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there any herbal medication for hypertension?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Many herbs can help: Many herbs that have been proven to lower blood pressure, including hawthorne berries, garlic, polygonum cuspidatum (japanese knotweed, which has resveratrol), coleus forskohlii, chocolate, reishi & maitake mushrooms. However, each may only lower it a few points but can have combined benefits. Other useful measures include diets rich in fruits & vegetables, coq10, magnesium, exercise & meditation.
Dr. Kenneth Lanier
Pharmacology 10 years experience
pomegranate ; garlic: Studies have shown that both pomegranate extract and garlic may help lower blood pressure. It is important to monitor your BP regularly and to consult with your physician before any herbal supplements are taken.

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Is it safe to take the herbal medicine called HCA if I have hypertension and it is controlled on medication?

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Dr. Harold Mandel
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Possibly unsafe: There are some reports that Garcinia (HCA) is "possibly unsafe" when taken orally. There have been reports of serious liver problems in some people who have taken products which contain garcinia. However, it is unclear if garcinia is the actual cause of these liver problems. Common, but mild reported side effects also include nausea, digestive tract discomfort, and headache.

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