Hypertension-or high blood pressure-has a variety of causes, and thus, a variety of potential treatments. Hypertension is more likely to occur as we age because our arteries become less flexible over time. For some, it has even been called a lifestyle disease. While many patients use prescription drugs to control high blood pressure-and we always recommend following your doctor’s orders-there are more choices out there, choices that may allow for the reduction of the amount of medication you take.

backrub2Both traditional and alternative medicine offer theories about the causes of high blood pressure. Basically, having hypertension means that your blood vessels are “tight” or inflexible. This can happen in many ways, but we most commonly hear about it in terms of cholesterol or plaque build up in the arteries. It can also be your body’s reaction to the fight-or-flight mechanism when you are under stress. According to natural medicine practitioners, when the body is in that state, it attempts to get more blood to your muscles, lungs and heart (and less to other bodily functions such as digestion) so you can more easily fight or run. This is normally only a temporary state for a short burst of energy in an emergency, but our bodies can remain in this condition when we are stressed, thus resulting in raised blood pressure over the long term. Western medicine connects hypertension with stress and hormones, saying that increased stress raises certain hormone levels, leading to high blood pressure. With all this in mind, there are many things we can do to lessen our risk, and even reduce hypertension if we are already affected.

For some basic information, check out this website. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000468.htm

Also, the Mayo Clinic provides not only tradition western medicine suggestions, but also some alternative recommendations at the following link. Yes, cod liver oil really is good for you! From this link, you can also click on the section for “lifestyle and home remedies” for even more information. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/high-blood-pressure/DS00100/DSECTION=alternative-medicine

At Body Healing Power we offer several services to help. All bodywork services will calm down the fight-or-flight response. Massage affects the vascular (blood vessel) system and reduces fight-or-flight stress on the adrenals. CranioSacral opens restrictions in the brain and spinal cord that may irritate nerves, thus calming the body. Finally, Homeopathy is for long-term, full body-tissue healing, stress management, and overall function. When it comes to hypertension, at Body Healing Power, we help your body heal itself naturally.