About the Illness

Blood pressure is the force of your blood pushing against your artery walls. It is normal for pressure to rise and fall, depending on levels of physical activity and emotional stress. When blood pressure remains consistently high it can cause health problems, including heart disease, kidney disease and stroke.
People who are HIV+ are often prone to high blood pressure because of the general stress they live with.
High blood pressure can also be a symptom of diabetes, malaria or asthma as well as being a sign of pregnancy.


Common Symptoms

In most cases there are no signs of high blood pressure until it reaches dangerous levels.
It is a good idea to take steps to lower blood pressure before the danger signs develop. The danger symptoms of high blood pressure are: Frequent headaches; irritability; pounding of heart and shortness of breath after mild exercise; weakness and dizziness; occasional pain in the left shoulder and chest.


Children's Issues

If you are pregnant and have high blood pressure, this can affect the health of your child.
You need to seek professional help to manage the situation.


Important Information

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Herbal Therapy

These remedies will help bring your blood pressure down while you are learning to manage stress levels:
Avocado & Mango Leaf Tea Take a handful of each type of leaf and boil for 15-20 minutes in 1 ltr water.  Drink 2-3x daily for 3 weeks.



Tea/Decoction
 
This is a good method for extracting substances from thick leaves, roots or bark.  
  • Boil 1 handful of plant material together with 1 ltr of water for about 20 minutes.  
  • Try to use a clay pot or stainless steel saucepan. Do NOT use aluminium saucepans as they can react adversely with the medicine.
  • Prepare a fresh decoction every day.  
  • If you need to sweeten the decoction, use honey instead of sugar because honey has more medicinal value than sugar.

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Stinging Nettle Tea Boil a handful of leaves for 15-20 minutes. Drink 1 glass 3x daily for 2-3 weeks.


Tea/Decoction
 
This is a good method for extracting substances from thick leaves, roots or bark.  
  • Boil 1 handful of plant material together with 1 ltr of water for about 20 minutes.  
  • Try to use a clay pot or stainless steel saucepan. Do NOT use aluminium saucepans as they can react adversely with the medicine.
  • Prepare a fresh decoction every day.  
  • If you need to sweeten the decoction, use honey instead of sugar because honey has more medicinal value than sugar.

[Tea/Decoction]
Good for:All
Sodom Apple Root Decoction Take 6-7 roots and boil them for 30-40 minutes in 3 ltr water. Drink 2x daily for 4-7 days.


Tea/Decoction
 
This is a good method for extracting substances from thick leaves, roots or bark.  
  • Boil 1 handful of plant material together with 1 ltr of water for about 20 minutes.  
  • Try to use a clay pot or stainless steel saucepan. Do NOT use aluminium saucepans as they can react adversely with the medicine.
  • Prepare a fresh decoction every day.  
  • If you need to sweeten the decoction, use honey instead of sugar because honey has more medicinal value than sugar.

[Tea/Decoction]
Good for:All

Food and Nutrition Advice

Foods to eat:

  • Garlic.      
  • Food rich in calcium.        
  • Food rich in magnesium.   
  • Food with high fibre content.
  • Eat mostly plant foods, including plant forms of protein.

Foods to Avoid:
  • Salt.       
  • Caffeine drinks (tea/coffee/cola).    
  • Sugary foods.       
  • High cholesterol foods, including red meats.

Body Work and General Advice

One of the most important things you can do to reduce your blood pressure is to learn to mange your stress levels. Try to:

  • Develop a spiritual practice.       
  • Learn relaxation techniques.
  • Take plenty of exercise.       
  • Lose weight if you are overweight.