Also known as “Snake root” and “Sarpagandha”, this herb has been used in Ayurveda for hypertension, insomnia, hysteria and urticaria. Modern medicine has started using alkaloids extracted from this plant, specifically “reserpine” to effectively treat hypertension too. As I’ve said before, extracts tend to come with side effects, unlike whole herbs which are less likely to have adverse effects. This herb is also a sedative and must be used under proper guidance.
Other Herbs for Hypertension include:
Stress Relief One of the biggest problems is without a doubt, stress. Activities like playing sports, meditation, massage, sexual intercourse, laughing, taking a vacation and listening to music tend to do the trick. However, some people just can’t let go of the stress provoking thoughts. For them, the use of medicinal herbs can aid in calming the mind. In Ayurvedic medicine, herbs known as “brain tonics” or “Nootropics” are advised to calm the mind by supporting the function and production of neurotransmitters like Dopamine and Serotonin.
Herbs such as:
–Evolvulus alsinoides (Shankapushpi)
–Nardostachys jatamansi (Jatamansi)
Remember, medicinal herbs can be highly beneficial if used correctly and under strict guidance of an Ayurvedic doctor. If misused, they can also be quite harmful. Make sure to speak to a doctor before consuming any medicinal herbs to make sure they are right for you and do not interact with any medication you are currently taking.
(Always use medicinal herbs under the supervision of a doctor)
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