One in three Americans has hypertension, but only about half of affected people have the problem under control. Prescription blood pressure medications save lives, but they come at a cost, with side effects ranging from extreme tiredness to nausea and even painful headaches. These remedies can also be cost-prohibitive.
As a result, some people are turning to homeopathic preparations to get their hypertension and blood pressure under control. But do these preparations work? And if not, are there other natural solutions that may do the trick?
Homeopathy for High Blood Pressure
Though research into this area is limited, the existing studies suggest that homeopathy is less effective than conventional treatment methods. One small-scale, double-blind study from 1982 concluded that the benefits of homeopathy for hypertension were “negligible and statistically not significant.”
A 2003 German study looked at the effects of one homeopathic treatment for mild cardiovascular issues and found it to work similarly to conventional drugs for a number of mild heart conditions—but not for lowering blood pressure. Other studies have come to similar conclusions.
Alternatives to Homeopathy for High Blood Pressure
If you have tried homeopathy for blood pressure regulation with no success, there may still be natural remedies available. For example, some research has found cinnamon to be highly effective for lowering blood pressure in people with diabetes and pre-diabetes, at least in the short term.
A comprehensive review from 2015 found that taking 30-50mg of flaxseed may have a positive long-term effect on blood pressure, especially diastolic blood pressure. Flaxseed contains omega-3 fatty acids, which are shown to be particularly effective for heart health. That’s why fish oil may also be effective for hypertension. Other research has drawn positive conclusions about the effects of ginger, garlic, and celery seed.
Another natural solution that’s getting a lot of attention is cannabidiol (CBD). It is a compound found in marijuana that is chemically similar to THC, but it doesn’t get you high. CBD is all-natural and has few side effects.
Studies have shown that CBD reduces blood pressure. In fact, the amount of reduction can be significant, which is why reduced blood pressure is often listed as a potential side effect. While this may create a problem for people with hypotension (low blood pressure), it can be a major benefit for people looking to reduce their BP.
Getting Your Blood Pressure Under Control
Whether you want to try pharmaceuticals, natural solutions, or homeopathic preparations, the first step is to talk to your doctor. Hypertension is a leading cause of heart attack, stroke, and congestive heart failure, so it’s very important to take whatever steps are necessary to get the problem under control.
It all starts with healthy lifestyle choices. If you avoid smoking, maintain a heart-healthy diet, and exercise regularly, your supplementary remedies are far more likely to have a positive effect. Be proactive about your health. It’s the best investment you can make for yourself and your family.