Sometimes you can do everything right and your high blood pressure just won't go down.
Take Mary, for instance. She posted on the Advanced Bionutritionals Facebook page that she was taking several really good supplements. Between the nutrients she was taking and her many healthful lifestyle choices, her 59 year-old body functioned more like a 42 year old. Impressive! But her blood pressure was still high.
As a result, she has to take 5 mg Amlodipine, a powerful calcium channel blocker, to keep her pressure down. Amlodipine can cause a variety of side effects, including low blood pressure, severe chest pain, and even a heart attack. In fact, one study showed that 78.3% of people using Amlodipine had some sort of negative side effect. So it's not the safest way to lower your blood pressure, to say the least. Fortunately, there's a better way.
It's quite obvious from Mary's situation that singular nutrients — and even multiple nutrients — often aren't enough to lower high blood pressure. The reason is that they likely don't address the underlying cause of the elevated blood pressure. When this happens, it's best to look for food allergies, mineral deficiencies, or toxins that are causing the issue. Beyond that, an herbal cocktail could be the answer.
The cocktail is made out of the herbs salvia, scutell baicalensis, gardenia, rehmannia glutinosa, and prunella vulgaris. Salvia is one of the most used and studied herbs in Chinese medicine for high blood pressure. It has a long history of effectiveness, and studies have proven its worth in treating the condition.
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Scutell baicalensis probably isn't a name you've heard before. Even its common names — Baical skullcap root and Huang Qin — aren't that well known. But the herb is another ancient Chinese treatment for hypertension. It has the added benefit of helping with atherosclerosis. So it can help in cases where hardening of the arteries is contributing to the hypertension.
Gardenia is more of an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. So it's very effective for cases of high blood pressure caused by an infection (something that's often overlooked) or systemic inflammation.
Rehmannia glutinosa really helps lower high blood pressure when blood sugar or insulin issues may be the cause. It's very effective at lowering high cholesterol, high blood sugar, and inflammation.
Finally, prunella vulgaris (or selfheal) is the least known and least studied of these herbs. China has used it to lower blood pressure, but we don't have any scientific proof that it works. That's more a function of researchers not studying it than it is of its ability to heal. Ask any Chinese medicine expert who has used it, and they can tell you stories of how it's helped their patients deal with high blood pressure.
Taken together, these herbs provide an extremely powerful concoction for lowering your blood pressure. If you're taking a prescription drug as well, make sure you keep an eye on your pressure, as it may fall too low. Talk to your doctor immediately if you experience any dizziness, feeling light-headed, or fainting. You can find all of these herbs in a new product from Advanced Bionutritionals called Advanced Blood Pressure Support.
Your insider for better health,
Steve Kroening, ND