Today, high blood pressure affects a lot of people. It has been estimated that 70 million Americans suffer from this health issue.

Unluckily, only half of them can effectively regulate the condition. Additionally, in 2013, this terrible condition led to nearly 1,000 deaths on a daily basis.


High blood pressure or also known as hypertension is a condition characterized by raised blood pressure in the arteries. It can be triggered by 2 main culprits, such as:

– The blood is pumped by the heart with excess force.

– The smaller blood vessels in the body become narrow, which makes the blood flow put higher pressure against the walls of the blood vessels.

In fact, blood pressure can be measured by the force volume the heart pumps blood in the entire body.

Moreover, the human body has an ability to tolerate high blood pressure just for several months or years. On the other hand, this condition can lead to heart failure, and injured blood vessels in the brain, heart, eyes, and kidneys.


Primary Hypertension is the name of the most commonly experienced type of high blood pressure. Experts claim that this type of HBP is triggered specific genetic factors.

On the contrary, Secondary Hypertension is typically caused by an underlying medical condition or taking certain drugs, including:

  • Both types of diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Birth defect in the main heart artery
  • Endocrine disorders
  • Corticosteroids
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen or Motrin, Advil; Aspirin; and naproxen or Aleve
  • Oral contraceptives
Other Culprits:
  • Age and gender (It has been found that women over 55 as well as men over 45 have an elevated risk of developing HBP.)
  • Obesity
  • Family history
  • Excessive sodium and very low potassium intake
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Physical inactivity
  • Smoking
  • Chronic stress
  • Chronic alcohol consumption 

Pharmaceutical industry offers various drug treatments for hypertension, such as beta blockers, diuretics, Angiotensin-receptor blockers, angiotensin-converting enzyme, and calcium channel blockers. But, over time, these drugs can actually worsen the condition of each hypertension sufferer.

  • Beta Blockers

Brands: Atenolol (Tenormin), Propranolol (Inderal), nadolol (Corgard), metoprolol (Lopressor), betaxolol (Kerlone), acebutolol (Sectral), carteolol (Cartrol), penbutolol (Levatol), pindolol (Visken), timolol (Blocadren), nebivolol (Bystolic), and carvedilol (Coreg).

Their function: These medication slow the heart rate and decrease blood pressure.


If you suddenly stop taking any of these, it can elevate your heart rate and blood pressure levels, thus resulting in angina or a heart attack.

As a result of the fact that non-selective beta blockers could narrow bronchial airways, they are NOT recommended for chronic bronchitis, asthma, and emphysema sufferers.

That’s not all, if you take any of these drugs along with a diuretic for long period, it can increase your risk of developing diabetes.

Adverse side effects:

  • Lethargy and fatigue
  • Nightmares
  • Depression
  • Memory loss
  • Lightheadedness and dizziness
  • Coldness in hands, legs, toes, and arms
  • Decreased exercising abilities and sexual drive
  • Diuretics


– Thiazide diuretics – metolazone (Zaroxolyn), hydrochlorothiazide (HydroDiuril), chlorthalidone (Clorpres, Thalitone), indapamide (Lozol), chlorothiazide (Diuril), bendroflumethiazide (Naturetin), and methyclothiazide (Enduran);

– Potassium-sparing diuretics – triamterene (Dyrenium), amiloride (Midamor), and spironolactone (Aldactone);

– Loop diuretics – torsemide (Demadex), furosemide (Lasix), ethacrynic acid (Edecrin), and bumetanide (Bumex).

Their function: They help the body get rid of the excess salt and water through kidneys. In general, doctors typically recommend this type of medication in case of high blood pressure.


Thiazide and loop diuretics can decrease the body’s potassium supply, thus elevating the risk of experiencing heart rhythm disturbances or cardiac arrest.

Also, thiazide diuretics can lead to increased blood sugar and uric acid levels, erectile dysfunction, and gout.

Adverse side effects:

  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Lowered sexual drive
  • Depression
  • Angiotensin-Receptor Blockers

Brands: Candesartan (Atacand), losartan (Hyzaar, Cozaar), irbesartan (Avapro), olmesartan (Benicar), telmisartan (Micardis), azilsartan (Edarbi), valsartan (Diovan), and eprosartan (Teveten).

Their function: These drugs help in widening of blood vessels and decreasing blood pressure levels.

Adverse side effects:

  • Lightheadedness and dizziness
  • Low blood pressure
  • Drowsiness
  • Very high levels of potassium
  • Nasal congestion
  • Inability to conceive
  • Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme

Brands: lisinopril (Zestril, Prinivil), captopril (Capoten), enalapril (Vasotec), perindopril (Aceon), quinapril (Accupril), benazepril (Lotensin), and ramipril (Altace).

Their function: They can widen the blood vessels as well as reduce the total heart workload, thus regulating blood pressure levels.

Adverse side effects:

  • Low blood pressure levels
  • Cough
  • Inability to conceive

Other side effects:

Long-term use of these medication can result in greater potassium retention in the kidneys, contributing to cardiac arrest.

Plus, it can also lead to extremely small number of white blood cells, increasing the possibility of getting an infection.

Furthermore, it can also result in severe allergic reaction characterized by mouth, and eye swelling, and closed off throat.

  • Calcium-channel blockers

Brands: Verapamil (Isoptin, Calan, Verelan), Felodipine (Plendil), Diltiazem (Dilacor, Cardizem), amlodipine (Norvasc), isradipine (DynaCirc), nicardipine (Cardene), nifedipine (Procardia, Adalat), and nisoldipine (Sular).

Their function: They work by relaxing the blood vessels.

Adverse side effects:

  • Fatigue
  • Rash
  • Feet swelling
  • Gingivitis
  • Constipation
  • Interaction with certain foods, like Seville orange products or grapefruit
  • Erectile dysfunction


  1. Hawthorn

Believe it or not, this herb has been used as a natural heart disease remedy since ancient times. Moreover, this herb is actually a thorny shrub, which typically grows up to 5 feet tall. What’s more, hawthorn possesses potent flavonoids that act as excellent antioxidants. These compounds help dilate blood vessels, enhance blood flow, and prevent any blood vessel damage. Researchers reveal that the buds and leaves contain higher flavonoid content than the berries. According to a study, the blood pressure levels of the patients who received the extract of this herb for 16 weeks were lower than that of the control group.

  1. Lime Blossom

It is lime tree herb that has flowers high in volatile oil, flavonoids, and mucilage component. So, they can lower inflammation. Moreover, the herb abounds in strong diuretic, sedative, and antispasmodic properties. Additionally, lime blossom also possesses tannins that is a potent astringent.

  1. Yarrow

The herb belongs to the chamomile and chrysanthemums family. It is a great source of flavonoids, which boost digestion by increasing stomach acid and saliva, too. Yarrow can also relax smooth intestinal and uterus muscles. Its stems, leaves, and flowers have been found to have fantastic medicinal properties. Namely, they can reduce blood pressure levels as well as strengthen the effectiveness of pharmaceutical medication used in the treatment of this ailment.

  1. Mistletoe

It has been proven that mistletoe can neutralize blood sugar levels in diabetics, and help in the treatment of cardiovascular disease. In addition, this herb can also alleviate rheumatic and arthritic pain. Its leaves have marvelous healing properties, whereas its berries have poisonous effects.

  1. Hibiscus

Several researchers carried out a study, involving men aged from 30-65 years old, to test the hibiscus effects on blood pressure regulation. To explain you more deeply, men took 250 ml of hibiscus tea after having high fat breakfast every day. On the other hand, the control group participants consumed only water. The results showed that those consuming the hibiscus tea had reduced blood pressure levels that the control group.



  • 2 parts of Yarrow
  • 2 parts of Hawthorn
  • 2 parts of Lime Blossom
  • 1 part of Mistletoe

For best results, consider consuming the tea 3 times every day.

As mentioned previously, all these herbs can regulate blood pressure levels. Hence, they can elevate the total size of the cardiovascular structure and support good heart health.

Your blood pressure will normalize without any side effects after taking this herbal tea over a period of time.



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  • Braverman, Eric. ”Hypertension and Nutrition”;