Burra Maluca wrote:Licorice.
I'll find some links in a minute, but it's for real. I have low blood pressure issues too, and so does an incredibly geeky friend of mine whose blood pressure dropped in response to a medication she was on, and she dug out a load of articles, but I think they were all papers that could only be accessed by universities.
Its affinity for the endocrine system makes licorice a most remarkable herb, which when used judiciously can be very helpful in treating many human ailments. Licorice has an anti-inflammatory, antiallergic and antiarthritic effect similar to that of cortisone but without its side effects. This is because of glycyrrhizin which has a structure similar to hormones produced by the adrenal glands. Its antiallergic effect makes it very useful in treating allergic rhinitis, hay fever, conjunctivitis and bronchial asthma. Licorice has mild estrogenic properties and can be very helpful during menopause. It gets these properties from the steroid like compounds present in it which can change to estrogen precursors like estradiol and estrone. Licorice can act as a mild laxative and can also relieve indigestion and heartburn by lowering stomach acid levels.
The herb is popularly used to ease irritation and for inflammation and spasm in the digestive tract. Licorice is reputed to heal ulcers. The herb acts on the liver and helps increase bile flow and it also helps lower cholesterol levels. Licorice helps the body to built up resistance to stress by acting on the adrenal glands. It has a soothing and healing effect on the respiratory system and helps to ease irritation and inflammation. Because of its expectorant properties it is used in treating colds, coughs, asthma and chest infections. Like aspirin, licorice is useful in relieving headaches and fevers. The herb is handy for people coming off orthodox steroid medications as it has the effect of revitalizing or energizing the body. Anti-allergenic effect of licorice is very useful for hay fever, allergic rhinitis, conjunctivitis and bronchial asthma. Licorice is quite useful in bringing back the liveliness when one is feeling tired or fatigue especially after surgery or during convalescence. It is a good stress reliever- both physical and emotional.
Joan Fassler wrote:
Ephedra genus. It was used in diet concoctions. Raise heart rates and blood pressure. Herbal ta speed.
John Saltveit wrote:Well, since some are advised to not eat salt because it raises their blood pressure, doesn't it make sense to eat salt if you want to raise your blood pressure? I would put sea salt or better in food, rather than eating it by itself. It can affect kidney stones, etc. and have other negative effects.
Melba Corbett wrote:The human body needs sodium, (found in lots of vegetables) to balance the potassium (think bananas, strawberries, melon, carrots, etc). You probably have adrenal fatigue, in which case you are feeling tired a lot, especially in the morning when you awake and may be craving salt at that time. It can cause the low blood pressure. Your sodium/potassium balance may be off. There is a world of difference between refined, kiln dried salt (which is indigestible) and real sea salt, the unrefined kind or that found in the vegetables. The licorice is a good choice for adrenal support. So is American Ginseng.
Elisha Monger wrote:Keep in mind that fluid retention is actually part of the goal when trying to increase blood pressure. If you are dehydrated then you will decrease blood volume and thus pressure. The body is in a constant state of active balancing. One of those balances is water to salt. If you have too high water or too low salt, you will dump water to balance. If you are too high salt or too low water, you will get very concentrated urine and possible constipation as the body holds as much water as it can.
Herbs listed in my reference book for low blood pressure include Prickly Ash, Licorice, Korean Ginseng, and Ginkgo. Also recommended are some B vitamins and adrenal support products.
John Master wrote:If you need something to raise your blood pressure, I could lend you my two oldest boys for a couple years...
Judith Browning wrote:
I think you hit on something that I have been wondering about.......for years I have been a big water drinker and not used much salt and now I think that may have set me up for some things that are going on with me now.
I think I have been at the "If you have too high water or too low salt, you will dump water to balance. " level for awhile and it is going to take sometime to get back in balance. I assume along with 'dumping water to balance' I would be flushing out nutrients a bit also?