Last Modified on Jun 21, 2014
What is Pulmonary Hypertension?
Pulmonary Hypertension -- basically high blood pressure in the lungs, or rather the vascular system servicing the lungs -- is a serious medical condition that be overall degenerative to your health and lead eventually to death. As blood vessels running between the lungs and heart become blocked or damaged, lung function is impaired and oxygenation of the heart and blood is reduced. This results in increased damage to the heart and lungs, causing fatigue and general ill health.
Symptoms of Pulmonary Hypertension include fatigue and dizziness, chest pain or pressure, heart palpitations, edema, and an inability to catch your breath that worsens over time.
Natural Cures for Pulmonary Hypertension
Quit smoking. Moderate exercise can improve cardiopulmonary efficiency. A heart-healthy diet can improve vascular health, and this may include natural supplements such as apple cider vinegar or ginkgo biloba.
03/24/2009: Krista from Lachine, Michigan: "I'm reading these posts and would like to know if this mullen, lobelia and hyssop tea would help someone with primary pulmonary hypertension? My mom has had it for about 6 years and has trouble breathing when she exerts herself, sometimes just making the bed is difficult for her.Or maybe someone has some other ideas? Krista"
EC: Krista is referring to Jack's Emphysema remedies.
10/16/2010: Mrs from Washington, Dc replies: "No, your mother should be on a regimen of PDE-5 inhibitors, endothelin antagonists and prostinoids, the only demonstrated treatment for pulmonary hypertension."
10/19/2010: Tom from Regina, Sk replies: "Krista:
Does your mother smoke, or did she for many years, even decades?
Even if not, she could still have toxicity from heavy metals build-up over decades. If she did smoke, or still does, then the likely culprit is cadmium toxicity if the problem is a heavy metal. (Of course, the real problem could be something else entirely, not related to this at all. )
Anyway, once again to the orthomol site:
Click on SEARCH in the big molecule, then type "pulmonary hypertension" into
First result, "Keynote Speech", from Page 5:
We must emphasize that low zinc aids cadmium absorption. And that cadmium, once in the body, may never leave it. Among the other cadmium-zinc disorders is probably pulmonary emphysema which is
Associated with pulmonary hypertension. Cigarette tobacco contains about 1 ppm cadmium, and the burning tobacco is hotter than the boiling point of cadmium. A pack a day may provide 2-4 ug to the body burden of 38 mg. In time this adds up to a lot, 33 mg in 30 years. Then there's this tidbit from Page 3 it would be good to be aware of:
EDTA causes an outpouring of zinc and has caused acute zinc deficiency in large doses although copper and nickel are more tightly bound by it. Obviously zinc in tissues is available for chelation and other metals less so. The Perrys showed this 14 years ago.
OR, Nutritional Treatments for Hypertension, Page 10:
Elevations in serum copper and cadmium have been found in smokers, which may be the reason why they have elevated blood pressure, according to Davidoff and colleagues (1978) and Kromhout, et al. (1985). Serum copper was inversely related to HDL level (Kromhout, et al. , 1985). Contraceptive pill users have elevations in serum copper and elevations in arterial pressure (Staessen, et al. , 1984). Patients who suffered from myocardial infarctions had decreased levels of zinc and iron but increased nickel levels (Khan, et al. , 1984). Hypertensive subjects that use diuretics have significantly higher serum copper levels. Increased serum copper has a role in primary or pulmonary hypertension (Ahmed and Sackner, 1985). Zinc lowers serum copper and may actually lower blood pressure (Ahmed, Sackner, 1985). Higher dietary zinc intake has been associated with lower blood pressure (Pfeiffer, 1975; Medeiros and Brown, 1983). Zinc is depleted by diuretics (Olness, 1985). Increased red cell content of zinc in essential hypertension has been found by Frithz and Tonquist (1979) and Henrotte, et al. (1985). Zinc is a well-known antagonist of heavy metals such as cadmium and lead (Pfeiffer, 1977), which even in chronic dosages has been found to elevate blood pressure. Hence, all our hypertensive patients receive zinc to lower copper, lead, cadmium, and manganese. So, if you want to push out heavy metals, it seems you want to make sure your Zinc levels are topped up FIRST (which itself will push out heavy metals) before trying EDTA for chelation, because the EDTA molecule preferentially binds zinc! There's many more Search results at this site you can read, and print out to make notes to ask your doctor or practitioner."
07/13/2011: Bibi from Toronto, Ontario, Canada : "hi my name is Bibi and I have a 2 and a half year beautiful daughter with down syndrome. We live in toronto. She had asd, pda and vsd open when she was born, at 8m they closed the pda, and vsd closed by itself, now we have asd open still. Whe they were closing the pda, the told us that she has pulmonary hypotention , and has to be monitor it was in a range of normal a bit more over, but the past check up in may the dr from sick kids in toronto, discover that her pulmatory hypotentions increased to 40, and they r rushing to the a cath to measure the exact number. We r booked for cath on thursday July 14 th, and today when we were told that during the cath they will try to see how she react on oxygen and to drugs from which one is Viagra and it is not approved by the canadian legislative to be used in babys. They r telling us to sign papers so we will eb put in the study group and if we dont sign in that case if she reacts on the drug we have to pay, but if we go in the study group it will be free of charge. Please please im so worried and no time to consult with other dr, and we have the cath in one day, I would appreciate your opinions regarding few thing: is the viagra approved in states to be used in treatment of children how serious is 40 pulmatory pressure what it means long term, she will outgrow or it will get wrst what r the side effects Please Please Please help me in finding the right decision, I just got from hospital and im clueless worried petrified for my baby In advance I would like to thank you for your help onve very stressed and worried mom Bibi
ps I just forgot to add that we already excluded the sleep apnea we did the study she is ok, as well she has hypothyroid and she is on syntroyide since she is 7m the dosage is 0.O25 it didn't change since then. and so far she doesnt have any shorthnes of breath or any signs of pulmonary pressure"
02/02/2011: Emmy from Bergenfield, Nj: "Hi Ted, I recently came across this website which by the way I think it's great. However, when I searched for one of my ailments Pulmonary Hypertension (mine is secondary to Pulmonary Fibrosis) I noticed that your explanation does not coincide with all that I've been told by doctors and even other sites that explain the disease in detail. The explanation you give is more of Hypertension, which is very different. Pulmonary Hypertension from what I've been told has nothing to do with clogged arteries from fat or plaque buildup. Below is an explanation I took from another website and is the one I was given by my physcian.
(Scientists believe that the process starts with injury to the layer of cells that line the small blood vessels of the lungs. This injury, which occurs for unknown reasons, may cause changes in the way these cells interact with the smooth muscle cells in the vessel wall. As a result, the smooth muscle contracts more than normal and narrows the vessel).
I would like to know if with this explanation you have a better treatment or would you suggest the same one you have already posted since this is not a fat clogging issue but a cell issue."
03/10/2011: Kc from New York replies: "Hopefully all who read advice on sites like this take it with a grain of salt. Pulmonary hypertension has nothing to do with fat, plaques or atherosclerosis. It results from a pathological condition in smooth muscle and endothelial cells of the pulmonary arteries whereby they proliferate out of control -a bit like cancer- and do not undergo the natural process of programmed cell death. Consequently, the arteries becomes increasingly narrow over time; the strain on the right side of heart to pump blood into lungs for oxygen leads to heart enlargement and eventually failure. Diet does not produce or cure pulmonary hypertension. There is no cure. Ther are, however, treatments that improve quality of life and slow progression of disease. These are, as stated by another poster above, prostacyclins, endothelin receptor blockers, and phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors (like Viagra). This is a montrous disease, an orphan disease, and most commonly strikes young women."
03/10/2011: Dan from Whites Creek, West Virginia, Usa replies: "Kc from New York: are you sure you have not been merely brainwashed by the money launderer's in the temple ? Who wrote the the text-book you are quoting from ? [facetious question; don't answer it.]"
03/11/2011: Kc from Ny replies: "Dan from W. VA: Conspiracy theories have their place, but it helps to have at least a shred of evidence to support them. Do you actually know what pulmonary arterial hypertension is? Can you point to even one person on the planet whose pulmonary arterial hypertension has been cured? I suppose you also think there is a simple cure for cancer which is being concealed from the public by a conspiracy between the AMA and big Pharma; right? Hope you've got the granola cure handy when you or your loved ones are diagnosed with a terminal illness."
03/23/2011: J In San Diego from Santee, Ca replies: "KC... You are correct. I suffer from PPH myself and it is a horrible disease. I must say I have one of the best doctor's and do take tons of medication. From what I have read on the feedback, the author was incorrect and I do agree.
This disease does not have a cure, only treatment, which my treatments consist of Tyvaso, revatio, coumadin, diarectics, and a calcium channel blocker. If you want to find out more about PPH check out this wonderful, supportive website. www.phassocition.org"
03/30/2011: Kc from Ny, Ny/usa replies: "J in San Diego: as bad as it seems there is reason for hope. There are some very exciting research results coming from labs that study rats and mice with PH created in the lab. These animals show the same cellular changes and heart and lung changes as patients. A research team in Quebec found a specific protein that is only found in pulmonary artery of rats and people with PH. The protein was shown to cause cells in blood vessel walls to grow out of control and block blood flow into lung. They used drugs that block the protein and found them to reverse PH in lab animals. The drugs are soon being tested for safety and it is predicted trials will start in human PH patients in less than two years."
06/12/2011: Alex from Singapore replies: "I myself suffer from this desease and always wanted it can be cured. I don't know about much on PH but I was wondering if there any research are going right now for the cure?"
07/23/2011: Krunal from Mumabi, India replies: "Hi Kc, from where did your get the information about drug being tested on rats? Do let me know if any of such tested drugs are found for humans?"
09/07/2011: Kate from Northumberland, Uk replies: "Hi my mother suffers from Pulmonary Hypertension and takes medication to help keep it at bay as there is no cure. Unfortunately 1 of the medications she was taking an "endothelin receptor blocker" really helped alleviate the symptoms of PH but was damaging her liver so she had to come off it.
I would be so interested in hearing about the research that has been done on rats could the poster tell us where he read about it.
We have been told the pharmaceutical companies are not intested in researching for medications for this terrible disease as there are not many sufferers so therfore not enough money to be made from the medication."
10/07/2011: Mary from Palo Alto, Ca, Usa replies: "In answer to someone's question, "do we know of any one person who has been cured of pulmonary hypertension?" go to YouTube and watch the video HAS THIS WOMAN BEEN CURED OF PULMONARY HYPERTENSION parts 1 & 2..... She is the daughter of the owner of a biotech that has made tens of millions selling their product to people sick with the disease. Supposedly she has had PH for twenty one years, and she LOOKS like she is HEALTHY HEALTHY HEALTHY! Maybe SHE is the only one who has been cured!"
10/08/2011: Nerdman from Northampton, Northants Uk replies: "Hi everyone, someone asked for proof, that vitamin c works, as promised, by Pauling. On December 10 2010 I went to our out of hours surgery, who promptly sent me to the cardiac unit, at the hospital, where I was diagnosed, with Atriol fibrillation, left bundle branch block, and pulmonary hypertention. I was given Fusemide to clear the enormous amount of water in my lungs, beta blockers, and ace inhibitors, plus wolfrine.
Next day I researched everything on the internet, and decided to do my own thing. Vitamin C 18 grms daily. L-Lycine 6grms daily L-proline, 2 grms daily, magnesium, and lecithin. Result.... My Asthma, which I have had, since 1939, has gone. I can now breathe properly, sleep on one pillow, and my blood pressure is normal."
12/14/2011: Amy from Jackson, Ohio replies: "What if you was diagnosed with PAH but it was hereditary? Will these remedies still work?"
08/01/2012: Laura from Plymouth, Ma replies: "Good tidings to you all. I have been struggling for some time with debiliatating fatiuge, shortness of breath, and a host of cardiac symptoms. Unfortunately, I found out too little too late that I have sodium flouride poisoning and as I started to detox the flouride from my body, I have overwhelmed my system. I now have all the symptoms of Pulmonary Hypertension from the detox. So, pulmonary hypertension is not just from fat/plaque, there are autoimmune diseases and chemical/environmental factors that also relate to PH. Just thought I would put this out there."
05/07/2013: Trop from Cairns, Australia replies: "I too have pulmonary hypertension, I believe caused by water fluoridation. First symptoms at 18, then remission when I moved to a non fluoridated town, another move at 22, another episode. then 33 years of good health, then exposure to water fluoridation which created a major health crisis culminating in a diagnosis of ph.
I told my cardiologist I thought fluoride caused it, to which I received a blank look. He told me to take calcium channel blocker and warfarin. I consulted an antiaging dr plus various naturopaths and take armour thyroid meds, dhea, ginko biloba, various fish oils, magnesium and anything else I think might help.
I have no idea what the ph is doing, since cardiologist told me to come back in a year. unimpressed with him, but feel OK."
07/23/2008: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand: "The remedy for pulmonary hypertension may be quite easy. Instead of explaining this condition in complicated terms, I will try to do the opposite to explain it in a very easy approach to the entire condition. The cause is fat clogging up the veins, arteries, heart from plaque buildup, calcification and reduced elasticity of the blood vessels leading to pulmonary hypertension.
The diet here somewhat radical, but it is simply to avoid fats from either vegetable oils or animal foods. Animal foods has an amazingly high fats and cholesterol whether they come from beef, white meat chickens, ducks, or even seafood.
To make the remedy work fast and keep it as simple as possible, initially, a 100% vegetarian diet with little sugar, without flour and without vegetable oils is used. This is the simplest approach I can make it and some improvement will be noticed by the second week and clear improvement within three months.
To clearly explain how a fat can clog the blood vessels is quite easy. If I draw a blood and separate the fat from the rest of the blood after eating any food, I will always see fat on the top of the test tubes. These eventually clogs up the veins and arteries.
If those intake are reduced, from oily things such as ice cream, chocolate, corn oil, beef fat, french fries, oysters, potato chips, chicken, fish, etc. then the fat that I draw from the blood will no longer be there if those were avoided completely.
To make sure it works, flour, carbohydrates, sugar sometimes are converted to fat and therefore these are avoided generally speaking. If some were taken, then they should be burned after eating with at least a 1 hour exercise after eating, which should be more than enough to burn most of the sugar from the intake.
The dietary food that needs to be concentrated are the greens vegetables, beans, nuts, and some fruits, but no flour or wheat products. One thing that I think should be avoided in a plant based diet is the potatoes, which causes hypoglycemia, and has mycotoxins. Obviously under this plant based diet there is no cheese, lard, butter of any kind. Obviously fast food, smoking, dairy product, and alcohol are avoided. Once on the plant based diet, some multiple vitamins and minerals are taken, maybe two or three times a week.
It should be noted that vegetable oils, in particular the polyunsaturated fatty acids are responsible for 75% of the plaque in the heart. The other 25% is the saturated fat. Obviously both fats are avoided.
High fat diets will lead to more clogging of the arteries or veins, leading to pulmonary hypertensions. However at the same time reduce blood circulation also leads to angina, tiredness, breathing problems at the same time, which is characteristic of pulmonary hypertension. The narrower the arteries or veins in which the blood can flow, the higher the blood pressure.
It should take about 6 months for the blood vessels to improved noticeably with reduced pulmonary hypertension by just switching to a plant based diet, but avoiding white flour, excessive sweets, and cooking oils, whether they be from animal, fish or vegetable sources. Certain dietary fats may be needed so that the essential fatty acids is not lacking however, such as once or twice a week, omega 3 fish oil at the very least, in the initial phases.
Certain mineral supplements are helpful that will protect against lipid peroxidation, which means fats becomes oxidizes and hardens such as selenium yeast supplements, usually 200 mcg a day, certain supplements added such as granulated lecithin 1 tablespoon a day to 3 tablespoons a day. The fat emulsifiers such as lecithin will further help dissolve the fat increasing circulation, but at the same time lecithin will help normalize the cellular makeup of the veins to become more elastic also.
Another remedy that help is to remove heavy metals, which is responsible for lipid peroxidation of the fats, leading to plaques, clogged veins, arteries, and capillaries. Therefore cilantro, or chlorella, may be helpful, but it's usually taken once every two days, so that the body would not be overloaded with heavy metals and allow the gatekeeper, the kidneys to slowly remove out of the system, as the metal chelators line up to get out from the system via the kidney or sometimes the intestines. To further increase circulation certain herbs such as gingko and asia pennyworth is taken. These help rebuild the cappilaries and damaged systems. For the body to regenerate itself some aloe vera juice is occasionally taken, such as twice or three times a week.
The vegetables I prefer are primarily raw vegetables, either in the form of salads, soups, but vegetables should not be overcooked to preserve the enzymes and vitamins. In this instances some fruits, followed by a mild exercise to burn off the sugar is possible, but I think 30 minutes is the bare minimum after meals, but ideally 1 hour. A slow walk or other mild form of exercise can be done also. I believe some vitamin C is important in protecting pulmonary problems too but I prefer sodium ascorbate 1000 mg, usually once every other day day should be a reasonable dose.
The cirrhosis of liver that is one of the effects of pulmonary hypertension will also be reduced with the granulated lecithin, as well as the selenium which prevents further lipid peroxidation too. Magnesium supplements (without the calcium) such as magnesium glycinate, should tip over the excessive calcium found in the tissue.
Furthermore, the use of 2 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda in 1 glass of water, or a stronger alkalizing baking soda of 1/2 teaspoon twice a day will also help remove some excessive fats, as vinegar has a component which dissolves the fat, but the baking soda, because of its alkalinity, acts as a very weak soap also to remove the excessive fat buildup which may lead to pulmonary hypertension just the same.
Magnesium is also needed, and is a common deficiency will offset the excessive calcium deposits which might cause either arterial or venous inflexibility due to calcium deposits, leading to hypertension also. If calcium buildup did cause this kind of hypertension, then adding disodium EDTA for example, instead of calcium EDTA, of 1/8 teaspoon in one liter of drinking water should also remove excessive calcium buildup this way. This might be taken once every two days, for example. Magnesium will lead to reduce muscle pain as it relaxes both the muscles, but also the arterial blood flows. If these are more relaxed, then pulmonary hypertension are reduced.
However, in my opinion disodium EDTA is a bit too acid for it to work effectively so I might add 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda also, plus 1/8 teaspoon of potassium bicarbonate to the solution. Potassium is often low in a pulmonary hypertension so the ratio of sodium : potassium is just 1: 1, with baking soda at 1/8 teaspoon and potassium bicarbonate at 1/8 teaspoon also. It should be noted that free metal iron accumulates in the heart which may lead to heart disease, and it is some small amount of EDTA which will reduce this iron buildup protecting the heart against free radicals of free metal iron too.
It should be noted that whenever a vegetarian diets is used, that common table salt be avoided and replaced with sea salt instead, and some sea salt 1/4 teaspoon is added in one liter of drinking water, as vegetarian diets are generally potassium rich anyway and many people I have found may not adapt very well to high potassium diets and hence some sea salt is added just enough that the body doesn't end up with the lack of sodium, which can lead to another problem altogether, such as weaknesses.
Hopefully this remedy is simple enough, but it requires a major lifestyle changes.
06/13/2010: Ivette from Zwolle, Overijsel, Netherlands replies: "Hello Ted!
I found this site and is really great! 2 years ago...I had PPH acording with the doctors, after a week at the hospital with all the analysis including a CAT Right Heart. After that my presion was "normal" I had before 77 very hig one, without any symptoms...Now after 2 years I feel the symptoms...I am pretty scared...because they don't even have idea wich cause it.
Anyways today I started with your diet and after 3 months I will tell you how is going...I have a question... I can eat avocado? Or is also a vegetal oil? I can walk so after the breakfast with a bit of sweat fruit a walk like one hour but after that I feel so tired.
Anyways we will see. Thank's a lot for this idea, sounds so good to me."
06/14/2010: Bill from San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines replies: "Hi Ivette...Here is another suggestion that may well help your condition. It is based on the Linus Pauling Heart Therapy. It is a very cheap and easy approach to getting rid of arterial plaque which was proved by the research from Linus Pauling. Here is the protocol:
6 GRAMS of Vitamin C(as sodium ascorbate) per day
6 GRAMS of Lysine(an amino acid) per day
This is a daily protocol.
Best to split these large doses into 3 or 6 doses a day. You can purchase Vitamin C and Lysine at any health shop fairly cheaply. Put simply and without going into detail, the way this remedy works is that the Vitamin C helps to scrape off and get rid of the arterial plaque -- called or referred to as "Arterial Scurvy" by Pauling -- and the lysine just stops it forming again.
The reason you probably haven't heard of this heart therapy protocol is that it has been widely ignored and suppressed for the last 20 years by the drugs companies. They don't like the fact that people can cure heart disease so easily and cheaply, this robs the medical fraternity of the tremendous profits made from both their heart drugs and byass surgery.
But now, through independent researchers testing the validity and efficacy of Linus Pauling's research conclusions and therapy, more peer reviewed research are confirming Pauling's conclusions and therapy as a truly successful way to treat heart disease and arteriosclerosis. Here is an article that explains this well:
Vitamin C, Linus Pauling was right all along. A doctor's opinion
And here, in his own words, is an audio recording by Linus Pauling describing testimonials and results that he himself has obtained using his simple Vitaminc/Lysine therapy against heart disease and arterial plaque:
The Pauling Therapy with Testimonials -- by Linus Pauling (Audio recording)
(Taken from The Pauling-Therapy Website )
Pauling himself took between 10 - 12 GRAMS of Vitamin C and Lysine daily, and he lived into his nineties without heart problems.
From my own research of the testimonials, using this Pauling Therapy should give beneficial and noticeable results within 2 weeks to a month."
06/16/2010: Ivette from Zwolle, Overijsel, Netherlands replies: "Hey Bill! Thanks a lot...really is cheap and easy...I will give it a try...I'll keep in contact to tell the results...Blessings"
08/04/2010: Kathy from Chania, Crete, Greece replies: "I have had PPH for the last 10 years I am now 38, and currently am on medication that is so so expensive. Though I never new about natural remedies, can I just do a 100% plant based diet, without vitamins? I read that if I take vitamins or herbs like Gingko or aloe vera, it can interfere with the medication. I so much want to get off this treatment, which requires a pump on me 24 hours a day every day. Can someone tell me from where to start? Thank you.... So much."
04/14/2012: Michelle from Gettysburg, Pa/usa replies: "Ted, have you done much research as to the causes of pulmonary hypertension, because it certainly doesn't sound like it. Fat build up is not the cause. Perhaps in some cases it may be... Possibly, but usually not.
To anyone out there who needs help with their pulmonary hypertension try phassociation.com instead. There are plenty of ideas from people who have been through this, know their stuff and can help. I was recently diagnosed with PH and, you're right, it is scary and difficult and discouraging. We all look for answers anywhere we can because we all want this to go away so we can feel normal and not exhausted and limited and just stressed. So far, the above site that I mentioned has brought me the most peace of mind. There are also links to financial assistance for expensive medicines and co-pays, of which I have successfully used. I hope everyone out there looking for answers for this disease will check the PHA site out and good luck to you all."
02/18/2013: Alayna from Oak Creek, Wi replies: "Hello!! In November I was diagnosed with pulmonary arterial hypertension. I'm going to try your diet, but is there anything else I should be doing? I do not see anything on this site about my specific condition. Please help. Thanks"
05/21/2014: Staceybee from Vancouver, Wa replies: "Michelle mentions phassociation.com; it appears to actually be phassociation.org :)"