Low blood pressure or Hypotension, though not that common as high blood pressure can also lead to serious conditions as the patients suffering from it does not receive enough blood supply for the normal functioning of the brain and other parts of the body.
People suffering from hypotension may experience dizziness, burred vision, fatigue, low pulse rate, headache and poor concentration.
Low blood pressure condition generally arises due to some prolonged weakness, anemic conditions and under nourished body system. Malnutrition leads to the overstretching of the tissues of the blood vessels and so there is less oxygen supply to the tissues which ultimately lead to the hypotension.
Natural herbs for treating low blood pressure
In most cases drugs and pills are not required to treat low blood pressure conditions. It can be rectified by eating healthy and nutritious food rich in protein, Vitamin C and vitamin B. These vitamins play a very important role in maintaining normal blood pressure conditions. Naturally growing herbs also have wondrous effects in raising the blood pressure to desired levels.
1. Beet root- A cup of raw beet root juice if taken twice daily is good to treat this condition, improving the condition within one week.
2. Indian spikenard - Taking 30-40 grains mixed with pinch of camphor and cinnamon regularly raises the low blood pressure. Taking the extract of this herb also gives similar results.
3. Ginger - Most commonly used Asian herb it is equally useful in controlling high and low blood pressures.
4. Hawthorn - Though used in treating high blood pressure it functions mainly to stabilize the blood pressure and bring back to its normal state.
5. Rosemary - This herb in useful in treating low blood pressure. Taking 10 ml. of the extract daily stabilizes the blood pressure.
6. Motherwort - Extract of this herb, though bitter in taste helps in raising the blood pressure to desired levels.
7. Coffee - Coffee being a strong stimulant can create magic in case of mild low blood pressure conditions. Sipping a cup of this aromatic beverage early morning is enough to maintain the blood pressure at desired levels.
8. Ginseng - This herb is known to normalize all the functions of the body and that includes the normalizing of blood pressure too.
9. Siberian Ginseng - Though it is similar to the other ginseng herbs, studies revealed that this variety raises the blood pressure of only those who are suffering from low blood pressure.
10. Stinging nettle - This is a herb that nourishes and helps to build up blood cells and also raising the blood pressure in those suffering from hypotension. This herb can be taken as extract, tea or in capsule form.
External application of some herbs like Rosemary oil or inhaling the scent of Rose geranium can help in stabilizing the low blood pressure conditions.
Frequently Asked Questions
increase body's acidity to dissolve uric acid kidney stones?
Can anyone recommend vitamins or herbs that assist the body in creating a high pH environment in the kidney's to dissolve uric acid kidney stones and keep them from recurring. I know there are medications for this and I'm already on those medications. I was looking for a more natural solution to prevent recurring uric acid kidney stones from forming. Any ideas would be appreciated.
I would like to relate my experience. After two operations (the first one unsuccessful, both painful) I asked my urologist how to avoid getting more stones. He is reputed to be the best in the city. He said "drink plenty of water and call when when you get the next one". Note: not if, but when. Thanks, mate!!
So I decided to find out why they happened. I researched all the reasons that can cause them, short-listed them, and did the blood, urine, etc. tests to determine which one caused it. It was an imbalance in the para-thyroid glands causing DHEA and PTH imbalances, along with a couple of lesser problems - dehydration and diet. I found out how to correct that (diet and supplements) and have now been free of kidney since that time, 5 years ago. I will not go into exactly how I did this, because that was specific to me and my problem.
Can I suggest that you do what-ever you can to find out what the original problem is. Drinking water and diet changes are good to do, but there is usually a root cause. Doctors will only treat the symptoms which is too late, by then you already have more stones. Do the research, the work will give you a good outcome.
By the way, just because a food is alkaline, it does not mean it produces an alkaline response in the body. Any protein foods (such as milk) actually produce an acid result. Likewise, lemon and orange juice, although acids, produce an alkaline response. Too much red beets and very green leafy vege's like spinach can actually help cause stones (they produce oxalate in the body) so best to avoid these.
Also, contrary though it may sound, a good quality calcium supplement will help prevent kidney stones in the future. This is because one reason for stones is that when the body is short of calcium (used for almost every system in the body as well as bones) the body will suck it out of the bones to use elsewhere because it is so essential. This ends up accumulating in the kidneys as calcium carbonate or oxalate compounds, which forms into stones. Good quality supplements are made from calcium silicate, which cannot be formed into stones and since it builds up the calcium levels in the body, will help prevent stones in future. Also, calcium in the is form actually binds with oxalates in such a way that they are unable to bind into a stone. Silicates also inhibit oxalate formation. Make sure it also contains magnesium and vitamins D and K, which are needed by the body to absorb calcium. Omega-3 supplements will also help, as does selenium.
One more point. The body is naturally slightly alkaline. Artificially pushing it into an acid balance can cause damage on a cellular level all up to tissue level and have severe long term effects on your health. One of the precursors to people forming kidney stones is an acid body balance. Limit dairy foods and meat of all kinds, limit processed foods and anything coming from sugar, white flour, white rice, potatoes, and other starchy foods. Avoid chocolate (sorry) and especially all carbonated drinks, colas in particular. Brown rice is positively good for you, as it sweet potato, whole-grain breads, fruits, etc.
But please note: there are different types of stones, each with a different mechanism for forming kidney stones. You ideally need to know which type before make a decision on how to deal with it.
One big thing I learned is that if the body is in proper balance and has the nutrition it needs, it knows how to take care of itself and will do so if you give it the right working materials. Good luck, I hope you can get free of this, I know how debilitatingly painful it is.
Has anyone tried any natural herbal supplements to help with kindey stones?
I have suffered with kidney stones for over 2 years. I have spent so much money on doctors and testing, yet I'm still nowhere and in pain- I cant take it anymore. I have found a few supplments online that are supposed to dissolve kidney stones. Most are Chinese herbs that are imported and not regulated by the FDA. Has anyone tried this? Does it work? Is it safe?? I'm desparate!!!
Nothing can dissolve kidney stones. I too looked into these products and came across Kidney Dr. and Uriflow. Both are overpriced products that are not guaranteed to work.
Leaving those aside, I did research herbs and herbal remedies as well. Frankly, it's quite confusing. Everything you read points you to something different! There were some commonalities between sources and I finally chose 4 that I was going to try - dandelion, goldenrod, cranberry and corn silk (zea mays). These herbs have diuretic (and thus detoxing) effects, so be sure not to take any licorice at the same time. And also be sure to double your liquid intake when using these.
You could probably go to a vitamin store and buy a "detox" tea. They're likely to contain diuretic herbs that'll essentially do the same thing. And they'll be less expensive than those other products.
But really the best thing is just copious amounts of water or other liquids. Not soda, but things like juices or lemonade. You don't mention it but you're probably already drinking a lot. If not, you should be! Try to take in 2-4 quarts per day.
My research also led me to fiber, fish oils, magnesium and B6. I asked my urologist about those and about diuretics and he said "pffft." He thought fiber and magnesium would be fine, but his idea is that since people rarely stick with these things, drinking the water is the best thing you can do.
It has effects on your system that you wouldn't realize and it's probably the easiest thing to maintain long term.
It won't hurt you to try any herbal remedies, but research them carefully. There are some, like St. John's Wort, that everyone started taking without realizing that it has some serious side effects. So just learn about what you plan to take.
Kidney Stone, any suggestion to break it or dissolve !!!?
I have small Kidney Stone, 2.3 mm and can not be seen in the ultra sound, so it can not be treated medically at this stage. Please let me know, if you have any suggestion to break it or dissolve by food, loquid or any type of herbs. Thank. Steve, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Natural Home Remedies for Kidney Stones
When it comes to preventing kidney stones, what you should eat is just as important as what you should not eat. Read on for home remedies, in the form of foods and supplements found in most kitchens.
Home Remedies From the Cupboard
Bran flakes. Fiber helps get rid of calcium and oxalate in your urine, which cuts the risk of kidney stones. A bowl of bran flakes can give you 8 mg of fiber.
Mesh strainer. If you are passing a kidney stone, doctors recommend catching it. Urinating through a mesh strainer is one of the easiest ways to trap your stone. Allowing your doctor to analyze the stone's content can offer clues about what caused your stones to form and give you more success in treating your stone problem.
Two-liter bottle. Many doctors recommend measuring your urine output if you are at risk for kidney stones. You should be urinating at least the equivalent of a two-liter bottle every day. Carrying a bottle to the bathroom with you may seem odd, but if you're having kidney stone trouble, knowing that your kidneys are functioning fluidly will ease your mind.
Whole-wheat bread. A couple slices of whole-wheat bread contain a good amount of magnesium, a mineral known for averting stones. One study found that people who got an adequate amount of magnesium stopped getting kidney stones altogether.
Salt. There's also a high correlation between kidney stones and salt intake. Limit your sodium consumption to no more than two grams per day.
Nettle leaf. Drinking plenty of water is the undisputed champion of kidney stone prevention. Some herbal teas, such as those made from the leaves of stinging nettles, may enhance the benefits of water by acting as natural diuretics.
The nettle leaf has a long tradition of safely promoting urination. By keeping water flowing through the kidneys and bladder, nettle helps keep crystals from forming into stones and washes bacteria away. It may also help maintain a kidney-stone-busting balance of electrolytes in the urine. Though further research is needed, drinking 2 to 3 cups of nettle leaf tea per day may help prevent kidney stones. Mix 1 to 2 tablespoons dried nettle leaf with 1 cup hot water and steep for 10 to 15 minutes.
Dried nettle leaf should be stored in an airtight container, away from light and heat. It will last as long as a year if protected. You must either grow them in the garden or have a nearby source to harvest them from the wild. Keep fresh nettles in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.
Home Remedies From the Refrigerator
Carrots. Vitamin A is an essential ingredient for healthy kidneys. One carrot can give you twice your daily requirements for this kidney-friendly nutrient. Foods rich in vitamin A include sweet potatoes, pumpkin, winter squash, broccoli, and carrots.
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The vitamin A in foods like carrots can
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Chicken. The B vitamins, specifically vitamin B6, are well-known stone fighters. Vitamin B6 keeps the body from building up excess oxalate. Too much oxalate is a major factor in kidney stone formation. Three ounces of chicken provide more than one-third of your daily needs.
Milk. Something to put in your strange but true file. Though calcium is one of the major minerals in kidney stones, recent evidence shows that not getting enough calcium can actually increase chances of getting a stone. The reason: When you have lower levels of calcium, your body produces more oxalate, which makes you more at risk for kidney stones. One study found that men who ate the most calcium had a 34 percent less chance of developing stones than those who ate the least amount of calcium. How much is enough? Meeting your recommended daily allowance, which for most adults is between 1,000 and 1,200 mg a day, the amount in about three glasses of milk, should do the trick.
Home Remedies From the Supplement Shelf
Vitamin A. As we've mentioned, Vitamin A is necessary for the overall health of your urinary tract. The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of vitamin A for healthy adults is 5,000 international units, which should be easily met through a varied, balanced diet. However, if you get too much A, your body won't excrete the excess, and the buildup can be toxic. See your doctor if you are unsure how much A your body is getting.
Vitamin B6. Scientists have found that vitamin B6 may actually lower the amount of oxalate in the blood, thereby reducing the risk of stone formation. Magnesium, too, seems to be helpful in preventing stones. Your doctor may suggest a daily supplement of B6 and/or magnesium or a drug that combines the two. If you take a supplement of vitamin B6, don't take more than 25 milligrams a day.
Kidney stones, either as small as a peanut or as large as a walnut, can cause serious pain. By using the home remedies mentioned in this article, you can take better care of yourself and keep kidney stones from forming.
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To learn more about how kidneys function, read How Your Kidneys Work.
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