Hi I have a whole book on the subject of lowering blood pressure and it includes the lifestyle which has been outlined in some posts that have been put on here. Since it includes a whole lifestyle it would require more than just a few herbs. I am not !00% sure that the herbs would bring a very high pressure down far especially if lifestyle measures were omitted. The book also mentions that it may take about 40 days to reduce hypertension. It suggests being vegetarian. It suggests avoiding fats since it changes the charges in the blood so that a person is more likely to clot from blood cells clumping together. Some of the herbs it mentions are:
" watermelon seed, dandelion, cornsilk, buchu, burdock, and uva ursi." It says to "use 2 cups 4 times a day." It says, "Hawthorn berry and black cohosh, anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxant herbs, are also excellent teas for reducing blood pressure. Yarrow and mistletoe are also good for blood pressure. Drink four cups of any of these teas in one day. Tea must be made fresh daily to be effective, and only from herb s that were harvested less than one year from the time they are used (see Chapter Twelve for details). To slow the heart rate, use lily of the valley tea. Although lilly of the valley (convallaria majolis) is listed as a toxic herb, it has been used for centuries for heart problems. We have found it to be generally free of side effects in moderate usage, such as a cupful of the infusion of leaves 1-3 times daily. Nevertheless, it should be used with care, and preferably under the supervision and monitoring of your healthcare provider. It should not be used in conjunction with cardiac or blood pressure drugs."
"Hydrotherapy is one of the most effective way of temporarily treating acutely elevated blood pressure. It should be used when the patient is under stress or has sharp rise in blood pressure."
"A hot foot bath lowers the blood pressure as does a 20-90 minute neutral (95-100 degrees) or hot (100-110 degrees) bath. Caution should be used when stepping into the water, especially when it is very hot. The blood pressure can go up temporarily within the first 20-60 seconds if there is an extreme change in temperature."
Fomentations (hot compresses or hot wet towels) can be used to bring blood pressure down. (See chapter 12 for details)"
"avoid alcohol like the plague" "reduce salt, weight, stress, sugar..."
"Swelling of the feet and ankles will go down on a diet similar to the one we give for diabetics, as the metabolic cause of hypertension and diabetes is shared by many with high blood pressure. In both diseases we find sodium buildup in cells and fluid retention."
Last edited by sjb; 12-05-2010 at 10:50 AM.