Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- Aloe Vera, Hibiscus Tea, Cayenne Pepper
- Alternative Treatment for HBP
- Apple and Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Cayenne
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Dietary Changes
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Molasses
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Reishi Mushrooms
- Austrian Apple Juice
- Avoid Grains
- Baking Soda
- Be Careful With New Supplements!
- Beet Juice Protocol
- Blood Pressure Readings
- Breathing Technique
- Calcium Carbonate
- Calcium, Magnesium and Potassium
- Cayenne and Garlic
- Cayenne Pepper
- Cayenne, Ginger, Garlic and Lecithin
- Celery Juice
- Celery Seed Extract
- Celery, Apples, Grapes
- Coconut Oil
- Cold Showers
- Coq 10
- Cornsilk Tea Lowers Blood Pressure
- Cream of Tarter, Lemon Juice
- Curry Leaf
- Dark Chocolate
- Deep Breathing
- Diatomaceous Earth in Lemon Juice
- Dietary Changes, Exercise
- Eggplant Water
- Eliminate Salt
- Fennel Seeds
- Fig Leaf Tea
- Flax Seed
- Food Allergies
- Foods That Help
- General Feedback
- General Remedy Guidelines
- Grape Seed Oil
- Hibiscus Tea
- High Blood Pressure/Adrenal Connection
- Hot Cocoa
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Low Carb Diet
- Manuka Honey and Cinnamon
- Medication Warning
- Medication Weaning
- Microwave Hazards
- Multiple Remedies
- Natural Progesterone Cream
- Nettle Tea, B Vitamin, Garlic Tab
- Non-Fluoride Toothpaste
- Olive Leaf
- Olive Oil, Avocados
- Onion Juice
- Passion Fruit Juice
- Pomegranate Juice
- Prune Water
- Pulse Pressure Readings
- Raw Food Diet
- Remedies Needed
- Sea Salt
- Special Diets
- Surgery for Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- Ted's Remedies
- Traditional Chinese Medicine
- Vegetable Juicing and Meditation
- White Vinegar
Last Modified on Apr 16, 2014<< Continued from page 13
[YEA] 12/06/2011: Arsh from Jasper, Alabama: "Blood Pressure is a bit high? EAT BANANAS!
I just have to share this because it has worked for me and I am utterly amazed. I started having trouble with my blood pressure a couple months ago and I needed to bring it down. I started taking a super dose of D3, 5-htp to combat the associated anxiety, and Aspirin daily to help thin the blood.
It *helped* but I was still feeling bad often.
I started doing some research and found that potassium had been shown to significantly decrease the blood pressure issues so I decided to grab a bunch of bananas and give it a try. I've been eating one banana a day for over a week and my blood pressure has been so much better! I had been feeling like the veins in my arms were on FIRE some of the times, my emotions were hard to control etc. After eating a banana a day for only a couple days, those feelings diminished until I can barely tell I have a problem anymore. It has REALLY helped how I feel.
So definitely eat some bananas and give it a try if you have problems with your blood pressure! If you hate bananas, any source of potassium will do. Raisins, some canned tomato products... Etc. Just Google "Good Sourse of Potassium" for more info on what to eat. Good luck!"
Be Careful With New Supplements!
[WARNING!] 05/17/2009: Jackie from Grand Rapids, Minn: "about a month ago i started an amino acid for low mood and anxiety , suntheanine. it made me feel so calm, just wonderful. i can find no side effects noted on any website, however i believe it made my blood pressure go up.hindsight, i think it's wise to monitor your bp before and after starting any new supplement.because everyone is different. i was taking 100mg of suntheanine in the am and 200mg with 500mg gaba at night to rest better. i started waking up with a dull headache and a sickish feeling which prompted me to check my bp. usually 110/60 it was 136/86.i thought it was going to be too low! i stopped the suntheanine and gaba but my pressure still stayed up. today i took 2 doses of acv (2 tbsp with the sediment in it in water) and i started feeling like my old self my bp was 123/69 so i know i'm on the right track. it was reported on the mayo site that often prescription antidepressants cause the bp to go up and the cause is unknown. i figure maybe its the same with natural supplements too, just depends on the person.since i quit the suntheanine and gaba i don't wake up with a hangover feeling. my bp went up a couple of years ago when i took rhodiola and i stopped it"
Beet Juice Protocol
[YEA] 09/19/2011: Ritap1 from Woodbridge, Virginia, Usa: "I have been having lots of problems with my blood pressure the last few month. I have been in the emergency room 9 times since July with redings as high as 245/139. I am on 4 different kinds of medication but the don't seem to work. My head is always hurting me and my stomach feel like I got poisoned. I all blame this on my teeth. In the first week of July I had 2 teeth extracted and 2 amalgam fillings removed and since then I never felt the same.
Yesterday I looked around on the net on what I can do to get some of my energy and my health back. I found the beet juice protocol and started it on the same day. I had 1 glass of beet juice with asparagus yesterday and one this morning, ate 2 apples and one carrot after the juice and I can't believe my bloodpressure today. Its been under 130 all day, I just measured again and it was 118/73. Yes I am still on meds but the meds never got my blood pressure down like that. I also had much more energy and actually got things done for a change.
Thank you Earthclinic!"
11/28/2011: Deborah from Chantilly, Va, Usa: "Has anyone had any experience with beet juice for high blood pressure? I've read that the nitrates in beet juice are just as effective as taking nitrate tablets."
[YEA] 09/03/2011: Robinchd from Vero Beach, Fl, Usa: "I had high blood pressure and did a bit of research on the internet and heard that beet root juice could take blood pressure down within an hour or so and keep it lowered for 24 hours. I went to a health food store and bought two bottles at $9.00 a bottle. I drank 1/4 of a cup and waited a while and then checked my blood pressure. It works. The only thing is you have to drink it every day to keep your blood pressure lowered, but I would rather drink a bit of beet root juice each day than to take a medication each day.
Purchasing it from a health food store is expensive so I went out and bought a good juicer ( initially an expensive purchase, but well worth it). I then began juicing l/2 of an organic beet every day along with other vegetables of my choice, and my blood pressure has actually come down to being on the low/normal side. I swear by this and can't believe that everyone with high blood pressure doesn't know about it, and wish I could let everyone know. Hopefully, on this site, it will help as many people as possible."Replies
09/04/2011: Jc from Boston, Ma replies: "Beet juice will also detox your liver. Not a bad thing, but some may have some uncomfortable experiences if their liver is particuarly toxic and they hit the beet juice hard."
[YEA] 12/06/2009: Lan from Atlanta, Ga: "I am surprised that no one has posted about drinking beet juice to control high blood pressure. I have been reading the EarthClinic testimonials like reading short stories novel :). I have used ACV to bring down fever from flu instantly on 4 occasions, so I was spreading the words about this site to anyone I know in the hope of sparing someone the agony of being sick with the flu. And my good intention has paid off! On Friday I went grocery shopping with my Mom. We were done, and instead of heading to the cash registers, my Mom pushed the cart around the vegetable section one more time. We stopped to look at the beautiful golden beets, she never had it before, and we were debating about trying it or not. A lady came and asked us about the gold beets, we said we did not know its taste, and she turned to the next bin and told us that the red beets are very good for the blood pressure. I pressed on and she said her husband was 179/99 and refused to take any medicine. Her son went on the internet to research and found that beets cure high blood pressure. For two and a half years now, she and her husband take 3 slices of beet a day and maintain a normal range. She said it can be boiled, pickled or roasted like a potato. I thank her and gave her this website address. Had we gone to check out 1 minute earlier, we would have missed her. Talk about good karma, I believe in it.
Now I am telling you about my Mom's story, she is 80 years old and always has high blood pressure despite her vegan diet. She had two strokes 7 years ago, almost did not make it. But luckily she recovered, her speech is still not 100% like before, but she carries a normal life now. After taking the dr's medicine for some time, she refuses to take them anymore. She said she was like half dead. One drug did not work, then another one, and that caused water retention, and another the drug to take care of that, and the numbers of pills kept piling up because of the side effects. At her check up 2 years ago, her blood pressure was 200/120, her Dr was bewildered and told me if anything happens call 911, don't come to her office. We did not see the Dr since. Mom tries to take care of herself, she peruses all the herb medicine catalogs with a dictionary because of her limited English, she orders all kinds of supplements and she is proud of herself. But her blood pressure stays on 177/99 on average. I used 1/2 a medium size beet, 2 thin carrots, and 1/2 a large apple. Put all in the blender with 3 cups of water. Pureed and poured it through a strainer and gave her 1 cup of juice before dinner and 1 before bedtime. This morning her reading was 164/98. After only two cups! I made another batch this morning with only 2 cups of water. After 1 cup and 1 hour later her latest reading was 161/96. I am so happy and eager to spread the words about this remedy to anyone out there who needs it. If you need more information about the beets, just look up "beets and high blood pressure".
Wishing everyone happy happy holidays."Replies
04/29/2011: Gavin from Manganui, Northland, New Zealand replies: "If she is on a strict vegan diet, it might be wise to check her b-12 levels.. There are a host of symptoms with regard to deficiency.. including a misdiagnosis for Parkinsons, which some have claimed is epidemic in the USof A."
02/19/2009: Laura Oliver from Birmingham, AL: "whole beets or just beet juice to lower blood pressure.
A recent study found that 16oz of beet juice daily lowers blood pressure as well as meds.
The problem is beet juice is expensive.
Starting today I am eating a can of beets (rinsed to reduce sodium) a day. Anyone have any experience in this?
Does anybody have an idea why the study used beet juice instead of beets? Why not whole beets? Why arent whole cooked beets just as good as the juice for lowering BP? What make the juice "work" and not the whole beet. If the whole beet works how many would I have to eat a day to equal 16oz juice?
Any juicers out thers.....If I have to juice them-- what ratio? can I just put some raw beets in a blender?
my BP is high, but I want to give myself a few months to bring it down naturally so I am thinking this "beet" thing looks promising.
09/11/2013: Dana from Toowoomba, Australia replies: "G'Day, just want to mention that in Australia and in Canada one can buy beet (beetroot in Aus.) powder or crystals at the health food store and it tastes like fresh beet juice!"
Blood Pressure Readings
02/27/2010: Gregg from Petoskey, Michigan, USA: "Would like to know if anyone knows (or can direct me to a website) any information on my blood pressure and the significance of the readings. My readings always show a top number that is considered high and the bottom number is normal or below. Typical readings will be as follows: 140/80, 130/68, 120/62 depending on time of day. Is this worse/better (or insignificant) than both readings being high. I just started using Apple Cider Vinager w/mother to try and bring top number down to normal. I am a 54 yr. old male with a resting heart rate of approx. 46 bpm and considered to be very athletic. (6'1", 195 Lbs. 34" waist/44" chest and eat a very healthy diet). Thanks in advance for your help!"Replies
02/27/2010: Scooter from Phoenix, Az replies: "http://www.vaughns-1-pagers.com/medicine/blood-pressure.htm"
02/27/2010: Joyce from Joelton, Tn replies: "Hello Greg from Petoskey, Michigan,
I have read that the best way to keep a check on your blood pressure is to take it in the same arm, the same position, at the same time each day. Now that we have that out of the way, let's also add that our heart rates and our blood pressures vary with our activity and also with our emotions. When I looked at your readings, I felt envious. However I did wonder if that 140/80 occurred right after getting home through all that snow you guys have been getting lately. If it was, in the future have a seat and a hot cup of tea, kick your heels up and relax for at least 1/2 hour before checking your blood pressure. It has only been a few years that 140/80 was considered high. Before that it was a normal reading.
First off to explain 140/80: the 140 is called the systole and the 80 is diastole. The systole is pressure the blood exerts against the arteries during the pumping action of the heart, the diastole is the pressure exerted at rest between heart beats, so if one or the other has to be a little high, better the one with the pumping activity than the one at rest between beats. For dietary reference, 4 stems of celery per day is said to lower the blood pressure. Also read recently that eating 2 slices of beets (fresh, canned, or cooked) a day does the same. You might consider taking a B6 and magnesium supplement to lower the blood pressure should it go higher. There is a nonprescription tablet combining the 2 on the market. It is called Beelith tablets. If you go that route, 1 tablet morning and evening should do the trick, but if you are sure that your diet includes adequate amounts of these, you shouldn't need them, but there is a lot of controversy these days on whether our depleted soil is furnishing our plants with the nutrients they need. My own blood pressure has gone up lately despite being controlled for years with magnesium. After thinking it over, it probably is connected to emotions connected to Obama and his health care reform bill (and his deafness to the 63% who don't want anything to do with it).
Lots of people would love to have your readings and you must be very active (not just considered very active) to have a 46 resting pulse rate."
02/28/2010: Gregg from Petoskey, Michigan replies: "First, thanks Joyce from Tenn. for your responce and information! It's great to have people out there that are willing to help and share their experiences and knowledge. I started eating 4 stalks of celery approx. 10 days ago. (I will try the B6/Magnesium combination you spoke of). The highest b/p readings were in the evening after coming home from work. I am taking Apple Cider Vinegar (2 tablespoons) mixed with (2 tablespoons) of clover honey and one tablespoon of light brown sugar stirred in approx. 6 oz. of hot water. Tastes very good! (Hope the honey and sugar do not affect the benefits of the ACV) Again Joyce, thanks for taking the time to help me out."
02/28/2010: Eve from Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom replies: "Hi, I thought the diastolic reading was the most important and should be below 90."
02/28/2010: Joyce from Joelton, Tn replies: "Hi Eve from Liverpool,
The ideal blood pressure reading for an young adult is 120/80. The upper number is systole (what pressure is exerted during pumping action and the diastole (pressure exerted during rest between pumping action). When looking at the numbers, you can readily see that a 20 increase in the systolic doesn't look nearly as frightening as when it occurs in the diastole (140/80 vs 120/l00) and your doctor is more likely to be concerned about the 120/100."
02/28/2010: Joyce from Joelton, Tn replies: "Hello Gregg from Petoskey,
You are most welcome. I don't think your 2 tablespoons of honey and 2 tablespoons of light brown sugar will interfere with the action of the ACV, but that is a lot of sweetening for 1 cup or 6 oz water. Must taste kind of like syrup in those proportions. If you have a tendency toward insulin resistance (also known as Metabolic Syndrome X which ends up in diabetes mellitus-type 2) you might want to start cutting down on so much sweets. I have this problem myself, and find that my 2 tablespoons of ACV goes down very well in tomato juice with no sweetening. You might also want to work on reducing your aspartame and monosodium glutamate (MSG) in your foods. You won't be very successful with this until you learn all the names they hide MSG under. Aspartame is usually under NutraSweet or Equal, but MSG has a slew of names in the ingredients lists. You are going to find it very hard to find any salad dressing, tomato ketchup, sauces, broths, bouillion cubes or powders that don't have one or both. When eating out remember that anything made with a sauce or gravy is going to be loaded with one or both. If you search Metabolic Syndrom X on the internet you will find that it starts with excess insulin production - progresses onward through high cholesterol, over weight, high blood pressure to diabetes and all its compliciations including strokes and heart attacks.
One thing I didn't mention because you said you were a very healthy eater, if you are drinking carbonated beverages (I consider one a day, one too many) you need to switch to water, herbal teas or green tea instead. I have been sure since the late 70's that they aren't good for your kidneys, but it was only recently that I read something that might explain why. It seems that when sodium benzoate (preservative) and vitamin C are included in the same food or drink, a chemical reaction occurs that converts the sodium benzoate back into benzene, to find what havoc that can do in your body, just type benzene in the search window and enjoy reading. Cancer of the kidneys is one thing it causes. I have no trouble believing this as a great niece got a kidney transplant on my birthday in 2006 (thanks to cancer of the kidney) and my niece had part of one kidney removed for the same reason about 2 years ago.
Four children I saw in the clinic who were spilling protein in their urine convinced me that carbonated beverages damaged the kidneys when their proteinuria disappeared with having the parents take the kids off of all carbonated beverages, letting them only have milk, fruit juice or water to drink."
02/28/2010: Karen from Deland, Fl replies: "To Eve from Liverpool:
That's what we've been told, but unfortunately the information is very misleading and appears to be intentional. I found this article (I've listed below) very interesting, especially where it states that just four years ago high blood pressure was classified as 160/95.
"Here Are the Best Natural Cures for High Blood Pressure:
High blood pressure is classified as a systolic pressure of more than 140 and the diastolic pressure of more than 90. It's interesting to note that about 4 years ago, high blood pressure was classified as 160/95. The lowering of the standard has little to with health risks, and a lot more to do with how much money goes into the FDA, and the entire pharmaceutical industry. This is part of the reason that many of the natural cures for high blood pressure are not publicized. However, without much further ado, here are the best natural cures for high blood pressure:
Apple Cider Vinegar - This is a miracle cure for high blood pressure patients. Apple Cider Vinegar acts very fast, and you will start seeing a difference in your blood pressure within a week with it. You do not need any other medication for high blood pressure with apple cider vinegar.
Dosage - Take one full tablespoon 3 times a day for the best results.
Preparation - Nothing special. If it's too strong for you, you can mix it with a glass of water.
Recommendation - Buy an unpasteurized apple cider vinegar brand. A good one I know of is the _____s organic Apple Cider Vinegar.
Downsides - None as such. You might want to add in a bit of Sodium Bi-Carbonate to help provide the extra carbonates that your body will need due to the acidic nature of Apple Cider Vinegar.
This is easily one of the best natural cures for high blood pressure."
We know from reading EC that raw ACV has worked well for many. Thanks to the drug companies and their scare tactics we've been lead to believe we are all suppose to run somewhere around 120/80. More drugs, more money in their pockets. As if they need it, they are already a billion dollar industry."
02/28/2010: Karen from Deland, Fl replies: "Response to Joyce from TN -
Not this doctor, this was recently just posted:
"Dear Doctor Rief, I have had high blood pressure for 20 years. I have tried at least 14 different medications during all these years. In all this time I have never been able to get my pressure down to normal limits. My diastolic is always in the 90`s and the systolic in the 140`s. I am now 54 and worrying as time passes I am at risk of stroke or heart attack. I`ve had a stress/echo 18 months ago and it was normal. What can I do to get my pressure under control? I also suffer from GAD and currently take 5 mg. valium TID. I am under a lot of stress in my life and have been since first being diagnosed with high blood pressure. Problems with my marriage and relationship with parents and kids. I just want to be normal as now I am not able to drive due to the anxiety. Thank you for any advice you can offer
It is difficult to give specific advice without having complete data in an individual patient. However, a few points can be made:
Anxiety can cause or aggravate hypertension, and hypertension can cause anxiety. Some patients respond to counseling, while others respond to antidepressants.
At any rate, your blood pressure should be 130 systolic or lower. You can safely ignore the diastolic number, as it is not indicative of cardiovascular risk."
03/01/2010: Joyce from Joelton, Tn replies: "Hello Karen from Deland,
This is a first for me. Never in 30+ years of working in the medical field have I heard any doctor or nurse say you can totally ignore the diastolic reading.
But knowing no more than we do about this person with the hypertension/stress/anxiety problems for 20 years, my reasoning would have been that stress depletes the body of the B vitamins, and that magnesium is an essential mineral our bodies need which also has a lot to do with our nerves, thus our stress and anxiety. You aren't going to cure the family problems with the the parents or the kids overnight, if ever. But the odds are that the level of stress and anxiety are causing a lot of those problems with the marriage, parents and kids.
If I were in this person's shoes I would probably make sure I was taking a good multivitamin/mineral supplement daily (probably one morning and one evenings for a week or two), a good stress tablet mealtimes and bedtime, and magnesium supplement of 400 to 500 mgm b.i.d. Once I was feeling better and pressure let up, I would wean myself off the Valium 5 t.i.d. Another thing our bodies need that has a lot to do with blood pressure also is potassium, and our modern day fast food dietary habits are likely to cause multiple deficiencies. Low potassium also causes an increase in stress and anxiety. A good way to tell if this is part of the problem, is to drink a big glass of fresh or frozen orange juice and see if you feel better for an hour or more afterwards. If so, add a potassium supplement to increase health immediately, but in the long run, improving ones dietary habits to increase these levels is going to be the most beneficial.
If problems with family, marriage, kids and parents continue, then the whole bunch of them need to learn to talk to each other, without accusations and anger, and if they can't do that without counseling, lets hope they find a good one. "
03/01/2010: Karen from Deland, Fl replies: "To Joyce from TN: This was written by:
Director, Hypertension Section
Division of Nephrology & Hypertension
Department of Internal Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati
I think there are alot of things we have been told by the medical field that should be questioned. Unfortunately, the mistruths have grown thanks to the pharmaceutical reps. This particular doctor is an expert in the field of hypertension."
[YEA] 03/28/2008: Bill from Gilmanton, NH: "I read about a machine that you can pay a lot if money for, which helps lower your blood pressure by a breathing technique. I learned this Yoga breathing technique which does the same thing. Breath in, (through nose) half way..12345, hold...12345, breath in rest of way...12345, hold..1-5, Breath out half way through lips, 1-5, hold...1-5, finish emptying lungs as slowly as possible through pursed lips. Do 8 rounds of this. 8 is the Chinese lucky number. It is also the symbol for infinity when turned sideways. The object is to take longer on the exhale than on the inhale. I find that I can lower my BP quite a bit with this method. ...Bill"Replies
11/22/2009: Olare from New York, New York replies: "Bill wrote about breathing techniques as a way to beat high blood pressure.That seems like something i can use traveling on the train. can you tell me more about how to do the technique"
01/21/2014: Azchuck from Medford, Or: "I've noticed that chewing and swallowing two to four generic Tums (calcium carbonate) results in an almost immediate drop of about 20 to 25 points in my blood pressure. Does this indicate inflammed stomach linings and what diet change would be most effective? Many thanks."Replies
01/22/2014: Timh from Ky, Usa replies: "Azchuck: This seems like an Acidosis issue; which is also a mineral deficiency issue. I would recommend a Mineral supplement like Cal/Mag/Potassium taken as directed. If you are using traditional processed salt (sodium chloride) drop it and begin using Iodized Sea Salt and or Himalayan Pink Salt as both of these real salts also have many other major and trace minerals which are lacking in the diet."
Calcium, Magnesium and Potassium
[YEA] 06/24/2013: April from Quakertown, Pa: "After beginning to have high blood pressure early in pregnancy (not too high, but alarming at 140/90), I had heard that Magneisum might be the key to getting it back down. I was already taking calcium and getting potassium, so it was magnesium that I thought might do the trick. I started consuming 3 squares of 100% cacao baking bar with a little raw honey spread on for taste. The next time I went back for a checkup, my blood pressure was back down to 116/70 and has stayed there. I HIGHLY recommend this tactic. It has also cured my leg cramps I get at night from being pregnant. If I don't have my chocolate, my cramps will come back, so I know it's the chocolate. It's important to spread the consumption of the chocolate throughout the day so that you are not getting too much caffeine in one sitting. I usually have one after breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A great, healthy desert!"
[YEA] 05/13/2006: Dee from Birmingham, AL: "I recently visited the local health food store. I started taking one supplement called Calcium Magnesium Potassium (I won't name the brand name). I have been taking it for about three weeks now. I recently checked by blood pressure at a doctor's visit and it was very normal (124/78). My blood pressure hasn't been this normal in years."
Cayenne and Garlic
[YEA] 08/27/2006: Carrie from Kuwait, Middle East: "I had a heart attack 1 and half years ago. 3 nights ago I experienced pains and was hospitalized and found to be suffering once again with a heart condition. I searched the internet and came across your site. Thank you for an amazing treasure of cures and remedies. I used 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper and a tablespoon or two of honey in rather large glass of boiling water. I found the taste really delicious! I swallowed crushed clove garlic with this drink and truly my heart settled almost instantly and my BP is normal! To all heart sufferers, this is an amazing remedy to try, you only benefit from it. I intend having this daily probably for the rest of my life!"
Cayenne for High Blood Pressure
Home Remedy Ingredients
- Cayenne Pepper - 1 Teaspoon
Cayenne pepper pills are available, but simply adding a teaspoon of cayenne to your daily meals can significantly reduce blood pressure almost immediately. Try adding it to hot water for an invigorating beverage!
11/29/2013: Tg from Tn : "I am currently on 2 different blood pressure medicines daily and would like to try cayenne pepper to lower my blood pressure and get off these meds. I don't know whether it's better to start with the pepper while taking the meds and see what happens or just not take my meds the day I start using the pepper. Any feedback about this would be greatly appreciated."Replies
11/30/2013: Mama To Many from Tennessee, Usa replies: "Dear Tg,
I would personally not suggest quitting your meds cold turkey. I think I would try adding some cayenne and monitoring the results and then begin to wean off meds. Are you able to monitor your BP at home? This way you would be able to try and make your switch over gradually and safely.
Since the goal would be to take 1 teaspoon of cayenne daily, try 1/3 teaspoon in some water or juice once a day for a few days. If it makes your BP go lower, you could perhaps reduce your meds some. However, since Cayenne is normalizing to the circulatory system, it may not actually make your BP too low. If you get up to 1 teaspoon per day with no changes, then go ahead and begin to reduce the meds. Just go gradually. Reduce one medicine by 25 % for a few days, then 50% for a few days, etc.
Also, as you increase the cayenne, I would take it in divided does. Start with 1/3 teaspoon per day. Then 1/3 teaspoon twice a day, then 1/3 teaspoon there times a day. Perhaps for convenience you could move to 1/2 teaspoon twice a day.
Meanwhile, keep reading Earth Clinic stories as to how others have used diet and other things to control and solve BP problems.
I am not a doctor, just going by our own experience with using natural medicines.
Let us know how it goes!
~Mama to Many~"
11/30/2013: Tg from Tn replies: "Thank you Mama to Many. I am just a little confused, when you said if I get up to 1 teaspoon per day with no changes to go ahead and begin to reduce the meds. If there are no changes and I reduce my meds wouldn't my bp go higher again? This was probably a dumb question, but I just want to make sure I understand everything."
11/30/2013: Mama To Many from Tennessee, Usa replies: "Hi Tg,
Not a dumb question at all...here is what I was thinking...if you get up to the 1 teaspoon dosage of cayenne with no changes, you won't know until you start weaning from meds if it is contributing to a stable BP number. (Since cayenne is a normalizing herb, it might not lower it further. People respond differently to things....so there isn't a one size fits all solution to most problems.) If you get to 1 teaspoon a day and start weaning from meds and your BP goes up, you will know that cayenne is not the solution for you. At that point, you would just want to continue the meds as you have been and perhaps look in to something else.
If the cayenne does reduce your BP before getting to the full dose, you could go ahead and start weaning. You just want to do all of this slowly (increase cayenne slowly, decrease meds slowly) so you don't have any dramatic changes happening.
I hope that makes sense.
Keep us posted!
~Mama to Many~"
11/30/2013: Ed2010 from Canada replies: "Hello Tg from Tn
From my observation, Cayenne increases the Blood Flow, increasing blood flow is initiated by increasing the blood pressure. IMHO, cayenne is not the right herb or food for High Pressure. There are many reasons for High Pressure Mineral Imbalance, Increased Fat in Body, In many cases the body increases itself the pressure so as to maintain the balance and blood flow. If mineral Imbalance is the cause of your blood pressure then take Prune Water which I mentioned in the HBP page. However, if you want to try Cayenne It won't hurt, try from little 1/4 th tsp in a glass of water one time a day. Simultaneously, monitoring your pressure in Home. Good Health"
12/01/2013: Timh from Ky, Usa replies: "Cayenne is good for hbp but is best used in conjunction w/ other herbs like Hawthorn, Garlic, and Ginger. There are a number of herbal formulas w/ these in combination for healthy circulation. Raw Celery is also recommended (be sure to wash thoroughly)."
12/01/2013: Beberobozo from New York replies: "Hi, I have high blood pressure and on some meds but feeling I don't want to get off just yet.. Besides I cant cut the pill so much.. Its very small....Anyway; the meds barely work so I have integrated Taurine, Olive Leaf, Beet root and the miracle mineral magnesium... so far its all working okay. There are days though I do add a tablespoon or two of Apple cidar vinegar.. My bp is strange though when I am under stress of course it goes up...
I would to next do the L Argenine ...
Okay My experience with cayenne was interesting ... I was using it one morning before I went to doctors office for bp check and it actually made my bp higher... It def. makes the heart stronger and all because I can feel it when I use it in my heart and pulse.. Okay so now I just do a few sprinkles of it on food during the day but not much..so going to experiment with that.. I like all the suggestions but for me and from experience I would just be a bit vigilant with cayenne and see what happens.. Like I said it did not lower my bp .. it made it higher I am assuming because its quite powerful....Like someone said we are all different and each person has to find their own natural way... I am still trying to find what is best for me.
Personally I think the only way is to keep checking on yourself and genetic testing but that cost money.. Good Luck"
[YEA] 11/01/2011: Marthas from Zeerust, North West South Africa: "It has been a week since I've been using cayenne pepper and also a hypertensive, I must say that the health benefits are out of this world. I take half teaspoon with a quarter coldwater every morning with no side effects. Thanx to all tips about cayenne pepper."