Blood pressure normally shoots up during winters because the blood vessel walls get hardened and blood flow becomes slow, raising the pressure of blood in the vessels wall. It is very common in elderly females after menopause (cessation of menstruation) due to hormonal changes taking place in them after stoppage of menstruation around 40 years of age. Before 40, males are more prone to hypertension due to emotional factors. Some people start taking precautions when they are diagnosed as mildly hypertensive. Those who do not care suffer from severe hypertension.

Raised blood pressure is normally diagnosed by chance while treating some other ailment. High blood pressure rarely causes symptoms until organic damage has occurred. Thus it becomes important to diagnose such people before this happens. Blood pressure should be checked at least once to two months and the aim of treatment should be attain a blood pressure below 140/90 mmhg, and ideally a blood pressure of 120/80 mmhg.

Daily intake the onion juice and honey (two teaspoonfuls) once a day is very effective in high blood pressure. Take this treatment for 5-7 days. If you find relief and comfort, continue for some more days.

Grind equal amounts of watermelon seeds and khas khas and keep together. Take one teaspoonful, morning (empty stomach) and evening with water for reducing blood pressure. This mixture melts cholesterol, which starts coming out gradually. Take this for three to four weeks as per need.

Take one teaspoonful of fenugreek sees morning and evening on an empty stomach for 10-15 days with water. It is also useful in diabetes mellitus.

Take one or two pieces of garlic rolled in raisin to lower blood pressure.

Use the water kept in a copper vessel for drinking.

Take four leaves of Tulsi and two leaves of Neem with two to four teaspoonfuls of water, empty stomach, for five to seven days. This reduces high blood pressure.

Take fresh papayas daily on an empty stomach for a month and do not take anything after it.

Onion and garlic, if taken in balanced amounts, do not let cholesterol in the blood increase because they contain fibrinolytic material, which keeps melting the blood cholesterol.

Do not take milk, butter, oil products, cigarettes, alcohol, ghee, salt, potato, jaggery, sweets, polished rice, sugar, meat and fish.

Garlic is a versatile herb that is excellent for thrombosis (clot formation in the heart vessels leading to obstruction in the blood flow), hardening of arteries, high blood pressure and high cholesterol

Obesity is considered as major cause of high blood pressure. The greater the weight gains the greater the risk of blood pressure. Hence care should be taken to control excess weight gain. Regular exercise and a nutritious diet aids in controlling weight. Patients of hypertension are normally obese, so reduction in weight is essential. A hypo-caloric diet is recommended for such patients. Even those with normal weight having hypertension should lose weight and reduce energy, which helps in lowering blood pressure.

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