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.
Herbal medicine is the use of plant preparations to treat disorders of a physical,nervous or emotional nature. It is as old as mankind itself, and the modern herbalist tries to combine that wealth of experience and knowledge with modern research and understanding.
Herbal medicine can be used to treat a wide variety of both acute and chronic conditions both as stand alone treatment and as a complimentry treatment alongside mainstream protocols.
A herbalist will attempt to treat the person as a whole and work on the root cause of the problem rather than just giving symptomatic relief. As well as supplying herbal preparations advice on diet and lifestyle will also be given.
The plants are prepared in a variety of ways, tinctures, capsules, oils, creams and teas are the most common, but retaining the inherent healing potential of the natural plant.