Low blood pressure condition has the potential of turning dangerous in a number of ways. Read to know about what it means to have hypertension, its symptoms, and causes and how ayurvedic remedies are relevant.
Facts indicate that hypertension-inducing high blood pressure patients are more in the risk zone of suffering from premature heart disease and stroke. Does that confirm low blood pressure or hypotension is a desirable thing? Let’s find out.
Standard Low Blood Pressure Reading and What It Means
Blood pressure reading appears as a conglomerate of two numbers. The higher of the two is the systolic pressure or blood flow level in the arteries when the heart pumps blood into the channels. The second number is the diastolic reading or the measure of the blood pressure in the arteries between beats, when the heart is resting. By medical standards, 90/60, the first being systolic number and the second number being diastolic, is a reading to be wary of for clinical low blood pressure condition unless there are no significant symptoms accompanying the condition.
Often, low blood pressure is accompanied by markers like dizziness and blurry vision. That’s a serious cause for concern because it proves that the blood flow to the brain has reduced so much so that it is affecting vision, balance, and overall functioning of the body.
However, it is worth noting that blood pressure can change through the day and varies from person to person. There is nothing out of ordinary in the pressure hitting the lows during sleep time and raising after waking up. On this basis, healthy is one whose body can readily adapt and regulate the demands of blood flow to different organs according to the times and situations of the day.
Ayurvedic Standpoint On Low Blood Pressure
Ayurveda marks one of the main causes of low blood pressure to be weakening of the digestive fire. In vata-dominant people, the root of it is poor circulation of blood due to arterial fat deposition and other cardiovascular dysfunctions. In Pitta-dominant people, anemia and liver dysfunctions are the causes. In case of Kapha dosha, constipative stagnation in the body is identified as the cause for a reduced blood flow.
Common Causes For Low Blood Pressure
This is a downward spiraling condition of blood pressure that ensues from standing up quickly and all of a sudden. The pressure of the force of the blood flow against the arterial walls suddenly hits the lows with standing up as gravity pulls down the blood into the legs. There is a fewer surge of nutrient-rich blood flowing to the head at this point. Therefore, it’s natural to feel dizzy.
On the other hand, your body has an innate system which is supposed to compensate for the causes of hypotension. The heart adapts to the downward rush of blood and starts pumping at a faster rate to distribute the blood upwards as a reflex. Also, as a reflex, there is a constriction of the vessels to limit the pooling of blood down the legs.
Certain chemical drugs have been identified that interfere with the normal reflexes of the body leading to orthostatic hypotension. The next common factor identified to be contributing to orthostatic hypotension by reducing the body reflexes is old age. Nearly 20 percent people older than 65 years of age experience a reduction in their natural adaptive faculty to downward the blood drainage, resulting invariably in momentary lapses into orthostatic hypotension.
Feeling faint and loss of consciousness are the extreme cases of this condition.
Some doctor-recommended lifestyle changes and medication in this case are–
• Increasing fluid and water intake.
• Standing up slowly from a resting position
• Isometric exercises and inversion yoga asana exercises
• Adopt herbal ayurvedic meditation for thyroid or diabetes since continued chemical medication can be the cause
• Compression stockings
• Avoid walking or running in hot, humid weather
• Avoid carbohydrate-rich meals, refined sugar, and flour
• Add salt copiously to your diet
Dehydration is common among athletes and physical trainees and one of the main causes of hypotension among people in general. When you work, sweat, and stress out excessively without sufficient water intake, dehydration will lead to hypotension. This is also a phenomenon among the mountaineers who are acclimatizing in high places with a thin atmosphere and atmospheric dryness.
If you are prone to dehydration-related low blood pressure, strictly follow–
• 2-4 liters water intake a day
• Avoid air-conditioned premises
• Treat with frequent ayurvedic drinks of cumin seeds, coriander seeds, and ground licorice
Rapid blood loss owing to open wounds inside or outside the body can lead to low blood pressure very fast. Besides wounds, low platelet count or thrombocytopenia, hemophilia, abnormal menstrual bleeding, and hemorrhoids are some conditions leading to hypotension.
Blood transfusion is an emergency cure for treating hemorrhage, but while in treatment the patient must follow an ayurvedically-approved blood enhancing diet.
• Items aggravating the pitta should be avoided.
• Ingredients such as raw amla are tremendously beneficial for blood and should be included.
• Fruits like apples, oranges, bananas, and dates are very good.
Above all, stress less and smile more!