What is Blood pressure?
The rate at which the blood circulates in the body from the heart is called Blood pressure. Blood pressure should be stable and must not fluctuate from low to high. If the blood pressure drops drastically, it causes Hypotension and if the blood pressure rises unexpectedly, it is called Hypertension. According to various studies, High blood pressure is more prevalent than Hypotension by the ratio of 80:20
Types of Blood Pressure
There are two major types of Blood Pressure: Hypertension and Hypotension. Explore the types below.
Hypertension is a condition where the force of blood against the artery walls is very high, sometimes causing heart diseases. The blood pressure is determined by the amount of blood that the heart pumps and the resistance of the blood in your arteries. When the excess blood is pumped by the heart, and the narrower the arteries, combined can increase the blood pressure.
- Severe headaches.
- Fatigue or confusion.
- Vision problems.
- Chest pain.
- Difficulty breathing.
- Irregular heartbeat.
- Blood in the urine.
- Obesity, Overweight
- Too much salt in the diet
- Lethargy, negligible physical activity
- Too much caffeine or Alcohol
- Sleep Deprivation, Insomnia
- Old age
- Family history of high BP
Hypotension is a condition where the blood flows through dilated arteries and is not regulated. Too much blood gets pumped out in and into the heart which can cause the heart to malfunction.
- Fainting (syncope)
- Dehydration and unusual thirst.
- Distracted, less concentration
- Blurred vision
- Cold, clammy, pale skin
Causes of Low blood pressure:
- Hormonal changes in Pregnancy
- Low blood sugar
- Various prescription drugs
- Dilation of the blood vessels
- Liver disease
- Improper Diet or malnutrition
- Heart Failure
How does Ayurveda help with the types of Blood Pressure?
Hypotension is called Nyuna Raktachaapa in Ayurveda. According to Ayurveda low blood pressure occurs due to the destruction of Vata and the weakness of Agni. To be able to balance the Vata is to manage various ailments and issues like constipation, malnutrition, enema, and Anemia.
Hypertension is the disturbance in the vata and pitta where the Vata is imbalanced, as a result, the blood pressure is increased. There are various ways in which Ayurveda aims to eliminate health conditions that can be controlled and eliminated through dietary and lifestyle changes of the affected people.
Herbs that help control blood pressure
Amla: Also known as Indian Gooseberry, Amla is a very essential ayurvedic medicine to regulate blood pressure. The Vitamin C present in amla help reduce blood cholesterol levels and widens blood vessels. Usually, it is recommended to have amla juice every morning on an empty stomach it can control hypertension and provide immunity against other ailments.
Gotu Kola: Also known as Indian Pennywort, Gotu Kola is commonly used traditionally in ancient Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. The herb is bitter in nature, usually consumed in small quantities, it can be very beneficial for blood circulation and control blood pressure.
Ashwagandha: Also known as Indian Ginseng, Ashwagandha is a natural herb that can be consumed in many forms like by adding it to your evening tea in small quantities, it can also be taken in tablet form. It helps lower the blood pressure,
It has been proven to lower blood pressure along with acupressure points for blood pressure. Studies also suggest that it can reduce blood sugar levels in people with diabetes.
Home remedies for controlling Blood pressure
- Drink one cup of Beetroot juice twice a day.
- Pranayama (Bhastrika, Surya bhedana), Shava asana, and Sarvang asana should be practiced for improvement.
- Add small amounts of Cinnamon, black pepper, and cardamom to your daily diet
- Take a mixture of 1 spoon of ginger juice and 1 spoon of honey and take it twice a day one hour prior to food.
- Soak dry grapes in drinking water overnight and cover the glass with a lid. Drink the water after waking up and have the grapes as well. Indulge in basic cardio after drinking the mix and have breakfast an hour later.
- Including Tulsi leaves and Munakka in your food consumption along with, almond with milk can really help keep your energy levels high.
- Eat small portions of food several times a day.
- Avoid alcohol consumption.
- Include green leafy vegetables, milk, fish, and eggs in your diet to strengthen your immune system.
- Reduce the intake of caffeine, artificial sweeteners, and refined sugar in order to control low BP.