In the last blog you would have realized that indiscreet use of BP lowering (i.e. anti-hypertensive) allopathic medicines have severe side effects in the long run like dry mouth/eyes, mouth blisters, burning mouth syndrome, brain disorders like depression, vertigo, alzheimer, dementia, irritated mind, insomnia, parkinson’s, bloating, constipation, kidney failure, unexplained weight gain or weight loss.. The list is long and different people taking these medicines face different challenges (to visualize their effect and to understand that how these medicines change our blood flow and bring serious imbalances, please watch this video)
And therefore, it is important to understand the root cause of high blood pressure which Ayurveda can explain along with its cure. But before proceeding further, here is a testimonial ⇓⇓⇓ with the only aim to prove that high BP can be cured by using the principles of Ayurveda especially in those cases which have not got spoiled due to prolonged use of allopathic BP medicines. *** Remember, even indiscreet and prolonged use of Ayurvedic medicines and consumption of foods not in line with one’s constitution and weather conditions can also create severe imbalances in body and mind. That is why it is essential for each one of us to understand the basics of how different foods work on our body and mind.
So what causes hypertension? let us spend a few seconds to discuss this. Because of the untiring 24/7 pumping of blood by our heart, our blood vessels experience certain amount of pressure which is required and for which a healthy body is well equipped. The problem comes when our blood vessels begin to narrow and/or the blood becomes so thick that it is doesn’t flow freely thereby causing excess pressure on the heart as well as the blood vessels thereby narrowing them. So why does this narrowing/thickening happen? let us understand the reasons but before that it will be good in case you can go through this blog ⇒ IMBALANCED PRANA VATA- THE ROOT CAUSE OF MOST OF THE DISEASES/CHAOS AND SATTVIC FOODS/LIFESTYLE -THE ONLY WAY TO PREVENT
REASON ONE (Due to Rajasic Mind/Overactive prana vata)
A person with high prana vata (meaning less of blood reaching the brain) sooner or later begins to consume more of sour, spicy, bitter, salty and excess of sweet foods to push more blood towards their brain (or more sugar to provide more energy) which otherwise is getting less blood since high prana vata means less blood towards the brain. All this leads to a very congested environment in the blood vessels as blood begins to become thicker and thicker with time along with acidity thereby also narrowing the blood vessels finally leading to high pressure against the walls of blood vessels. All this further increases pitta (heat) as high blood pressure increases faster circulation of blood leading to increased generation of heat. As such when blood becomes thick, its reach towards brain further slows down thereby pushing the person to consume more spicy foods which trigger faster flow of blood. So now thick and hot blood is moving through narrowed blood vessels thereby further increasing blood pressure and taking the person into a vicious circle of higher and higher BP unless the person slows down due to pain/discomfort triggered by high pitta/heat. Unfortunately in most of the cases, by the time the person realizes this, it becomes late. Therefore, it is essential that all of us should watch out for symptoms of hypertension in all of us and begin to undo/reverse it as soon as possible. Of course, the ideal thing would be to consume sattvic food and lead a sattvic lifestyle right from the beginning of life to never let any disease touch us, by following the eight limbs of Ashtang Yoga.
Nevertheless, here are some steps that one should take to thin down blood and also settle prana vata.
To begin with during summers, one should consume mukta vati or manas mitra for a few days to reduce Pitta, sourness, acidity. Consuming them in night will also increase blood towards their the core of the brain through gravity thereby calming it down. Please note that excess consumption of such meds can cause excess coldness and poor circulation leading to issues like tiredness, bloating, dry eyes, dry mouth etc. Another simultaneous step should be to reduce pitta and sourness in the body by abstaining from highly pungent and sour foods and if need be take foods/medicines like :-
(a) mukta pishti (as pearl reduces acidic environment and rose in it reduces sourness since rose is astringent)
(b) milk with turmeric as turmeric is astringent (which neutralizes sourness) and warm and milk pacifies excess pitta (even triphla with milk can help since it is hot and astringent and can help in removing plaque and sourness from the body). Also spices that are mild like mustard, fresh ginger, clove, cinnamon, cardamom etc. should be used to dissolve plaque instead of spices that excite like chillies and excess quantity of even mild spices because even the latter will excite the person.
(c) pomegranate since pomegranate is astringent and sweet (and fruits of this nature like apple, custard apple).. Sour fruits like banana, orange, lemon should be avoided till such time BP comes in control as they can increase a bit of pitta though they are alkaline after digestion.
(d) One would also need to balance flow of blood in the entire body through Asanas and Pranayama (which are part of Ashtang Yoga only). For example, Prana Vata in brain goes high normally due to Vata imbalance when lower body is higher on blood than upper body. In such a case, one would need to perform Asanas in line with regime of Shivananda Yoga to undo Vata imbalance. ( to understand what is Vata imbalance pl read this blog- VATA IMBALANCE VERSUS VATA AGGRAVATION
*** It is also equally essential to live and eat in line with weather. For detailed understanding you would need to pick up a copy of the book THE ROOT CAUSE. Links at the end of the blog.
Precautions once BP is cured.
A person who gets BP of this nature (characterized by high and throbbing Pitta pulse due to excess sourness) if not treated for long by controlling his/her aggravated doshas (remember allopathic BP meds don’t know how to control aggravated doshas) is likely to develop excess vata in the system which is due to loss of blood volume (high pitta) and also due to excess of plaque formed in the body due to high pitta/sourness. Thus such people after getting cured should very strictly follow diet and lifestyle as per Vata pyramid.
Reason Two (Excessively high kapha mind close to tamasic one/underactive prana vata)
Such a case is when a person has very high kapha meaning more blood (amounting to low metabolism) towards the brain. The result is that such people would have calm and confident mind (unlike the third case) however they will also be stubborn or lets say less flexible in their ideas / opinions / thoughts as compared to those of reason three. Also to note that human body works on an axis of low blood towards one side and more blood towards another (this will be touched in my blogs on medical astrology) and therefore a person with lot of blood towards brain is likely to have less blood towards the lower body. This leads to weak pancreas leading to lesser production of insulin. Thus, in all probability, such people are also likely to develop diabetes due to low metabolism and poor insulin production which is called as Diabetes type 1.5. Such people are also likely to develop issues like UTI etc. because of weaker lower body parts.
*** Astrologically such cases would be of those who have Ketu in the first house especially along with another kapha planet like jupiter.
Cure for reason 2
Contrary to previous reason, such people would be benefited by vasodilating foods and medicines, if taken in the morning. However as seen earlier even here not all vasodilating foods are good for such cases (since tea/coffee, garlic/onion are pungent too apart from being vasodilating and astringent and would rather increase pitta instead of reducing it) because here the aim is to reduce excess blood from the brain and increase it towards the lower body parts. And therefore only those foods will help here which are bitter (vasodilating), astringent as well as sweet e.g. Mukta vati, bael fruit, and even veggies like palak paneer (north indian dish made out of spinach and cottage cheese).
*** Allopathic medicines belonging to ARB (angiotensin receptor blocker) group being vasodilating if taken in the morning are okay for this type of case (reason four), however no vasodilating food/medicine should be continued for too long and should be discontinued (tapered off) once kapha has been pacified in the brain. Secondly since allopathic meds do not understand the principle of six tastes, the user continues to take high pungency foods along with such medicines leading to damage to the lower body parts.
So finally to conclude:-
(a) Different people have different constitution and therefore their cure must also be different.
(b) Contrary to the current norm that one has to take BP lowering medicines forever, hypertension is curable, meaning medicines to control it is not supposed to be taken forever. If you are taking it forever or for too long then it is clear that the medicine is not hitting the root cause and is rather aggravating the condition. This logic is applicable for all therapies including ayurveda.
(c) Prolonged usage of allopathic BP lowering drugs can bring irreversible changes (or difficult to reverse just as you read in my case history) in the long run where such natural cures may also become ineffective and that’s why it is better that you switch over to Ayurveda as soon as possible for controlling high BP. This is because as stated earlier, allopathic BP lowering drugs reduce blood from the upper part of the body including brain, face, throat etc. thereby further increasing the hyperactive brain along with other painful conditions. So when one takes ayurvedic medicines, they help in increasing blood towards core of the brain by pulling it from other parts of the body however in the bargain this drastically drops blood supply on the facial area since upper part of the body was as such getting less blood due to prolonged use of allopathic BP medicines. All this leads to issues like blocked nose, headaches etc which look as side effects of Mukta vati though they have cropped up because of a prolonged usage of allopathic drugs.
(d) While switching over from allopathy to ayurvedic cures of hypertension, one should ensure that while taking ayurvedic meds/bael fruit, one tapers off allopathic medicines while monitoring BP on daily basis. Most of the cases get cured and become medicine free (even ayurvedic) within five to fifteen days itself. Also remember that during this transition, time of consumption of allopathic and ayurvedic med should have a gap of at least 8 hrs and time of ayurvedic med should be consumed as mentioned in cures against different reasons.
(e) its extremely important to know that which bracket you fall in when trying to cure yourself of high BP issue. This is because using cure without proper diagnosis can boomerang. To give you an example, a person with high BP because of reason two if given cure as per reason one, will further add more blood (kapha which is opposite of vata) towards brain and would further increase BP and vice versa. And therefore even if one is confident of diagnosis, one should monitor BP on daily basis (may be twice or thrice a day), to check if one is on the right path.
(f) Last but not the least, this article was to give you an insight of how ayurveda can cure different types of BP and not to go for self medication. It is highly recommended that one consults an ayurvedic expert who can judge your constitution by reading your behavior and pulse and treat you accordingly. Of course, knowledge from this article will help you to judge the expertise of the attending practitioner and also understand your constitution :-).
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