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One in three Americans struggle with keeping a healthy blood pressure. Unfortunately, high blood pressure is one of the precursors to a variety of concerning health conditions like heart disease and stroke. Many people experience increased blood pressure due to stress, lifestyle habits, or as a result of other health conditions. By managing our blood pressure, we can prevent more serious health conditions in the future.
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.
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.
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 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.
The following are important herbs used in our popular high blood pressure formulas.
Shan Zha/ Hawthorne 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.
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.
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