Lower Blood Pressure Naturally
featuring Robert Schneider, MD
Why do you get high blood pressure? Modern medicine really doesn't know, it says that 90% of hypertension is essential -- which means "we really don't know". But modern doctors know there is some risk factor for high blood pressure. One of them is age, which we have talked about. Another is obesity. Another in some people, about half of people is high salt intake. Another is a lack of exercise. So these are clues about lifestyle. And a really big one is phycological stress which activates the nervous system and can contribute to high blood pressure.
So what can we do about this condition from a modern point of view? Well, there is the modern health diet, like the Mediterranean diet or the Dash diet. And that's very similar to many traditional medicine diets, like the healthy Ayurveda diet.
However, when you go to the doctor and have your high blood pressure discovered, very often or all too often the doctor will prescribe for you a medication, a dietetic or ace inhibitor, there are different medications. Now those drugs may lower your blood pressure, but you know what? They don't cure your hypertension. Because if you stop the drug, you still have high blood pressure. As a matter of a fact, high blood pressure lasts a lifetime, normally it doesn't go away unless you do something more deeply about it. So that is one limitation of modern therapy, it doesn't cure the basic problem, the hypertension. There are also side effects. Every blood pressure medicine, as a matter of a fact, every medicine used in modern medical care has adverse or harmful side effects. And of course, there is the cost of modern medicines. Then there is this idea of one treatment suits all. This idea of different types of people, different types of therapies for different mind-body types is not really well known in modern medicine.
However, in the system of Ayurveda, the world's oldest most complete system of natural medicine, there are these two main ideas. One is that the cause of high blood pressure is ultimately due to a loss of connection with your body’s own inner intelligence. It's the bodies own how that creates balance and homeostasis and when that is forgotten or when that gets off, there is an imbalance. And in this case, an imbalance in the mechanisms that regulate your blood pressure.
So Ayurveda, says that first, we have to do something at that most basic level, at the causal level of high blood pressure. And second, Ayurveda realized that there are three different, major themes of high blood pressure. And those themes go along with the three different major mind-body types. Vata, Pitta, and Kapha types. Each of those can have a different flavor or different type of hypertension. From Vata, aggravation, and anxiety, nervous system activity to Kapha overweight and fluid imbalance, or Pitta more firey, anger, inflammation type.
In terms of using this knowledge for therapy. Ayurveda recommends a comprehensive mind, body, and environment approach to restore your own rebalancing mechanisms. From the level of body, Ayurveda recommends a healthy diet and healthy lifestyle. And then the dosha specific diets, these you can find in more detail in my book, Total Heart Health.
In terms of herbal supplements, there are a variety of traditional herbs which have been found to be useful in lowering blood pressure. vpk by Maharishi Ayurveda [BP Balance] is one herbal supplement which is a combination of many herbs which helps to balance Vata, Pitta, and Kapha types of hypertension. So it is one product that can be useful for many people.
For more specific programs you can see your doctor and work with your physician and Ayurvedic practitioner. This is a general program that everyone can start out with for managing your mind, managing your body, and creating a healthy environment to restore the proper functioning of your cardiovascular system and live long and happily.
The sole purpose of these videos is to provide information about the tradition of Ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the medical advice of a trained ayurvedic expert, call or e-mail us for the number of a physician in your area. Check with your doctor before taking herbs when pregnant or nursing
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