(RobertMijas.com) This article focuses on the preparation of a herbal formula for high blood pressure. It looks in detail at the herbs that are used and their effect on the body and any side effects. Preparation and delivery methods are discussed and reasons for their choices.
High blood pressure is a hypertensive condition which is a result of physiological, emotional, and mental factors, nervous anxiety and lower serum cholesterol. Herbs for this condition must possess hypnotic, hypotensive, nervine, sedative, antispasmodic characteristics. The following herbs have been selected: Garlic (Allium Sativum), Valerian root (Valeriana officinalis), Black Cohosh root (Cimicifuga racemosa), Cayenne (Capsicum anyym), Kelp (Laminara, Macrocystis, Ascophyllum).
Garlic has properties of antibiotic, alternative, stimulant, carminative and nervine. It contains volatile sulphur compound (allicin) which lowers blood serum cholesterol levels. It has beneficial effects on heart disease due to allicin blocking the biosynthesis of cholesterol. Garlic lowers serum-triglycerides, beta lipoproteins, phospholipids and plasma fibrinogen levels. It helps to expand vessel walls due to methyl allyl trisulfide. Ajoene in garlic inhibits the tendency of blood cells to stick together (platelet aggregation), this reduces blood clotting.
Black Cohosh possesses antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, pain-reducer, analgesic, nervine, hypotensive and sedative properties. It contains resinous constituents which inhibit the vasomotor centers in the central nervous system. Black Cohosh should be avoided during pregnancy.
Cayenne strengthens the heart, arteries, capillaries, blood flow peripheral circulation, and nerves. It lowers blood cholesterol therefore decreasing blood pressure. It contains capsaicin which prevents rise in liver cholesterol and increases excretions of free cholesterol. It also prevents absorption of cholesterol. Cayenne should be avoided during pregnancy.
Valerian root has marked seductive, anticonvulsive, hypotensive, tranquilizing, neurotropic, and anti-aggressive properties by affecting the higher brain centers. It suppresses and regulates the autonomic nervous system and has no side effects even at high doses.
Kelp has been chosen for its hypotensive activity which improves blood pressure and cardiac efficiency through laminine and histamine substances. It produces no side effects.
Infusion will be used to prepare this mixture, as it is a quick, efficient method of preparing and administration. Cold infusion will be used as valerian root has volatile constituents and should not be heated.
Maceration will be used to soak the above ground herbs in cold water.
The preparation method is a follows:
- Place the following ratio of herb to water: 1 teaspoon of each ground herb into one cup of water and let it remain overnight at room temperature.
- Strain and press the marc.
- If required, add cold water to make the infusion 500ml in volume.
- Drink 90ml of this mixture as a tea up to 3x a day.
The chosen preparation method has been chosen based on efficiency and chemical components of the included herbs.