By Dr Harsh Sharma, DHMS, BHMS
Homeopathy for High Blood Pressure or High BP
Hypertension or high blood pressure is by and large a product of the modern lifestyle. For details of the various reasons and causes, you can refer to this article on high blood pressure. But for the sake of our patients, I am giving them in brief here. Our main thrust in this piece shall be giving the details of the different homeopathic medicines for high blood pressure.
It is pertinent to mention here that these medicines do not work like the typical allopathic medicines. The allopathic medicines immediately bring down the blood pressure and the effect lasts for a couple of hours. Thereafter, you have to repeat the dosage. This process is endless when it comes to allopathy. This means that the medicines are habit forming. You cannot leave the medicines. They will have to be taken lifelong.
On the contrary, when you take Homeopathy for this problem, the result will not be instant. This means that the blood pressure will not fall in minutes when you take the homeopathic medicine. Rather, it takes some days or weeks to start showing its effects. Once the raised blood pressure starts to fall and near the normal blood pressure, the results will be long lasting. After a couple of months, the blood pressure will come down to normal and even if you are not taking the homeopathic medicines for high BP, your blood pressure will remain normal. Before we go into the specifics of the treatment, it is important that we understand the dynamics of blood pressure or BP, what it is, its causes and symptoms. So here are the basics in brief.
What is blood pressure or BP
When the heart pumps the blood into the arteries, it does so forcefully. That is because a certain force is required for blood to be able to circulate in the whole of the body and then come back into the heart. For this to happen, a force is also exerted on the walls of the arteries. This force is known as the blood pressure. There are two different readings that are taken into account. One is the systolic blood pressure and the other is diastolic blood pressure. Simply put, systolic blood pressure is the pressure that is exerted when the blood is pumped out of the heart. The diastolic blood pressure is the pressure when it returns to the heart. If there was no blood pressure, the blood would not be able to circulate in the body. Therefore, blood pressure is absolutely necessary for life. The problem is when this pressure increases. We are here dealing with this state when the blood pressure is high.
Hypertension or High Blood Pressure
The normal average blood pressure is 120 mm systolic and 80 mm diastolic. This is the average blood pressure and not the absolute normal. If we were to check 100 normal individuals this would be the average blood pressure. This does not mean that everyone will have exactly 120 mm systolic and 80 mm diastolic blood pressure. Anything in the range of 110 and 130 mm systolic and 70 to 90 mm diastolic can be considered within range. When the blood pressure shoots above 140 mm systolic and 90 mm diastolic, it is considered high. Such a patient is said to be suffering from high blood pressure or having hypertension. One reading of high blood pressure is not sufficient to label a person as having hypertension or high blood pressure. At least 3 readings at 3 different occasions should be taken before telling a person that he is having high blood pressure.
Symptoms of High Blood Pressure or Hypertension
There are lots of myths associated with blood pressure or hypertension. A common misperception is that when blood pressure rises one gets headache or starts getting irritable or angry. This is not the truth. The truth is that high blood pressure is unlikely to have any symptoms. That is precisely why most of the time hypertension is detected as a matter of routine check up or while investigating for other symptoms. It is therefore known as a silent killer. It is mostly during a routine check up that one gets diagnosed as having hypertension or high blood pressure. If blood pressure rises over a period of time, the body keeps on adjusting to it and does not feel any symptom. Therefore one should not think that if one does not have any symptom, blood pressure is normal. Get it checked. That is the only reliable way to know if you have high blood pressure or not.
Cause of High Blood Pressure or High BP or Hypertension
As mentioned at the start of this article, modern day lifestyle is one of the biggest reasons for high BP or hypertension. The modern lifestyle is sedentary in nature. There is little physical exercise in our daily life. We have forgotten how to walk or cycle. At the same time, our food is rich and full of fat and spicy things. Little physical activity and excessive intake of fatty food leads to obesity or weight gain. This excess weight in itself becomes a cause of high blood pressure. To add to that, mental stress is dominant. We are caught in a rat race where it is important to do better than our neighbour. In the bargain we are losing out on our health.
Managing High Blood Pressure or Hypertension
My experience has been that managing high BP or hypertension is not at all difficult. We all know that the culprit is the modern day lifestyle. While we cannot go back and live in the stone age, we can take some steps that can help us bring closer to nature and farther from the modern lifestyle. The good part is that by reversing these lifestyle changes, one can control one’s blood pressure. Start walking daily for 40-45 minutes. Drink a lot of water. Cut down on intake of salty or fried food. Junk food and processed foods should be avoided. One should take raw vegetables and fruits daily. Yoga and pranayamas are very effective in bringing blood pressure levels to normal.
Homeopathic medicines for High BP or High Blood Pressure or Hypertension
In the homeopathic system, the medicines do not have an immediate palliative effect. They take some time to get the body and the various systems back into shape. This is because the stress is on getting to the root of the problem. Homeopathy does not work in a superficial manner. It just does not aim at alleviating the individual symptoms. On the contrary, the effort is to get the body, the various systems and the immunity back to the natural efficient self. Once that occurs, the body and its own innate defence systems are able to get everything under control. This can then allow you to leave a medicine free life. Here I am giving you a list of 5 natural Homeopathic medicines for high blood pressure treatment. I have found these homeopathic medicines to be most commonly indicated and very effective for the homeopathic treatment of high blood pressure.
5 best Homeopathic medicines for high blood pressure
The medicines being mentioned in the list are tried and tested ones. They have their own indications and work only when the symptoms match. It requires the expertise of a diligent and experienced Homeopathic doctor to understand the requirement of each individual patient and prescribe the most suitable homeopathic remedy for high blood pressure.Therefore self medication should not be resorted to.
The 5 best Homeopathic medicines for High BP are-
Belladonna-one of the best homeopathic medicines for high blood pressure with headache
Nux Vomica – one of the best homeopathic medicines for high blood pressure due to high life
Natrum Mur – one of the best homeopathic medicines for high BP due to excessive salt intake
Glonoine – one of the best homeopathic medicines for high blood pressure with flushing of face
Rauwolfia- one of the best homeopathic medicines for high blood pressure
This is by no means an exhaustive list covering all types of cases of high blood pressure. In chronic cases, one has to look at various things before prescribing a medicine. Such details are beyond the scope of this article. In many cases, other medicines are also required depending upon the symptoms of the patient. It is best that such medicines be taken under the supervision of an expert homeopath. Also, the effect of the medicines may vary from patient to patient depending upon the severity and the chronicity of the condition. In patients who have been taking allopathic medicines for years, one needs to take a slightly different approach. In the initial stages of the treatment of such cases, the allopathic medicines are also continued along with the homeopathic medicines. Once the effect of the homeopathic medicines starts showing, the allopathic medicines are tapered off.
1. Belladonna-One of the best homeopathic medicines for high blood pressure with headache
In cases where headaches are a frequent accompaniment of the condition, Belladonna is one of the best homeopathic medicines for high blood pressure. The pain is in the temporal region and feels like a throbbing sensation. There may be heat and redness of the face. Throbbing pain and burning sensations are also frequent. Suddenness of the symptoms is another good indication. Patient seems to be fine one moment and the next moment he starts having throbbing pain in the head, redness of the face. Vertigo is also commonly seen. He cannot tolerate even the slightest touch or motion or jerk.
2. Nux Vomica-One of the best homeopathic medicines for high BP or blood pressure due to high life
When the problem has resulted from over indulgence in different sorts of passions and high life, Nux Vomica is one of the best homeopathic medicines for high blood pressure. The patient is usually fond of tea, coffee, liquor, spicy and fried food. He is a chilly patient and gets angered easily. The patient is usually thin, active, nervous and irritable. It is most suitable for the aggressive males who are go getters and achievers. There may be constipation also. Morning is the worse time for him as all symptoms seem to get aggravated in the morning.
3. Natrum Mur-One of the best homeopathic medicines for high blood pressure due to excessive salt intake
In patients, where the culprit seems to be the excessive intake of salt and salty food or products, Natrum Mur is one of the best homeopathic medicines for high BP or high blood pressure. The patient is usually fond of salty things, fried things, pickles and sour things. There may be dryness of the mouth and increased thirst. Dropsies or edemas are a common accompaniment of the trouble. The face or the eyes may be puffy. The tongue is usually coated asymmetrically. There may be blinding headaches. The patient is usually anemic and has palpitations.
4. Glonine-One of the best homeopathic remedies for high blood pressure with flushing of face
When the face is flushed red and there is congestion of the blood to the head and face, Glonine is one of the best homeopathic remedies for high blood pressure. There is throbbing headache. There is great lassitude and the patient does not feel like working. The patient is irritable and gets excited at the least opposition. The head seems heavy still he is unable to lay it on the pillow. He cannot bear any heat around the head. The head feels big and enlarged. The headache and other symptoms are excited by exposure to sun and may even see some correlation with the rising and setting of the sun.
5. Rauwolfia-One of the best homeopathic medicine for high blood pressure
Rauwolfia, the homeopathic medicine for high BP is made from the famous herb ‘Sarpagandha’. It is used as a stock medicine when there are no other indications. There is irritation of the nervous system. This is most effective in the mother tincture form. A word of caution is necessary here as it is not to be given to pregnant women.