hypertension

High blood pressure or Hypertension as it is called in medical terms is one of the most severe ailments in today’s modern world. Usually, blood pressure higher than 140/90 is considered as Hypertension.

Blood pressure may be different at different times. High blood pressure for a short time is natural, but for a longer duration, it can cause serious health problems. It increases the risk of heart attack, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure, and blindness.

Usually, hypertension occurs after the age of forty, but now it is not uncommon to see people of very young age also having this problem.

Highly tiring & mechanical lifestyle, poor diet, improper meal time, staying up late night, obesity, excessive intake of coffee, tea, & alcohol, worry and anxiety can escalate your blood pressure levels.

As per ayurveda, blood pressure rises due to an aggravated level of vata dosha and reduced kapha dosha.

What is the Ayurvedic way to manage hypertension?

Abnormal vata and kapha dosha are to be restored to their normalcy to control hypertension. So, to balance these two doshas, certain lifestyle practices, diet, therapies, and medications are prescribed, which must be strictly followed to naturally tone down your blood pressure.

Ayurvedic palliative treatment

Certain herbs and herbal formulations have been found very useful in alleviating your high blood pressure.

Ayurvedic Herbs like the sweet flag, winter cherry, spikenard, Indian pennywort, serpentina root, arjuna tree, and garlic are beneficial in keeping your blood pressure under control. You can use them in the form of powder, decoction, or tablets available in the market.

Herbal formulations like Brahmi Vati, Sarpagandha Ghana Vati, Sarasvata churna, Arjunasrishta, Pravala pishti, Triphala powder are commonly used Ayurvedic medicines to manage hypertension.

It is important to note that herbs and its dose are decided based on the Prakriti & health status of your body.

Ayurvedic purificatory treatment

If your blood pressure is quite high, then your Ayurvedic practitioners may advise you of some cleansing procedures. These therapies are very effective and are indicated as per the severity of your condition.

  • Lekhana Basti (de-nourishing medicated enema)
  • Purgation
  • Shirodhara i.e., pouring medicated liquids on your head for a particular time (with medicated liquids, oils, buttermilk, milk)
  • Blood-letting therapy

These cleansing procedures are meant to expel out the aggravated doshas and bring a balance among all tridoshas.

Rejuvenation therapy

Along with the treatment of hypertension, Ayurveda focuses on promoting overall health by improving the function of all body systems and keeping doshas in equilibrium.

Rasayana like Brahmi Rasayana, Yashtimadhu, Guduci rasa, Shankhapushpi, Mandukparni are beneficial in hypertension.

What are the recommended Yoga asanas for hypertension?

Yoga plays a vital role in relaxing body & mind. Following yoga postures are very useful in reducing blood pressure.

  • Ardhakati chakrasana
  • Vakrasana
  • Shavasana
  • Makarasana
  • Dhanurasana
  • Chandrabhedi Pranayama
  • Sheetali pranayama
  • Nadi shodhana
  • Bhramari
  • OM Chanting

What is the Ayurvedic diet for hypertension?

  • Reduce the intake of caffeinated beverages like tea and coffee as they harden the blood vessels

take a salt-free diet or use rock salt instead of common sea salt but in low quantity

  • Reduce the intake of caffeinated beverages like tea and coffee as they harden the blood vessels
  • Reduce the use of dairy products and non-vegetarian diet.
  • Plant-based food, milk, lemon, ghee, spices like ginger, asafoetida, cumin, and garlic are useful to reduce vata dosha
  • Use more garlic and onions in your diet
  • Eat plenty of fruits like apple, grapes, blackberries, watermelon, peaches, oranges, pineapple, pomegranate
  • Try adding green lentil soup i.e., dal (without or with a little amount of rock salt) in your daily diet. Dal helps to reduce blood pressure
  • Use vegetables like moringa, bitter gourd, bottle guard, turnip, carrot, radish, cucumber

Cut down on sodium and fats in your diet by avoiding oily, salty, spicy foods, frozen, baked, processed, and packaged foods

What is the Ayurvedic lifestyle for hypertension?

  • To control hypertension, physical activity is a must. Morning walks, jogging, mild exercises, and yoga are beneficial to maintain blood pressure
  • Avoid the intake of alcohol and smoking as they increase the risk of cardiac diseases
  • Oil massage before bath and massage on soles of feet before sleeping maintains blood pressure
  • Take water stored in a copper vessel overnight in the early morning. It helps reduce the high blood pressure
  • Reading religious scriptures, practicing yoga asana, Pranayama, meditation regularly contributes to attaining calmness, relaxation and frees from high blood pressure
  • An obese and overweight person should strive to reduce body weight. Losing bodyweight can help lower blood pressure

What are the dos & don’ts?

Dos

Don’ts

Regularly check your blood pressure

Avoid adding extra salt over your food, fasting, taking irregular meals

Timely take balanced meals along with fruits and green vegetables

Do not use the excess of butter, curd, Bengal gram, chilies, oils, & salt while preparing food

Regularly exercise and take a brisk walk for at least 30 minutes

Avoid intake of meats, poultry products, and fish

Include more whole grains, green gram, bottle gourd, bitter gourd, moringa, amla, pomegranate, grapes, apples, cucumber

Stop consuming alcohol, drugs, and smoking

Maintain the habit of timely sleeping and rising up

Avoid day time sleeping and late-night sleeping.

Practice yoga & meditation for relaxation

Stop worrying, overthinking and being anxious over trivial problems

Final thoughts

Our busy lifestyle and diet have undoubtedly helped in the budding of lifestyle disorders like hypertension. The net result of such negligent routine leaves us ailing forever physically as well as mentally.

As prevention is always better than cure, it is crucial to realize the importance of an active lifestyle and a sensible diet.

Following regimens suggested by Ayurveda inarguably is an easier and natural way to maintain a healthy blood pressure rather than popping pills every now & then.