What is the most common reason Canberrans visit the doctor? If you guessed high blood pressure you are right! Remarkably one in three adults have high blood pressure and up to one in ten are on high blood pressure medication.
High blood pressure or hypertension describes a condition where there is extra strain on your circulatory system including the heart, blood vessels and kidneys which can lead to calamitous health crises like stroke, heart disease and kidney failure.
What causes hypertension?
If you are overweight, have high cholesterol, are a smoker or have a family history of hypertension then you’re more likely to develop high blood pressure, however 95% of people are said to have ‘essential’ hypertension meaning there is no known cause or the cause is vaguely described as lifestyle factors.
Thankfully, if you’d prefer to treat hypertension without resorting to medication, it typically responds very well to natural medicine. Whilst there are many factors that cause high blood pressure, the overwhelming theme of clients who we see with high blood pressure have a lifestyle with high levels of stress and an inability to unwind and switch off which means their nervous systems, just like their circulatory systems are always under the pump.
How to heal hypertension
Herbal medicine is remarkably effective at treating hypertension. Herbs are selected to improve liver function, balance the nervous system and support the heart and blood vessel to build resilience.
Acupuncture is exceptionally good at tackling stress and restoring optimal organ function and with stress under control hypertension is history.
Naturopathy tackles hypertension from a number of angles via nutrition, lifestyle changes as well as herbs.
Kinesiology helps you break through old patterns of thinking and responding to life so you can treat the causes of your stress.
Meditation restores your ability to switch off and unwind and is deeply restorative to your nervous system.
If you suffer from hypertension and would like some support we are always here to explain how natural therapies can help and guide you through the process of treating hypertension naturally.
Wes Smith is Live Well's Director and has 20 years experience as a practitioner and wellness educator. He has a special interest in working with chronic immune issues, stress, anxiety and depression.
Wes is passionate about inspiring and educating people to create and sustain their vitality and wellbeing so they can live life to the full.
Wes also enjoys teaching meditation and is the creator of meditatewithwes.com an online resource for learning how to meditate. es has a B.App.Sc.(Acup), Diploma of Herbal Medicine, a Yoga Teaching Diploma and is an APHRA registered acupuncturist. Learn more about acupuncture, herbal medicine and meditation.