ALTERNATIVE TREATMENT AND MANAGEMENT THERAPIES

There are some different aids and therapies which may be helpful to those suffering from high blood pressure. I this post we discuss the alternative therapies.

  • Yoga
  • Ayurveda
  • Nature cure
  • Homeopathy
  • Acupressure
  • Magnetotherapy

Yoga:

Yoga is understood by different persons differently. We do not propose to discuss its various definitions, their origin and their interpretations. It will suffice to understand yoga here as a method to obtain perfect health through control of mind, Pranayama and Asanas. It need not be emphasized that therapeutic Yoga is not a treatment for an emergency case of hypertension or individual concerned is not affected by an emergency type of condition. Usually it takes about two months for the normalization of high blood pressure with yogic treatment. Yogic treatment can be divided in three parts. First part consists of proper diet, the second part consists of general advices and the third one consists of Yogic asanas.

  1. The patient should stop smoking and the use of tobacco in any form. He should try to avoid tea and coffee. Alcoholic drinks should be discontinued. Intake of ghee, butter, cream, yellow portion of egg, excessive fat containing food items should be stopped. Hot spices, pickles, chutney, red chillies and excessive use of salt should be excluded from the eating items. The patient should not over eat and must stop late hours working.
  2. The patient should try to keep himself free from anxiety, nervousness, tension and restlessness.
  3. The patient of hypertension should practice Yoga in phases, according to the following guidelines.

Yogic Asanas:

First Phase

Shava Asana: In this phase only Shava asana needs to be practised. Lie on the back, with arms at the sides, legs stretched out and slightly apart. Close the eyes and breathe slowly and deeply. Begin it consciously and gradually relaxing each part and each muscle of the body – feet, calves, knees, thighs, abdomen, hips, back, hands, arms, shoulders, neck, head, and face. One should feel completely relaxed in body and mind and try to eliminate all thoughts. Breathe rhythmically – inhaling and exhaling in a rhythm. Having settled down into a individual rhythm, concentrate on absorbing a flow of calm at each breath. To achieve maximum relaxation, the attention should be directed to the breathing. This asana should take about 10 to 15 minutes and maximum upto 30 minutes.

Second Phase

Pavanmukta Asana: Stand up on the floor. Keep both hands hanging down. Look straight on the same level as the height of your eyes from the floor. Lift one knee up towards the chest. Put the same side hand on the ankle and the other hand on the knee. Pull the knee towards the chest without and pull on the ankle. Stand firmly on the other leg, keeping quite straight. Stay in that position from six to eight seconds, then release the knee and put the foot on the floor. Rest for six seconds and repeat the same process with the other leg. This should be done four to six times daily.

Uttanpada Asana 

Lie with your back on the floor and look upwards at the ceiling. Keep both the arms straight alongside the body with palms touching the floor. Straighten both the legs and join your heels and toes. Breathe normally. Inhale slowly but deeply through both nostrils and hold the breath. Stretch out your both the toes as much as you can. While holding the breath slowly lift your left leg about 25-30 cms. high from the floor and then start exhaling and lowering the leg towards the floor, both act should be so synchronized that the leg should reach the floor as you finish exhaling. Now rest for two normal breaths which should take about five to six seconds. Repeat the process with the right leg. Make three rounds with each leg.

Shava asana should be done after these two asanas. Practice this asana for two or three times separately in the second phase.

Third Phase

  1. Pranayama: It is a form of breathing exercise consisting of Rechaka and Puraka. Sit down on the floor in Padmasana, i.e., place your right foot on the left thigh and left foot on the right thigh. Those suffering from stiff legs, knees, ankles etc. can overcome this difficulty with practice. Keep your hands open and rest them on the knees. One can also sit down on the floor in Sukhasana and do this breathing exercise. In Sukhasana one sits in a squatting position with a straight back, one foot under the opposite thigh and the other under the opposite leg.

Hold the spine, neck and head absolutely erect. Bring your thumb and index finger of each hand to meet together so that they form a circle and keep the other three fingers opened – straight and joined together. Look forward, straight at the level of your eyes. Breathe normally. Exhale slowly through both nostrils and simultaneously pull your stomach inwards, i.e. contract the abdominal muscles to expel air from your lungs. Keep exhaling till all the air is expelled from your lungs. Having exhaled, hold yourself in that position for a second and then slowly start inhaling through both nostrils. Inhale deeply by stretching out the abdominal muscles. The expansion of the stomach with exhalation should be gradual and rhythmical and not abrupt and fast. After inhaling deeply, pause for a second and then start exhaling again. Continue this process for ten to fifteen times.

2. Surya Namaskara Asana: Stand up keeping the legs apart at about 50-60 cms. distance. Let the hands hang loosely at your sides. Keep the head straight. Look directly in front and breathe normally. Inhale slowly and raise both hands towards the sky, in sidewise circular movement. Time it in such a way that by the time your hands come up, you also complete inhaling. When the hands are up, the palms should be turned forward and the arms should be in a parallel position. Now start exhaling lowering the upper area of the body towards the ground. while thus bending forward, keep both hands parallel to one another and move them towards the ground, in a circular motion in front of you. By the time both hands reach near the floor, you should finish exhaling. Now hold the breath and stay in that position for about six to eight seconds. Bend your head down towards the ground. Your head should be between your two arms which should be loosely hanging as far down as they can easily go. If you can bend easily, put the palms on the floor or just touch the floor with fingers. It is however important that you are not straining yourself. Do only as much as you can do very comfortably. Bring both hands on the legs and inhale and come up in the standing position. While coming up let the palms pass over and touch the legs upwardly. Inhale slowly in such a way that by the time you have returned to the standing position you have finished inhaling.

3. Santulan Asana: Put a carpet or blanket on the floor. Stand up on the carpeted floor. Keep the body straight and firm. Look straight forward. Let the hands hang on the sides. In this asana you have to stand on the leg at a time. If that is not easy for you, you should stand near a pillar or the wall for supporting the body weight. Now stand up on the right leg and fold the left leg at the knee. Bring the heel of the left leg near the hip as much near as you can conveniently do. Try to hold the toes of the left leg with the left hand in such a way that all the toes are held with the palm. Bring the heel of the folded leg to the hip or nearer to it. Now tighten the right hand. keep all the fingers together and slowly raise the right hand up towards the sky. Keep the palm facing downwards. Stay in that position for six to eight seconds. Keep the lifted hand tight and firm. The right leg on which you are standing should be tight and straight. Keep looking straight. Keep breathing normally.

After staying in this position for six to eight seconds slowly bring the lifted hand down, keeping it in a tight condition. Do not drop the hand. When the raised hand had reached the side, release the left leg to come on the floor. Rest for sic seconds. Repeat the asana by standing on the left leg and folding the right leg and raising the left hand in the same way as in the previous case. Do it four times daily.

Ayurveda:

Ayurveda, often called the science of life, is a very old science which has been known and practised in India for centuries. The main principle of Ayurvedic treatment is that the patient must be treated as a whole person and not merely his disease be treated. It is thus more than a system of medicine and it reflects nature’s law that is inherent in all life and living beings.

According to Ayurvedic theory, disease is caused when there is an imbalance between the three somatic Doshas – Vata or Vayu, Pitta and Kapha. Health, according to Ayurveda is a state of dynamic equilibrium among the three body elements called the Tridoshas. Vata is a combination of the two elements air and ether (Akash); Pitta is a combination of fire and earth; and Kapha a combination of ether and water. Of these three, the most important is Vata as it controls the functioning of the other two doshas – Pitta and Kapha.

Nature Cure

Naturopathy is a system of treatment of diseases by the power of nature. In this system of treatment controlling and maintaining dietary habits are most important for the prevention and cure of all of our common ailments. Nature cure aims at the elimination of morbid matters from the body which obstructs its normal functioning.

Treatment for High Blood Pressure: High blood pressure is only a symptom of the poisonous matter which causes it and the naturopathic way of dealing with it is to remove the poisons from the system. It is recommended that patient suffering from high blood pressure should start the process of healing by living on fruits and vegetables only atleast for a week. Breakfast should consist of oranges, lunch of guava and dinner of tomatoes or apple. Bananas and jackfruit in vegetable or fruit form should be avoided. Milk should preferably be of cow or goat and should be fresh. It should not be boiled more than once. After two weeks of treatment as detailed above patient can be permitted cereals in the food. Vegetables should be preferably taken raw. Special care should be taken to see that their natural juices do not burn in the process of cooking.

Homeopathy

Homeopathy is a system of medicine which tries to cure illness through through the natural laws of healing using natural substances which may be animal, vegetable or mineral. This system of medicine was discovered in the 18th century by a German doctor, Samuel Hahnemann. Homeopathy is based on a number of well-known principles. The most important of which is the law of similars or ‘Like cures like’. This law states that a remedy can cure diseases or symptoms if it produces in a healthy person, symptoms similar to those of the disease.

Acupressure

The prefix ‘Acu’ means ‘to take out’ or ‘remove’. Therefore, Acupressure means the taking out or removal of diseases or toxic substances from the body by exerting pressure. The system of Acupressure is an ancient science known to people of ancient India, but the practice of this system died out over the centuries. Eventually this science surfaced in countries like China, Japan and Sri Lanka as Acupuncture.

Magnetotherapy

Magnetotherapy is a system in which ailments are treated and cured through the application of magnets to the human body. It is clinical system and is the simplest, cheapest and entirely painless system of treatment with almost no side or after effects. In this method of treatment Magnet is the only tool of Magnetotherapy.

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