Yoga and naturopathy for High blood pressure (hypertension)


If your blood pressure is borderline high (called Pre-hypertension) - systolic blood pressure between 120 and 139 or diastolic blood pressure of 80 to 89 - check it at least every year or more often as your doctor suggests. Usually hypertension is defined as blood pressure above 140/90, and is considered severe if the pressure is above 180/120. High blood pressure often has no symptoms. Over time, if untreated, it can cause health conditions, such as heart disease and stroke. Eating a healthier diet with less salt, exercising regularly and taking medication can help lower blood pressure.

Treatment: The most effective way to handle stress (one of the major cause of HBP) is to change your mental attitude towards the problems that trouble you. Mental strength is required to initiate change in thought patterns. This strength can be gained through the practice of yoga.

ShatKarma and Mudra: Practice ardha Shankh Prakshalan every day. Hridaya Mudra and Gyan mudra are suggested to use while practicing pranayama. 


Asana: Camel Pose, Corpse Pose, Cat Pose, Ardha Matsyendrasana, Pawan Muktasana, Bhujangasana, One lege Uttamapadasana, Salabasana,  Paschimotanasana and Parbatasana etc.

Pranayama: Bhastrika-I (Deep Breathing)-5 min, Kaplabhati-15 min (slowly), Anulom Vilom- 15 min, Bhramari-2 min, Ujjai -3 times, Bhramar-5 times and OM Chanting 3-5 minutes etc.

Meditation: Practice of Yoganidra and meditation is highly recommended.

Diet Therapy: Minimize the salt intake and increase fruits, Salads and raw diet. Avoid fast food, fried food, food made of maida (fine flour) and spicy food etc. Take balanced diet with proper routine. Take 4-5 pieces of garlic in the evening with salad. Drink one glass of water before going to bed. Drink 2-3 liters of water daily. Take Triphala with warm water before going to bed. Observe fasting one day every week with fruit diet.

Naturopathy: Walk 3-4 km daily preferably in the morning. Take hot foot bath every night before going to bed. Have 7-8 hrs of sound sleep. Take mud pack on abdomen and enema.

Written by Yogaguru Dr Mohan Karki

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