ailments and diseases with one of them is High Blood pressure, which has become a most common problem among the human beings in these different turbulences of life. As per the medical science, high blood pressure occurs when a pressure is exerted on the walls of our arteries by the force of blood as our heart beats. As the pressure is built up it can cause many arterial diseases like heart attacks or strokes, damage to the brain functions as well as vital organs like kidneys and eyes.
High blood pressure generally does not show initial symptoms though their consequences may be heavy. As per Ayurveda, it occurs when certain imbalances happen in the body like an accumulation of the certain toxins in our body tissue, bad nutrition, bad digestive system, mental stress, distress and, hardening of arteries and obesity besides others.
Ayurveda suggests that the symptoms of high pressure differ as per each person’s dosha or constitution, which is combination of two of the following like
- Vata (Air)
- Pitta (Fire)
- Kapha (Earth).
Generally, blood pressure is considered as pitta or vata or as an imbalance of both. When Pitta happens, patients can suffer from red eyes, flushed face, bleeding, violent headaches, burning sensation, blood pressure, and tight pulses etc. And Kapha people might get high cholesterol, excess weight, water retention, reduction in blood pressure, obesity, tiredness, sluggishness. While symptoms of Vata type are gas, bloating, coldness, constipation, and insomnia.
The blood pressure is followed by strain, anxiety, and nervousness. There can be sudden rise or fall with regular nervous tensions and irregular and erratic pulse.
The main aim of Ayurveda is to revive the natural healing and self-repair ability of the body.
Different Ayurvedic treatment methods are prescribed for the different dosha or body constitution or type.
For Pitta Type, Ayurveda prescribed herbs like Katuka, Barberry, and Aloe gel and in serious cases herbs are like Aloe, Rhubarb root or Senna. Gotu kola is also used to calm the nerves and relieve the body from heat and stress.
For Vatta Type: Garlic is best as it helps patients in removing vata imbalance and control blood. pressure, lower the level of cholesterol and triglyceride. You can also have crushed clove with honey once or twice each week. You can also mix 1 gm of garlic into a paste with a buttermilk and drink two times a day. You can also have two or three cloves of garlic in an empty stomach early in the morning and drink nutmeg in warm milk.
For Kapha Type: Include hot spices in the diet especially mustard and onions. You can also have herbs like cayenne, myrrh, motherwort, licorice and hawthorn berries.
There are many more herbs too which as suggested are best to keep blood pressure in check. Some of them I would like to chiefly recommend are:
Ashwagandha: It is considered as one of the best-known herbs in Ayurveda, which can be known to reduce the blood pressure and stress level. Boil the dried roots for ten minutes and allow the mixture to cool. Drink one or two cups of the mixture every day.
Amla: Amla also known as gooseberry is also a most popular herb and very beneficial for treating high blood pressure. Have one tablespoon of amla juice, one tablespoon of honey, mix it and have it early in the morning.
Flax Seeds; Having 550 mg of flax seeds every day in solid form or 20-60 ml in oil form and help you deal with blood pressure. These seeds can be effectively consumed every day.
Arjuna: It is a most popular Ayurvedic herb and is available either in the form of powder or tablets. 2-3 gms of Arjuna powder mixed with a glass of normal water if consumed every day can help reduce blood pressure.
Wheat Grass juice: Have a half cup of wheat grass juice with 2-3 cloves of garlic and 8-10 basil leaves. Grind the juice well with water and have it once a day. This would help in reducing high blood pressure.
As these herbs do not have any side effects, they can be used for many years altogether and also there is no fixed treatment for high blood pressure. These can be very safely used till the patient is cured and also for few days thereafter to prevent recurrence of High blood pressure again.