Hypertension or high blood pressure is so common today that at least one in ten people aged 40 or above has high BP related problems. This is the pressure that blood exerts on blood vessel walls. High blood pressure occurs when heart works harder to pump blood. Thickening of blood vessels (arteriosclerosis) causes it. This can cause stroke or heart attack. It is therefore very important to keep blood pressure to normal levels.
The normal blood pressure is 120/80 mmHg. There are however variations to his readings throughout the day. If the pressure becomes 130/80 mmHg, it is risky condition. If it is 140/90 mm Hg then it is hypertension.
In Ayurvedic teachings, hypertension is the result of the breakdown of all the dosha regions which ultimately causes a derangement in vata dosha and all subsequent treatment is dedicated to straightening out this misalignment and thus returning the sufferer to health. Also such inner, repressed symptoms such as anxiety, fear, unresolved anger and frustration greatly disturb the endocrine system causing it to malfunction and in very severe cases to cease operating totally and fatally. Both of these causes of hypertension need to be addressed immediately and to do this Ayurvedic recommends many ways like: