Chinese medicine is a great alternative to conventional treatments for high blood pressure because it does not produce any side effects that you may expect from traditional medicines. The primary way Chinese medicine offers natural treatment for hypertension is through the use of natural herbs. These natural herbs are used to create supplements that have been proven to control hypertension. This is one of the primary reasons Chinese medicine is highly appealing to many people who have high blood pressure as well as for those who are at a risk of developing this condition later in their lives.
Following are some herbs that have been tested and proven helpful in controlling high blood pressure in Chinese medicine practice:
Red Sage (danshen)
Danshen is known to possess anti-inflammatory, anti-hypertensive, anti-platelet aggregation, antioxidative, and anti-atherosclerosis effects. This herb has been used in Chinese medicine for centuries to treat diseases of the heart and blood vessels. According to a study, researchers have found that red sage contains an active ingredient called tanshinone, which significantly widens blood vessels and lowers blood pressure.
Chinese Angelica Root (dong quai)
Dong quai is another popular herb that is used in virtually every blood-building formula in Chinese medicine. Research suggests that dong quai solution can increase blood flow in pulmonary hypertension patients and helps lower blood pressure.
Eucommia Bark (du zhong)
Eucommia bark is used in virtually all Chinese formulas for high blood pressure. It is also found in Chinese herbal remedies to treat hypertension. According to a study, there is some evidence that suggests that eucommia bark is safe and effective when it comes to treating high blood pressure.
Rehmannia (di huang)
Rehmannia (di huang) is another natural herb found in China that is helpful in lowering blood pressure. This herb is found in many formulas for high blood pressure such as XZD. According to a research, there is a Chinese herbal formula known as liu wei di huang wan (LWDHW), that contains di huang, and is highly effective when combined with anti-hypertensive medicines in treating high blood pressure as well as other related symptoms in hypertensive patients.
Chinese Hawthorn (shan zha)
Shan Zha has been used for centuries to control and treat hypertension. Several studies have found that shan zha extracts have many cardiovascular properties including a lipid-lowering effect, antioxidant activity, and a vasodilating effect. Furthermore, the herb also offers other cardiovascular benefits such as preventing clot formation and increasing blood circulation.
Panax Ginseng (ren shen)
Ren Shen is another popular Chinese medicine for high blood pressure and other cardiovascular conditions. Numerous studies have suggested that ren shen can help control blood pressure. Studies have found that panax ginseng contains low doses of ginsenosides that is helpful in improving blood circulation and lowering high blood pressure.
Other Chinese Herbs
There are many other Chinese herbs that have been proven to be effective when it comes to lowering blood pressure. These herbs include safflower root, yam, cornus, poria cocos, Alisma orientale, Cortex moutan, ligusticum striatum, Szechuan lovage root, thorowax root, root of the balloon flower, peach kernel, red peony root, and achyranthes root.