As your heart pumps blood around your body, the resulting pressure on your veins defines your blood pressure.

Very high blood pressure creates strain on your heart and arteries and can eventually lead to heart attacks and strokes.

High blood pressure (also known as hypertension) is not always apparent and clearly defined symptoms or signs will not necessarily be obvious.  Therefore a blood pressure reading is the only way to measure and monitor the pressure exerted on your veins by your heart.  For an adult a normal blood pressure reading is roughly 120/80. Persistently high blood pressure may cause damage to the delicate blood vessels of the kidneys, brain and heart.

The unit of measurement for blood pressure is millimetres of mercury, shortened to mmHg.  Blood pressure measurements are written as one number over another, for example, 140/90 mmHg.  This indicates the highest and lowest points of your blood pressure.

High blood pressure symptoms include:

  • Angina-like pains
  • Breathlessness
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Morning headache
  • Nose bleeds
  • Palpitations
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Visual disturbances

You can lower your blood pressure naturally with a personalised prescription from a qualified herbalist who will have noted your high blood pressure symptoms and taken extensive cause noes from your medical history, past and present.  A natural remedy for high blood pressure might include a combination of any of the following herbs:

Cramp Bark, Dandelion Leaves, Garlic, Hawthorn, Lily of the Valley & Valerian.  These are just a few herbs that have been traditionally used for high blood pressure treatment.

You also need to consider other factors that impact on your blood pressure, such as:

  • Lifestyle choices
  • Diet
  • Stress
  • Genetic pre-disposition
  • Exercise

Please be aware that cases of severe hypertension (that which is higher than 180/110) should not be treated exclusively with natural approaches.  You will need prescription drugs from your GP for high blood pressure treatment at the outset to help bring your pressure down and to avoid harm to blood vessels caused by prolonged hypertension.  Any natural remedies used for high blood pressure sought be prescribed by a qualified practitioner.

About the Author: Patricia Ferguson is a consultant medical Herbalist and the owner of Greenleaves Herbal Healthcare, a herbal medicine practice in South London, near Croydon. For help with high blood pressure, call 0845 468 0823 or fill in a consultation form.

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