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Home Remedies for Hypertension

o-SLEEP-HYPERTENSION-facebookHypertension is one of the most common lifestyle disorders that the world is struggling to cope with nowadays. One third of the population in United States of America is suffering from high blood pressure with adults in the age group of 20 years and above.

Blood pressure is the force that the blood flowing in the arteries exerts upon its walls. The force with which the blood flows in the arteries depends upon the cardiac output and the resistance offered by the blood vessels to it.

Theoretically speaking, the normal range of blood pressure is 120/ 80 mm Hg. A systolic blood pressure of 140 mm Hg and above and a diastolic blood pressure of 90 mm Hg and above is considered to be high. A sustained rise in the blood pressure levels of a person is referred to as hypertension.

There are various stages of hypertension depending up on the blood pressure measurement. The normal limit of blood pressure varies from person to person depending upon the age, secondary diseases and association of other disease conditions.

CAUSES OF HYPERTENSION
Causes of hypertension include depend upon a variety of risk factors like age, sex, race, lifestyle etc. The causes of hypertension can however be classified according to the origin of the disease which may be primary or secondary.

PRIMARY HYPERTENSION
Primary hypertension is usually affected by the hormonal regulation of the blood volume by renin – angiotensin enzyme system.

SECONDARY HYPERTENSION
Secondary hypertension occurs associated with other health problems like kidney failure, Cushing syndrome etc. Other hormones like vasopressin and other genetic problems can also affect the blood pressure control at a primary level.

Other causes of hypertension include

  • Smoking
  • Excessive alcohol intake
  • Aneurysm
  • Oral contraceptive pills
  • Kidney disease
  • Phaechromocytoma
  • Hyperthyroidism

SYMPTOMS OF HYPERTENSION
The symptoms of hypertension may vary greatly ranging from asymptomatic state in which there are no symptoms at all to others that occur depending upon the organ involved.

Common symptoms include:-

  • Heart enlargement also known as cardiomegaly
  • Aneurysm
  • Damage to the blood capillaries supplying the eyes and the kidneys
  • Palpitation
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Headache

HYPERTENSION ACCORDING TO AYURVEDA
As per Ayurveda, hypertension is also known as “Uccha rakta chap”. It occurs due to the vitiation of the Saman vayu (A type of the vata body energy) that circulates in the body and causes a rise in the blood pressure levels. Any blockage or hindrance in the flow of blood in the channels of circulation or the srotasa affects the blood pressure levels resulting in hypertension.

CAUSE OF HYPERTENSION ACCORDING TO AYURVEDA

  • Toxins that cause blockage in the circulation
  • Poor nutrition
  • Poor digestion
  • Imbalance in the nervous system
  • Physical and mental stress
  • Low immunity

HOME REMEDIES FOR HYPERTENSION
10298856_10152416810247612_6225940354851316253_nHypertension is not a disorder that can be solely controlled by the use of specific medicines and dosage routines. Strict dietary guidelines and lifestyle modifications need to be followed to maintain a healthy living.

Here are a few home remedies for hypertension that can help keep abnormal fluctuations in blood pressure levels under control. These can also prove to be very effective in patients dealing with initial stages of the disease also.

GARLIC CLOVES
Take 3 -5 garlic cloves and peel them. Take these garlic cloves with plain water on an empty stomach every morning on a regular basis for best results.

ASPARAGUS
Asparagus is very good for naturally controlling elevated blood pressure levels. It can be consumed in powder formulation or as a juice in the dose of 20 -30 ml daily for best results.

ALMOND OIL
A few drops of Almond oil can be added in a glass of milk for consumption on a daily basis. It is especially beneficial in high stress states to lower down the anxiety levels and palpitations.

SARPAGANDHA ROOT POWDER
Half a tea spoon full of Sarpagandha root powder can be very effective in the management of the high blood pressure levels in persistent hypertension.
This powder can be taken two to three times in a day.

GARLIC PASTE
1 -3 g of garlic paste can be taken twice daily with buttermilk as well.

ORANGE
Oranges are also a very healthy and delicious option which can be very helpful to control blood pressure levels. At least 50 ml of fresh orange juice should be consumed twice daily for best results.

AMLA+APPLE+CARROT MURABBA
A sweet recipe called murabba prepared from any of the above three fruits or a combination of both can be very effective in managing hypertension.

FLAX SEEDS
Consume 2 -3 g of flax seeds every day on a daily basis. These are immensely rich anti-oxidants that are considered to be very healthy in all hypertensive patients.

Ayurvedic Treatment of Grahani (Chronic Malabsorption)

GrahaniGrahani and Agni (the digestive–fire) are having mutual relationship which has been described as Adhara-Adheya-Sambandha in Ayurvedic system of medicine. Grahani has been mentioned as an Agni Adhishthana (malfunctioning of the digestive-fire) by a majority of the Ayurvedic physicians. Mandagni (low the digestive–fire) is the root cause of Ama (enteric toxins). Ama is the critical factor for the manifestation of the majority of the diseases. Among these diseases, Grahani is the prime- disease of the digestive tract and patients are often seen in clinical practice.

The ‘Small’ Intestine has been mentioned as Grahani in Ayurvedic system of medicine. Literally, grahain menas ‘that holds’. The small intestine is a long organ and consisting of three main layers:

    1. Mucosal: The innermost layer of the grahani (small intestine) is a complex but dynamic site of identification of six tastes (diet-chemistry). Small intestine contains hairlike structures, known as villi, which pushes the food particles towards the deeper layers.
    1. Muscular: The muscular layer pefros action through the process of peristalsis (alternating contracting and relaxation). For this apparent reason, grahani has been classified mostly as mamsa…muscle tissue in Ayurveda.
  1. Serosal: The function of the serosal layer is to interface with the general circulation so as to perform the assimilation of micro and macronutrients.

Definition

Grahani defines a diseased condition, in which the integrity and the function of the small intestine (known as grahani in Sanskrit) is compromised. Grahani is the principal seat of agni… the digesrive fire. Normally, grahani holds up the meals, until it is digested and releases it from the site only, after digestion is over. But when the function of grahani is compromised due to weakness in the digestive fire, it releases the ingested material even in undigested conditions.

Cause

In Ayurveda, first part of the small intestine is known as grahani (anatomically known as the duodenum). Most probably, the disease has got name from grahani as it the site of absorption of food. Some Ayurvedic texts have called it as sangrahani. According to Ayurvedic concept, irregular dietary habits and continuous exposure to stress are contributing factors of the disease. Today we call this disorder as malabsorption as a process of absorption is hindered in the small intestine. According to modern medicine, the exact cause of the disease is not known.

Types

Ayurveda Describes Four Different Types of Grahani.

    • Vata grahani (Malabsorption caused by vitiation of the biological air): In vata grahani, constipation is the predominant symptom.
    • Pitta grahani (Malabsorption caused by vitiation of the biological fire): In pitta grahani, diarrhea is the predominant symptom.
    • Kapha grahani (Malabsorption caused by vitiation of the biological water): In kapha grahani, dysentery is the predominant symptom.
    • Tridosha grahani: In this case, all the three biological humours are involved.
  • Other texts have mentioned two varieties of grahani accrual (samgraha grahani) (accrual malabsorption) and an incurable type called ghatiyanthra grahani (tympanitis predominant malabsorption). This has been described as sangrahini.

Signs and Symptoms

The clinical features encountered in malabsorption are

  • Abdominal pain
  • Anaemia
  • Dehydration
  • Depression
  • Diarrhoea with fatty stools
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of weight

The worst part of grahani is that in later stages, the human body refuses to absorb carbohydrates and minerals. Here, the disease tends to be chronic.

Remedies

Grahani is considered under eight major diseases. Grahani  is hard to diagnose and difficult to treat.

    1. Planet Ayurveda’s Agnitundi vati and Digestion Support, an proprietary Ayurvedic medicine, are clinically-tested for improving digestion, detoxfying ama and improving other symptoms associated with grahani.
    1. Planet Ayurveda’s Kumarisaar in doses of Kumari Saar 3 tbsp should be taken twice daily in the morning and evening, with equal water. Kumari (Aloe vera), the major ingredient in the formulation is effective in grahni caused by vitiation of the the biological fire..pitta.
    1. Planet Ayurveda’s Chitrkadi vati (One tablet, twice a day with lukewarm water) is very efficacious in promoting appetite and restoring the digestion.
  1. Half teaspoonful (2.5 g) of Planet Ayurveda’s Bilwadi churana thrice a day is prescribed with lukewarm water for diarrhoea associated with grahani caused by vitiation of the the biological fire pitta.

Prognosis of Grahani

According to Ayurveda

  • Grahani is curable if occurring in children
  • Grahani is difficult if occurring in middle age

Grahani is incurable if occurring in older patients

  • Samgraha grahani (accrual malabsorption) is difficult to cure,
    Ghatiyanthra grahani (tympanitis predominant malabsorption) is incurable.

Precautions or Diet

Dietary restriction has its own importance in treating malabsorption. Buttermilk is the mainstay of the treatment. Salt, spice and water should be avoided. Sleeping for one hour during the day is beneficial.

Conclusion

Although Grahani is predominately a pitta disease, one must take care for other biological humours…vata and kapha. In addition, addressing the mind/body relationship is of prime importance alongwith health lifestyle and dietary choices.