What are natural treatments for hypertension?

With time, treatment and lifestyle changes, your blood pressure (BP) may decrease to a healthier level and improve your chronic hypertension. You may need to have regular follow-up appointments with your healthcare provider to check your blood pressure and your condition. People with stage I hypertension are usually checked every two months. Those with stage II hypertension may need to be checked every month. If your BP gets very high, you will need help and treatment right away.
There are several alternative treatments for pulmonary hypertension. Eating nutritious meals daily and getting a sufficient amount of rest will help with problems of fatigue. Oftentimes, even modest amounts of activity are still too much for some people with pulmonary hypertension. However, it is still important to get some form of physical activity in order to extend the quality of your life. Consult with your doctor about what kind of exercise is best for you. Other forms of alternative treatment for pulmonary hypertension include steering clear of stress, smoking, birth control pills, environments where the altitude is above 8,000 feet, and actions that lower your blood pressures, such resting in a sauna or hot tub or taking extended hot baths and showers.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Many people take medicine to lower their blood pressure, but there are natural ways to bring it down even more, says Dr. Pina LoGiudice, a natural medicine expert and Dr. Oz Show guest. Watch the video to learn about drug-free remedies for high blood pressure.
Blood pressure is a measurement of the pressure as the heart pumps and blood flows in the arteries. Cardiovascular exercise will help to strengthen the heart, slow down heart rate, and decrease pressure in the arteries. Additional tips include:
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Decrease salt intake
  • Decrease fat intake
  • Limit alcohol use
  • Stop smoking
  • Reduce stress
There are several things you can do naturally, by changing your lifestyle habits, to treat hypertension. This should always be performed under the supervision of your doctor. Often people require medications, in combination with lifestyle changes, to adequately control their high blood pressure. Some of the lifestyle habits you can incorporate to decrease blood pressure include improving your diet, increasing exercise and losing weight. In regards to diet, the DASH diet has been shown to be beneficial in lowering blood pressure. The DASH diet includes a diet high in fruits and veggies, up to 9 servings a day, and a low-sodium diet. Weight loss, especially in obese individuals, or those with a BMI >30, has significant benefits on blood pressure. Exercise, as well as limiting alcohol intake, has also been shown to help decrease blood pressure.
An overall healthier lifestyle can help control and reduce high blood pressure (hypertension).
A diet that is low in saturated fat and salt, and rich in complex carbohydrates (vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and fruits) can help with overall cardiovascular health.
Increased physical activity or regular exercise, preferably a combination of aerobics and strength-straining, is an excellent complementary treatment for high blood pressure.
Many people who modify their diets and stick to a regular exercise program have been known to reduce their blood pressure, avoiding the need for medication in many cases.
Dr. Pina LoGiudice, LAc, ND
Naturopathic Medicine

One of the best natural remedies for hypertension is rose hip powder, says naturopathic doctor and licensed acupuncturist Pina LoGiudice. Watch this video to find out how to use rose hip powder to drive down high blood pressure.

Dr. Peter Bongiorno, ND
Naturopathic Medicine

Watch as Naturopathic Doctor and Licensed Acupuncturist Dr. Peter Bongiorno suggests some natural treatments for hypertension.

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