High Blood Pressure

IMG_3910.sizedHigh blood pressure in Ayurveda is seen as a Pitta (excess fire) imbalance. Normal blood pressure is clinically measured as 120 mmHg systolic and 80mmHg diastolic. High blood pressure is measured as anything above 130mmHg systolic and 90mmHg diastolic.

 

Here are some simple everyday remedies to help control high blood pressure:

Foods:

Avoid excess of spicy, salty and sour foods. These increase the heat in the body which may affect the blood pressure.

Regular intake of coconut water will help to reduce the Pitta heat. Consume 1-2 cups of coconut water regularly.

Garlic is known to help reduce blood pressure. One can consume 2-3 cloves of garlic which cooked/roasted in ghee. Follow this with taking half a cup of buttermilk.

Watermelon acts like a mild diuretic, sprinkle a pinch of cardamom on watermelon and consume regularly.

1 tablespoon of onion juice along with a tablespoon of honey taken twice daily will help to regulate blood pressure.

Fresh coriander leaf juice is also known to help maintain a healthy blood pressure.

Herbs:

Triphala which is the corner-stone herb in Ayurveda helps to cleanse the body, getting rid of toxins.

Brahmi which is also known as a nervine tonic in Ayurveda helps to calm down the nervous system therefore helping towards controlling blood pressure.

Massages:

Ayurvedic Foot massages with clarified butter or Ghee helps to reduce the heat in the body.

Shirodhara the Ayurvedic forehead oil-flow treatment has also been recommended to help control high blood pressure.

Hridaya Basti – Ayurvedic oil therapy for the heart is also very good to help calm down the circulation and regulate blood pressure.

Yoga:

The best yoga practice for this ailment is regular gentle moon salutations. This sequence is known to help calm down the endocrine system and reduce the heat in the body. It is best done in the evenings before meals.

Shitali breathing exercise is also very good.  Curl your tongue slightly and breathe in the through the mouth between your teeth and tongue. Breathe out normally through the nose. This exercise helps to cool down the body.

Shavasana or the corpse pose is the most recommended yoga practice for high blood pressure. The main aim through this is to lie down on the ground for a few minutes and concentrate on your breath. With every breath out and let go off the whole body making it heavier into the ground. This will help to relax all the muscles and relieve any stress and tension from the body.

Lifestyle:

Take regular short breaks at work. This helps to relax the endocrine system and reduces stress and tension.

Take regular short walks in the open. These walks can be as short as 5 minutes. This is important as the body needs regular bursts of fresh oxygen to release any stagnant toxins and lactic acid accumulation in the body.

Avoid any equipment that emits radiation in your bedroom while sleeping example ipads, laptops, mobile phones. This increases the heat absorption by the body which may affect the blood pressure.

Make sure to sleep on the left side of your body. This helps to cool down the body and will also prevent any extra pressure and strain on heart while sleeping.

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