High Blood Pressure

Use of Ginseng for High Blood Pressure Control

High blood pressure may be treated through the use of medication and drugs or through the use of natural remedies. Although medicines are quite useful in treating hypertension, they are known to cause side effects such as nausea, insomnia, and loss of appetite.

The use of natural remedies such as herbs in high blood pressure proves very effective and at the same time, there are no adverse effects associated with their use. Ginseng is one such herb that can be used to control and treat hypertension.

There are three main types of Ginseng, namely, Oriental, Siberian and American. Oriental Ginseng has been used in ancient Chinese medicine for many centuries. It helps regulate menstrual cycle, ease labor, and enhance fertility in women. It is also known to help in cases of stress, vomiting, and depression.

Siberian Ginseng is used to treat heart problems, insomnia, rheumatism, and high blood pressure. It promotes longevity and appetite. In China, it is also used to lower cholesterol levels, increase blood oxygen, and cure impotency.

But, the use of Siberian Ginseng is not recommended for persons with very high blood pressure. It should be used only in cases of mild and moderate hypertension.

American and Asian Ginseng can lead to high blood pressure, restlessness, vomiting, and diarrhea, etc. Red Ginseng root may help in marginally lowering high blood pressure.

Ginseng is a rich source of the vitamins A and B6. It also contains Zinc. It helps to normalize blood pressure, that is, it reduces high blood pressure and increases low blood pressure to bring them within the normal range.

Because of its effectiveness in controlling stress, Ginseng and high blood pressure management are inter-related. Ginseng helps in regulating high blood pressure caused by stress and tension. It improves blood circulation and reduces the risk of coronary disease.

This herb may be taken in the form of tea, capsules or as a powder or tincture. The suggested dose is about three to fifteen grams daily, if taken in powder form, and about ten to fifty drops when taken in the form of tincture.

Different formulations of Ginseng must not be used simultaneously. For example, if a person is taking Ginseng tea, s/he should avoid consuming the herb in the form of tablets, powder or tincture. Excessive intake by way of using various formulations together can lead to an overdose that can cause high blood pressure and reduce blood sugar.

Persons taking Ginseng and high blood pressure medicines should be careful, as this herb may react with medicines used in the treatment of hypertension and heart disease. Ginseng, taken along with caffeine, can cause increase in blood pressure levels.

Ginseng must be stored away from light and moisture. The instructions provided on the package should be followed while storing the herb.

It will be wise to seek the advice of a medical practitioner before embarking on a routine of use of Ginseng for high blood pressure control. A doctor’s opinion is important since all herbs may not be suitable for all persons. After evaluating the person’s medical history, and the medicines being currently consumed, the doctor will offer the best advice.