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Blood Pressure Low - HypotensionHome Medications and Treatments for Low Blood Pressure


Low blood pressure or hypotension refers to a drop in blood pressure below normal. Blood pressure drops so low that it causes symptoms like light headed, lethargy and dizziness. Generally, a blood pressure reading of  around 90/60 mm Hg or less is considered Low.  Low blood pressure on its own is not a major concern, we want to keep our blood pressure low, it is the signs and symptoms related to low blood pressure that we should watch for.

 

 

 

Classification of pressure for adults from 18 years and more

Pressure in mmHg

Category

Systolic

Diastolic

Ideal

<120

<80

Normal

<130

<85

High normal Limits

130-139

85-89


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Symptoms of Low Blood Pressure

Low Blood Pressure becomes problematic if it is accompanied by symptoms like lethargy, weakness, fatigue, and dizziness.  Persistent Low Blood Pressure can result in insufficient flow of blood to the vital organs of the body. The symptoms are most likely a result of a decrease in  blood to the brain, heart, skeletal muscle, and other organs.

 

Causes of Low Blood Pressure

Major causes of Low Blood Pressure are dehydration, malnutrition, loss of blood, blood poisoning, internal bleeding, and depression. Certain medications can cause enlarged blood vessels or reduced blood volume and result in low blood pressure. Low blood pressure can develop gradually because of slow bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract, kidneys, or bladder. Emotional problems are also a common cause of low blood pressure. 

 

Treatment Of Low Blood Pressure


Beetroot:
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The juice of raw beetroot is one of the most effective home remedies for low blood pressure. The patient should drink a cup of this juice twice daily for treating this condition. Considerable improvement will be noticeable within a week.

Indian Spikenard:
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The herb Indian spikenard is another effective home remedy for low blood pressure. It should be taken in doses of thirty to forty grains with a pinch of a little amphor and cinnamon (dalchini). An infusion can also be prepared by steeping 15 to 20 gm of the herb in 250 ml of boiling water, and taking it thrice a day.

Nutrients:
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Protein, vitamin C, and all vitamins of the B group have been found beneficial in the prevention and treatment of low blood pressure. Of these, pantothenic acid is of particular importance. Liberal use of this vitamin alone often helps in raising the blood pressure. A diet, which contains adequate quantities of complete proteins, B vitamins and, particularly, the nutrients that stimulate adrenal production, quickly normalizes low blood pressure.

Salt:
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The use of salt is valuable in low blood pressure. Until the blood pressure reaches normal levels through proper dietary and other remedies, it is essential that the patient should take salty foods and half a teaspoon of salt in water daily.

Epsom Salts Bath:
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Hot Epsom salts baths are one of the simplest remedies for low blood pressure. An Epsom slats bath is prepared by dissolving one to one and a half-kg of commercial Epsom salts in an ordinary bath of hot water. The patient should remain immersed in the bath for ten to twenty minutes. This bath should be taken just before retiring to bed, and care should be exercised not to catch a chill afterwards.

Dietary Considerations

While people with high blood pressure need to restrict their salt intake, if you have low blood pressure, incorporating a little more salt into your diet may help.


 

Other effective Remedies for Low Blood Pressure


A warm-water enema should be used daily to cleanse the bowels during the first few days of the treatment, and afterwards, if necessary. Those who are habitually constipated should take all possible steps for its eradication.

Those suffering from low blood pressure should undertake daily dry friction and sponging. They should also undertake breathing and other light exercises like walking, swimming, and cycling. The patient should take sun and air baths and spends as much time as possible in the fresh air.

All living habits which tend to enervate the system, such as overwork, excesses of all kinds, needless worry, and negative thinking must be eliminated as far as possible.

Lifestyle and Low Blood Pressure

Preventive and self-care measures for people susceptible to Low Blood Pressure:

  • Drink lots of water and other fluids to avoid dehydration.
  • Avoid diuretics like caffeine and alcohol.
  • Avoid exposure to hot climate or taking hot baths as they can raise body temperature and induce sweating, causing a fall in blood pressure.
  • If you feel dizzy , immediately consume sugar, candies, ice cream, or sweet fruits for immediate relief.

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