High blood pressure also known as hypertension occurs when the flow of blood in the artery is higher than or above normal.

Blood pressure is determined by the amount of blood being pumped by the heart and the size of opening of the artery. The rise in blood pressure is commonly due to blockage or clogged in the artery. One of the most common cause of this blockage is bad cholesterol.

Blood pressure can be categorized into two types, namely primary hypertension (essential) and secondary hypertension.

Primary Hypertension is common to most adults which tends to develop gradually over many years. Secondary Hypertension is commonly caused by underlying condition. Secondary hypertension tends to appear suddenly compared to primary hypertension and cause higher blood pressure.

 

Various health conditions and medication can lead to secondary hypertension including:

  • Illegal Drugs
  • Pain reliever and some prescription drugs
  • Birth control pills
  • Cold remedies
  • Decongestants
  • Kidney problems
  • Thyroid problems
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Adrenal glands tumor

 

What causes high blood pressure (hypertension)? 

  • Bad Cholesterol
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Overweight and obesity
  • Excessive intake of salty and fatty foods
  • Stress
  • Smoking
  • Genetics
  • Old age
  • Chronic conditions

 

What are the signs and symptoms of high blood pressure (hypertension)?

Common Signs and symptoms of High blood pressure (Hypertension) includes:

  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Numbness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nose bleeds

 

How to overcome high blood pressure (hypertension)?

  • Healthy diet
  • Exercise

 

Alternative medicine for high blood pressure (hypertension)

  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Cinnamon
  • Basil
  • Flax Seed
  • Celery Seed
  • Cardamom

 


Weeds and Herbs - Alternative Medicine - Garlic

Garlic

Garlic is a vegetable that belongs to a bulb-shaped plants and is popular ingredient in cooking due to its strong aroma and delicious taste. Garlic is been long used as seasoning with a history of thousands of years of human consumption and grows in many parts of the world.

Aside from being a seasoning, garlic is also known for its medicinal use and benefits. Garlic ranks an excellent source of manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C, Copper, selenium, and was used as antiseptic against gangrene in the first world war.

Garlic is widely used to treat several health issues linked to blood circulation and heart including the hardening of the arteries which is known as atherosclerosis.

 

Health Benefits of Garlic:

  • Reduces bad cholesterol and reduces high blood pressure
  • Heart Protection, heart attack and coronary heart disease
  • Powerful Antibiotic
  • Hip Osteoarthritis
  • Brain Cancer
  • Lung Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Rectal and Colon Cancer

 

How to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) using Garlic?

There are different ways to use garlic to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). The most common is by directly chewing the garlic but due to its taste and smell most people rather prefer a shake garlic as smoothies.

 

*** Regular consumption of garlic would cure and normalized blood pressure.


Weeds and Herbs - Alternative Medicine - Ginger

Ginger

Ginger is a flowering plant whose roots known as the ginger is closely related to turmeric and cardamom and is widely used as a spice. Ginger is also known for its medicinal use and health benefits. Ginger contains many important vitamins and minerals. It also contains gingerol, a compound with potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and has lots of health benefits.

 

Health Benefits of Ginger:

  • Lowers bad cholesterol level and reduces blood pressure
  • Regulates blood sugar
  • Relieves joint and muscle pain
  • Improves brain function
  • Helps fight bacterial infection
  • Cure Cough
  • Eases inflammation
  • Helps fight the growth of cancer cells
  • Fights fungal infection
  • Eases menstrual pain
  • Protect against stomach ulcer
  • Helps relieve nausea
  • Promotes better digestion

 

How to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) using Ginger or Ginger Root?

Ginger comes in different variety such us Ginger Root Extract, Tea or Powder, and Juice.

Raw Ginger Root:

  • Skin-off the ginger root and rinse it with clean water
  • Chew the raw ginger root and swallow the extract

or

  • Boil it for about 5min. – 10min.
  • Drink the extract at a preferred temperature

 

Ginger Tea or Powder:

  • Simply fill the cup with a bag of ginger tea or a tablespoon of powdered ginger
  • Add hot water
  • Steer it well to dissolve the powder
  • Drink the tea at a preferred temperature

 

Ginger Juice or smoothies:

  • Skin-off the ginger root and rinse it with clean water
  • Place the ginger in a juicer and extract the juice
  • Or place them in a blender if you prefer a smoothie
  • You can also add sweetener or a fruit for better taste

 

*** Regular consumption of ginger would help normalized blood pressure.