What is Hypertension?
Hypertension or High blood pressure.
High blood pressure is the force the blood exerts on the walls of the blood vessels which in turn depends on the heart and resistance of the blood vessels. The blood pressure of a normal person should be systolic 120 over Diastolic 80 milliliters of mercury. When a person’s blood pressure consistently and constantly remains above 130 over 80 for a long period of time it is dangerous and can cause heart disease, stroke or death.
It is often called silent killer due to the lack of symptoms. For detecting hypertension, the person needs to regularly monitor his blood pressure levels over an extended period of time.
What are the causes of hypertension?
1. Stress – When stressed your body activates a surge of hormones which temporary hikes your blood pressure.
2. Food Habits – High level of salt along with potassium in your diet, processed and fatty foods.
3. Lifestyle – Lack of exercise
4. Health conditions – A person having heart disease, diabetes, chronic kidney disease and high cholesterol over a long time are prone to hypertension.
5. Age – increasing age also potential for hypertension.
6. Ethnicity – Some ethnicity is more prone to have hypertension.
7. Size and weight – The body index is a clear indicator of whether the person will have hypertension.
8. Alcohol or tobacco use – over abuse of alcohol or tobacco can increase a person’s blood pressure.
9. Sex – Men are more prone to High blood pressure at a lower age than female.
10. Medicines – some medicines that we take to control other diseases other may result in high blood pressure.
11. Genetical History – If your family have conditions of hypertension in their history you have a good chance of having it.
What are the Ayurvedic treatments for Hypertension?
Ayurvedic treatments consists of cleansing or purifying your body (Vata, Pita, Kapha) and adding life giving properties or ojas to your body. The doctor uses internal medicine to remove impurities, Panchakarma and herbal oil massage-based treatments, Nasya, stress removal counselling, strict diet, Navaratna Kizhi, Thailam and herbal steam bath.
Then starts off on strict regime of exercises and yoga. Even after the completion of the treatment, the person should be very careful of his diet and exercises lest the condition will relapse.
Cost of ayurvedic treatment for hypertension:
The cost of ayurvedic treatment for hypertension in some of the authentic ayurvedic hospitals would start from 750 USD for an inhouse treatment. Treatment duration will typically be between 14-28 days in the hospital. Cost would vary based on the treatment duration, hospital and type of room selected.
Do’s and Don’ts for a hypertension patient
1. Avoid or minimize stress from your daily life.
2. Avoid or minimize salt from your diet and supplement with fruits and vegetables.
3. Avoid fatty and processed food.
4. Maintain a strict exercise plan with yoga and at least 30 mins of walking.
5. Avoid alcohol or tobacco use.
6. Check with doctor before taking any medicine for any other illness.
7. Check up blood pressure regularly.