Blood pressure that is too high can cause a series of complications leading to heart disease and strokes. It is important to control one’s blood pressure to keep it near or below the ideal 120/80 that is given as “normal” in US patients.
There are no scientific studies that prove the efficacy of herbal remedies for blood pressure, but it is still a good idea to explore their use in some cases, either as an adjunct or primary therapy to reduce one’s pressure to normal levels.
The two blood pressure herbal remedies that are most often used for blood pressure include garlic (Allium sativum) and hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna). Both of these types of herbal treatments have been successfully prescribed by herbal specialists and alternative practitioners to their patients for many years in order to encourage the proper functioning of the circulatory system.
Some physicians are positive about herbs to treat blood pressure, but not all. With the expansion of knowledge of Eastern and European herbal remediation, more physicians are recommending the herbal route as a complement to traditional Western medicine.
Some doctors recommend that their patients with high blood pressure consume at least three or four cloves of garlic per day. While many people are turned off by the odor of garlic, garlic supplements are an alternative to eating the fresh kind-without the concerns about bad breath. Most grocery stores and health food stores sell a variety of brands of garlic pills.
Other blood pressure herbal options that are being studied, include coenzyme Q10 which helps to encourage normal levels and a selection of fish oils that are composed of the essential fatty acids that support a health heart and circulatory system.