A blood pressure more than 140 mm of hg (Systolic) and 90 mm of hg (Diastolic) Is considered as high blood pressure. This was earlier a disease of the old people. But in last two decades, increasing number of young adults are suffering from hypertension. This trend should be taken seriously and efforts should be made to stop this.
The causes of essential hypertension are:
- Too much intake of salt in diet
- Being overweight or obese
- Lack of physical activity
- Too much alcohol consumption
- Genetic factors.
After understanding the causes, one can easily understand the means by which this can be avoided. To lead a healthy lifestyle and healthy eating habits is the answer.
Do’s and Don’t’s
|Try to have maximum vegetarian diet||Processed food, canned food, pickles, papad|
|Include whole grain and fresh fruits in each meal||Excess of salt.|
|6 to 8 hours sleep||Irregular eating habits|
|Include homemade ghee in your daily diet||Irregular sleeping|
The above-mentioned modifications can help to regulate the increased blood pressure.
Ayurved is the science which believes in prevention of disease hence it emphasises on proper eating habits and daily routine.
For patients suffering from hypertension following treatments are suggested.
• Shirodhara is a very important procedure which helps in reducing hypertension. This treatment helps to relieve the mental stress and relaxes the body and mind.
• Virechan or bastis (enema treatments) are also useful in some hypertensive patients.
Oral medicines which are advised to reduce hypertension include
•Sarpagandha • Jatamansi • Ashwagandha • Tagara • Brahmi • Mukta pishti • Praval pishti • Saraswatarista • Ushiradi Churna
Medicines and treatments should be taken only with the prescription of an Ayurvedic doctor.
Dr Aditi Gadgil
Somaiya Ayurveda Centre
For appointment call: 022 61494700 extn 4895/4896