Let me state right from the beginning – I’m not in favor of taking prescription medications for the control of high blood pressure (if it can be avoided).
The are a number of reasons for my anti-medication stance one of which is my personality. I’m a long-distance single-handed sailor and I value and guard my independence fiercely. Being tied to a prescription and regular doctor appointments really doesn’t suit me psychologically. If there was an alternative I would use it.
The good news is that there is an alternative to prescription medications and that’s what this post is about.
Medication Side Effects
Another reason I’m not in favor of medications is the side effects.
For a list of hypertension medications side effects click here
Most all hypertension medications have side effects. Some of them may be minor, but they can all reduce your quality of life.
My only experience of hypertension medications was Rampril, ACE Inhibitor prescribed here in the UK.
Soon after taking Rampril daily I developed a dry and persistent cough.
And I mean persistent. All day and all night long.
It got to the point where I kept a glass of water by my bed so I could relieve the tickle in my throat that would wake me up several times a night.
Two months of this slow torture and my blood pressure was still measuring 195/130 at the doctor’s and 175/120 at home.
The third, and possibly most important reason I have chosen to reduce my blood pressure naturally rather than going down the medication route is that medications don’t actually cure hypertension.
Let me explain.
All hypertension medication prescribed by doctors are meant to lower your blood pressure. A prescription that works for one person may not work so well for another. Several medications may sometimes have to be tried for each patient to see what works best for him or her. Occasionally combinations are used for best results.
Of course sometimes the medication that best lowers your blood pressure also produces the worst side effects and other treatments must be sought.
There is one thing that all hypertension medications have in common:
You have to keep taking them day after day for the rest of your life to keep your blood pressure within acceptable limits. If you stop taking them your blood pressure can shoot right back up to former levels.
In short, you have not cured your hypertension – you are merely controlling it.
The conditions that gave rise to your elevated blood pressure are still there, waiting to raise you blood pressure back up to dangerous levels the minute they’re released from their chemical bondage.
Add to that fact the statistic that more people die of stroke and heart attack while on high blood pressure medications than those who are not on them and the pharmaceutical approach to hypertension seems even less attractive.
(That’s not to say that hypertension medications cause stroke and heart attack. But that statistic does seem to suggest that these drugs do not offer the protection against these diseases one might have hoped.)
Alternative Approaches to Lowering Blood Pressure
For all these reasons I chose the alternative route to lowering high blood pressure.
Out went the medication, in came natural alternative methods for reducing blood pressure.
Four months later and my blood pressure was down to the 135/95 range the cough was just a distant bad memory.
Now, almost nine months after starting alternative approaches to lowering blood pressure my readings are sometimes below 120/80. I wouldn’t have believed it last Spring but the ‘proof is in the pudding’ as they say.
The good news for you is that if I can do it – anyone can!
For a review of all the alternative high blood pressure cures I’ve used click here.