5 Ayurvedic Herbs That Control Blood PressurePublished Date: 8/7/2021 7:22:56 AM
Blood pressure is the pressure of circulating blood against the walls of blood vessels. Most of this pressure results from the heart pumping blood through the circulatory system. When used without qualification, the term "blood pressure" refers to the pressure in the large arteries. Some of the herbs described in Ayurvedic literature which help to control blood pressure are as follows:
Amla (Emblica officinalis)
"Amla" is perhaps one of the richest sources of vitamin C and is perfect for the overall immunity, as it can rejuvenate and revitalise the body systems. Amla is cooling in nature and can help remove excess body heat, thus often recommended in pitta conditions. It is also helpful in in afflictions of the gastro-intestinal tract. Amla is also believed to stimulate regeneration of red blood cells and help improve haemoglobin content in body. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, it can help soothe joint pains. Amla is often used in powder form but is also available as tablets or liquid extracts. It is best to consume amla in raw form. Amla powder can be consumed by mixing with honey, twice a day. Chyawanprash is a well-known Ayurvedic formulation that can be taken to reduce mental and physical fatigue and boost immunity also contains amla.
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
"Ashwagandha" is a medicinal herb, acts as an adaptogen that reduces stress, boosts brain function, lowers blood sugar, builds muscle mass, balances cortisol levels, improves sleep, increases male fertility, and reduces anxiety and depression. Ashwagandha is a shrub that grows in India and North Africa and is also called "Indian Ginseng" and "Winter cherry". Ashwagandha is a combination of the Sanskrit words "Ashva", meaning horse, and "Gandha", meaning smell. This not only refers to the smell of the root but also alludes to the aphrodisiac properties of the root extract, similar to the strength of a horse. It is one of the most revered ayurvedic herbs and tonic.
Brahmi (Bacopa Monnieri)
"Brahmi", in Ayurveda, is called brain tonic and is known for curing digestion problems. It also improves blood circulation, further supporting the body's natural healing process. Brahmi is incredibly sattvic in nature and is renowned for its ability to support the nervous system and the mind. Brahmi supports calming sleep and helps improve concentration and alertness. Brahmi also cures digestion problems. Brahmi encourages deep sleep rejuvenating the nervous system. Brahmi eases the motions. It helps in boosting brain strength, increases lifespan, acts as "Rasayana", maintains vocal cords. Along with this, it also increases concentration, helps in skin and blood disorders. Brahmi is also helpful in jaundice, diabetes, cough, swelling, and fever. Moreover acts as an antidote.
Garlic (Allium Sativum)
"Garlic" is a bulb of a plant that is used as a spice and ayurvedic medicinal herb. It can reduce blood pressure, improve cholesterol levels, and lower the risk of heart disease. It is beneficial for colds and flu, improves athletic performance and memory, strengthens bones, etc. It is native to middle Asia, from West China to Kazakhstan. It is a plant that belongs to the onion genus, "allium". Garlic has been part of kitchens for centuries. This herb has curative and medicinal properties because of its antibacterial and antiseptic nature. The beneficial properties of garlic are because of a compound, "Allicin". It is rich in minerals like phosphorus, zinc, potassium, and magnesium. Vitamins C, K, Folate, niacin, and thiamine also are found abundantly in garlic.
Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum)
"Tulsi" is used for its medicinal purposes, due to its anti-infective properties and its use in respiratory tract infections like cough, cold, sore throat, asthma etc. It helps remove excess kapha from lungs. This natural stimulant energizes our body, increases circulation, and has been proven to be beneficial in skin diseases and ulcers. Fresh tulsi juice taken twice a day may help to boost health. Adding a few drops of ginger and honey to tulsi juice may help further improve immunity.