Besides a salt restricted diet and blood pressure reducing medications, you can rely on certain herbs for treating hypertension. For centuries, herbalists and folk healers have used specific herbs for treating high blood pressure. These herbs could improve blood circulation and could complement your hypertension medications.
Garlic is one of the best-known natural vasodilators. It is a rich source of allicin, a sulfur based compound noted for its beneficial affect on the cardiovascular system.
In traditional Chinese medicine, a cup of chrysanthemum tea is recommended for normalizing the blood pressure level. However, only a specific chrysanthemum species known as Chrysanthemum Indicum could be used for treating high blood pressure. The flower of this particular chrysanthemum species has a yellow center surrounded by white petals. Tea or decoction made with chrysanthemum flower promotes blood circulation by dilating the coronary arteries.
Gingko biloba is another vasodilator. It helps to dilate the arteries, enhancing blood circulation, consequently normalizing the blood pressure level.
Dandelion is a widely neglected herb. The plant that we mistreat as a weed is blessed with several medicinal properties and hypertension remedy is one of them. One to two cups of dandelion tea could prevent your blood pressure level from rising to harmful heights. Dandelion reduces depletion of potassium. Potassium is an important mineral for regulating the blood pressure level. Low levels of potassium, causes electrolyte imbalance, leading to rise in the sodium level, which consequently pushes up the blood pressure level.
Astragalus is a prominent Chinese medicinal herb. Decoction made with the root of astragalus is used for lowering the blood pressure level. It is also used as a heart tonic and diuretic.
While both the leaves and the berries of hawthorn can be used for treating hypertension, the hawthorn berries are most effective in bringing down the blood pressure level. In a clinical trial researchers found that taking 600mg of hawthorn extract for about two months could significantly reduce the blood pressure level.
Olive leaf extract is found to be effective in lowering the blood sugar level.
This common culinary herb could even help to lower your blood pressure level.