Low Blood Pressure
Low Blood Pressure or hypotension, as it is known in medical parlance, refers to the fall in blood pressure below the normal.
It is a condition in which the action of the heart in forcing the blood through the arteries is weak. This is a direct outcomes of a weakened and devitalized condition of the system.
The blood pressure is measured with an instrument called Sphygmomanometer in millimeters of mercury. The highest pressure reached during each heart beat is called systolic pressure and the lowest between two beats is known as diastolic pressure.
The normal systolic pressure ranges between 100-400 and diastolic pressure ranges between 60-90.S
Blood pressure varies person to person, according to emotional situation, sex and age. Low blood pressure occurs when the pressure difference is 40mm or more. The reading of blood pressure comes down 120/70 mm from 160/90mm.
The patient has chronic low blood pressure may complain of weakness, dizziness, fatigue and lethargy. He may faint, especially if arterial pressure is lowered further when he assumes an erect position. Other symptoms of low blood pressure are darkness before the eyes and cold sweating. These symptoms are presumably due to a decrease in prefusion of the brain, heart, skeleton music and other organs.
The main cause of low blood pressure is unusual nutrition. It makes the tissues forming the walls of blood vessels to become over relaxed depriving oxygen and nutrients to the tissues. Malnutrition can result from diet deficient in calories, proteins, vitamin C or almost any one of the B Vitamins.
Sometimes, the blood pressure falls rapidly because of haemmorhage or loss of blood. Low blood pressure may also develop gradually because of slow bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract, or through the kidneys or bladder. Emotional problems are a far more frequent case of low blood pressure.
Sometimes in young women with no abnormal disease, blood pressure tends to be on the low side, say 90/60 or less. Heredity also plays a role and low blood pressure runs in certain families. Their blood pressure continues to be low, irrespective of what they eat and how they live.
The treatment for low blood pressure should aim at regeneration of the whole system. To begin with, the patient should adopt an exclusive fresh fruit-diet for about five days, taking three meals a day of fresh juicy fruits such as oranges, apple, pineapple, grapes, pear, peach and papaya at five-hourly intervals. Thereafter, he may adopt fruit and milk diet for two or three weeks.
After the fruit and milk diet, the patient may gradually embark upon a well balanced diet consisting of seeds, nuts and grains, with emphasis on fresh fruits and low vegetables. Further periods on an all-fruit diet, followed by milk and fruit diet may be necessary at two or three-monthly intervals in some cases, depending on the progress being made. The 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 in a natural way.
Protein, vitamin C and all vitamins of B groups have been found beneficial in the prevention and treatment of low blood pressure. Liberal use of this vitamin also often helps in raising the blood pressure. A diet which contains adequate quantities of complete proteins, the B-vitamins and particularly the nutrients that stimulate adrenal production, normalize low blood pressure.
The juice of raw beet root (chukandar) has been found to be one of the most effective remedies for low blood pressure. The patient drink a cup of chukandar juice daily twice a day for relief this condition. Considerable improvement will be noticeable within a week.
The use of salts play important role in low blood pressure. Patient take salty foods and half teaspoon in water daily till the blood pressure reaches to normal level.
Daily dry fiction and sponge should be undertaken by those suffering from low blood pressure. They should also undertake breathing and other light exercise like walking, swimming and bicycling. The patient should take sun and air bath and spend as much as possible in open air.
The hot Epsom-salt bath is one of the simplest remedy for low blood pressure. The bath is prepared by dissolving one to one and a half kg. commercial salt in ordinary bath of hot water. The patient take bath for 10 to 20 minutes. This bath should be taken just before retiring to bed, and care should be exercised not to get chilled afterwards. All habits of living tending to set up enervation of the system, such as overwork, excess of all kinds, needless worry, wrong thinking, must be eliminated.
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