Hypertension Treatment: Herbs
A number of herbs and botanicals may help prevent and treat hypertension.
The following herbs and botanicals are sometimes recommended for hypertension and have been studied for this purpose:
- Achillea wilhelmsi
- Terminalia arjuna (arjun)
- Green coffee bean extract
Other herbs and botanicals that are sometimes recommended for hypertension, but which haven't been studied much for this purpose, include:
- Coleus forskohlii
- Chinese skullcap
- Olive leaf
- Eclipta alba (an Ayurvedic herb, also known as Bhringraja or Keshraja)109
- Black tea (theanine)122
- Salvia hispanica (also known as salba, or chia)114
Although homeopathic remedies are not herbs per se, they are another category of gentle alternatives that might be effective for treating hypertension.
Effect of Stevia on Hypertension
It appears that stevia lowers blood pressure by mechanisms similar to those of calcium channel blockers such as verapamil (Calan SR).9
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Effect of Glucomannan on Hypertension
There are a number of ways that fiber such as glucomannan may help lower blood pressure, and the exact actions are not yet clear.
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Effect of Achillea wilhelmsii on Hypertension
Achillea wilhelmsii is known to be a rich source of flavonoids and sesquiterpene lactones, which may explain its therapeutic effects on blood pressure and serum lipids (cholesterol and...
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Effect of Arjun on Hypertension
Arjun probably helps reduce blood pressure by relaxing (dilating) blood vessels. Abana, the Ayurvedic formula that contains arjun, is believed to help the heart work more effectively (reduced...
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Effect of Green Coffee Bean Extract on Hypertension
Recent studies suggest that Green Coffee Bean Extract may have a multitude of health benefits, mainly in dealing with health challenges that stem from oxidative stress (such as heart disease or...
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Effect of Garlic on Hypertension
Garlic may help treat high blood pressure by, among other things, acting as a blood thinner.
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Effect of Cinnamon on Hypertension
Cinnamon has shown some potential to lower blood pressure and high cholesterol, and help control glucose levels in the blood. How it does this is not yet fully understood.
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Effect of Homeopathy on Hypertension
Homeopathic remedies do not work in a direct or obvious way. Homeopathic theory has some relationship to ancient healing traditions, but in many ways stands uniquely on its own ground, unrelated to...
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