Chinese Medicine Hypertension Basics
Chinese medicine offers a unique perspective on combatting high blood pressure (hypertension), elevated lipids, triglycerides, headaches, and dizziness naturally. In all cases, Chinese medicine seeks to keep our bodies in a state of balance to maintain health. When it comes to high blood pressure, the goal is often to reduce the strain on the body, ease the flow of blood, and reduce excess heat and tension.
Stress is one of the most common underlying issues with high blood pressure. Our stressful lives lead to years of tension, aggravation, and poor rest.
Stress, frustration, poor diet, and other factors can lead to too much heat in the body. This imbalance can then cause cardiovascular issues like high blood pressure.
Major Organ Systems and Hypertension:
The Liver is the main organ that manages stress and blood flow. When we experience high blood pressure, the Liver system (not the organ itself) is struggling. Specifically, herbalists may consider a condition called “Liver yang rising” in which the active energy of the Liver system rises upwards unrestrained, causing headaches, tension, and high blood pressure.
The root of high blood pressure is often a lack of nourishing Kidney yin. Kidney yin helps to support all organs and keeps our yin/yang balance in check.
Common High Blood Pressure Treatments in Chinese Medicine
Because of the high correlation of high blood pressure and stress, Chinese medicine often aims to relieve stress and help people use natural methods to create a more viable lifestyle. Acupuncture is helpful in stress management and can even drop blood pressure immediately during a treatment. Diet and nutrition are key ways we can moderate our blood pressure, as is exercise and dedicated rest.
Chinese Herbal Formulas for High Blood Pressure
Chinese medicine has long used herbal formulas to help keep blood pressure in check. While each herbal formula is slightly different, the main goal of most high blood pressure formulas is to settle yang, reduce stress, and calm the flow of blood. In many cases, the underlying issue (malnourishment, lack of yin, or excess heat) is also addressed:
Long Dan Xie Gan Wan: This formula clears heat/fire from the Liver and Gallbladder channels to address stress headaches and hypertension (as well as many other conditions).
Tian Ma Gou Teng Wan: This is a modern formula designed specifically to address hypertension.
Luo Buo Ma Jiang Ya Tablets: This is another modern formula designed to help normalize blood pressure. Helpful for people with hypertension (high blood pressure), elevated lipids / triglycerides, headaches, and dizziness.
Jiang Ya Pian: addresses hypertension in persons with Liver yang rising (red face, headaches, dizziness, etc…).
Blood Pressure Tea – by Bravo: An Herbal tea designed to help lower blood pressure
Special Herbs for High Blood Pressure
The following are important herbs used in our popular high blood pressure formulas.
Shan Zha/ Hawthorn berry: Shan zha is famous for its ability to regulate blood pressure and benefit the cardiovascular system in general. This heart-like fruit is often used in formulas or even eaten whole as dietary therapy.
Tian Ma/ Gastrodia tuber: Tian ma is a root herb that helps to lower the rising energy in the upper parts of the body, reduce the strain on the heart and blood vessels, and nourish yin.
Xia Ku Cao/ Prunella spike: Xia ku cao is often used in situations where there is too much heat in the body. This herb can show up in formulas where hypertension has a root in excess heat.
Luo Bu Ma Ye/Dogbane: Luo Bu Ma Ye is best known as a cardiotonic and used to address hypertension but has other effects on the body as well (clears heat and promotes urination).
Shop our Collection of Formulas for High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure, or hypertension, can become a major health concern when left unmanaged. Chinese herbal medicine offers a host of herbal products that help manage blood pressure the natural way. Shop our collection of Chinese herbal formulas that reduce blood pressure and maintain a healthy cardiovascular system.