Postural hypotension

This a type of hypotension is also known as orthostatic hypotension. In this condition, sudden drop in blood pressure occur. Postural hypotension occurs mostly in someone who is rising from a position of lying down or sitting position to the standing. Sudden drop in the blood pressure occurs due to various reasons, some of them may include:-

  • Low or high body temperature
  • Loss of blood due to bleeding problems
  • Dehydration resulting from vomiting, fever, diarrhoea & dysentery
  • Severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis)
  • Severe blood infection such as Sepsis

Causes of Low blood pressure:

  • Pregnancy, hormonal changes such as underactive thyroid and low blood sugar
  • Some medications
  • Heart failure
  • Dilation or widening of the blood vessels
  • Liver disease, heat stroke or heat exhaustion
  • Improper Diet or malnutrition
  • Stress

Symptoms of Low blood pressure:

  • Weakness
  • Laziness
  • Dizziness
  • Patient gets easily tired
  • Fainting
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Lack of concentration

Low blood pressure in Ayurveda- It is Nyuna Raktachaapa. According to Ayurveda low blood pressure occurs due to vitiation of Vata and weakness of agni.

So need to balance Vata by managing constipation, nutrition, circulation, enema therapies. Also need to cure the underlying cause like anaemia etc.

Get up slowly from a position to prevent postural hypotension.

People who have a predominance of pitta in their constitution and complain of low blood pressure should include turmeric in their food so as to control blood pressure. They can also add turmeric to aloe vera gel and consume it.

People with vata dosha’s prevalence should add garlic to their diet to treat low blood pressure.

For the kapha dosha types, trikatu or cyanne pepper is the option.

Ayurvedic choornas such as hinguvachadi choornam, vaiswanaram choornam, ashwagandha choornam and induppukanam choornam are effective for hypotension.

People with hypotension should take Epsom salt bath. You can easily do that by dissolving about 2 to 4 cups of Epsom salt into hot water. Relax for about 20 minutes in the water to treat low blood pressure.

Home remedies for Low BP

  • Beetroot juice is considered an excellent ayurvedic home remedy for low blood pressure.  Drink one cup of the juice, twice a day for positive results.
  • Cinnamon, black pepper and cardamom are also excellent ayurvedic home remedies that are effective so include them in your daily diet.
  • Make a mixture of 1 spoon of ginger juice and 1 spoon honey and take it two times a day one hour before food.
  • Soak dry grapes in drinking water over night and cover the glass with a lid.  Drink the water when u wake up and have the grapes as well. Do yoga or go for a walk after taking this and have breakfast after 1 hour.
  • Wash and soak 10 -20 grapes, 2 figs and I dry date in half glass water over night. When you wake up chew the soaked dry fruits one by one and drink the soaked water too. This should be done one hour before breakfast.  This recipe will help to increase the production of blood as well as to cure depression and dark circles.
  • Use of Tulsi leaves, Munakka, almond with milk, Fluids, adequate salt and eating small portions of food several times a day. Avoid alcohol.

Modifications in the diet also help in case of low blood pressure. Include green leafy vegetables, milk, fish and eggs in your diet to enhance your immune system.  One should also reduce the intake of caffeine, artificial sweeteners and refined sugar in order to control low BP.

Yoga for low blood pressure:

Pranayama (Bhastrika, Surya bhedana), Shava asana and Sarvang asana should be practiced for results.

Article written by Dr Lata Balodi under the supervision of Mr. kumar from Jeeva Health Pty Ltd 

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