Treatment for Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

Treatment for Hypertension

There are a number of holistic, natural, treatments available for Hypertension (High Blood Pressure). Here are some:

Complementary Treatment Options

Shiatsu
Shiatsu has been found to be beneficial in the treatment of high blood pressure (hypertension) as it creates a feeling of calmness and wellbeing, reducing stress and anxiety, and increasing the efficiency of the circulatory system by decreasing muscle tension. Shiatsu is usually experienced as deeply relaxing, although there can also be emotional releases, there is a cumulative effect with each session in the feeling of wellbeing and relaxation. Shiatsu practitioners can work with conditions of both acute and chronic natures.

LIFESTYLE

  • Daily Taiji and/or Qigong exercises.
  • Daily Meditation.
  • Regular aerobic activity (55% to 70% of maximal heart rate) for 30 minutes and light resistance training at least 3-4 times a week.
  • Eating more fresh fruits, vegetables, and foods high in fibre.
  • Reduce the intake of fats and high cholesterol food.
  • Avoid excessive salt intake.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Avoid alcohol and coffee.
  • Reduce stress (through stress management, etc).
  • Reduce weight (if necessary).

Allopathic Treatment Options

The term “high blood pressure” is used to describe a blood pressure that remains at 140/90 mmHg or above each time it is taken. However, the
“high” can be the systolic, diastolic, or both: –

  • 170/70 mmHg – a high systolic pressure.
  • 120/104 mmHg – a high diastolic pressure.
  • 170/110 mmHg – both systolic and diastolic pressures are high.

This, however, is an over-simplification as there are always other health factors to be taken into consideration before any medication is prescribed and medication can vary from case to case.

Change of lifestyle (where necessary) that can include; weight loss, exercise, improved diet, and decrease in alcohol intake.

Drug therapy for people with: –

  • B.P. of 160/100 mmHg or above.
  • B.P. that remains at 140/90 mmHg or above after lifestyle changes (diet, exercise, etc), where relevant AND who have: diabetes, or an existing cardiovascular disease, or a 2 in 10 risk (or more) of developing a cardiovascular disease within the next 10 years).
  • B.P. of 130/80 mmHg or more and who have: certain complications from diabetes, had a recent heart attack, stroke or transient ischaemic attack, with some chronic kidney diseases.

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