Blood Pressure (High) | high blood pressure

Hypertension or Increased Blood Pressure:

Facts and Statistics about hypertension: 

  • Hypertension is defined as any pressure greater than 150/90.
  • Hypertension causes 60,000 deaths/year and is directly related to more than 250,000 deaths from stroke.
  • Hypertension is called the silent killer because people don’t know they have it.
  • Heart disease and strokes account for over 43% of all deaths in the United States
  • Greater than 60 million people in the United States over the age of 65 have high blood pressure
  • African Americans are 33% more likely to have hypertension and starting at an earlier age.
  • Over 1 million people per year suffer adverse reactions from doctor prescribed drugs. (Approximately one 747 plane-load of people per day that die from properly prescribed, properly taken prescription drugs.)
  • There are over 140 different blood pressure medications available through your doctor today (see that list below). 

Signs/symptoms of hypertension: 

  • Depression
  • Dizziness
  • Exercise intolerance
  • Headache
  • Heavy snoring
  • Increased frequency of urination
  • Increased sweating
  • Rapid pulse
  • Ringing of the ears (tinnitis)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sleep apnea
  • Tiredness
  • Visual disturbances

Chinese Medicine Signs 

  • Puffy veins under tongue (heavy metal poisoning)
  • Red tongue (infection in the body)
  • Red tongue tip (heart/stress/overwork/anxiety)
  • Short wide reddish nails
  • Red lines at tips of nails
  • Red complexion
  • Red spots under the nails
  • Large lunulae on pinkies (heart/overwork)
  • Bulging eyes
  • Headaches nape of neck that throb, make you dizzy, and are worse with shaking
  • Blood in the urine
  • Teeth marks on the edges of the tongue (spleen/pancreas/kidney problems) 

Many people that come to see me initially are on several different blood pressure medications. It seems that when one doesn’t work, the medical field just adds on another one and the process continues until they find one that works. So, my question is, why stay one the ones that did NOT give positive results. What a mess. 

What if there was a way to find out the core causes of your hypertension and address them? Wouldn’t that be easier, cheaper and more empowering? Well, we CAN find the core causes for most of you.  Some of these causes you can easily deal with and make appropriate lifestyle changes. Some are more difficult to get under control. Ultimately, though, the natural methods are healthier and even if you have to continue taking some kind of blood pressure medication, it will be one with fewer side effects that will do the job. 

Let us help you see some do-able options if you are ready to take part and responsibility for your own healing. Get to the cause of the problem. Here are some ideas and the forms I use to evaluate high blood pressure

Which ones can you eliminate from your life to live longer? 

Common Core Causes of High Blood Pressure (Hypertension): 

  • Adrenal tumors (pheochromocytomas)
  • Advil
  • Alcohol (esp. Hard liquor)
  • Allergies
  • Allergies: Soy sauce
  • Allergies: Foods with mold inhibitors
  • Anger/resentment not expressed
  • Anxiety
  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Baking soda
  • Black Licorice
  • Caffeine
  • Calcium deficiency
  • Canned foods
  • Chocolate
  • Cigarettes *
  • Coffee
  • Cola nut
  • Colas
  • Constipation
  • Cor pulmonale
  • Cushing’s syndrome
  • COX-2 inhibitors (Bextra, Celebrex, Vioxx)
  • Diabetes
  • Diet Aids
  • Doctor visits
  • Embolism
  • Encephalopathy
  • Ephedra/Ephedrine/Mormon tea/Ma Huang
  • Essential oils:  Sage,  Rosemary,  Thyme, Hyssop
  • Ethnic Predisposition (African)
  • Excedrin PM
  • Excess adrenaline/epinephrine
  • Excessive extracellular fluid
  • Fiber deficiency
  • Fluid Retention
  • Genetic
  • Guarana
  • Heavy metal exposure (Lead)
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Hyssop
  • Increased mucous
  • Insulin resistance
  • Kidney malfunction
  • Kidney disease
  • Lack of aerobic exercise
  • Licorice
  • Liver disease
  • Long seated problems not dealt with
  • Lung disease
  • Magnets improperly placed on the body
  • MAO inhibitors
  • Meat tenderizers
  • Medication reactions (e.g. Hormones/steroids)
  • MSG
  • Narrowed aorta
  • Nuprin
  • NutraSweet (Phenylalanine)
  • Obesity
  • Over the Counter antihistamines
  • Poor sugar metabolism
  • Portal hypertension
  • Potassium deficiency
  • Pregnancy
  • Prostaglandin imbalance (PGF2alpha)
  • Salt, Table or bleached Sea Salt
  • Slow bowel habits
  • Softened water
  • Stress
  • Sugar
  • Suppressed aggression
  • Thickened blood
  • Thyroid imbalance
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Too much aldosterone
  • Too much red meat
  • Toothpastes containing Baking Powder 

*Louise Hay in her book You Can Heal Your Life states that 95% of the people who smoke have some form of anger and resentment at a parent they have not dealt with. I have also found this to be true in my own practice. 

Dietary supplements used in normalizing blood pressure: 

  • Aloe vera
  • Apple pectin
  • Beta-carotene
  • Black currant oil
  • Brewer’s yeast
  • Bromelain
  • Calciums: Bonemeal, Calcium Chloride, Calcium Citrate, Dicalcium phosphate, Calcium Gluconate, Calcium Hydroxyapatite, Calcium Lactate, Oyster shell Calcium, Calcium Stearate, Calcium with Boron, Calcium with Vitamin D3
  • Chitosan
  • Choline
  • CoQ 10
  • DHA
  • Eurocalm (Solaray)
  • Evening Primrose Oil (EPO)
  • Flax seed oil
  • Folic Acid
  • GABA
  • Garlic
  • Ginseng
  • Glandulars for the heart
  • Grape seed extract
  • Inositol
  • Kyo-Green
  • L-Arginine
  • L-Carnitine
  • L-Glutamic acid
  • L-Glutamine
  • Lecithin
  • Magnesium
  • Aspartate
  • Chelate
  • Citrate
  • Glycinate
  • Lactate
  • Malate (Malic acid)
  • Oxide
  • Melatonin
  • Multi-vitamin
  • Mushrooms
  • Mitake
  • Reishi
  • Shitake
  • Oat bran
  • Olive oil
  • Omega 3 fatty acids
  • Onion
  • Oral chelation products (Ora Plus/PGF 400)
  • Potassium
  • Proteolytic enzymes
  • Psyllium
  • Selenium
  • Silica Gel (Body Essentials)
  • Sun Chlorella
  • Taurine
  • Tyrosine (Not with Mao inhibitors)
  • Vital K (Futurebiotics)
  • Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
  • Vitamin B-complex
  • Vitamin E/Octocosonol
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin A
  • Wheat germ oil
  • Zinc 

Note: The quality is important. In general 2 for 1 specials are lower quality and may contain contaminants that sometimes make symptoms worse. Muscle test to find the correct brand for you. 

For example: If you are not taking the correct calcium for your body, you can tax your kidney function and cause stones. So ask, yes or no, “Do I need calcium?” and then, yes or no, “Is this the best calcium for MY body?” 

Oh, you also need the correct oils in your diet to draw the calcium into your body. These oils are often chosen with your blood type and nationalities in mind, the type of cooking you do–or don’t do, and the amounts of nuts and seeds already in your diet. 

Herbs used in the modulation of hypertension: 

  • Bilberry
  • Black Cohosh
  • Blue Cohosh
  • Boneset
  • Buckthorn
  • Buckwheat
  • Butcher’s broom
  • Cassia Bark
  • Cayenne
  • Chen Pi (Citrus reticulata-tangerine peel)
  • Culver’s root
  • Dandelion Extract
  • Dandelion
  • Du Zhong (Eucommia ulmoides)
  • European mistletoe (Viscum album)
  • European Black Alder bark
  • Fennel
  • Fruit
  • Fu Ling (Poria cucos, tuckahoe, hoelen, bread root)
  • Garlic
  • German Chamomile (short periods only)
  • Can cause allergy to Ragweed over time
  • Ginger
  • Ginkgo
  • Gouteng
  • Hawthorn
  • Kelp
  • Lavender
  • Lemon Balm
  • Lime flower
  • Linden flowers
  • Marshmallow root
  • Myrrh
  • Parsley
  • Peppermint
  • Poke root
  • Ravwolfia serpentina
  • Red clover
  • Rehmannia
  • Rosemary
  • Rue
  • Sanicle
  • Sassafras bark
  • Shan Zha (Hawthorne)
  • Siberian Ginseng
  • Skullcap
  • Sweetwood root
  • Tianma
  • Uva Ursi
  • Valerian
  • Vervain
  • Water shamrock
  • Wild cherry bark
  • Yarrow

Aromatherapies used in Hypertension:  A word of caution here. Some aromas that help high blood pressure and also cause high blood pressure as well (marked with an *). And, some aromas used for pain and arteriosclerosis may cause high blood pressure. 

  • Birch
  • Black pepper
  • Cananga
  • *Clary sage
  • Garlic
  • Geranium
  • Ginger
  • *Hyssop
  • Juniper
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Lemon balm
  • Marjoram
  • *Red Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Sweet Marjoram
  • *Thyme
  • Yarrow
  • Ylang Ylang 

Homeopathics for Hypertension: 

  • Adrenalin
  • Argentum nitricum
  • Aurum metallicum
  • Baryta mur.
  • Baryta carb.
  • Belladonna
  • Calcarea carbonica
  • Calms forte (Hyland’s)
  • Eel serum
  • Glonoinum
  • Lachesis
  • Natrum muriaticum
  • Nux vomica
  • Phosphorus
  • Plumbum
  • Sanguinaria canadensis 

Fact: What you put in your mouth can hurt you, even if it is a “natural” treatment.

Find a practitioner who knows the physiology behind the medical problem, knows what “real drugs are used” and is comfortable with the alternatives you decide you want to try. Mixing “real drugs” with herbs, homeopathics, nutritional supplements and alternative therapies is called Integrative Medicine Read as much as you can and ask lots of questions. The more you know about your health challenge the more options you have. When you visit a health care practitioner you are giving up your power to them if you take what they say and use it without following your inner guidance. Second, third and forth opinions are totally acceptable. Search out as much information as it takes to help you understand what you are going though for you to be comfortable with the options YOU choose to use in your healing process.

Other Alternative Therapies for Hypertension: 

  • Acupuncture
  • Affirmations
  • Alexander Technique (Correcting improper posture)
  • Attend to Mucous in the body
  • Autogenic training
  • Avoid Worry
  • Ayurvedic medicine (Panchakarma)
  • Biofeedback
  • Blood type diet
  • Breathing
  • Chiropractic
  • Color therapy
  • Counseling
  • CranioSacral therapy
  • Crystals: (Resource: Wonders of the World) (509) 328-6890 Fax: (509)327-7214
  • Ussingite (Russia)
  • Lencite
  • Rauenthalite
  • Determine Allergies/Deal with.
  • Dietary supplements
  • Dry Skin Brush
  • Emotional release work
  • Emotions triggering hypertension
  • Exercise/Sunshine 30min/day
  • Fasting
  • Fiber (Oatbran/Psyllium)
  • Flower essences:
  • Morning glory (817)293-5410
  • Periwinkle (817) 293-5410
  • Vine (Bach remedy-see local health food store)
  • Herbal teas:
  • Chamomile
  • Green tea
  • Suma
  • Hops
  • Valerian
  • Herbs 
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Intravenous chelation
  • Iridology (check for nerve rings)
  • Juicing:
  • Beet
  • Carrot
  • Celery
  • Citrus
  • Cucumber
  • Parsley
  • Spinach
  • Tomato
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Macrobiotic diet
  • Massage
  • Meditation
  • Music therapy
  • Osteopathy
  • Prayer
  • Psychotherapy
  • Qigong
  • Radionics
  • Reflexology (Pull middle fingers 3x/day for 20 sec.)
  • Reiki
  • Relaxation
  • Sleep, Better Quality
  • Spiritual lessons:
  • Anger
  • Going with the flow
  • Judging
  • Resistance
  • Self-esteem
  • Speaking up for yourself
  • Standing up for your rights
  • Understanding
  • Worthiness
  • T’ai Chi
  • Visualization
  • Water
  • Weight control
  • White flower analgesic balm
  • Yoga 

“Real” drugs used in the treatment of Hypertension:

Notes on the various types of blood pressure medications: 

  • Diuretics act on the kidneys to get rid of salt and on the blood vessels to reduce resistance.
  • Beta-blockers lower blood pressure by slowing the heart and decreasing the force of cardiac contractions.
  • Vasodilators act on the arteries to widen them.
  • ACE inhibitors act as both vasodilators and diuretics by inhibiting the production of angiotensin, a powerful vasoconstictor hormone which also acts on the adrenal glands to keep more sodium in the body. 

Blood Pressure Medications:

  • Accupril
  • Acebutolol (Sectral)
  • Adalat (Procardia)
  • Adalat (Procardia)
  • Aldactazide
  • Aldactone
  • Aldomet
  • Altace
  • Amiloride with HCl (Moduretic)
  • Amlodipine (Norvasc)
  • Amlodipine and Benzaepril Hcl (Lotrel)
  • Atenolol (Tenormin)
  • Atenolol with Chlorthalidone (Tenoretic)
  • Avapro
  • Benazepril (Lotensin)
  • Calan
  • Capoten
  • Capozide
  • Captopril (Capoten)
  • Captopril W/ Hcl (Capozide)
  • Cardene
  • Cardizem
  • Cardura
  • Carvedilol (Coreg)
  • Catapres
  • Chlorothiazide (Diuril)
  • Chlorthalidone (Hygroton)
  • Clonidine (Catapres)
  • Coreg
  • Corgard
  • Corzide
  • Covera-hs (Calan)
  • Cozaar
  • Dilacor Sr (Cardizem)
  • Diltiazem (Cardizem)
  • Diovan
  • Diavan Hct (Diovan)
  • Diuril
  • Doxazosin (Cardura)
  • Dyazide
  • Dynacirc
  • Enalapril (Vasotec)
  • Enalapril W/ Feloipine (Lexxel)
  • Enalapril W/ Hydrochlorothiazide (Vaseretic)
  • Esidrix (Hydrodiuril)
  • Felodipine (Plendil)
  • Fosinopril (Monopril)
  • Furosemide (Lasix)
  • Guanabenz (Wytensin)
  • Guanfacine (Tenex)
  • Hydrochlorothiazide (Hydrodiuril)
  • Hydrochlorothiazide W/ Triamterene (Dyazide)
  • Hydrodiuri
  • Hygroton
  • Hytrin
  • Hyzaar
  • Indapamide (Lozol)
  • Inderal
  • Inderide
  • Irbesartan (Avapro)
  • Isoptin (Calan)
  • Isradipine (Dynacird)
  • Labetalol (Normodyne)
  • Lasix
  • Lexxel
  • Lisinopril (Zestril)
  • Lisinopril W/ Hydrochlorothiazide (Zestoretic)
  • Lopressor
  • Losartan Potassium (Cozaar)
  • Losartan Potassium W/ Hydrochlorothiazide (Hyzaar)
  • Lotensin
  • Lotrel
  • Lozol
  • Mavik
  • Maxzide (Dyazide)
  • Methyldopa (Aldomet)
  • Metolazone (Zaroxolyn)
  • Metoprolol (Lopressor)
  • Minipress
  • Moduretic
  • Moexipril (Univasc)
  • Moexipril W/ Hydrochlorothiazide (Uniretic)
  • Monopril
  • Mykrox (Zarololyn)
  • Nadolol (Corgard)
  • Nadolol W/ Bendroflumethiazide (Corgard)
  • Nicardipine (Cardene)
  • Nifedipine (Procardia)
  • Nisoldipine (Sular)
  • Norodyne
  • Norvasc
  • Pindolol (Visken)
  • Plendil
  • Prazosin (Minipress)
  • Prinivil (Zestril)
  • Prinizide (Zestoretic)
  • Procardia
  • Propranolol (Inderal)
  • Propranolol W/ Hydrochlorothiazide (Inderide)
  • Quinapril (Accupril)
  • Ramipril (Altace)
  • Reserpine, Hydralzaine, Hydrochlorothiazide (Ser-ap-es)
  • Sectral
  • Ser-ap-es
  • Spironolactone (Aldactone
  • Spironolactone W/ Hydrochlrothiazide (Aldactazide)
  • Sular
  • Tarka
  • Tenex
  • Tenoretic
  • Tenormin
  • Terazosin (Hytrin)
  • Thalitone (Hygroton)
  • Tiazac (Cardizem)
  • Toprol-xl (Lopressor)
  • Trandate (Normodyne)
  • Trandolapril (Mavik)
  • Trandolapril W/ Verapamil (Tarka)
  • Triamterene W/ Hydrochlorothiazide (Dyazide)
  • Uniretic
  • Univasc
  • Valsartan (Diovan)
  • Valsartan W/ Hydrochlorothiazide (Diovan)
  • Vaseretic
  • Vasotec
  • Verapamil (Calan)
  • Verelan (Calan
  • Visken
  • Wytensin
  • Zaroxolyn
  • Zestoretic
  • Zestril