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Blood Pressure
What is it?
Blood pressure is how hard your heart has to work to pump blood through your body. Abnormally high blood pressure is known as hypertension; low blood pressure is called hypotension. Regular medical checks on blood pressure levels are advisable, as both conditions may require treatment – hypertension is regarded as the more dangerous. Most cases of hypertension are the result of: drinking too much, eating too much, eating too much salt, being overweight, taking too little exercise, narrowing or hardening of the arteries, taking the contraceptive pill, smoking, or an inherited tendency to hypertension. If tests show that you have high blood pressure it is important to take steps to bring it down, or it may contribute to serious conditions such as angina, heart attach or stroke.
Symptoms:
Headaches, dizziness, ringing in the ears.
Conventional Practice:
Doctors agree that diet is important and that cutting down on salt intake and reducing excess weight should help. You will be advised to cut your alcohol intake and stop smoking. If these measures do not help, drugs such as beta blockers may be prescribed.
Alternative Treatments:
  Yoga
  Yoga is a system of spiritual, mental and physical training. YogaпїЅs underlining philosophy stresses the influence of mind over body, and holds that mental and spiritual development are necessary to reinforce the benefits that the physical exercises can bring. More Info
  Herbal Medicine
  The medicinal use of herbs is said to be as old as mankind itself. Tribes still use their traditional knowledge of plant and their healing properties passed on from generation to generation. The armies of slave workers who laboured to build the Egyptian pyramids took a daily ration of garlic to ward off the pestilential fevers and infections that were rife at the time. More Info
  Reflexology
  Reflexologists treat diseases in parts of the body they claim to be related to reflex areas. It is thought that illness occurs when energy channels in the body are blocked, causing damage to one area or another. Massage is aimed at destroying these blocks, allowing the energy to flow freely again and so heal the damage. More Info
  Hydrotherapy
  Hydrotherapy is the belief that water is the essence of life. If forms the major part of our bodies and is a constituent of most foods. It can be used to induce relaxation, to stimulate blood flow, to remove impurities, to ease pain and stiffness and to treat diseases. More Info
  Acupuncture
  An ancient Chinese therapy, patients are treated by sticking needles into their skin at particular points. These acupuncture points lie along invisible energy channels called meridians. The needles are said to unblock a flow of energy (called Qi) through the meridians. More Info
  Homoeopathy
  Homoeopathy aims to treat the whole person. Illness is seen as a sign of disharmony or inner imbalance. More Info
  Aromatherapy
  Treating illness with highly concentrated oils extracted from plants is known as aromatherapy. These highly scented extracts-called essences or essential oils-contain the substances that give plants their smell. Aromatherapists believe that many also have medicinal properties. More Info
  Naturopathy
  Naturopathy has concentrated on helping the body to cure itself. It aims to do this by means of various therapies, chiropractic, diets and dieting, exercise, hydrotherapy, massage, osteopathy, relaxation and breathing, and yoga. It also encourages people to think positively in terms of good health. More Info
   



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