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« Topic Start: March 26, 2007, 10:01:56 pm »

So, the dr. has decided my blood pressure is too high.  Before I give in and let him prescribe something I'll be stuck with for a long time to come, I wonder if anyone has tried any alternative treatments that will help in lowering blood pressure.  I'm aware of the salt/fat/exercise aspects of this and am good on the first two.   Roll Eyes  And trying to work on the latter.  What else is there to check out and possibly add to my new regimen? 

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« Reply #1: March 26, 2007, 10:03:44 pm »

So, the dr. has decided my blood pressure is too high.  Before I give in and let him prescribe something I'll be stuck with for a long time to come, I wonder if anyone has tried any alternative treatments that will help in lowering blood pressure.  I'm aware of the salt/fat/exercise aspects of this and am good on the first two.   Roll Eyes  And trying to work on the latter.  What else is there to check out and possibly add to my new regimen? 



Stress reduction..I've found (and you probably already do it) meditation a great help in keeping the stress levels down.

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« Reply #2: March 26, 2007, 10:06:53 pm »

So, the dr. has decided my blood pressure is too high.  Before I give in and let him prescribe something I'll be stuck with for a long time to come, I wonder if anyone has tried any alternative treatments that will help in lowering blood pressure.  I'm aware of the salt/fat/exercise aspects of this and am good on the first two.   Roll Eyes  And trying to work on the latter.  What else is there to check out and possibly add to my new regimen? 

Stress is the one that's getting Hubby, I think.  So--relax, relax, relax.  Meditation, make some of your exercise something relaxing like yoga, pet a cat, learn to let things go instead of letting them get under your skin or become obsessions, relax.

I'm very interested in any input anyone has as well.
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« Reply #3: March 26, 2007, 11:26:47 pm »

Not just petting a cat, petting a dog or a bunny will work, too.  So will sitting quietly and watching an aquarium-- which is why so many doctors and dentists have them in their waiting areas.   Go outside and sit with your back against a mature tree.  Close your eyes, align your spine with the vertical trunk and listen to the tree as it lives.

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« Reply #4: March 26, 2007, 11:33:36 pm »

What else is there to check out and possibly add to my new regimen? 

Have you looked into acupuncture and/or acupressure?  I don't know about high blood pressure, but I had great results with acupuncture for migraines.
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« Reply #5: March 27, 2007, 11:36:22 am »

So, the dr. has decided my blood pressure is too high.  Before I give in and let him prescribe something I'll be stuck with for a long time to come, I wonder if anyone has tried any alternative treatments that will help in lowering blood pressure.  I'm aware of the salt/fat/exercise aspects of this and am good on the first two.   Roll Eyes  And trying to work on the latter.  What else is there to check out and possibly add to my new regimen? 


I've got an herbal formula I designed for my SO for his HBP/High cholesterol, I'd be happy to share if you're interested.  It's medicinal of course, just herbal medicine instead of allopathic, so I don't know I that's something you want.

There are other dietary changes you can make in addition to the low-salt diet.  This is my SO's regime:  Maintain a good level of potassium in you diet.  (Though be careful if you have kidney problems.)  Eat lots of garlic and cayenne pepper, too.  (Though to get enough cayenne, you'd probably need to take capsules.  Unless you really like the spicy food.)
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« Reply #6: March 27, 2007, 12:05:58 pm »

So, the dr. has decided my blood pressure is too high.  Before I give in and let him prescribe something I'll be stuck with for a long time to come, I wonder if anyone has tried any alternative treatments that will help in lowering blood pressure.  I'm aware of the salt/fat/exercise aspects of this and am good on the first two.   Roll Eyes  And trying to work on the latter.  What else is there to check out and possibly add to my new regimen? 



According to "Encyclopedia of natural Medicine" by Michael Murray, ND and Joseph Pizzorno, ND  (this is me covering my butt, b ut actually also what I take)

high potency multiple vitamin and mineral formula
vitamin C - 500 to 1000 mg 3 times per day
vitamin E 400 to 800 IU per day
Magnesium 800 to 1200 mg per day
garlic - the equivalent of 4000mg o fresh garlic per day
flaxseed oil 1 tsp per day
Coenzyme Q10 50 mg 2 to 3 times per day
hawthorne extract 100 to 250 mg 3 times per day
potassium - he says to get it through diet, but I also take 10 99 mg pills (the largets they make for stupid reasons) per day to make sure.

Also, according to Susun Weed in "New Menopause Years" ginseng is good for regulating blood pressure.  Everything else she talks about is kind of menopause specific (hardly surprising considering the name of the book).  If you could be in perimenopause, you might check her book out for the suggesstions.  Many things good for menopause also have an effect on blood presure.  And higher blood pressure can be part of menopause acording to her.

Good luck, and according to the first book, it can take 3 months to make a diference (he's including diet and exercise too, but you know about those)
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« Reply #7: March 27, 2007, 01:13:01 pm »

Also, according to Susun Weed in "New Menopause Years" ginseng is good for regulating blood pressure.
Curious.  All the sources that I have on ginseng (I'm at work and don't have any with me, but I can post later if requested) say it's contraindicated for High Blood Pressure.
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« Reply #8: March 27, 2007, 04:12:02 pm »

Curious.  All the sources that I have on ginseng (I'm at work and don't have any with me, but I can post later if requested) say it's contraindicated for High Blood Pressure.
I was surpried by it too.  But on pg 206 of the book I referenced she states "ginseng is well documented as a highly effective blood pressure regulator".  She is well respected in the field, but I would add the ginseng after seeing what your response to the rest is so that you can see if it works for you.  Besides - it's expensive!
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« Reply #9: March 29, 2007, 01:13:27 pm »

So, the dr. has decided my blood pressure is too high.  Before I give in and let him prescribe something I'll be stuck with for a long time to come, I wonder if anyone has tried any alternative treatments that will help in lowering blood pressure.  I'm aware of the salt/fat/exercise aspects of this and am good on the first two.   Roll Eyes  And trying to work on the latter.  What else is there to check out and possibly add to my new regimen? 

You might to look and try the DASH diet. Here is the link : http://dashdiet.org/

With it, you can decrease your blood pressure significantly in only 2 weeks. And it's recommended by doctors and other medical professionals.
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« Reply #10: March 30, 2007, 08:02:33 am »

I am actually working on getting certified in accupressure. I do think accupressure treatments could help, but not remedy the problem. The treatments would have to be on a regular basis along with all the exercise, diet and so forth.

Have you looked into acupuncture and/or acupressure?  I don't know about high blood pressure, but I had great results with acupuncture for migraines.
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« Reply #11: March 30, 2007, 08:06:16 am »

Besides meditations, some lavendar oil (therapeutic grade) in your bath water could help some. Some essential oils should be avoided with high blood pressure, like rosemary. So verify with your doctor.

So, the dr. has decided my blood pressure is too high.  Before I give in and let him prescribe something I'll be stuck with for a long time to come, I wonder if anyone has tried any alternative treatments that will help in lowering blood pressure.  I'm aware of the salt/fat/exercise aspects of this and am good on the first two.   Roll Eyes  And trying to work on the latter.  What else is there to check out and possibly add to my new regimen? 


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« Reply #12: March 30, 2007, 11:55:04 am »

Maintain a good level of potassium in you diet.  (Though be careful if you have kidney problems.) 

Do you (or anyone else) know where I might find some information on what foods would be high potassium?  Hubby's high blood pressure comes with the possibility of kidney problems, so I'm trying to find info on what he should be avoiding.  (Besides bananas.  I know that one.)  Unfortunately a lot of stuff doesn't seem to have potassium info listed on the packaging, and of course that's not even talking about fruit and veg that don't have packaging in the first place.  Wink
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Do you (or anyone else) know where I might find some information on what foods would be high potassium?  Hubby's high blood pressure comes with the possibility of kidney problems, so I'm trying to find info on what he should be avoiding.  (Besides bananas.  I know that one.)  Unfortunately a lot of stuff doesn't seem to have potassium info listed on the packaging, and of course that's not even talking about fruit and veg that don't have packaging in the first place.  Wink

ta da!  National kidney foundation!  http://www.kidney.org/ATOZ/atozItem.cfm?id=103
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« Reply #14: March 30, 2007, 12:27:30 pm »

ta da!  National kidney foundation!  http://www.kidney.org/ATOZ/atozItem.cfm?id=103

*blinkstare*

Geez.  Why didn't I think of that?

Thanks.  Grin
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