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Default Patients Choosing Natural Therapies For Blood Pressure


21 September 2011

Patient power is starting to change the way that doctors treat high blood pressure (hypertension). Turning their back on conventional drugs, patients are forcing doctors to evaluate and accept safer alternatives that work just as well.

�Right now we�re seeing a cultural shift where an increasing number of people want to avoid standard pharmaceuticals,� says Prof John Bisognano of the University of Rochester Medical Center.

He has evaluated the evidence for the drug alternatives that patients are already using in favour of drugs.

In his report, Bisognano says:
� Coenzyme Q10, an enzyme that has anti-oxidant qualities, significantly reduces blood pressure;

� Potassium is another antihypertensive, which patients can access from the foods they eat as well as from supplements;

� Mistletoe extract, a therapy from Traditional Chinese Medicine, has a positive effect in animal studies, but one that may not translate into humans. Hawthorn extract has a mildly positive effect;

(Source: Journal of Clinical Hypertension, 2011; doi: 10.1111/j.1751-7176.2011.00524).

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My doctor actually told me to start exercising more and consume less salt rather than giving me medicine. She didn't mention any alternative medicines like CoQ10. I'll have to try it and see if it also helps in lowering my blood pressure along with exercise.
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