Ayurveda herbs for high blood pressure aka hypertension

    High blood pressure is a problem of a certain age group no more. Thanks to our ubiquitous stressful lifestyle, hypertension, and subsequent high blood pressure come for all ages and all magnitudes. One of auto stress responses is increased arterial blood flow which may also happen in effect in case of excessive fat deposition in the blood channels and thus narrowing the path of the flow (atherosclerosis).

    Blood pressure leads further to multiple cardiac complications that get harder to handle with every passing day and this is why you need to take preventive steps ensuring good heart health from very early on. One highly-recommended way of going about prevention and cure of blood pressure is the purely natural means of Ayurveda. Here are some great Ayurvedic herbal ingredients to keep in your everyday recipes and health potions for BP control and heart health—

    Ashwagandha or Indian Ginseng

    A well known ‘adaptogenic’ herb that helps resilience in times of physically and psychologically perceived stress. Like most adaptogenic drugs, Ashwagandha has a broad range of positive effects from reducing inflammation to cooling off stress, increasing vitality, and developing resistance in normalizing a stress-affected body system by reducing the stress hormone ‘Cortisol’.

    Drink a glass of warm water every morning mixed with Ashwagandha powder as part of your Ayurvedic Treatment for Hypertension to bring back balance in the body-mind and thus, relax the blood pressure.

    Triphala or Three Fruits

    Three power-packed herbs come together in this compelling decoction for Hypertension Therapy. Amla (Emblica Officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia Chebula), and Bibhitaki (Terminalia Bellica) are used together in Triphala powder and tablets to propagate a soothing sensation for neutralizing stress responses in the body.

    Help yourself with a daily dose of Triphala with advice from your Ayurvedic doctor to bring down hypertension, normalize circulation, and cut down cholesterol.

    Onion and Garlic

    Onions are great sources of flavonol quercetin- a biochemical that works for lowering of blood pressure. Garlic, on the other hand, catalyzes fat burn and thus prevents arterial obstruction owing to atherosclerosis. Used together for the treatment of high BP, high amounts of ginger-onion paste in your salads, curries, and soups could bring amazing results.

    Jatamansi or Spikenard

    Jatamansi is a herb used for reducing the chances of arterial damage.

    Additionally, the herb produces a calming effect on the body-mind and thus counteracting psychological stress and reduction in stress hormone.

    This important herb useful for the Ayurvedic treatment of high blood pressure grows in Nepal and is sourced in the Ayurvedic medical culture in the form of essential oils ready for direct applications as well as an infusion.


    Arjuna tree bark is used in Ayurvedic pastes and potions to control high to low blood pressure for its LDL (Low -Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol) turnover accelerating qualities.

    A regular intake of Arjuna will help in the oxidation of bad cholesterol and protect blood vessels from atherosclerotic plaque.

    Amla or Indian Gooseberry

    Amla is a great source of vitamin C, useful for cardiac health as it reduces blood cholesterol level, ensuring good circulation. Advanced stage cures for BP often rely greatly on an amla-integrated diet. Besides raw amla that can be used for making ‘chutneys’ or included in your morning intake with sugar or little salt, packaged amla juice is also available in the market. Amla juice mixed with honey taken on an empty stomach makes a good dosage for blood pressure regulation and heart health.

    Green Tea

    Green tea is best known for its antioxidant property. It has a refreshing effect on the body-mind and can easily replace caffeine-high teas and coffee for high blood pressure patients. However, daily consumption of green tea must be kept within reasonable measure as it is unsafe for Ayurveda low blood pressure.

    Fenugreek Seeds

    Fenugreek seeds are high on dietary fiber good for fat cutback necessary in high blood pressure  and is also a source of high potassium good for BP control. Strain the juices of two tsp fenugreek seeds boiled in water, Mix them into a paste and eat dollops of it on an empty stomach preferably in the evening to see a significant improvement in your BP numbers within a couple of months!

    Watermelon Seeds

    Noted for significant blood pressure reduction, dried watermelon seeds can be another valuable addition to your BP control diet chart. Have it ground and mixed to a paste (can also be blended with poppy seeds for better consistency) and stored in refrigeration.

    You can add dollops of it in your gram soup and have with rice or take it on an empty stomach with water at regular intervals through the day.


    Banana is a superfood for blood pressure regulation. It is rich in potassium and is also quite filling. While you need to be on a strict diet of slimming foods in high BP condition to keep your arteries free of cholesterol, bananas can make substantial portions of a fruit salad at lunch. All the same, you shouldn’t include more than two bananas a day to keep weight and blood sugar in check.

    Manmohan Singh
    Manmohan Singh
    Manmohan Singh is practicing Yoga and Ayurveda from last 12 years. Now he is co-founder of Rishikul Ayurshala, an Ayurveda and Yoga training institute in Kerala, India.

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