Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) - A Chinese Medicine Perspective
What is Hypertension
According to the Mayo Clinic , “high blood pressure (hypertension) is a common condition in which the long-term force of the blood against your artery walls is high enough that it may eventually cause health problems, such as heart disease.
Blood pressure is determined both by the amount of blood your heart pumps and the amount of resistance to blood flow in your arteries. The more blood your heart pumps and the narrower your arteries, the higher your blood pressure. A blood pressure reading is given in millimetres of mercury (mm Hg). It has two numbers .
- Top number (systolic pressure). The first, or upper, number measures the pressure in your arteries when your heart beats.
- Bottom number (diastolic pressure). The second, or lower, number measures the pressure in your arteries between beats.
You can have high blood pressure for years without any symptoms. Uncontrolled high blood pressure increases your risk of serious health problems, including heart attack and stroke. Fortunately, high blood pressure can be easily detected. And once you know you have high blood pressure, you can work with your doctor to control it.
Most people with high blood pressure have no signs or symptoms, even if blood pressure readings reach dangerously high levels.
A few people with high blood pressure may have headaches, shortness of breath or nosebleeds, but these signs and symptoms aren’t specific and usually don’t occur until high blood pressure has reached a severe or life-threatening stage” .
How Does Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) view Hypertension
What You Can Do to Help Yourself
- Eat a healthy diet of fresh, unprocessed food and have 3 regular meals a day.
- Exercising 3-4 times per week for 30min (min.) will help to promote a healthy cardio-vascular system.
- Drinking at least 2 litres of water/fresh juice daily will keep hydration levels in the body at an optimal level.
- Avoid alcohol, rich, fatty or fried foods
- Stop smoking
- Have regular blood pressure checks, especially if you are overweight, lacking in regular exercise and have high cholesterol levels in your blood.
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