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Herbs that Help Lower High Blood Pressure / Hypertension

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Indian snakeroot (Sarpagandha)- to Lower High Blood Pressure / Hypertension

Scientific name: Rauwolfia serpentina

Part used: root

Constituent that helps lower high blood pressure: Reserpine, an alkaloid substance with powerful sedative effect found in the root.

Although this herb is best known for treating high blood pressure, it is used in Indian folk medicine as remedy for mental disorders too. The role of reserpine in reducing blood pressure can be described as follows. Dopamine, epinephrine (adrenaline), and noradrenaline are a group of hormones (neurotransmitters) known collectively as catecholamines. These are produced in the adrenal glands and are released into the bloodstream in response to physical or emotional stress. Noradrenaline constricts the blood vessels increasing the blood pressure and adrenaline increases the heart rate and metabolism.

High Blood Pressure/Hypertension - Indian Snakeroot (Sarpagandha)

Reserpine works by significantly lowering catecholamines stores in adrenergic nerves and in the heart. This slows down the heart rate and helps open up capillaries and arterioles which in turn cause a reduction in blood pressure.

The powdered root of Rauwolfia serpentina contains not less than 0.15 percent of alkaloids calculated as reserpine. Studies conducted to determine the effect of R. serpentina root on blood pressure found that the reserpine in the herb root is effective in mild to moderate hypertension.

In a Cochrane review to investigate the dose related effect of reserpine on blood pressure, heart rate and withdrawals due to adverse events, the authors concluded that reserpine is effective in reducing systolic blood pressure approximately to the same degree as other first line anti-hypertensive drugs.

Dose: 1-2 gm of Sarpagandha powder once a day.

Side effects:

Side effects during treatment:

Dizziness

Diarrhea, nausea and vomiting

Loss of appetite

Swelling of feet and lower legs

Nightmares or early morning sleeplessness

Side effects after stopping treatment:

Mental depression, nervousness or anxiety

Lack of energy or weakness

Impotence or decreased sexual interest

Irregular or slow heart beat

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i want to take sarpagandha for BP but side effect after stoping it are looking bad pl. advise me. HARPAL SINGH 9779153011
harpal_fci2003 Wednesday, September 18, 2013
The write up gives information with scientific explaination for stated claims . It would be great to see some light thrown on 1. Can the 'snakeplant root ' be taken by patients who take other allopathic medicines such as Amlong , Tenalol, Losartan , olmezest etc safely .2] Whether the effect of the Indian Snakeroot powder is only temporary or does it cure the problem from the roots as Ayurvedic doctors claim Ayurved does ?
bbharat Sunday, August 05, 2012

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