Many believe that herbs will lower their high blood pressure. Herbal therapies have been around for thousands of years and it is thought that in order for herbal therapies to survive for so long, there has to be some sort of positive effect that exists.
What Herbs Work
As far as research goes, the two herbs that have shown any effect on high blood pressure are hawthorn and garlic. We have heard for quite some time that garlic is good for our hearts, which evidence is pointing at that fact as being true. Research is still working on ways to make these herbs more helpful for lowering blood pressure.
Those are just a few herbs that are thought to lower blood pressure. In the meantime, we are going to jump back to the benefits of garlic. Garlic has been shown to lower the systolic blood pressure (the top number) by 20 to 30 mmHg (millimeters of mercury. Diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number) has also dropped by 10 to 20 mmHg in some studies. Garlic is widely used in foods, so we know that it is safe while at the same time providing us with many health benefits. If you talk to an herbalist, he is going to tell you to eat raw garlic. Not your normal breadstick brushed with garlic butter, but real garlic cloves minced. 5-10 minced cloves are the ideal amount every single day. That translates into somewhere around 300 mg three times per day.
As for hawthorn, it has been used throughout the world for cardiovascular diseases. It can show mild improvement in blood pressure, but it can take up to a month before this effect is experienced. The good news is that research shows this herb can be used in combination with blood pressure medications. Taking between 160 and 900 mg a day for six weeks or so is what an herbalist may recommend.
Herbs and your health
Some herbs can be relatively safe and others can possibly be harmful. This is why you must speak with your doctor regarding the effects of herbs on certain health conditions and possible interactions with medications. There are herbs that can raise your blood pressure rather than lower it, so being educated is the key to making sure you do not take herbs that could have adverse health effects. Consulting with an herbalist also proves beneficial since they know the effects of herbs on certain conditions. Making informed decisions and listening to your doctor will help you make informed decisions in your hypertension treatment. Sources: http://adam.about.com/care/highbloodpressure/drhart_borderline.html