High blood pressure affects almost 1 in 3 adults in the U.S. This very common condition, also known as hypertension, is often referred to as the ‘silent killer,’ since there are usually no obvious signs or symptoms. If left untreated, it greatly increases the risk for heart disease, stroke, kidney damage, blindness, and even dementia.
With hypertension, the pressure exerted on the interior of artery walls is so high that it causes damage. Our blood pressure naturally tends to fluctuate a bit from time to time. For example, if we are under stress, the pressure may go up temporarily. But it becomes a problem when this pressure does not go back down to normal, even when we are not stressed or exercising, but stays elevated. In most cases, the cause is not known, but it may occasionally be caused by kidney disease. Blood pressure also naturally increases with age, as the blood vessels become less elastic, and for other reasons, such as a more sedentary lifestyle and a poor diet.
In the Western herbal tradition, there are many commonly used household herbs that are said to reduce blood pressure. Among these are basil, cinnamon, and garlic. Although they may help somewhat, for a more effective herbal treatment, we would recommend turning to Chinese herbal medicine. The Chinese herbal tradition dates back to the 2nd century BC. This tradition relies on thousands of years of empirical evidence. Chinese herbs are a very powerful form of medicine, and are best used when given by a qualified herbalist.
One of the main differences between Western herbal medicine and the Chinese herbal tradition is that Chinese herbs are almost never used alone. There are around 300 commonly used herbs in the Chinese herbal pharmacopeia, but the total (including the not so common ones) is around 3,000 substances. Used together in precise combinations, each herb works synergistically with the others in the formula to improve the patient’s health. While some herbs are so powerful that they need to be used with great caution, these herbs work quite differently when included in a complete formula, since each herb affects the others in the formula. Any potential harmful effects of a single herb are made harmless by the buffering effects of another herb in the formula.
MerryHerb’s Blood Pressure Balance formula contains 12 different herbs that provide the necessary dietary support to maintain a healthy blood pressure, and reduce the symptoms associated with high blood pressure, such as headache, dizziness, anxiety, insomnia, or tinnitus (ringing in the ears). This formula can safely be used by those who are already taking a prescription blood pressure medication. However, it would be best to separate the herbal medicine from the prescription medication by at least 1 hour to ensure fullest potency of each one. When you are taking MerryHerb’s Blood Pressure Balance formula, we advise you to continue to work with your doctor to monitor your health, and have your blood pressure checked regularly.