Treat Blood Pressure with Herbal Remedies
As time passes, more and more people are looking to herbal remedies to relieve high blood pressure. This is driven in large part by the many side-effects that crop up through the use of conventional drugs for high blood pressure. Not only can these conventional remedies be dangerous, but they are often prohibitively expensive, as well. Herbal remedies are by and large free of side-effects - and they are usually far less expensive than the pharmaceutical alternatives.
As an example, assume that a prescription costs about fifty dollars a month. That means six hundred dollars a year for a particular drug. These drugs aren't taken for a single year, however. Once they are prescribed, the patient generally has to take them for life. That's three thousand dollars in five years and six thousand dollars in ten years! There are a lot of other things that could have been bought with that six thousand dollars. Herbal remedies, on the other hand, tend to be quite inexpensive. Some of these remedies can simply be added seamlessly into the diet, as part of the grocery bill. In other words, the expense spent on an herbal remedy may not even be noticeable. The side-effects are also minor, compared to pharmaceutical remedies. At most, they will usually be no more than a weak food allergy, if there is any side-effect at all. The pros of herbal remedies over conventional pharmaceutical medicines outweigh any of the cons, in the effects, in the cost, and in the general feeling of overall good health herbal remedies can impart to one who suffers not only from hypertension, but number of other ailments as well. Following are some of the more common herbal remedies high blood pressure patients might consider:
Naturally, anyone who is already taking a prescription drug, or who is suffering some other chronic medical condition such as kidney disease or diabetes should consult with his or her doctor before even taking such herbal remedies, like garlic. A medical professional will be able to tell how any herbal remedy will interact with any medicine currently being taken. For instance, garlic is very useful in reducing high blood pressure because it things the blood, which reduces the effort it takes the heart to pump blood. Anyone already taking a blood thinning agent for hypertension, therefore, will not want to take garlic to further thin the blood and cause even worse medical problems in the future. Herbal remedies for hypertension can be used on their own to great effect. Like any medicine, herbal remedies work even better when they are accompanied by changes in diet or increased exercise. Overweight patients could always lose weight to help even further. Reduce stress if stress is a major contributor to the blood pressure problem. Quit smoking and exercise regularly. These may seem like simple things that go without saying, but they are just some of the ways anyone can take control of their health.