Hypertension, called Rakta Gata Vata in Ayurveda, is elevated blood pressure in the arteries. Blood pressure of an average healthy adult individual is 120 mmHg systolic and 80 mmHg diastolic.
Causes of Hypertension
Unhealthy diet and sedentary lifestyles are the main reasons for hypertension nowadays. Impaired digestion due to consumption of the wrong type of foods, leads to accumulation of Ama (toxins), that further lead to high blood pressure. The food consumed is digested with the help of the digestive fire (Jatharagni). The plasma that is produced nourishes all other dhatus (body tissues) and aids in the production of healthy blood, which circulates in the body through various channels.
When digestion is diminished, the nutrient plasma ends up producing digestive impurities or Ama. The toxins formed, cause narrowing of the channels. As a result, the blood has to apply more pressure, leading to increased pressure in the blood. Stress, anxiety and negative feelings also cause a rise in blood pressure. Other causes could be–hereditary, obesity, lack of exercise, consumption of high-fat and low-fibre diet and refined foods.
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Treating hypertension with Ayurveda has a long-term and more profound impact as it addresses the root cause of the problem, instead of just controlling the symptoms. The therapy aims at identifying the root cause of the condition and then administering herbs that can fix the problem from the roots. To achieve this–
– It is essential to improve digestion and strengthen the digestive fire [Agni].
-The toxins that are accumulated in the channels have to be eliminated.
-Mind relaxation techniques – that include meditation, yoga and pranayama – are recommended to ensure that the mind remains calm and stable. It is essential to complete Hypertension treatment and follow all diet and lifestyle recommendations.
Diet & Lifestyle
- Avoid eating meat, eggs, table salt, pickles, tea and coffee.
- Avoid smoking as it increases heart rate.
- Increase use of lemon, garlic and Indian gooseberry (amla), watermelon, grapefruit, skim milk and cottage cheese.
- Regular exercise is the best way to lower blood pressure; brisk walking, jogging and swimming are good options.
- And of course–Laughter is the best medicine, as it relieves stress and anxiety, which are the main causes of high blood pressure
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