Natural Blood Pressure Treatment
Natural Blood Pressure Treatment
Elevated blood pressure is when the pressure on the arteries and blood vessels becomes too high and the arterial wall becomes distorted causing extra stress on the heart. Long term-high blood pressure increases the risk of stroke, heart attack and diabetes..
Causes of high blood pressure include a high salt diet, emotional stress, alcohol, caffeine, smoking, obesity, inactivity, birth control pills, and heavy-metal poisoning.
Blood pressure ranges include:
· Normal: Less than 120/80
· Prehypertension: 120-139/80-89
· Stage 1 high blood pressure: 140-159/90-99
· Stage 2 high blood pressure: 160 and above/100 and above
Frequently, there are no symptoms as blood pressure increases but warning signs for very high blood pressure can include chest pains, confusion, headaches, ear noise or buzzing, irregular heartbeat, nosebleeds, tiredness, or vision changes.
Blood pressure is necessary for blood to circulate round the body. Too little pressure causes fatigue. Low blood pressure in this country is usually a cause for congratulation by the medical profession when for some people it makes them feel awful!
Blood pressure is created as a combination of three factors, in order of importance:
1. Peripheral resistance - i.e. how open are the arteries and smaller blood vessels.
2. The output of the heart. The heart is responsible for 60% of blood flow, the other 40% is generated by the muscular walls of arteries. Arteries pick up the pressure wave sent out from the heart and add their own booster in a wave of contraction that flows down arterial walls. If you could see arteries working they would look like wriggly snakes!
3. The blood volume and to a lesser extent the "thickness" of the blood - if there is too much blood (as in smoking) the pressure will be high. Anaemia or diuretics reduce the blood volume.
Causes of high blood pressure
Arteries can be narrowed for two reasons. Firstly they may be narrowed and stiffened as a result of arteriosclerosis. If this is the case, then the blood pressure is fairly fixed and there is a wide pulse pressure reflecting stiff arteries - that is to say, the difference between the top reading (systolic) and bottom reading (diastolic) is high. A typical reading would be 170/100. Furthermore every time it is measured it is about this level. These are the hardest patients to treat since all one can do is prevent deterioration by aggressively tackling the arteriosclerosis. These patients need drugs to keep their blood pressure down and prevent accelerating arteriosclerosis, whilst one puts in place nutritional interventions. See below.
The second reason for arterial narrowing is spasm or thickening of the muscle walls. This is what happens in the early stages of high blood pressure and this is reversible.
There are several reasons for this spasm:
• Stress - causing adrenaline release. Lack of sleep could do this, especially sleep apnoea syndrome.
• Mineral imbalance, especially magnesium deficiency and excess salt (sodium) in the diet
• Hormones - particularly female sex hormones as in the Pill and HRT - cause muscle thickening.
You can tell the difference between the two causes of blood pressure by measuring your blood pressure regularly. Arteriosclerosis causes a fixed blood pressure and wide pulse pressure (because the arteries are stiff and do not absorb the pressure wave created by the heart beating). Muscle spasm causes a variable blood pressure with a narrow pulse pressure (eg 120/90 one day, 135/104 another). In practice, the two problems often co-exist and all the possible causes of high blood pressure need tackling at the same time.
The problem with spasm of the arteries is it creates local high blood pressure, this increases turbulence of the blood within vessels and this damages the delicate lining of the blood vessels. Arteriosclerosis is the body's attempt to heal and repair this damage. It is essential to do this to prevent the blood vessel bursting! The healing and repair involves sticking a fibrous patch over the damage and this scar tissue slightly narrows and stiffens the artery resulting in permanent narrowing. The point here is that the reversible reasons for arterial narrowing result in the irreversible reasons for arterial narrowing! Once one has this irreversible narrowing, prescription medication is an essential part of treatment otherwise further damage caused by high blood pressure results.
This, in my view, is the single most important cause of high blood pressure. The problem with sugar and carbohydrates is that they are addictive. In the short term a high blood sugar brings desirable effects on the brain because it allows the brain to work efficiently whilst at the same time releasing the happy neurotransmitters that improve mood. We all lead stressful lives and in stressful situations one needs one's brain to be working efficiently but feeling cool, calm and chilled out at the same time. To achieve this we go for our comfort foods which nearly always are comprised of carbohydrates such as chocolate, sweets, crisps, bread, bananas or whatever. The problem with running a high blood sugar is that it is potentially damaging to muscles. The little arteries that supply blood to muscles constantly monitor levels of blood sugar and if the levels rise too high then these arteries will contract, thereby cutting off the blood supply to muscles, increasing the peripheral resistance and this results in high blood pressure. At the same time insulin is released to bring the blood sugar down, which it does by shunting sugar into fat. So the sufferer tends to gain weight easily. As the blood sugar falls, the sufferer ends up with foggy brain and inability to think clearly combined with irritability and mood swings and therefore goes for their comfort food again, and so the cycle repeats itself.
Thus the carbohydrate addicts end up with middle-aged spread, high blood pressure, mood swings and fatigue. In the longer term these are all major risk factors for heart disease, cancer and accelerated ageing.
Arterial muscle spasm is a normal response to stress. Homo sapiens evolved leading a very physical life fraught with danger. He had to be able to react, at a moment's notice, to physical danger. This would mean some intense physical activity - running, fighting or whatever. To prepare for this the heart would beat faster and stronger and the arteries would narrow to "hold back" the extra blood (thereby creating blood pressure) so that the blood could be made immediately available to wherever it was needed - usually the muscles.
Allergies to foods and chemicals can certainly cause arterial muscle spasm. Indeed, this is the mechanism by which allergies cause migraine. Allergies to foods can also cause the heart to go faster and, in some cases, palpitations.
Magnesium is necessary for muscles to relax. So a deficiency will cause arterial muscle spasm with consequent rise in blood pressure. Calcium probably also has a lesser role. It has been known for years that drinking hard water (rich in calcium and magnesium) is protective against the development of heart disease.
Salt (sodium chloride) has long been recognised as a cause of high blood pressure. The trouble is that the food industry loves to add salt to food firstly because it disguises poor quality food, secondly because it makes you thirsty so you then need to buy an expensive drink - wonderful for profits!
Blood pressure is largely controlled by the kidneys - they do this partly because they must secure a good energy supply for themselves! The kidneys So there would be a momentary rise in blood pressure, followed by a fall as the blood was utilised. These changes would be mediated by the stress hormones adrenaline, noradrenaline and in the longer term cortisol.
The trouble nowadays is that we have plenty of stress, which causes the "fight or flight" response, but we don't burn it off. See Exercise. So we have high circulating levels of stress hormones which cause blood pressure through muscle spasm. This probably explains why the "type A" personality (the aggressive go-getter) is more prone to arteriosclerosis. The problem is compounded when the go-getter turns to sugar, fast carbs and junk food or alcohol or smoking to help control his/her stress symptoms.
A certain amount of stress is good for you. It is a consume a lot of energy and are highly dependent and sensitive to regular good energy supply - if this falters the kindey fails. To prevent this they will increase the blood pressure via hormones renin and angiotensin to secure a sure energy supply. Anything that compromises mitochondrial function therefore will impact on the kidneys and their response to this could result in high blood pressure. Indeed many drugs used to control blood pressure inhibit these hormones.
Another issue has to do with heavy metals. The kidneys are a favourite dumping ground for heavy metals. This may cause problems for two possibly reasons - firstly direct toxicity by inhibiting mitochondria. Secondly heavy metals may act as haptens to switch on allergy and/or auto-immunity. This results in useless inflammation which gets in the way of normal renal function. The glomerular filtration rate will slow - an early sign of kidney disease.
Rare causes of high blood pressure
These should always be considered at the first sign of high blood pressure, but in practice they are often overlooked because they are uncommon causes. However, especially if your blood pressure does not respond to treatment, then they should be reconsidered as causes:
• Any kidney disease - check for with multistix urine testing.
• Overactive thyroid thyrotoxicosis - diagnosed by blood test for thyroid hormones.
• Overactive adrenal gland as a result of a tumour (phaeochromocytoma). Suspect this if there are recurrent odd attacks of flushing, sweating, anxiety, headache and/or palpitations. May be misdiagnosed as a panic attack. Test for by doing urinary VMA.
• Overactive adrenal gland as a result of autoimmunity - Cushing's syndrome. Check for by doing blood cortisol level.
• Overactive adrenal gland causing Conn's syndrome (very, very rare!) - low blood potassium levels. This test cannot be done on a sample sent to the lab in the post so you would have to travel to a laboratory to get the blood done.
• Poor blood supply to the kidneys (renal artery stenosis) can present with high blood pressure. A narrow aorta causes the same problem for the same reason. These diagnoses are difficult to make - they must be suspected clinically and tested for by rapid magnetic resonance angiography. I would like to think that soon these scans should be available to make these diagnoses.
• Drugs - don't forget the Pill and HRT (I hate them both!), monoamine oxidase inhibitors in conjunction with the wrong foods.
• Pregnancy - Pre-eclampsia.
The Orthodox Approach
Before prescribing any medication, most physicians will NOT offer advice on some necessary changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce hypertension. These might include reducing alcohol consumption, stopping smoking, losing excess weight, cutting down on salt intake, trying other methods of contraception instead of the pill, taking more regular aerobic exercise such as walking, swimming, or cycling. If these measures fail to reduce your high blood pressure, drugs such as beta-blockers (which lower the heart rate), diuretics (which increase production and excretion of urine) or vasodilators (which enlarge blood vessels) may be prescribed. Nevertheless, these treat only the symptoms and not the underlying causes, so, unless the reason for the hypertension is cured by some other means, you will have to take the drugs indefinitely to be free from the symptoms.
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The Health Transformer Approach
High blood pressure is a potentially dangerous condition leading to strokes and heart attacks. A systolic blood pressure above 180mmHg or diastolic blood pressure above 90mmHg may need drug treatment. However, unless your physician is very concerned, you may try complementary therapies, as they are often very effective and are drug free. Persisting high blood pressure or a persistence of symptoms associated with high blood pressure should be discussed with your complementary therapist so that orthodox drug treatment may be started if necessary. Symptoms include visual disturbance, persistent headaches, dizziness, or altered consciousness.
In every case of either high or low blood pressure there is an underlying cause…something individual to each person. If at one time you didn’t have these symptoms and now you do, obviously something has changed within your body which has led to Blood pressure issues being produced. Blood pressure is merely a symptom of the underlying cause. To normalize blood pressure we need to address the cause. In this centre we specialize in root cause diagnosis of any health condition using our state of the art Meta Health Scan.
Meta Health Scan
The Meta Health Scan is carried out utilizing the amazing diagnostic ability of Clinical Kinesiology. It is reliable, accurate and reproducible. The scan will reveal the imbalances unique to your body, and how these are affecting you. The scan reveals such issues as endogenous bio-toxicity, nutrient imbalances or deficiencies, sub-clinical infections, allergies and food sensitivities. We also test for organ imbalances, hormone imbalance, and leaky gut. Any abnormality in these areas will easily be picked up during the Health Scan. We also examine your entire lifestyle, sleep quality and any emotional/psychological contributors to your condition.
In-Depth Consultation regarding your results.
Once this information is gathered we offer you an in-depth consultation to discuss your results, during which we discuss what has been revealed by the scan, where and how this has arisen, and how to remove or transform it, and reboot your system. I believe it is very important for each person to understand what has been going on in their body, how the condition has developed, and how to unravel and resolve it naturally. My intention is not just to teach you about your condition, but more importantly to empower you with understanding in order that you are able to take back control of your health.
Individually tailored Treatment Plan
Together we create an individualized tailored treatment plan for you. This may include some or all of there: a gentle detoxification protocol, dietary changes, specific supplements, life style changes, exercise, etc tailored to your specific needs. In the majority of cases treatment can be implemented by you at home without the need for repeated visits to the centre; however Health Coaching and support is built in to this package to assist you through your treatment.
This ancient Chinese therapy regulates the balance between yin (the passive force) and yang (the aggressive force) in the body; an imbalance is believed to cause illness. In acupuncture theory; hypertension is caused by too much yang. A course of about six sessions should regulate the blood pressure rebalancing yin and yang by tonifying yin and eliminating excess yang. Yin and Yang represent the parasympathetic and sympathetic parts of our autonomic nervous system.
Hypertension s a classic symptom of stress, but hypnotherapists believe that a person suffering from hypertension can train themselves to relax in a few moments of quietness or meditation and to bring their blood pressure back under control. “I would certainly teach a patient suffering from high blood pressure relaxation, stress management and self-hypnosis techniques”, says one hypno-and-psychotherapist. “The trick is to adapt the techniques to a person’s character and lifestyle. As we work together, very often people react favourably to a certain concept that I might use and they can take that and adapt it for themselves at home. The best work occurs in the time between sessions as they learn how to use these techniques and gain confidence in their ability to control their blood pressure”.
EFT is a fast and effective way to resolve significant emotional events, and traumas, and relieve stress effectivly.
Functional Nutritional Therapy
As with a circulatory problem, a nutritionist’s first aim is to undo the damage to the arteries, caused by cell proliferation, which causes narrowing of the arteries and in turn attracts calcium and cholesterol. To do this, the nutritionist would recommend foods and supplements rich in anti-oxidants, particularly Vitamins A, C and E and selenium. He or she would also use fish oils and Vitamin E to make the blood thinner to that it flowed better. However, if a patient is already taking blood-thinning drugs, the nutritional treatment must be co-ordinated with their physician and taken slowly so that the blood is not thinned too dramatically or too quickly.
As a relaxation technique, breathe in for two counts, out for three counts and concentrate on the rhythm.
Make sure you sleep for at least six hours a night. During sleep is the only time the blood has a chance to purify; maximum purification means less pressure for the arteries and veins.
Soak your feet in hot water for 10-20 minutes while covering your upper body with a blanket.Do 10 minutes of light yoga exercise every day.
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