The most popular high blood pressure herbs, which are designed to decrease blood pressure, are hawthorn, ginkgo biloba, garlic, and mistletoe.
Hawthorn is an herb, which aids in the depositing of cholesterol into your artery walls. It can affect the heart and its circulation in many ways. One of those ways is the forceful increase of heart contractions and its production.
Hawthorn is also responsible for vasodilation (the widening of the blood vessels, especially the arteries, leading to increased blood flow or reduced blood pressure).
Its Ingredients: It is the extract that comes from the whole plant that causes the low blood pressure. The active ingredients assisting in this action are flavanoids (a class of plant secondary metabites, flavonoids,) OPC’s (oligomeric procyanidins), which are a class of nutrients belonging to the flavonoid family, and crateugus (another name for hawthorn) acids.
Affects of the Berries: According to clinical trials, the entire extracts of the berries is said to lower blood pressure. However, the trials are not sure if it’s from atherosclerosis, renal or fundamental hypertension.
Hawthorn is Safe: With all the possible side effects listed above, hawthorn has been proven to be a very safe herb. However, it is highly recommended that if you’re taking prescription drugs like digitalis, a doctor’s permission should be given before using hawthorn.
The reason for this is because hawthorn brings about a certain level of effectiveness leading to a possible dosage reduction in your medication.
Garlic is said to reduce blood pressure in a matter of 2 to 3 hours. It’s recommended that you eat garlic raw if you want to take it as a food.Â It loses quite a bit of its effectiveness as a medicine if you cook it. And the use of garlic as a supplement works just fine as well.
Ginkgo is a widely cultivated deciduous tree of primitive origin with fan shaped leaves that can be use as a vasodilator to lower blood pressure.
Mistletoe is an evergreen bush that grows as a parasite on trees such as apple and oak, and has leaves in horseshoe-shaped pairs. When used in its medicinal form it’s good for relieving hypertension; however, it won’t lower your blood pressure.
Use these herbs wisely and do not combine them with other prescription drugs without first consulting a doctor.