Hypertension (or High Blood Pressure) is one of the major causes of disability and death all over the world. Persistent hypertension could be one of the main causes for heart diseases, brain haemorrhage, stroke and kidney disease. Hypertension (High blood pressure) is the doorway to various other ailments.
In a majority of the cases, hereditary factors, stress, and ageing are the main reasons for high blood pressure. In many cases, hypertension does not cause any symptoms until it causes complications such as heart attack and stroke and plays a role of a silent killer in the body. So it is important to realise that you may have high blood pressure and the only way to find it out that get your blood pressure checked at regular intervals.
Some common symptoms noticed in patients with high blood pressure are headaches, breathing difficulties, breathlessness, swollen feet, short temper, shivering, excess thirst, urination troubles, giddiness, and insomnia. Although all of these symptoms may not be present in all, if you notice one or two such symptoms often, and are over 40 years of age, it is better to get your blood pressure monitored.
Causes of Hypertension:
Ayurvedic Approach to Hypertension:
This is more of a lifestyle disorder and can be well managed with diet, exercise (Yoga, Dhyana, Pranayama etc) and some medicines, especially if required.
Regular Panchakarma – one of the Ayurvedic remedies for blood pressure and also an Ayurvedic treatment for hypertension – can minimise the need for intake of medicine. Shirodhara is said to be one of the most effective treatments for the same.
According to Ayurveda, high blood pressure involves all the doshas, the heart, and the blood vessels. People with Pitta and Vata predominant constitution and Pitta and Vata imbalance, are more prone to hypertension than any other. Unprocessed anger, frustration, irritability, anxiety and fear leads to mal-adaptation of the endocrine system, which then leads to conditions like hypertension. Treatment is based on bringing these imbalances back to normal.
People undergoing allopathic treatments for high blood pressure, can also safely follow some of the remedies suggested by Ayurveda for hypertension, on consultation with a physician.