Homeopathy For High Blood PressureChris de Barros March 1, 2008
In this age of unparalleled technological advancement and economic prosperity, it is alarming how many people have high blood pressure. The reality is that, in many cases it is to be expected, especially with the focus on material gains within our society. The most shocking aspect of all this is the pressure people put on themselves to meet quotas, earn raises, and accumulate greater wealth.
This pressure begins as a mental strain, and as with any health condition eventually spreads to the physical realm. It is not necessarily wrong that people want a better life for themselves and their families, however this must also be balanced with other important practices, such as relaxation, distraction and exercise. The lack of a balanced lifestyle can eventually lead to hypertension, which can in turn lead to heart disease. High blood pressure is a recognized disease that can be caused by any number of different factors.
The risk factor which is most commonly blamed for hypertension is salt intake (refined white salt in particular). It is estimated that nearly 60% of cases of elevated blood pressure may be due to elevated levels of salt intake. Increased salt intake, combined with malfunctioning kidneys, can lead to a greater amount of salt in the blood. This in turn attracts more water into the bloodstream to try and balance out the salinity. More salt and water in the circulatory system means more fluid, which also equates to more pressure on the arterial walls. This relationship between salt and water is responsible for swelling in the body which causes greater cardiac output, and ultimately, higher blood pressure.
The next important risk factor is genetics. Many people have hypertension not due to an unhealthy lifestyle, but rather because they have the genetic predisposition for it. For example, a person who exercises on a regular basis, is not obese, and has no kidney problems may still acquire hypertension because there is a high incidence of this condition within their family.
Age is also an important factor in high blood pressure. As we age, our arterial walls lose elasticity and become stiffer, a condition known as arteriosclerosis. This greater inflexibility can be a contributing factor to hypertension as the arteries become more rigid and constricted. As people age, those who have elevated blood pressure run the risk of developing atherosclerosis, which is essentially the formation of lesions that obstruct blood-flow within the arteries. This condition can potentially lead to fatal diseases such as heart attacks or strokes.
Renal problems are also contributing factors to hypertension. The kidneys play an important role in balancing the circulatory system. They produce anti-hypertensive substances such as nitric oxide, which help regulate arterial pressure. Dysfunctional kidneys do not produce enough of these substances, and so blood pressure increases. Another kidney-related condition that may lead to hypertension is the reduced excretion of sodium, or salt. If the kidneys cannot dispel salt appropriately, the body will increase in fluid volume, which results in high cardiac output and arterial constriction.
The final and perhaps most prevalent contributing factor to hypertension is stress. It is no secret that today’s society is full of pressures, whether family or work related. There seem to be more things to do, and less time to do them. These pressures are the main reason why people constantly feel stressed. This mental and emotional stress takes its toll on the human body as well. As people become preoccupied and even anxious over situations, the body reacts accordingly, releasing certain hormones which create a state of anticipation. This state is physically manifested by increased perspiration, an increased heart rate (tachycardia), and an elevated rate of breathing. All of these actions put a strain on the heart and the circulatory system, and an individual who experiences this over a prolonged period of time will develop hypertension.
PREVENTING HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
The ideal blood pressure level is 120/80 (mm Hg). A sustained pressure level of 140/90 is considered to constitute hypertension. It is estimated that as much as 25% of the population suffers from high blood pressure. Preventive measures can and should be taken to avoid this condition. One of the best ways to keep blood pressure at consistent levels is by controlling salt intake. While many people are told to avoid salt altogether, it is still an important water regulator, and should not be completely avoided. Sea salt or Himalayan Crystal Salt, which is unrefined, is a healthier alternative to table salt and should be used sparingly.
Another preventive measure is maintaining a healthy diet. By eating nutritionally valuable foods (fruits, vegetables, whole grains, etc.), we are supplementing our bodies with the necessary nutrients that keep it healthy and free of disease. Regular exercise is another important tool in strengthening the heart and circulatory system.
Coping with stress and establishing a balanced lifestyle are also important elements in avoiding hypertension.
HOMEOPATHY FOR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
For those who have been diagnosed with hypertension, there are several Homeopathic remedies that can treat this condition. Aurum is a remedy that can effectively lower blood pressure. It is prescribed in cases where the patient has palpitations combined with hypertension. An Aurum patient may also have a history of arteriosclerosis, as well as depression due to financial problems. Lower to medium doses, such as 30CH to 200CH, are best.
The next effective remedy is Crataegus. This medication is an excellent heart tonic, and particularly important in cases of hypertension where the patient also suffers from an irregular heartbeat. Crataegus patients also suffer from water retention and tend to get nervous easily. Those who require this remedy also have chest pains and diabetes, as well as chronic heart disease accompanied by extreme weakness. A potency of 30CH or lower is most effective.
The final remedy is also one of the most commonly used in homeopathic medicine. Natrium-muriaticum, also known as chloride of sodium, is prescribed for everything from mental irritability to abdominal pains. In hypertensive cases, Nat-mur is prescribed when the patient also has a rapid heart beat, along with great weakness. It is also successful in cases of hypertension that suffer from palpitations and chest constriction. Low to medium doses, such as 30CH to 200CH are the common prescription.
High blood pressure is a problem that is becoming more common. There are many ways to prevent it, and also many ways to treat it. The best aspect of homeopathic medicine is that it caters to each individual patient and their respective condition. This is of particular significance, as everyone has a different reason for having hypertension. For more information, contact your homeopathic practitioner.