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Hypertension is sometimes very serious,
since the risk of stroke, as well as heart and kidney problems, can
increase if the blood pressure gets too high. Stressful episodes of
nervousness or worry may raise the blood pressure temporarily, but
long-term resting elevated blood pressure is more dangerous and
should be monitored. A constitutional remedy chosen by an
experienced prescriber is the most appropriate way to treat
deep-seated, serious, or chronic conditions. Some remedies may be
useful as first-aid in intense situations, but medical care should
also be sought immediately. Remedies below have been helpful to some
people with hypertension. They are mentioned here to introduce a few
of the possibilities homeopathy can offer, and not as
recommendations for self-treatment.
For dosage information, please read the information at the end of
this section. See also “Using Homeopathy With Professional
Guidance” in What
Argentum nitricum: If blood
pressure rises with anxiety and nervousness, this remedy may be
indicated. “Stage fright” or anticipation of a stressful event
can bring on dizziness, headache, diarrhea, and a pounding pulse.
People who need this remedy are typically warm-blooded, imaginative,
impulsive, claustrophobic, and have strong cravings for sweets and
Aurum metallicum: This remedy is
sometimes indicated for serious people, focused on career and
accomplishment, with blood pressure problems related to stress.
Worry, depression, or anger may occur, especially when these people
feel they have made a mistake or failed in some way. A general
tendency to feel worse at night, and a strong desire for alcohol,
sweets, bread, and pastries are other indications for Aurum.
remedy is indicated when symptoms come on suddenly, with great
intensity and heat. The person’s face is flushed, with dilated
pupils, and pulsations and throbbing may be felt in various parts of
the body. Despite the general heat, the person’s hands and feet
may be cold. Vertigo and pounding headaches, worse from jarring and
worse from light, may also occur.
Calcarea carbonica: This
remedy is often helpful to people with high blood pressure who
easily tire and have poor stamina. They are typically responsible
types, who feel overwhelmed when ill and fear a breakdown.
Palpitations and breathing problems can be worse from walking up a
slope or stairs, and also when lying down. A general chilliness with
clammy hands and feet (the feet may heat up in bed at night) and
sweat on the head during sleep are other indications. The person may
have cravings for sweets and eggs, and tend toward weight problems.
Glonoinum: A flushed face with a
pounding headache and visible throbbing in the blood vessels of the
neck may indicate a need for this remedy. The chest can feel
congested or hot, with a pounding or irregular heartbeat. The person
is worse from moving around, after heat and sun exposure, and after
drinking alcohol. A feeling of “being lost in a familiar place”
is a strong indication for this remedy.
person who needs this remedy typically is intense and talkative,
with inner passion and agitation that need an outlet—a
“pressure-cooker.” The person may have a strong fear of disease,
and feelings of suspicion, revenge, or jealousy are common. The
person may also have heart or artery problems, look flushed or
purplish, and feel constriction in the chest, with pulsations in
many areas. Feeling worse after taking a nap or on waking in the
morning, and a strong intolerance of clothing around the neck (or
any kind of restriction) are other indications for Lachesis.
Natrum muriaticum: A
person who needs this remedy seems reserved and responsible, but may
have very strong feelings (of grief, disappointment, anger,
lingering grudges, a fear of misfortune) inside. Headaches and
palpitations are common, as well as a feeling of tension (even
coldness) in the chest. The person feels worse from being in the
sun, worse around mid-morning, and better from being alone in a
quiet place. A craving for salt and strong thirst can help to
confirm the choice of this remedy.
Nux vomica: A person who needs this
remedy is usually impatient and driven—easily frustrated, angered,
and offended. A strong desire for coffee and other stimulants,
sweets, strong foods, and alcohol or drugs may aggravate blood
pressure problems. Palpitations, constricting feelings in the chest,
constipation, and hemorrhoids are often seen. The person is
typically sensitive to light, noise, odors, and interference.
person who needs this remedy usually is sensitive, suggestible, and
sympathetic, with a tendency toward weakness, dizziness, a
“spaced-out” feeling, and fearfulness. Nosebleeds, facial
flushing, palpitations, and a feeling of heaviness or pain in the
chest, and left-sided problems are often seen. A strong desire for
cold drinks and refreshing things, and a marked improvement after
eating and sleeping are other indications for Phosphorus.
remedy is indicated for people with degenerative problems of the
nerves and hardening of the arteries. Chest tightness and
palpitations are often worse when lying on the left side.
Contractures, paralysis, and nerve or muscle problems are also
likely. The person may have a history of heavy drinking and “high
living”—becoming apathetic or depressed when physical debility
and memory problems develop.
Sanguinaria: A feeling that blood
is rushing to the head, with flushed red cheeks and pulsing in the
neck, may indicate this remedy. The person may have headaches or
migraines (usually on the right and worse from light and noise).
Right-sided neck and shoulder problems, allergies, heartburn, and
digestive problems are often seen, and burning pains are typical.
Symptoms are worse from motion, and relief may come from being in
the dark and sleeping. A craving for spicy food, and a tendency to
feel worse from eating sweets are other indications for Sanguinaria.
Select the remedy that
most closely matches the symptoms. In conditions where
self-treatment is appropriate, unless otherwise directed by a
physician, a lower potency (6X, 6C, 12X, 12C, 30X, or 30C)
should be used. In addition, instructions for use are usually
printed on the label.
physicians suggest that remedies be used as follows: Take one
dose and wait for a response. If improvement is seen, continue
to wait and let the remedy work. If improvement lags
significantly or has clearly stopped, another dose may be
taken. The frequency of dosage varies with the condition and
the individual. Sometimes a dose may be required several times
an hour; other times a dose may be indicated several times a
day; and in some situations, one dose per day (or less) can be
If no response is seen
within a reasonable amount of time, select a different remedy.
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