The standard blood pressure from a medical point of view is 120/80. Although low blood pressure is sometimes a problem it is high pressure, or hypertension, that is the more common problem. Anything over 140/100 is considered high and many factors such as stress, smoking, weight problems, excess coffee and alcohol and high cholesterol are all considered to affect blood pressure.
Any programme to reduce blood pressure will always look at lifestyle and diet factors. However, a number of herbs can help with general cardiac health as well as specifically hypertension, and is one of the most common reasons people seek the help of the herbalist.
Hawthorn is the supreme cardiac herb, that can be taken safely long term. The individual case will determine the exact combination of herbs prescribed and could include Mistletoe, Dandelion, Motherwort, Lime flower and Yarrow.
Any present medication will be taken into account and this can be maintained alongside the herbs, or reduced under careful supervision