So taking Aspirin everyday is bad for you?
Official guidelines were issued in 2005 by the Joint British Societies, which includes the British Cardiac Society, British Hypertension Society and The Stroke Association. It recommended 75 mg of aspirin a day for high risk patients over the age of 50. The Drugs and Therapeutics Bulletin said in 2008 that preventative aspirin should be abandoned unless there was already evidence of cardiovascular disease.
Herbs for Hypertension
Hypertension is high blood pressure. When blood pressure is measured it is given two numbers and normal blood pressure is around 120/80.
Anything over 140/100 is considered to high. 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. However 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 depending on the patient’s wishes.