Hypertension - Useful Herbs - Sarpgandha
Hypertension is another name for high blood pressure. It can lead to severe complications and increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, and death.
Blood pressure is the force exerted by the blood against the walls of the blood vessels. The pressure depends on the work being done by the heart and the resistance of the blood vessels.
Hypertension and heart disease are global health concerns. The World Health Organization (WHO) suggests that the growth of the processed food industry has impacted the amount of salt in diets worldwide, and that this plays a role in hypertension.
Here are some key points about hypertension:
- Normal blood pressure is 120 over 80 mm of mercury (mmHg), but hypertension is higher than 130 over 80 mmHg.
- Acute causes of high blood pressure include stress, but it can happen on its own, or it can result from an underlying condition, such as kidney disease.
- Unmanaged hypertension can lead to a heart attack, stroke, and other problems.
- Lifestyle factors are the best way to address high blood pressure.
Source: Medical News Today (www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/150109.php)
Exercise and a healthy diet are among the key ways to lower your blood pressure.
But maybe you want to do more than that, and you're thinking about Ayurvedic/Herbal treatment to manage your high blood pressure ( High BP or High B.P. )
Sarpgandha is a small erect glabrous shrub about 1 to 3 feet in height, bearing white or pinkish flowers. It grows fairly wild in the United Provinces, also in Bihar and Eastern and Western Ghats. It is also called 'Chota Chand' in Hindi.
The roots, the leaves and the juice have been considered of medicinal importance from the very early times and have attracted the attention of the practitioners of the indigenous system of medicine.
It has been used as an anthelmintic, as an antidote against snake bite and bites of other poisonous insects, in diarrhoea, dysentery, cholera and also as an ecbolic.
Its use in the treatment of high blood pressure is of a very recent origin and is the outcome of the pharmacological investigations carried out on this drug. This use may be said to be, still in an experimental stage and hence any record of careful clinical observations, would be valuable in assessing the true value of this drug in the treatment of hyperpicsia.