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Homeopathic Treatment for Hypertension

Hypertension

Hypertension is the medical terminology for high blood pressure, in which the long-term force of the blood against the artery walls when high enough can lead to heart attack or stroke.The more the blood heart pumps and the narrower the arteries, the higher the blood pressure

According to world health organization (WHO) criteria, hypertension is diagnosed when there is:

Repeated higher blood pressure readings OR Sustained/persistent BP is termed as hypertension

3 high blood pressure readings on 2 consecutive health care visits

Sustained systolic BP= >140mmHg

Sustained diastolic BP= >90mmHg is considered to constitute Hypertension

Stage I Mild HTN 140-159/90-99
Stage II Moderate HTN 160-179/100-109
Stage III Severe HTN 180-209/110-119
Stage IV Very severe HTN >210/120 

Causes?

There are two types of high blood pressure.

Primary (essential) hypertension
When there is no identifiable cause of high blood pressure, and that tends to develop gradually over many years, it is called primary (essential) hypertension.

Secondary hypertensionWhen high blood pressure is caused due to an underlying condition, tends to appear suddenly and causes higher blood pressure than primary hypertension, is called secondary hypertension. Few conditions that can lead to secondary hypertension include:

Obstructive sleep apnea

Kidney problems

Adrenal gland tumors

hyroid problems

Congenital defects

Certain medications, such as birth control pills, decongestants etc

Risk factors

Age: Hypertension is more common in people who are over 60 years of age. With age, the arteries become stiffer and narrower due to plaque build-up, thus leading to high blood pressure

Being overweight or obese

Consuming large amounts of alcohol, smoking, using tobacco regularly can increase blood pressure

Existing health conditions like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, and high cholesterol levels can lead to hypertension

Physical inactivity and sedentary lifestyle is a key risk factor

Diet rich in salt or consumption of processed, junk, and fatty foods

Complications

Symptoms or signs vary depending upon severity of condition

Heart attack or strokeHigh blood pressure can cause hardening and thickening of the arteries (atherosclerosis), that can lead to a heart attack, stroke or other complications

Aneurysm Increased blood pressure can cause blood vessels to weaken and bulge, forming an aneurysm. If an aneurysm ruptures, it can be life-threatening.

Heart failure To pump blood against the higher pressure in the vessels, the heart has to work even harder, causing the walls of the heart's pumping chamber to thicken (left ventricular hypertrophy). Eventually, the thickened muscle may have a hard time pumping enough blood to meet the body's needs, which can lead to heart failure.

Treatment

Changing lifestyle can go a long way toward controlling high blood pressure and that includes:

Eating a heart-healthy diet with less salt (1,500 mg to 2,300 milligrams a day or less). Reduce salt consumption by eating less papad, butter, bread, cheese, canned and processed foods. Consuming Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet, emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, poultry, fish and low-fat dairy foods. Potassium-rich diet can help prevent and control high blood pressure. Consume less saturated fat and trans-fats

Getting regular physical activity. Regular physical activity can help lower blood pressure, manage stress, reduce risk of several health problems and keep weight under control.Try brisk walking for about 45 minutes daily.

Limiting the amount of alcohol

Don't smoke. Tobacco can injure blood vessel walls and speed up the process of buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Manage stress. Reduce stress as much as possible. Practice healthy coping techniques, such as muscle relaxation, deep breathing or meditation, and have adequate sleep

Medications to treat high blood pressure

Changing lifestyle can go a long way toward controlling high blood pressure and that includes:

Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors such as lisinopril, benazepril, captopril help relax blood vessels by blocking the formation of a natural chemical that narrows blood vessels.

Angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) help relax blood vessels by blocking the action, not the formation, of a natural chemical that narrows blood vessels. ARBs include candesartan, losartan and others.

Calcium channel blockers including amlodipine, diltiazem help relax the muscles of blood vessels. Some slow your heart rate

Beta blockers reduce the workload on the heart, causing the heart to beat slower and with less force. Beta blockers include acebutolol, atenolol and others

Aldosterone antagonists are spironolactone and eplerenone, block the effect of a natural chemical that can lead to salt and fluid retention

H4ALL

Homeopathic medicines if taken in the early phases of disease can treat blood pressure effectively. If many years into it homeopathy can be taken along with allopathy. If you respond well allopathy can be gradually reduced. Homeopathy is effective in preventing the complications of blood pressure like stroke etc. In many cases homeopathy has helped to prevent recurrence of stroke. This is done by the deep acting medicines which consider family history of blood pressure. In acute stress its often difficult to bring the pressure down by any medicine. Medicines just don't register-because of acute stress. There was a case of a young couple who had recently bought a home with too much of loan-money.The husband was a risk taker but wife went into acute stress. Her BP would not reduce and even with homeopathy(along with allopathy) took 6 wks to respond well. My suggestion would be daily exercise and homeopathy in the initial phases.If you have BP for a long time allopathy with homeopathy when you begin to respond then allopathy can be slowly weaned off under supervision. De-stressing is very important. Meditation is great, maybe an hobby!

HOMEOPATHY MEDICINES

Homeopathy treats the sick individual, not onlyhis sickness. Thus, in case of primary/essentialhypertension, homeopathy is concerned with the patient as a whole and not just the disease. The constitutional makeup (inherited or acquired)of an individual and the environmental influences (internalor external) predisposes a person to develop hypertension. The totality of all characteristic symptoms narrated bythe patient and the peculiar signs leads the homeopathtowards similar remedy that relieves the symptoms of increased bloodpressure.

Belladonnaa sudden hypertension remedy It is suitable remedy when High blood pressure in fullyblooded individuals, and when the symptoms come suddenly and violently. There is rush of blood towards head with hot and flushed face, dilated pupil and accelerated pulse rate. Frequent and congestive type of headache, throbbing in the temporal arteries. There is generalized heat but the person's hands and feet are cold. Vertigo with headache aggravated form least jar, noise, light etc. Headache ameliorates by covering the head.

Lachesisis the psychological hypertension remedy Thelachesis patient is intensive and talkative, having agitation and inner passion that need an outlet. Suspicions, revengeful and jealousy is marked. Cannot bear anything tight around the neck and waist and wants loose clothing. Constriction about the chest with suffocative feelings all the time, the condition gets worse after sleep or on waking in the morning. Complaints are due to the suppression of discharges. The female develops symptoms of hypertension at climacteric age. There is marked hemorrhagic tendency.

Natrum mur is indicated in hypertension in overly responsible individuals. Natrum mur patient is introverted, conscientious, serious and perfectionist. Patient has silent grief or brooding tendency. There is headache, palpitations and feeling of tension (even coldness) in the chest. Craves for salty things and has great thirst. Worse in the heat of sun and better from being alone in a quiet place.

Aurum metallicumindicated in hypertension related to stress or excessive worries in highly ambitious person, who sets high goals in life but if due toany reason fail to achieve goal become highly depressed. Self-condemnation or self-criticism develop. Highly impulsive person with a sensation that heart would stop beating for few minutes and then again beat with sudden thump. There is hypertrophy of heart without dilatation. Complaints are worse at night.

Glonoinumis indicated where there is flushed face with beating headache and visible throbbing in the blood vessels of neck, heartbeat is irregular and there is feeling of congestion in the chest. Person is worse in the heat of sun, exposure to sun, sun stroke and after taking alcohol. There is a feeling of being lost in a familiar place is one of the strong indication for this remedy.

Phosphorousis highly sensitive to external impressions (thunderstorm)and desires company. Phosphorous person has many fears and phobias. During hypertension frequent signs includes facial flushing, nosebleed, palpitations and a feeling of heaviness/ pain in the chest. It is for left-sided problems. A strong desire for refreshing things and cold drinks, and a marked improvement after sleeping and eating are other signs for Phosphorus.

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