Firstly, the answer is a resounding no. In my nursing days we had a lot of BP patients in hospital, all ‘controlled’ with medications that were loaded with side effects. Yet most of these people still died of BP-related crises. Why?
Unfortunately, medical experts see hypertension as the cause of, or at least having the ability to increase a person’s risk of developing coronary heart disease, heart failure, kidney failure and stroke. The thing is, those issues are all linked anyway – blood pressure is just the body’s way of screaming out. By lessening BP, you are not necessarily removing the problems, just prolonging the issues.
This is where it gets tricky. There is actually no known medical cure for hypertension – only drugs that continue to mask the symptoms of something more sinister. To properly diagnose and supposedly to find the cause, you will be advised to have an ECG, to check the health of your heart, a full blood count, kidney function tests, electrolytes (sodium, potassium and other blood salts) and an analysis of your urine. These tests alone prove that the body’s chemistry is out of whack – if so, why is that imbalance not addressed? More on that later.
What are you doing, what have you done and what is present in your family’s history, to have resulted in such a life threatening issue? What is your diet like? I’ll bet you are on a low-fat, low salt, healthy heart diet, right? Just know that is the worst thing you can do – more on that later. Many pharmaceutical medicines can contribute to hypertension, including non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), oral contraceptives, corticosteroids and some medicines used for depression. In a lot of cases I have seen, rather than change the medicine protocol, the doctor will merely add to it – another drug to suppress the symptoms of what your current meds are doing to you, as well as the anti-hypertension drug you will be put on ‘to keep it low’…
Your doctor will also want to check if you have any other risk factors, such as diabetes, smoking, high cholesterol, angina, or a family history of angina or heart attack, so that your absolute risk of cardiovascular disease can be determined. And each of these issues will be addressed with more pharmaceutical medicines – each of them comes with more side effects that will also need suppression further on down the track.
Treatment for low blood pressure is equally as bad.
So what are the side effects of BP meds? Persistent coughing, damage to unborn foetus, fluid retention, gastro upset (including bleeding and pain), palpitations, thinning of bones (osteoporosis), dizziness, weakness, rash, gout, aggravation of diabetes, nervous irritation, asthma, heart disorders (?), cold hands and feet, fatigue, depression, impotence and migraine.
What can you do for BP irregularity? Remember, they are both merely warnings that something is wrong. My favourite step by far is diet. What is considered medically to be a healthy diet is actually capable of not only aggravating these symptoms, but causing them. Aspartame, which is used in low calorie foods, is a toxic chemical and also capable of causing BP issues. Low fat foods such as crackers, cruskits, bread, pastry, cake, biscuits – even flours added to prepared foods, is an acidic food that is no better than sugar. Low fat foods are so dangerous – the brain and nervous tissue is predominantly fat – if you don’t replace it, your brain will shrivel and die. Good fats act like emulsifiers – they actually strip bad fats out of the blood, out of our organs and bowel. These fats include avocado, olive, grape, coconut and various kernel oils.
Table salt, and even ‘special’ low salts are rubbish to the body. They have been so tampered with that the body no longer recognises it as salt and it has the ability to decompose correct blood chemistry. Please replace it with Himalayan salt (actually the best electrolyte medicine on the planet, apart from coconut milk), sea salt or celtic salt. These actually do the opposite of BP meds – rather than stripping calcium into the muscle tissue, it puts it back into the bones, preventing and treating osteoporosis.
See more on diet on my other posts. Just know whatever you have been told to eat is quite possibly causing the issue in the first place. Also, test your urine – if it is any less than 7.4 your body will be out of balance. You can correct that by very simple measures – eat alkaline, take bicarb twice a day, drink filtered water – it’s as much about what you remove to your diet as what you add…
Supplements and herbs for BP issues – Co-enzyme Q10, garlic, hawthorn (my personal favourite), flax oil (in my opinion, better than fish oil) and lecithin. A good homoeopath will also be able to correct BP irregularities in a short time. It’s a shame that our TGA has decided in all its wisdom, that as homoeopathy can’t cause injury, it cannot be registered or sold for a health benefit – therefore perpetuating the myth that homoeopathy is placebo only and unable to treat any health ailment. Your homoeopath will have at their disposal, hundreds, if not thousands of tinctures of different potencies and for different purposes. My dispensary has thousands and I am rarely without the appropriate remedy. One thing I tell my patients to do is establish a well stocked home medicine kit – safe, effective medicine on hand 24 hours a day – it is this side of my practice that I am focusing on more at the moment, as I find most people who come to see me would be successfully treated quite easily at home and in fact, most would be able to avoid serious health issues altogether.
Acupuncture can drop BP or raise BP within minutes – it’s what you do from there that will determine whether it’s permanent or not. I’ve had patients come in barely able to talk, let alone walk. With a few well placed acupuncture needles, the BP is altered sufficiently to allow the patient to feel normal once again.
My favourite acupuncture point is the main homoeostatic point (meaning balancing any imbalance present), on the bend of the elbow. The good news is that acupressure can be performed any time, anywhere – even in the safety of your own home. Bend your arm (either left or right, no difference as all points benefit both sides of the body) and locate the highest top point of the elbow bend (the ‘fattiest’ part of the elbow crease). Put the index finger of the free arm (or you can use a pen/pencil/stick) to ‘manipulate’ the point as a needle would do. Now, depending on whether you have low blood pressure or high blood pressure, will determine which way you manipulate the point.
– As clockwise manipulation means a releasing/relaxing effect, this is used for high blood pressure, to lower it.
– As anti-clockwise manipulation means a tonifying/increasing effect, this is used for low blood pressure, to raise it.
This has the ability to make a relatively rapid change, but it will only be temporary. And if you do this for 3 minutes, 3 times a day (and repeat if any upset has aggravated your symptoms) the effects will become more and more permanent.
Of course, nothing will be permanent if you continue to do the wrong things by your heart and circulatory system. You must keep your urine alkaline, so your blood doesn’t have to keep stealing tissue chemicals just to keep you alive. Once that calcium is out of your blood, and fatty residue no longer has to adhere to it to cause the blockages that cause the elevated BP, while further damage to your connective tissue (blood vessel walls and heart muscle) is prevented.