Low Blood Pressure/ Hypotension

Low blood pressure, or hypotension, can be a serious medical problem, compromising blood flow to the body organs and tissues. Low blood pressure often presents with dizziness or fainting when rising to a standing position, caused by insufficient blood flow to the brain. Most of the conditions and disorders that cause low blood pressure affect both women and men.

Pregnancy Pregnancy may cause low blood pressure, reports the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. The blood vessels dilate during pregnancy, which often causes a decrease in blood pressure. In the late stages of pregnancy, compression of the large blood vessels in the abdomen by the growing womb can also contribute to low blood pressure. Staying well hydrated and getting up slowly may help reduce dizziness in women with pregnancy-associated hypotension.

Dehydration Dehydration is a frequent cause of low blood pressure, occurring when water losses exceed fluid intake. Common causes of dehydration include persistent vomiting or diarrhea, high fever and heat exhaustion, notes MayoClinic.com. Diuretic, or water pill, abuse can also cause dehydration. Replenishing body water with oral or intravenous fluids corrects dehydration-related low blood pressure in most cases. Severe dehydration, such as occurs with heat stroke or burns, can cause a potentially life-threatening condition known as hypovolemic shock. Markedly reduced blood flow can lead to permanent organ damage with hypovolemic shock.

Herbs that Increase Low Blood Pressure Low blood pressure, also known as hypotension, can trigger symptoms in people such as dizziness and fainting. In addition, a low blood pressure may mean that your brain and organs are not receiving sufficient amounts of nutrients and oxygen. A low blood pressure is generally considered to be 90 millimeters of mercury, mm Hg, or less over 60 mm Hg or less. This may vary from person to person.

Treatment can include medications and Make Lifestyle Changes, including herbal remedies.  I have seen people ween themselves off from chemical drugs slowly with natural remedies. 

Licorice Root , Glycyrrhiza glabra This herb is one of the favorites in Chinese  medicine. Licorice is a herbal remedy that has been used for digestive system problems such as heartburn, stomach ulcers, and colic. According to MedlinePlus, licorice can act to increase your blood pressure. It is important that you not consume this remedy in large amounts if you already have high blood pressure, since this can contribute to heart problems. MedlinePlus says that 30 grams per day or more can be harmful. 

More Herbs That Lower Blood Pressure Quickly:

Ginkgo Leaf tincture MMRY STMLNTGinkgo Leaf, Gotu Kola, Eleuthrococcus Senticosus, Fo-Ti Root, Distilled Water and 20% Alcohol. Vegetable Glycerin would replace the alcohol for alcohol free tinctures…. Ginkgo may help dilate blood vessels and thin the blood, improving circulation, reports the University Of Maryland Medical Center. Ginkgo leaves are high in antioxidants called flavonoids and terpenoids, substances that have been shown to prevent heart disease and lower blood pressure, adds UMMC. Because ginkgo can thin the blood, do not use it if you are taking blood-thinning medicines unless under supervision.

GARLIC (ODORLESS GARLIC) Garlic has numerous medicinal properties. Nutritionist Dr. Liz Applegate reports that garlic may be helpful in lowering cholesterol, preventing blood clots and relieving hypertension. German scientist professor Güautnter Siegel, M.D., of the University of Medicine in Berlin, discovered that garlic may remove preliminary forms of plaque, called nanoplaque, that deposit on artery walls causing artherosclerosis. Garlic is available as a supplement in capsule form from health food stores. Capsules are recommended over tablets because tablets are heated during their formation, reducing the potency of the garlic. However, you may also want to use fresh garlic and make tea by crushing one clove and simmering it in 1 cup of water for about 15 minutes. Strain and cool when finished and add a small spoonful of honey to sweeten. Drink 2 cups daily for heart health. Garlic can thin your blood, so speak to your health practitioner if you take blood-thinning medicines. While much more research is needed to understand how garlic reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, eating garlic raw, cooking it and adding it to foods or taking garlic supplements may be beneficial for those with hypertension or who are at risk of getting it. Garlic helps to lower cholesterol levels which is important, because high levels of cholesterol contribute to plaque buildup along the blood vessel walls and this makes the arteries hard and narrow. Too much buildup leads to a condition called atherosclerosis or coronary artery disease that raises blood pressure. Garlic’s cholesterol-lowering action, may help slow the progression of atherosclerosis and slightly lower blood pressure, reports the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
Dosage Garlic also contains antioxidants that may destroy free radicals that contribute to many conditions including heart disease. Garlic also appears to inhibit the blood from clotting; allowing your blood to flow more easily through the blood vessels. Garlic is considered an alternative remedy so it is not fully regulated when it comes to its medicinal use. This means that the amount and quality of garlic in products vary greatly and since the effects of garlic are not fully understood, there is no known specific dose that lowers blood pressure in all patients. If you decide to try garlic the University of Maryland Medical Center, recommends daily 2 to 4 g of fresh, minced garlic clove; 600 to 1,200 mg daily if using aged garlic extract; two 200 mg tablets three times a day if using freeze-dried garlic; 4 mL daily of fluid garlic extract; 20 mL daily of garlic tincture or 0.03 to 0.12 mL three times daily if using garlic oil.
Safety Garlic is considered generally safe when taken by mouth, but can cause side effects such as bad breath, a burning sensation in the mouth or stomach, heartburn, gas, nausea, vomiting, body odor and diarrhea. Since garlic inhibits blood clotting it should not be used by people with bleeding disorders or those taking blood-thinning medications. Do not take garlic if you are scheduled for surgery, notes MedlinePlus. It might irritate the stomach and may not be appropriate for those with digestive or gastrointestinal diseases. Garlic supplements interact negatively with other medications so it should only be used under medical supervision.

Hawthorne Leaf Hawthorn is used as a heart tonic and strengthens heart walls, supporting overall cardiovascular health, according to “The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook.” Hawthorn may lower blood pressure in certain individuals when it is taken according to directions. This herb should only be used under the supervision of a knowledgeable health practitioner or herbalist.

Resveratrol and High Cholesterol Red Wine Complex

-Besides grape skin, grape seeds and red wine, berries, peanuts and a Japanese plant called knotweed are sources of resveratrol. In fact, most resveratrol-based supplements available in North America are extracted from the Japanese knotweed. No side effects from consumption of resveratrol supplements have been reported in humans as of 2011, although the long-term safety has not been fully evaluated, says Drugs.com. More research is also needed in humans to fully confirm resveratrol’s benefits, since many studies have been conducted in animal subjects.
Grapes contain plant compounds called phenols, and resveratrol is one of the key polyphenols found in grapes. Resveratrol has been found to decrease LDL cholesterol and prevent the formation of blood clots. In addition, this supplement has other protective effects on the heart, such as inhibiting the formation of fat deposits on the wall of the arteries, relaxing blood vessels and helping maintain optimal rhythm of the heart beats. These are the conclusions of a research study published in the November 2008 issue of “Nutrition Research.” In animal subjects with diabetes and hypertension, resveratrol showed benefits in improving triglycerides, total cholesterol as well as insulin levels and blood pressure, indicates a study featured in the March 2009 issue of “Biomedical Pharmacology.”

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St. John’s Wort Herbal Supplements According to the Mayo Clinic, there are several herbal supplements that can affect blood pressure. How each one changes the operation of vessel dilation and stiffness is different for each supplement. Before adding any supplement it is important to discuss the options with the health care practitioner to ensure that there is not an interaction with any other medication that may be used at the time. Some examples of herbal supplements that can raise blood pressure include ginseng, licorice, St. John’s wort and bitter orange.

B12 / Folic Acid Drops

B vitamins ability to improve the nervous system and human intelligence functions defines an important role for basic nutrition that goes far beyond the old notions of nutritional deficiency diseases. Optimizing folic acid and vitamin B12 intake can be of profound benefit to cognitive ability as well as help maintain optimal function of nerves at every age.

It was previously thought that folic acid and B12 deficiency centered mostly on anemia. If blood levels of these nutrients looked normal and there was no anemia, then it was considered that a person must be getting enough either in the diet or with supplements. 

This view of deficiency has changed over the past decade.  It is now recognized that these nutrients are crucial for the proper function of various metabolic pathways, especially those involved with the healthy function of nerves. Folic acid is needed to metabolize homocysteine.  B12 is needed to metabolize methylmalonic acid.  If either homocysteine or methylmalonic acid build up in the blood it reflects nervous system impairment that is handicapping optimal function, and may eventually help cause diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Blood levels of folic acid and B12 can appear normal, with no signs of anemia, yet homocysteine or methylmalonic acid can be elevating. By taking enough folic acid and B12, levels of homocysteine and methylmalonic acid can be normalized, which means that healthy function has been improved. This is a significant nutritional issue of great importance to preserving your mind.

A recent study with infants aged 12-18 months found that as folic acid and B12 levels went up, so did scores on the mental development index. On the other hand, if scores for homocysteine or methylmalonic acid went up, then scores for mental development went down. A nursing mother can take higher levels of B12 or folic acid to support optimal mental skill development in her child, and infants can certainly take a high quality multivitamin containing B12 and folic acid.

The benefits of B12 and folic acid apply throughout adulthood. Regular intake of B12 and folic acid has been shown to improve memory in stressed adults. Low B12 is directly linked to poor cognitive performance and brain shrinkage in adults.

Folic acid and B12 are especially important during aging, as elevations in either homocysteine or methylmalonic acid impair brain function in the elderly.  In the beginning phases of elevation these compounds are a form of toxic brain stress. Ongoing problems can contribute to significant cognitive decline, even Alzheimer’s.  Indeed, a lack of folic acid is typically found in the cerebral spinal fluid of patients with Alzheimer’s, consistent with elevated blood levels of homocysteine. Other researchers demonstrated that methylmalonic acid levels are high in Alzheimer’s patients and that as B12 levels rise the risk for Alzheimer’s goes down. B12 has also been shown to protect against frailty in the elderly. The most recent research continues to show a lack of both folic acid and B12 in age-associated cognitive decline.

In addition to general mental skills and cognitive decline, folic acid and B12 are often lacking in depression, and even help prevent depression in patients who have suffered a stroke. A new study shows for the first time that schizophrenia can be benefited by folic acid and B12 supplementation.

Collectively, these studies show that folic acid and B12 are needed for your brain to function properly. They are commonly lacking at levels that optimize your brain’s function – a direct support for your mental ability and potential. On the flip side, long-term deficiency can set the stage for mental health problems and significant loss of cognitive function, and even increase Alzheimer’s risk. 

A recent analysis of all B12 studies shows that as the intake of B12 doubles, blood levels of B12 rise by 11 percent and the levels of methylmalonic acid decline by 7 percent.  To normalize methylmalonic acid levels some individuals may need 1 mg (1,000 mcg) – 2 mg (2,000 mcg) per day of B12. This dose is many times higher than is needed to prevent anemia, and is an example of a functional dose of a nutrient to help support optimal nerve and brain health.

Vitamin B-3 and GOOD NIACIN 500 mg  Vitamin B-3, also known as niacin, alleviates light-headedness and dizziness; aids in red blood cell production; prevents mental confusion; restores your energy; lowers your risk of fainting; and eliminates symptoms that may be associated with lightheadedness such as body flushing, nausea, vomiting, weakness and vertigo, or the sensation that the room is spinning, according to Doctor of Science Steve Blake, author of “Vitamins and Minerals Demystified.” Foods rich in vitamin B-3 include liver, pork, turkey, tuna, salmon, poultry, milk, sunflower seeds, peanuts, almonds, whole grains, mangoes and peaches.

B-Good Com  Each tablet supplies Vitamin B-1 (Thiamine HCI) 100 mg, Vitamin B-2 (Riboflavin) 100 mg, Vitamin B-6 (Pyridoxine HCI) 100 mg, Vitamin B-12 (Cobalamin) 100 mcg, Niacinamide 100 mg, Pantothic Acid (d-Calcium Pantothenate) 100 mg, Folic Acid 400 mcg, Biotin 1… – See more at: http://betterhealthherbs.com/search.php?q=2080&x=0&y=0#sthash.ZbWcfkTW.dpuf Vitamin B-6, also known as pyridoxine, supports healthy brain development; improves brain function; repairs damaged brain tissues; carries oxygen, nutrients and blood to your brain; eliminates dizziness; and increases your body’s production of serotonin and norepinephrine, hormones that regulate brain activity, according to Michael Zimmermann, M.D., author of “Burgerstein’s Handbook of Nutrition: Micronutrients in the Prevention and Therapy of Disease.” Dr. Zimmermann states that vitamin B-6 also aids in the production of neurotransmitters, brain chemicals that transmit messages from your central nervous system to your brain. Foods rich in vitamin B-6 include fortified cereals, salmon, poultry, turkey, hazelnuts, vegetable juice, potatoes and bananas.

Everyday Liquid Sunshine – Vitamin D3 Drops: reduces migraine-related light-headedness; prevents mental confusion and fatigue; increases awareness; and lowers your risk of heart palpitations and arrhythmias, heart conditions that can cause faintness, nausea, vomiting and dizziness, according to Alan Gaby, M.D., author of “Natural Pharmacy: Complete A-Z Reference to Alternative Treatments for Common Health Conditions.” Foods rich in vitamin D include mackerel, margarine, beef liver, eggs, fortified cereals, sardines, yogurt, orange juice and cod liver oil. Caffeine According to the Drugs website, caffeine is a supplement that is available in pill form and as an addition to coffee and soda. A healthcare provider may recommend that 2 cups of coffee in the morning with breakfast and at lunch time will help to elevate the blood pressure during the day and eliminate symptoms. Some healthcare providers prefer to use caffeine pills to regulate the amount of caffeine ingested. Care should be taken not to take caffeine during or after dinner to reduce the possibility that it will be difficult to sleep at night.

Sodium:  HIMALAYAN PINK SALT Salt is a supplement that is usually not recommended by physicians because it will help to increase blood pressure, according to the Mayo Clinic. For those who have hypertension, this reduction in sodium can be significant. However, those who suffer from hypotension may be able to utilize the rise in blood pressure that comes with an increased sodium intake. An excess of sodium can lead to heart failure in older adults so any change in sodium intake should be cleared with the doctor. Liquids Individuals who suffer from hypotension may require more fluid in their body in order to maintain their blood pressure throughout the day, according to the Drugs website. After checking with the physician who is treating the hypotension, it may be necessary to supplement the amount of fluid between 2 and 3 liters of liquid each day. This fluid should be in the form of water without any additives that may reduce the effectiveness of the additional liquid.

Yohimbe is a herb used for sexual dysfunction, particularly erectile dysfunction in men. This herb can be consumed as a tea, extract, capsule or tablet. According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, this herb has been linked to an increased heart rate and an increased blood pressure in people. It can be harmful if taken for a prolonged period. Consult your doctor before consuming this herb.

Heart Conditions:  HRT SPT Certain heart conditions may cause low blood pressure, reports the American Heart Association. Bradycardia, or an abnormally slow heart rate, commonly causes low blood pressure. Malfunctioning heart valves may also lead to low blood pressure. Many women and men have a low blood pressure during a heart attack and while recovering. Among patients with heart failure, the decreased pumping ability of the heart commonly leads to low blood pressure.

Severe Bleeding Stops in 10 seconds–Cayenne Root 40,000HU will stop any bleeding 1- tsp in ½ cup of very warm water , tea, coffee.

Shepherd’s Purse– will slow bleeding in the body. Severe bleeding commonly causes hypotension, which may lead to life-threatening shock, reports the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. Traumatic injuries with heavy internal or external bleeding can quickly deplete the blood volume, leading to shock. Blood vessel rupture and certain types of gastrointestinal bleeding can also rapidly deplete the circulatory blood supply. Among women, an ectopic pregnancy–where a fertilized egg begins growing outside of the womb–can cause internal bleeding, which may progress to shock. Severe bleeding requires emergency medical treatment to repair the source of the bleeding and replace lost blood.

Disclaimer: The information presented herein by HerbalHealthReview.com is intended for Christian religious educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

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