Low Blood Pressure Herbs

Submitted by Thiruvelan on Thu, 06/24/2010
Hypotension Herbals

Low blood pressure herbals normalize your blood pressure by nourishing the internal organs responsible for the condition.

10 Low Blood Pressure Herbs

Hypotension may be because of the weakness of the digestive fire, poor blood circulation, congestion, and stagnation and with reducing the blood flow.

Below are few useful low blood pressure herbs help normalize your blood pressure.

  1. Turmeric – improve overall body and normalize blood pressure.
  2. Cinnamon – improve peripheral circulation and stabilize blood pressure.
  3. Ginger – improves digestive fire and thus help achieve healthy blood pressure.
  4. Pepper – energizing herb brought back normal blood pressure.
  5. Cardamom – general herbal tonic, normalizes blood pressure caused by low vital energy.
  6. Hawthorn Berry - opens the coronary arteries and improves blood circulation.
  7. Ashwagandha - rejuvenating tonic, take care of the adrenal gland (responsible for fight & fright).
  8. Indian spikenard - is an excellent cardiac stimulant, helpful for heart palpitation.
  9. Ginkgo biloba - improves blood circulation and in turn, stabilizes blood pressure.
  10. Garlic - is useful for malnutrition-related low blood pressure.

1. Turmeric (Curcuma longa) as low blood pressure natural herbal

Turmeric is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant of the ginger family. Turmeric is considering as Indian saffron; it receives this name because it is an alternative to the far more expensive saffron spice. Turmeric contains up to 5% essential oils and up to 5% curcumin, a polyphenol. Curcumin is the active substance of turmeric.

Most of the cases of low blood pressure are because of the digestion problem. This hypotension herb turmeric is an appetizer, digestive stimulant, treats gastrointestinal system, and normalizes metabolism. It improves the entire body also normalizes blood pressure. New evidence suggests turmeric is a potent antioxidant prevents many diseases.

Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory agent; it can strengthen cartilage and bone, the best treatment for gastrointestinal discomfort associated with irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive disorders. Traditionally, it is taking with warm milk at night before bedtime.

Turmeric is useful for Alzheimer's disease, cancer, arthritis, and other clinical disorders.
Curcumin is the principal chemical present in turmeric responsible for many medicinal benefits. It possesses antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic, anti-hepatotoxic, and anti-allergic properties. Also, it is a blood purifier, wound healer, body toxin remover, abdominal worm destroyer, and a wind-repellent agent.

Several studies confirm that turmeric has an anticancer role. It increases immunity by improvising the natural antioxidant properties of the body. Also, it is useful for many other health conditions like anemia, obesity, urinogenital tract diseases, gastro-digestive problems, lung’s, and fibromyalgia. It is helpful for menstrual problems, depression, and Alzheimer’s disease. Additionally useful for kidney problems, high cholesterol, atherosclerosis, psoriasis, and arthritis.

Turmeric is a uterine stimulant encourage the menstrual flow. Pregnant women and lactating mothers need to be careful when taking turmeric to avoid any harm to the baby.

2. Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)

Cinnamon is a spice from the inner bark of the tree’s genus Cinnamomum, used in both sweet and savory foods. Its flavor is due to the presence of aromatic essential oil.

Cinnamon is the most widely used "warming" herbs that aid in circulation and digestion. Cinnamon raises vitality, warms, stimulates all the functions of the body, checks congestion, improves digestion, relieves abdominal spasms, and aids in peripheral circulation, thus normalize low blood pressure.

In Traditional Chinese medicine, cinnamon is useful for colds, flatulence, nausea, diarrhea, and painful menstrual periods. It can improve energy, vitality, and circulation and for people who feel hot in their upper body with cold feet.

In Ayurveda, cinnamon used as an herbal remedy for diabetes, indigestion, and colds, and it is best suitable for people with the kapha Ayurvedic type.

Many clinical studies suggest cinnamon have a normalizing effect on blood sugar and cholesterol levels. So, it is especially suitable for people with diabetes type 2 and high cholesterol. Cinnamon is an excellent source of manganese, dietary fiber, iron, and calcium.

3. Ginger (Zingiber officinale)

Ginger is the rhizome of the plant Zingiber officinale, consumed as a medicine, or spice. Ginger is a stimulant and carminative.

Ginger can calm an upset stomach, promote bile flow, aid digestion, dyspepsia, gastroparesis, constipation, diarrhea, and colic. Gingerroot eases stomach cramps (menstrual cramp). Ginger relieves nausea caused during pregnancy or by travel (motion sickness). Ginger improves circulatory problems such as migraine and low blood pressure by making platelets less sticky. Ginger is useful for a headache, pain, inflammation, cold, and flu.

Ginger is not safe for people suffering from gallstones because it promotes bile secretion. Ginger may also relieve arthritis pain. It possesses blood-thinning and cholesterol-lowering properties, thus useful to treat heart disease.

4. Pepper (Piper nigrum)

Black pepper is a flowering vine in the family Piperaceae, cultivated for its fruit, after drying use as a spice and seasoning. The pepper fruit called peppercorn when dried is about 5 mm (0.20 in) in diameter. Pepper is useful to treat colic, constipation, diarrhea, flatulence, heartburn, loss of appetite, and nausea. It is a stimulating, warming, and energizing herb.

Black pepper can stimulate the taste buds and increases hydrochloric acid secretion by the stomach, which aids in digestion. Black Pepper has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties. It promotes absorption of micronutrients such as coenzyme Q-10, beta-carotene, and EGCG (a powerful antioxidant).

Black Pepper can be used to treat illness such as gas, constipation, diarrhea, appetite loss, earache, gangrene, heart disease, hernia, hoarseness, indigestion, insect bites, insomnia, joint pain, liver problems, lung disease, oral abscesses, sunburn, tooth decay, and toothaches.

5. Cardamom (Elettaria cardamom)

Cardamom refers to several plants of the genera Elettaria and Amomum in the ginger family. Cardamom has small seed pod, triangular cross-section, and spindle-shaped, with a thin outer shell and tiny black seeds. Cardamom is useful as flavorings in both food and drink, as cooking spices and as a medicine.

Cardamom can bring relief from digestive problems, abdominal gas, debility, and general herbal tonic. Cardamom help treat infections in teeth and gums, throat troubles, lungs congestion, pulmonary tuberculosis, and eyelids inflammation. It can be useful to break up kidney stones and gallstones. It was reportedly helpful as an antidote for both snake and scorpion venom.

6. Hawthorn Berry (Crataegus)

Crataegus, hawthorn, Mayflower or thorn apple is a large genus of shrubs and trees in the rose family. Hawthorn opens the coronary arteries and improves blood flow. Hawthorn’s berry for hypotension lessens artery hardening and strengthens heart muscle making it more effective in delivering blood to the body.

Hawthorn is useful to treat circulatory disorders and respiratory illnesses. Traditionally, the berries were beneficial to treat heart problems ranging from an irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, chest pain, hardening of the arteries, and heart failure. Today, the leaves and flowers are applied medicinally, and there is good evidence that hawthorn can treat mild-to-moderate heart failure.

Hawthorn is useful in traditional medicine as a digestive aid, believed to strengthen the cardiovascular function and mild sedative in the promotion of sleep. Active ingredients in hawthorn include tannins, flavonoids, oligomeric proanthocyanidins, flavone-C, triterpene acids, and phenolic acids.

7. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)

Ashwagandha is known as Indian ginseng. A nightshade plant family right for stress-related disorders such as arthritis, high & low blood pressure, diabetes, and general debility. An adaptogen stimulates the immune system and improves memory. It is a sedative, diuretic, tonic, anti-inflammatory, aphrodisiac, and immune booster.

Traditional uses of Ashwagandha are chronic fatigue, dehydration, bone weakness, muscle weakness, and tension. It is useful for impotence, premature aging, and constipation. Also useful for senility, rheumatism, nervous exhaustion, memory loss, neurodegenerative disorders, and spermatorrhoea.

8. Jatamansi or Indian spikenard

Nardostachys Jatamansi also called as Indian Spikenard or Indian Valerian, is native to the Himalayas. It is a rhizome bearing plant preferably at high altitudes (3,000 to 5,000 m). Ayurveda text Charaka recommends it for insomnia, mental instability and improves memory.

Jatamansi is an excellent cardiac stimulant, therefore useful in treating heart palpitation. Hypotension research has proven it helped to treat low blood pressure, nervousness, and intermittent pulse.

The rhizomes of the plant are useful as a bitter tonic, stimulant, and antispasmodic. The root is used to treat insomnia, blood circulatory, hysteria, convulsions, epilepsy, and mental disorders. Jatamansi is useful to combat the effects of daily stress and improve the body's ability to sleep well.

9. Ginkgo biloba

Ginkgo biloba spelled as gingko and known as the Maidenhair Tree is a unique species of a tree with no close living relatives. The tree has various uses as food and traditional medicine.

Extracts of Ginkgo leaves contain flavonoid glycosides and terpenoids. It is useful pharmaceutically. Ginkgo supplements of 40 to 200 mg a day are the usual dosage. Recently, rigorous clinical trials have shown Ginkgo is effective in treating dementia, but not preventing the onset of Alzheimer's disease in healthy people.

Ginkgo is useful as a memory and concentration enhancer, and anti-vertigo agent. According to some studies, Ginkgo can significantly improve attention in healthy individuals. In one such study, the effect was almost immediate and reached its peak in 2.5 hours after the intake.

Ginkgo side effects and cautions to include possible increased risk of bleeding, gastrointestinal discomfort, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, dizziness, heart palpitations, and restlessness. If any of the side effects appear, stop the consumption immediately.

10. Garlic

Allium sativum commonly known as garlic is a species of the onion genus Allium. It is useful for both culinary and medicinal purposes.

It has antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. Useful for heart disease, high cholesterol, and blood pressure irregularities. It prevents certain cancer (stomach and colon cancers). It is a remedy for infections (chest problems), digestive disorders, and fungal infections such as thrush.

You can take low-pressure herbs along with low-pressure homeopathy, low-pressure yoga, low BP acupressure, and low-pressure reflexology for a more effective result.

Is Low blood pressure natural herb safe?

Remember, natural herbs is also a medicine containing organic chemical, so may have side effects. Additionally, herbs interact with other drugs. Get registered herbal practitioner’s advice before taking herbs, if the treatment is for pregnant women, breastfeeding mother, child, or older people.