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Herbs for Hypertension?
I just read about a new herbal medicine for blood pressure called Mukta Vati. What do you think about it? I am currently having trouble taking a prescription drug for blood pressure. It is really helping my (blood) pressure, but it is causing insomnia. I am having dreams every night, and even if I do get a nap it is not a solid sleep.
Answer (Published 12/17/2004)
Mukta Vati is an Ayurvedic herb used to treat high blood pressure. Although I’ve seen testimonials from people who say it really has helped lower their blood pressure, I haven’t seen any scientific studies confirming its effects.
If your blood pressure is high enough to warrant medication, I would suggest discussing the drug-related problems you’ve been having with your physician. He or she may recommend another medication or adjust the dosage of the one you’re taking in an effort to eliminate the side effects you’ve experienced. At the same time, consider making lifestyle changes that can help control your blood pressure. Here are some suggestions:
In addition, make sure that your daily diet includes eight to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables, including garlic (it can help lower blood pressure). Include four to five servings of nuts, seeds and dry beans per week and plenty of fish such as wild Alaskan salmon and sardines for the heart-protective omega-3 fatty acids they provide.
Andrew Weil, M.D.
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