Hypertension (Rakta Vata), it is also termed as Rakthadimardha, one of the most common ailments of modern day. Hypertension is usually asymptomatic, although few common associated symptoms may be headache, insomnia, and loss of energy. It should not be ignored and often leads to lethal complaints if left untreated.

Healthy adults have an average systolic pressure in the range of 100-140 mm HG and an average diastolic pressure falling in the range of 60-90mm Hg. Based on the readings, various stages of hypertension can be recognized.

On completion of the panchakarma therapy, the patient can begin medications, considering the stage (level) of hypertension, the body nature of the patient etc. Few medicines usually recommended for hypertension are Prasarinyadi Kashayam, Punarnavasavam, Hridayasanthi, Cap. Arjun Forte, Parthadyaristam, Gulgulupanchapala churnam, Cap. Re-Gas, Silasath Parpam, and Jalamanjari. Also, Chinchardi Kuzhambu, Vimardhanam Kuzhambu, and Prabhanjanam, is administered for external application.

Raw garlic has a healing effect. It is therefore used with buttermilk. In the early stages, it is advised to use 1 mg of garlic, thrice a day. Gradually, the content can be increased to 3 gm, also three times in a day.

In another form garlic is fried in ghee with honey. This way, one can get rid of extreme smell and also it is cholesterol free. (Garlic should be avoided raw and should be mixed with herbs to overcome any adverse effect).

Causes of Hypertension:

  • Hardening of the arteries
  • Stress and hectic life-style
  • Excessive intake of common table salt
  • Smoking and an excessive intake of intoxicants
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Obesity
  • Overloading of fast foods
  • Vitiation of vata