HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE AND HOW TO TREAT IT NATURALLY
A. Right BP - Key to Long Life
The relationship between blood pressure and cardiovascular disease is a continuous one. A normal blood pressure through your years is the key to a long life say the experts. Excess risk for cardiovascular disease begins to increase substantially at a SBP (Systolic Blood Pressure) greater than 140 mm Hg and a DBP (Diastolic Blood Pressure) greater than 83 mm Hg.(2) Factors such as age, race, sex, socioeconomic status, and other cardiovascular risk factors should be considered in determining the need for treatment.(3) Since it is estimated one fifth of British adults have SBP that averages over 140 mm Hg and/or DBP that averages 90 mm Hg or greater. The Joint National Committee on Detection Evaluation and Treatment of High Blood Pressure V (JNC V) has reclassified hypertension to emphasize elevation of SBP and to phase out the outmoded adjectives mild, moderate and severe.
Category SBP DBP
80 < Normal <120
130-139 < Borderline < 85-89
140-159 < Stage 1 < 90-99
160-179 < Stage 2 <100-110
180-209 < Stage 3 < 110-119
210 < Stage 4 <120
There is elevated risk of disease and death at all levels of hypertension and each requires long-term management. Each stage can be treated effectively with herbal medicine.
Symptoms that can lead to or suggest high blood pressure: anger, fear, worry, anxiety, depression, guilt, overwork, physical strain, stress, mental strain, excessive exercise, sleep deprivation, light-cycle disruption (going to sleep late), late nights, surgery, trauma, injury, intermittant inflammation, infections, frequent pain, temperature extremes, toxic exposure, malabsorption, maldigestion, regular illness, allergies, hypoglycaemia, blood sugar highs and lows, nutritional deficiencies, low body temperature, weakness, unexplained hair loss, hair loss, nervousness, difficulty building muscle, muscle wasting, irritability, mental depression, difficulty gaining weight, apprehension, blood sugar imbalance, inability to concentrate, excessive hunger, tendency towards inflammation, moments of confusion, indigestion, poor memory, feelings of frustration, alternating diarrhea and constipation, diarrhoea, constipation, bone loss, auto-immune hepatitis, auto-immune diseases, lightheadedness, palpitations, heart fluttering, dizziness, poor resistance to infections, low blood pressure, insomnia, food allergies, PMS, craving for sweets, dry skin, thin skin, headaches, scanty perspiration, alcohol intolerance
B. Risks of Hypertension
The choice of 140 mm Hg to define high SBP or 90 mm Hg to define high DBP should not imply a fixed threshold by which to initiate therapy. Persons with consistent readings between 85 89 mm Hg should be considered as having borderline diastolic hypertension, and although in most cases this does not warrant treatment, non-medication treatment should be started.
"Borderline" hypertensive persons are usually significantly heavier, and have higher total and LDL (bad) cholesterol, lower HDL (good) cholesterol, and higher glucose and insulin levels. (4) It has been concluded that "borderline" high blood pressure is associated with other cardiovascular risk factors. (4)
Coexisting high SBP is an important factor to consider since it has been found to be more predictive of cardiovascular disease and death in the majority of British men. (5) (6) Isolated high SBP is predominantly found among the elderly.
The six year risk of coronary artery disease mortality among men, 35 to 57 years of age, screened for the Multiple Risk Factor Intervention Trial (MRFIT) confirms earlier reports from Framingham that multiple cardiovascular risk factors increase the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) and death. Cigarette smoking increases the risk by two to three fold independent of DBP and cholesterol levels. As cholesterol levels increase the risk of CHD mortality increases by three fold from the lowest to the highest category.(6) Between 1972 and 1990 the US experienced a significant reduction in the mortality rates for coronary heart disease (50%) and stroke (57%) in both men and women (1) compared to a decrease of <10% in mortality from all non cardiovascular diseases. (7) Goldman and Cook (8) estimated that lifestyle factors (less cigarette smoking, less saturated fat consumption and healthier dietary habits, and increased physical activity) have contributed to about 50% of the decline; physician initiated factors are estimated to account for about 40% of the decline. Recent data from the Framingham study suggest that the decrease in incidence of coronary heart disease is related to changes in lifestyle and to treatment of hypertension. (7)
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Ingredients Qty Terminalia arjuna 250mg Other Ingredients: Microcrystalline Cellulose, Aerosil, Purified Talc.
1 - 2 capsules twice a day with warm water.