What are the best herbs for high blood pressure, weight loss, and migraines?

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Question by jle_dje: What are the best herbs for high blood pressure, weight loss, and migraines?
I am a 30 year old female. I have had severe migranes in the past, which subsided when I was pregnant with my 3rd child. After she was born, I had high blood pressure and went onto prescription meds. During this time, I still get headaches, probably a side effect, but not migraines. My blood pressure is under control, but I am very sensitive to medicines. My meds are causing me to have a rapid heartbeat. My previous meds caused me to hallucinate and have nightmares and start to sleepwalk. Other meds I have been on caused me to have insomnia. I am so tired of being under a doctor’s care because it costs so much and the meds they give me always have a side effect and cause more problems. So I am looking for an herb that can help me with my high blood pressure, control my migranes, and it couldn’t hurt to lose some weight also. I don’t know if my problems come from a hormone problem, because it seems like it when my migranes was under control with my pregnancy. Any suggestions?

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Answer by ROBERT M
for my bp i take a kidney flush as i have a high creatinine level in my blood, and msm is a good herb for migrain head aches, and lots of clean fresh water every day too

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9 Responses to “What are the best herbs for high blood pressure, weight loss, and migraines?”

  1. joub writes:

    I’ve known some people who use feverfew to prevent their migraines from coming. You can pick that up at any vitamin store.

  2. emma_darling writes:

    Cherries are EXTREMELY effective in lowering high blood pressure. If you take ten cherries a day, this will work. However, you cannot take the meds and the cherries, because the cherries are so powerful in doing this. I know several people who have done this with excellent results. In the summer, cherries are easy to find. So stock up. Spread the cherries in a single layer on cookie trays, and put in the freezer. When they are frozen, put them in bags, and you will have cherries for the entire winter. Personally, frozen cherries are my favourite 🙂 I believe cherry juice, if it is pure, will have the same effect.

    For weight loss, a mouthful of coconut oil (make sure it is a good quality- if it does not taste/smell like coconut, it is not good enough) will help to balance your metabolism.

    Now, for the “cure-all” -Apple cider vinegar will lower your metabolism. Straight apple cider in warm water with honey to sweeten (easier to handle than straight!) will be more effective than the tablets, but the tablets definitely taste better. Three tbsp. a day is a good amount. Taking two tablets a day in addition will not hurt you.

    Apple cider vinegar will also lower blood pressure (make sure it is ACV with MOTHER) so please don’t try cherries and cider together!

    And last but not least, ACV will prevent/remedy migraines!! It is EXCELLENT stuff! Type in “apple cider vinegar remedies” in a search engine and see what you come up with!

  3. David R writes:

    I think you’re correct in wondering if this is a hormone problem– it sounds like it is, to me. Hormone imbalances are the cause of most migraines. This is the premise of Dr. Sergey Dzugan, MD Ph.D, in his book, The Migraine Cure. Treating migraines through hormonal balancing has been 100% successful for Dr. Dzugan, so you might want to consider reading his book.

    Also, you might try taking magnesium for your blood pressure. It is well documented as a successful therapy for hypertension, and may have the added benefit of reducing your migraines as well.

  4. Neffie writes:

    You should probably avoid the meds.
    I am also very sensitive to medications, and I developed HBP from birth control pills.
    Personally, I began eating more garlic. In cases where I don’t feel I’ll eat enough (or if i can’t stand anymore) I take a garlic supplement. The prescription medications for HBP actually contain garlic, so this is natural and beneficial. It also will help to maintain healthy cholesterol levels, and ward off bacterial infections. Also, take your vitamins. B complex, calcium, and magnesium are essential in maintaining healthy BP.
    Feverfew is effective in treating migraines – as well as avoiding caffiene and other stimulants.
    GREEN TEA has been shown to not only regulate blood pressure, but it has less caffeine than coffee, and has been shown to boost metabolism.
    Coconut oil is also effective for dieting. It’s marketed as a diet food, but it has a host of other health benefits that even outweigh it’s remarkable reputation as a weight loss aid. (go extra virgin organic.. do NOT buy hydrogenated, deodorized coconut oil.)
    Good luck 🙂

  5. Jason Homan writes:

    Hi jle_dje, for your high blood pressure you need get to decrease sodium, increase potassium, and lessen calories. This way you will maintain a reasonable weight. This diet consists of foods that are delicious and low in fat such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products and lean proteins.

    Here are some simple tips to help you follow your high blood pressure diet guidelines:Please look article: http://www.askedweb.com/askedweb/High_Blood_Pressure_Diet_Guidelines/
    You can also follow the following home remedies to treat your blood pressure:
    Eat celery: Since centuries, people have used celery and its oil to cure blood pressure.
    Consume garlic: You can easily lower blood pressure by eating just one clove of garlic a day. You can eat the clove either raw or in capsule form. Besides it also helps to lower cholesterol and triglycerides.
    Hawthorn, also known as Crataegus Oxyacantha, is a well-known heart tonic and is one of the best safe herbal supplements to help blood pressure.
    Passiflora Incarnata-this herb contains different natural chemicals that help to calm the entire body, relax the blood vessels and help reduce overall blood pressure. To make a tea using passion flower mix a teaspoon of dried leaves with a cup of boiling water and let it steep for about fifteen minutes. Strain and drink before going to bed.
    Viburnum Opulus, also known as Guelder Rose bark is considered a cardiac tonic. It helps to relax the body and get rid of the tension that usually is associated with high blood pressure.
    Laughter is the best medicine: To relax yourself completely, choose laughter. When you laugh, your adrenaline and cortisone levels go down, since these are the main compounds which have an adverse reaction on the blood pressure.
    Jason Homan

  6. Chet writes:

    Try the Natural Cures, avoid medications.

    High blood pressure or hypertension – to give it the correct medical term – is regarded as the silent killer. It is a disease of the modern age. The fast pace of life and the mental and physical pressures caused by the industrial and metropolitan environments give rise to psychological tensions. Worry and mental tension increases the adrenaline in the blood stream and this, in turn, causes the pressure of the blood to rise.

    The blood which circulates through the arteries within the body supplies every cell with nourishment and oxygen. The force exert by the heart as it pumps the blood into the large arteries creates a pressure within them and this is called blood pressure. A certain level of blood pressure is thus essential to keep the blood circulating in the body. But when the pressure becomes too high, it results in hypertension which is caused by spasm or narrowing of the small blood vessels, known as capillaries, throughout the body. This narrowing puts more stress on the heart to pump blood through the blood vessels. Hence, the pressure of the blood to get through rises in proportion to the pressure on the heart.

    The blood pressure is measured with the instrument called sphygmomanometer in millimeters of mercury. The highest pressure reached during each heartbeat is called systolic pressure and the lowest between the two beats is known as diastolic pressure. The first gives the pressure of the contraction of the heart as it pushes the blood on its journey through the body and indicates the activity of the heart. The second represents the pressure present in the artery when the heart is relaxed and shows the condition of the blood vessels. The blood pressure level considered normal is 120/70, but may go up to 140 /90 and still be normal. Within this range, the lower the reading, the better. Blood pressure between 140/90 and 160/95 is considered borderline area. From 160/96 to 180/114, it is classed as moderate hypertension, while 180/115 and upward is considered severe. A raised diastolic pressure is considered more serious than the raised systolic pressure as it has a serious long-term effect. The higher the pressure the greater the danger it causes to the wall.

    Symptoms: Mild and moderate hypertension may not produce any symptoms for years. The first symptoms may appear in the form of pain toward the back of the head and neck on waking in the morning, which soon disappears. Some of the other usual symptoms of hypertension are dizziness, aches and pains in the arms, shoulder region, leg, back, etc., palpitations, pain in the heart region, frequent urination, nervous tension and fatigue, crossness, emotional upset, tiredness, and wakefulness.

    A person suffering from high blood pressure cannot do any serious work, feels tired and out of sorts all the time. He may experience difficulty in breathing and suffer from dyspepsia. Hypertension, if not eliminated, may cause heart attacks or strokes or other disability conditions such as detachment of the retina.

    Causes: The most important causes of hypertension are stress and a faulty style of living. People who are usually tense suffer from high blood pressure, especially when under stress. If the stress continues for a long period, the pressure may become permanently raised and may not become even after removal of the stress. An irregular life style, smoking and an excessive intake of intoxicants, tea, coffee, cola drinks, refined foods, destroy the natural pace of life. The expulsion of waste and poisonous matter from the body is prevented and the arteries and the veins become slack. hardening of the arteries, obesity, diabetes and severe constipation also lead to hypertension. Other causes of high blood pressure are excessive intake of painkillers, common table salt, food allergies, and eating a high fat, low fibre diet, processed foods deficient in essential nutrients.

    The kidneys play an important role in controlling blood pressure through secretion of rennin, a natural chemical. If increased rennin is secreted by the kidneys, more salts are retained in the body, which leads to an increase in the volume of circulating blood and consequently to an increase in the blood pressure. Repeated infections and inflammation in the kidneys can also give rise to hypertension.

    Cure: The modern medical treatment of high blood pressure is highly unscientific as it brings down the pressure by drugs without making any effort to remove the underlying causes. Drugs may temporarily reduce blood pressure, but they do not cure the condition and are harmful in the ultimate analysis. All drugs against hypertension without exception, are toxic and have distressing side effects. The safest way to cure hypertension is to remove the real cause. The natural way of dealing with it is to eliminate the poisons from the system which cause it. Persons with high blood pressure should always follow a well-balanced routine of proper diet, exercise and rest. Diet is of primary importance. Meat and eggs cause the blood pressure to rise more than any other food. The pressure is lowered and blood clotting diminished by partaking of a higher fruit content, lower protein and non-flesh diet. A natural diet consisting of fresh fruits and vegetables, instead of a traditional diet, is helpful in getting rid of the poisons from the body. A hypertension patient should start the process of healing by living on an exclusive fruit-diet for at least a week, and take fruits at five-hourly intervals thrice in the day. Oranges, apples, pears, mangoes, guava, pineapples, raspberry, and watermelon are the best diet in such cases. Bananas and jackfruit should not be taken. Milk may be taken after a week of ‘fruits only’ diet. The milk should be fresh and should be boiled only once. The patient can be permitted cereals in his food after two weeks.

    Vegetables are also good for the patient of hypertension. They should preferably be taken raw. If they are cooked, it should be ensured that their natural juices are not burnt in the process of cooking. Vegetables like cucumber, carrot, tomatoes, onion, radish, cabbage and spinach are best taken in their raw form. They may be cut into small pieces and the juice of a lemon added to them so as to make them more palatable.

    Garlic is regarded as one of the most effective remedies to lower blood pressure. The pressure and tension are reduced because it has the power to ease the spasms of the small arteries. Garlic also slows the pulse and modifies the heart rhythm besides relieving the symptoms of dizziness, numbness, shortness of breath and the formation of gas within the digestive tract. The average dosage should be two to three capsules a day to make a dent in the blood pressure. Indian gooseberry (amla) is another effective food remedy for high blood pressure. A tablespoonful each of fresh amla juice and honey mixed together should be taken every morning in this condition. Lemon is also regarded as a valuable food to control high blood pressure. It is a rich source of vitamin P which is found both in the juice and peel of the fruit. This vitamin is essential for preventing capillary fragility.

    Watermelon is another valuable safeguard against high blood pressure. It was proved in recent experiments that a substance extracted from watermelon seeds has a definite action in dilating the blood vessels, which results in lowering the blood pressure.

    Recent studies have revealed an important link between dietary calcium and potassium and hypertension. Researchers have found that people who take potassium-rich diets have a low incidence of hypertension even if they do not control their salt-intake. They have also found that people with hypertension do not seem to get much calcium in the form of dairy products. The two essential nutrients seem to help the body throw off excess sodium and are involved in important functions which control the working of the vascular system. Potassium is found in abundance in fruits and vegetables and calcium in dairy products.

    Exercise plays an important role in curing hypertension. Walking is an excellent form of exercise. It helps to relieve tension, builds up the muscles and aids in the circulation of blood. As the blood pressure shows signs of abating, more exercise like bicycling, swimming, jogging should be taken. Yogic asanas such as surya namaskar, makrasana,matsyasana, vajrasana, ardhapadmasana, pavan-muktasana, shavasana, and simple pranayama like anuloma-viloma, and abdominal breathing are beneficial. All asanas should, however, be discontinued except shavasana if the blood pressure is above 200 mmHg.

    Water Treatment: Prolonged neutral bath daily for an hour or so at 90 o to 95 o will be beneficial. Cold compress should be kept on the head during this bath. Other water treatments include hot foot or leg bath for 10 minutes, hot compress over the heart replacing it as bath cools down. Persons suffering from hypertension must ensure at least eight hours of restful sleep, because proper rest is an important aspect of the treatment. Most important of all, the patient must avoid over-straining, worries, tension, anger and haste. He must try to be cheerful and develop a contented mind. The natural treatment may take sometime but it is the safest and best way to get rid of this disease.

    Hope this helps, Good Luck.

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  8. Simone C writes:

    There is a traditional chinese remedy, Goji (known in the west by the Latin name Lycium barbarum and by the common name wolfberry) which has had a lot of success, plus there has been research done to confirm the anecdotal evidence of several thousand years. 😉

    There is information about Goji and weight loss at http://www.gojimedia.com.au/info/healthyweight.php, which includes:

    “In an Asian anti-obesity study, patients were given goji each morning and each afternoon. Results were excellent with most patients losing significant weight.

    In an animal study, it was shown that goji’s master molecule polysaccharides enhanced the conversion of food into energy, and reduced body weight.”

    There is information about its effects on blood pressure at http://www.gojimedia.com.au/info/heartdisease.php, which includes:

    “The effects of goji’s master molecule polysaccharides on endothelial function were observed by Jia YX et al. (1998) in China. Their results showed that the increase of blood pressure in the hypertensive rats could be prevented significantly by the treatment with goji polysaccharides. ”

    (The actual studies can be found on http://www.pubmed.com if you search for “Lycium barbarum”).

    I take Goji myself, as a natural therapist recommended it to me. I’m in the process of losing weight post-baby , and I do reckon the Goji is helping, as normally I really struggle with losing weight, as I have PCOS but it’s not so hard now. I buy my Goji online (it’s in a juice form) from http://soundhealthwa.freelife.com

  9. BaFfler writes:

    There’s a new development in migraine therapy:
    http://www.neurologyreviews.com/feb04/nr_feb04_foramen.html

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