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Herbs for Hypertension

Herbs for hypertension by Jackie Schuman, RN, BSA, MSN



Hypertension is a prolonged elevation in blood pressure.  It is one of the most prevalent chronic health conditions in the United States, affecting 50 million Americans (CDC,2008). 

Hypertension is the leading risk factor for cardiovascular disease (e.g., coronary artery disease, myocardial infarction, and stroke). In hypertension, the heart is working harder than normal to pump the blood to all the parts of the body.  This work is due in part to vasoconstriction that increases afterload. 

Risk factors for developing hypertension include:

Hypertension is called the silent killer because many people do not have symptoms.  Often when symptoms are present, the hypertension is advanced or the blood pressure is remarkably high.  When present, clinical manifestations include fatigue, headache, malaise, and dizziness. 


In a new study, drinking three cups of herbal tea containing hibiscus each day lowered blood pressure.
"Most of the commercial herbal tea blends in the United States contain hibiscus," says Diane L. McKay, PhD, of Tufts University in Boston. She tells WebMD that people with the highest blood pressure at the start of the six-week study benefited the most.
McKay presented the study of 65 healthy men and women with modestly elevated blood pressure at the American Heart Association (AHA) meeting here.
Overall, drinking hibiscus tea blends lowered systolic blood pressure -- the top number in the blood pressure reading -- by an average of 7 points. That was significantly more than the 1-point drop observed in people who were given a placebo in the form of hibiscus-flavored water, McKay says.
While a 7-point drop in blood pressure might not seem like much, she says studies have shown that "even small changes in blood pressure ... when maintained over time ... will reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack."
Past AHA president Robert H. Eckel, MD, says that more study is needed to determine whether herbal tea's blood-pressure-lowering effect can actually be sustained over the long haul.
The degree of blood pressure lowering associated with tea drinking in the study was as much as would be expected with standard blood pressure drugs, he says.

So sit back, enjoy a cup of tea, and relax!  Here’s to your Health!


Resources:  WebMD Health News

Disclaimer: This document is for informational purposes only and not intended to replace the advice of a physician or to be used for diagnosis or treatment purposes.