Monday, 20 June 2016


Hypertension is a condition in which the blood pressure in the arteries is persistently elevated. High blood pressure usually does not cause symptoms but rarely heaviness of head, dizziness etc. Long term high blood pressure is however a major risk factor for coronary artery disease,stroke,heart failure,peripheral vascular disease,vision loss and chronic kidney disease.

The increase in prevalence of the condition is due to life style and dietary factors such as physical inactivity,alcohol and tobacco use and a high sodium rich diet usually from processed and fatty foods.
Blood pressure is the force exerted by the blood against the walls of arteries.Normal blood pressure ranges from 120 mm of mercury – Systolic - (the pressure as the heart pumps blood around the body) and 80 mm of mercury - Diastolic - (the pressure as the heart relaxes and refills with the blood).Hypertension is defined as having a blood pressure higher than 140 over 90 mm of mercury

Primary(essential)High Blood Pressure-About 90% to 95% of cases are primary, defined as blood pressure due to non specific life style and genetic factors.
Secondary High Blood Pressure-Remaining 5% to 10% of cases are secondary high blood pressure due to identifiable causes such as chronic kidney disease, hormonaldisorders, narrowingof kidneyarteries etc.

Most probably asymptomatic but associated symptoms such as Headache,Dizziness,Bleeding through nose,Ringing sound in ears,Blurred vision,Palpitation,Depression,Irritability,Fatigue are seen.

Modification in life style by Salt restriction
Moderation of alcohol consumption
High consumption of vegetables, fruits and a low fatty diet.
Reduction of weight
Regular physical exercise
Stress reduction
Medication includes diuretics,beta blockers,calcium channel blockers etc.

Ayurveda -the science of life - has a holistic approach and aims to not only cure the patient but also bring about complete health.
In Ayurveda hyper tension is considered as VYANA VATA VAISHAMYA.
According to Ayurvedic concept Vyanavata is one among the five types of vata which is located in heart and is responsible for circulation of fluid all over the body through blood vessels.By the excessive intake of cold,dry foods,spicy items,alcoholic beverages,caffeine and adopting regimen which cause excessive physical exertion,smoking,suppression of natural urges,fear, depression leads to aggravation of Vata and produce many symptoms such as head ache,fatigue,dizziness,DHAMANI PRATICHAYA(PRESSURE ON BLOOD VESSELS)etc.

The treatment for hyper tension is to bring vitiated vyanavata to equilibrium by adopting healthy changes in diet and regimen such as:
Low sodium diet
Low fat diet
Regular intake of fruits and vegetables
Regular exercise
Weight reduction
Positive attitude

In Namami we have an expert team of doctors experienced in treating Hypertension resorting to the traditional treatment procedures.We also have a special team to provide utmost care in dealing with hypertensive patients to modify their life style and diet.

The treatment is strictly based on the condition of the patient and the stage of the disease taking into consideration of the constitution,strength,season,digestive capacity,habitat,age,mental state of the patient.Special diet, therapies, internal medications, Yoga postures and modification of lifestyle are provided in accordance with the condition of the patient. Some of the therapies include:
Effective herbal medications such as decoctions, tablets are given to pacify the vitiation.
Therapies like SHIRO ABHYANGA,SHIRA SEKA,SHIRO PICHU,SHIRO BASTHI etc provide extreme relaxation  and relief from mental stress.

SARVANGA DHARA is a whole body therapy giving relaxation to the body and different medicated liquids are used for different patients according to the condition and constitution of the patients.
Certain special yoga postures are advised by the Yoga instructor in consultation with the doctor to regain energy and mental strength.
Diet of the patient is specially charted out by the Naturopathic doctor and the Nutritionist taking care of all the aspects.
Namami healthcare cares for the total wellbeing of the patient by adopting classical Ayurveda treatments along with other alternative systems of medicines such as Naturopathy, Yoga and meditation etc.

Namami is an Ayurvedic Retreat Center Practicing Ayurveda therapies in the best manner situated by the banks of River Periyar near Cochin International Airport

Dr Aiswarya Bimal, B.A.M.S,MD
RMO, Namami Purnagram

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