2022 Volume 13 Issue 2

Treatment of Hypertension by Using Natural Herbs and their Mechanism of Action

 

Bandar Hamad Aloufi*, Mohammad Ali Atwan, Ahmed Mohajja Alshammari


Abstract

The medical term used for blood pressure is Hypertension (HTN). Hypertension is a common problem faced by most people today. The leading danger for many diseases such as CVD (cardiovascular) disorder and stroke is high blood pressure. Major diseases like CHF (congestive heart failure), renal disease and blindness can also be caused by HTN. Awareness of plant-based medication therapeutics is continuously increasing day by day. Different substitute medicaments such as a proper and balanced diet, herbs, exercise, supplements, stress and supervision help lower HBP (high blood pressure). Recent studies found that various treatments are successful in HBP, including diet, exercise, management, herbs, and supplements. Plants consist of abundant phytochemicals that have substantiated with evidence to be defensive against cardiovascular diseases. Using plant-based natural compounds as protective and anti-hypersensitive agents is an exciting strategy for exploring biotic products. Plants are rich in many secondary metabolites, such as flavonoids, alkaloids, and carotenoids, and have been found to exert antihypertensive effects in vivo. For high blood pressure, knowledge acquisition is carried out on herbal medicines every year. For HBP treatment, there are numerous herbal medicines, including Arjuna, Ginseng, Ginger and Garlic, which can be securely used to handle hypertension.

Keywords: HTN, CVD, Natural products, Antihypertensive herbal plants


Introduction

Blood vessels and heart disease (Cardiovascular disease) are the chief factors of death and account for about one-third of deaths worldwide (Lopez et al., 2021). Most of these events are brought about not only by cardiovascular peril agents but by numerous other factors (Nowbar et al., 2019). The most significant of these are hypertension (HTN) in industrialized countries and blood lipids of high level, corpulence, smoking, age, glucose intolerance, and physical inactivity (Mohsen Ibrahim, 2018). Hypertension is undoubtedly a modifiable risk factor. From hypertension, approximately one billion persons suffer, including 26% adult population worldwide (Oliva, 2019). It is estimated that the number of patients affected with hypertension will reach up to 29% of the population by 2025 as they increase every year. The total amount of affected hypertension in adults was 972 million; in developed countries, it is 333 million, and in developing countries, 639 million. In 2025, the number of adults with hypertension is estimated to enhance by 60% to 1.56 billion people (Mills et al., 2020). HBP is a medical condition in which blood pressure is lingeringly increased. HBP is the most common type of hypertension. It has been the most important public health and medical problem worldwide in the last few years (Akbarpour et al., 2018). Hypertension seems to be the most significant danger for developing CAD (coronary artery disease) and cardiovascular disorders.

High blood pressure (140mmHg) and diastolic blood pressure (90 mmHg) are also recognized as HBP. Blood pressure used in ESH / ESC 2007, optimal groups (diastolic-blood-pressure below 80-mmHg and systolic-blood-pressure below 120-mmHg), normal (diastolic-blood-pressure 80-840 and systolic-blood-pressure 120-129 mmHg) (Fuchs & Whelton, 2020). Separate groups for grade hypertension and isolated systolic hypertension (130-139 mmHg and 85-89 mmHg diastolic blood) are developed with high quality after high normality (Tanaka, 2020). There are 3 degrees of hypertension corresponding to 1st mild (diastolic-blood-pressure 90-99 mmHg and systolic-blood-pressure 140-159 mmHg), 2nd Moderate (diastolic-blood-pressure 100-109 mmHg and systolic-blood-pressure 160-179 mmHg), 3rd severe hypertension (110 mmHg or more diastolic-blood-pressure) and (180 or more systolic-blood-pressure) (Roerecke et al., 2019). Isolated systolic-hypertension (140 mmHg or more systolic-blood-pressure) is classified as 1st, 2nd or 3rd depending upon systolic-blood-pressure level, providing that the diastolic blood pressure is below 90 mmHg. When systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure fall into different groups, the rich category assesses total cardiovascular disorder. However, there are two types of HBP: primary hypertension and secondary hypertension. Secondary hypertension, affecting 5 to 10% of people with hypertension, is caused by conspicuous diseases like renal injury and diabetes and has a relatively greater chance of receiving treatment (Jennings et al., 2021). In contrast, many agents obtain fundamental hypertension such as diet, age, lifestyle, neurohumoral activity, and interactions. Management of essential hypertension is more difficult because it may be more difficult to determine its etiology (Martinez-Ríos et al., 2021). Interestingly, the percentage (90-95%) of patients with serious hypertension exceeds the percentage of patients with secondary hypertension (Boa Sorte Silva et al., 2021). Menace agents for heart attack, heart failure, and arterial aneurysms are permanent HTN(hypertension) stroke and are one of the prime reasons for immedicable renal disease (Surma et al., 2021). Graphical interphase and the role of natural phytochemicals in hypertension are indicated in Figure 1.

 

 

Figure 1. Graphical view of the effect of natural plants on hypertension treatment

 

 

Role of Natural Plants in Hypertension Treatment

 

From a particular time until the commencement of highly developed social and economic structure, the oldest friends of humanity are plants (Diop et al., 2022). Despite giving shelter and food, it is also a good source of medication and has been accustomed to healing abilities and pain-relieving. Even today, people depend heavily on the healing potential of plants in semi-urban and rural areas (Khattulanuar et al., 2022). According to the WHO (World Health Organization), approximately three-quarters of the world’s population is dependent on traditional medicines for health care. Natural products from plant resources play an important role in improving human health quality in many parts of the world (Bell et al., 2019). Consumption of natural products is important for treating many fatal diseases because they have not been shown to produce toxic effects (Xiang et al., 2018). A large number of scientific literature provides evidence of the ethnopharmacological use of various medicinal plants against various diseases. Because of economic factors, nearly 80% of the population in developing countries still use plant extracts as a drug. A moderate rise in blood pressure reduces life (Zheng et al., 2020). Improvement in BP reduction and control in the peril of related health problems can be done by medications, as well as changes in diet and lifestyle

Complications of Hypertension

 

This disease does not show any early symptoms and eventually is the utmost significant cardiovascular risk factor, also known as silent kills (Artru et al., 2022). Heart attack, congestive heart failure, stroke, chronic kidney disease (hypertensive nephropathy), hypertensive-retinopathy, left-ventricular enlargement, and aneurysm (Aspite et al., 2022). Blood pressure and thus increased heart rate or prolonged hypertension, associated vascularizing and subsequent atherosclerosis are linked to issues with hypertension (Gupta et al., 2022). Accelerated atherosclerosis is accompanied by vascular and cardiac or prolonged hypertension. Hypertension is a major risk factor for causing coronary-artery abnormalities, Hypertrophy of the left ventricular, diastolic dysfunction and systolic dysfunction. It is regarded as a heart disease with hypertension that potentially causes heart failure (Denisova et al., 2022). Microcirculation is affected by hypertension, while accelerates atherosclerosis in large vessels (epicedial) are also affected by hypertension. Atherosclerosis has a great risk factor for creating direct injuries from mechanical stress in endothelial cells. High blood pressure can change permeability and enable the transport of additional lipoproteins to intact endothelial wall cells (Bailey et al., 2022).

Pathophysiology of Hypertension

 

Hypertension (HTN) mechanism is not fully understood, especially for essential hypertension (Webb & Werring, 2022). Hypertension is a disorder of blood regulation; the failure of the kidneys to secrete sodium promotes the excretion of natriuretic factors like atrial natriuretic factor; The overactive renin-angiotensin system causes vasoconstriction and accumulation of sodium and water (Chia, 2022). Blood volume development contributes to HTN. The sympathetic, hyperactive nervous system raises stress (Ekblad et al., 2022). HTN is considered to be inherited and polygenic (caused by more than one gene), and some candidate genes are thought to be etiologically present in this condition (Figure 2).

 

 

Figure 2. Pathophysiology of Hypertension

 

Overview of Phytochemicals  

 

The scientific foundation essential for the formation and invention of novel drugs from a natural source is provided by the chemical characterization and analysis of the plant materials composition. Phytochemicals are natural compounds in fruits, vegetables, aromatic plants, leaves, medicinal plants, flowers, and roots (Shaikh & Patil, 2020). Based on their application in plant metabolism, these are characterized as primary metabolites (proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids) and secondary metabolites (steroids, polyphenols, alkaloids, and carotenoids) (Ike, 2020). This review sums up the existing evidence for the impact of photochemistry on blood pressure (Mondal & Rahaman, 2020). Excessive consumption of fresh vegetables and fruits is likely associated with a lower risk of death related to hypertension prevention.

Polyphenols and Hypertension

 

Polyphenols are natural plant compounds present in plant food (vegetables, fruits, dark chocolate, tea, spices, wine, and herbs) (Liu et al., 2019). They neutralize the damaging free radicals that harm your cells and enhance your risk of conditions like diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease (Waśkiewicz et al., 2019). Polyphenols are secondary metabolites of aromatic plants that spread widely throughout the herb kingdom. They have an aromatic benzene ring carrying one or more hydroxyl substituents derived from the Shikimate pathway or phenylpropanoid metabolism. Above 8000 polyphenol structures have been recognized so far.  Polyphenol compounds include Caffeic acid, Chromogenic acid, Gallic acid, Coumaric acid, Ishamhamnetin, Quercetin, Naringenin, Kaempferol, Floretin, Enterolactone, Enterodiol, and Hesperetin (Durazzo et al., 2019). Thanks to its antioxidant effects and its ability to activate vascular endothelial nitric oxide synthase, polyphenols increase the bioavailability of endothelial nitric oxide and reduce blood pressure.

 

Flavonoids and Hypertension

 

Flavonoids are abundant in dietary plants and herbs. Regular consumption of flavonoids has reduced the onset or progression of many cardiovascular diseases, especially hypertension (Maaliki et al., 2019). Flavonoids compound contains flavones and isoflavones. They have a high concentration in foodstuff like fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains, and soy. Polyphenolic compounds have much influence on the color and flavor of these foods. Flavonols flavones and isoflavones are famous for their hormonal activity but they are also potent antioxidant and tyrosine kinase inhibitor.

 

Carotenoids and Hypertension

 

Pigmented compounds family is synthesized by carotenoid plants and microorganisms but not from the animals. In plants, carotenoids contribute to photosynthetic machines and guard them against photographic harm. The main carotenoid sources in human nutrition are fruits and vegetables (Ahmad et al., 2022). Carotenoids are present as a mini component in fruits and vegetables and also responsible for their colors red, yellow and orange. They are considered responsible for the beneficial property of vegetables and fruits in preventing human diseases like cardiovascular diseases (Toh et al., 2021).

 

Naturally occurring herbs and medicinal plants having antihypertensive potential / Back to nature

Over the past decade, herbal remedies have been used as a method of treatment that has increased remarkably. Having less undesirable side effects, herbal medicine is a low-priced alternative (Thomas et al., 2021). Herbs and herbal remedies are not surprising because they contain thousands of bioactive components whose therapeutic applications are known (Alotiby & Al-Harbi, 2021). Herbs are used as pharmaceutical drugs providing a starting point for synthesizing more than 50%. Validation of these drugs will increase the trust of traditional drug users and cause suspicion of synthesized drugs. For the treatment of hypertension, many herbal drugs are used (Table 1).

 

 

Table 1. Herbal drugs used for the treatment of hypertension

Botanical Name

Common  Name

Family

Chemical Constituent

Reference

Allium Sativum

Garlic

Liliaceae

Sulfur-Containing Compounds Alliin, Ajoene, Diallyl sulfide, Dithiin, Sallylcysteine,

(Agrawal et al., 2010)

Withania Somnifera

Ashwagandha

Solanaceae

Alkaloids Including Withanine, Withananine, Withananinine, Pseudowithanine, Somnine, Somniferinine, and Somniferine. The Leaves Of Indian Chemo Type Contain Withanolides, Including Withaferin A.

(Kushwaha et al., 2012)

Hibiscus Sabdariffa

Hibiscus

Malvaceae

Andhibiscic,Oxalic, Citric,Malic,Tarteric Acid

(Ajay et al., 2007)

Ephedra Sinica, Ephedra Intermedia Or Ephedra Equisetina.

Ma Huang (Herbal Ephedra

Ephedraceae

Contain The Phenylproamine Alkaloids, L-Ephedrine, And Pseudoephedrine. E. Sinica Contains 55-78% Ephedrine And 12-23% Pseudoephedrine.

(Agrawal et al., 2010)

Angelicae Gigantis

Chinese Angelica

Apiaceae

Root Contains Ferulic Acid, About 0.2-0.4% Of Essential Oil, Ligusticide, Brefeldin A, Nicotinic Acid, Angelicide, Succinic Acid, Butylphthalide, and Several Coumarin Constituents.

(Agrawal et al., 2010)

Coleus Forskohlii

Forskolin

Lamiaceae.

Ditermene Coleonol,

(Jagtap et al., 2011)

Vitis Vinifera

Raisins

Vitaceae

Grape Skin Produces Endothelium Dependent Aorta Relaxation Possibly By Its Flavonoids (Quercetin)

(Nassiri‐Asl & Hosseinzadeh,2016)

Panex Ginseng

Ginseng

Araliaceous

Ginsenoside

(Nagar et al., 2020)

Hypericum Perforatum

St.John’s Wort

Hyperi -Caeca

Hype Ricin And Hyperfine

(Villegas & Le, 2019)

Lorentus Ben-Winces

African Milestone

Lorentheacae

Tender Shoots—Contain 10% Tannins

(Shrout et al., 2017)

Cystisus Scoparius

Scotch Broom

Papilionaceae

Quinolizidine Alkaloids; Main Alkaloids Are (−)-Lupanine, Sparteine, Ammodendrine and Various Derivatives; Biogenic Amines, Including Try Amine, Dopamine; Epinine, Is Flavone Glycosides Including Scoparin; Genistein, Essential Oil; Flavonoids; Caffeic Acid and P-Coumaric Acids; Tannins. Seeds Contain Lectins

(Giles et al., 2018)

Cimicifuga Racemosa

Black Cohosh

Ranunculaceae

Triterpene Glycosides,Cycloartanes

(Giles et al., 2018)

Uncaria Tomantosa

Cat’s Claw

Rubeacae

Rhynchophylline, Hirsutine, And Mitraphylline. Rhynchophylline. Three Sterols — Beta Sitosterol (80%), Stigma Sterol, And Campestral—

(Yang, 2019)

Nelumbo Nucifera

Lotus

Nelumbonaceae

Alkaloids Including Isoliensinine, Liensinine, Lotusine, Referine, and Demethylcoclaurine. And Methylcorypalline, Among Them, Referine has been indicated to have A Vasodilating Effect, And Liensinine Has Antihypertensive And Antiarrhymic Abilities

(Mumtaz et al., 2017)

Gingiber Officinalis

Ginger

Zingiberaceae

Volatile Oil  3sesquiterpines: Bisaboline, Zingiberene And Zingiberol

(Baharvand-Ahmadi & Asadi-Samani, 2017)

Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo

Ginkgoaceae

Hydroginkgolic Acid, Phenolic Acids; Ginkgoides Flavonoids Ginkgolic Acid, . Bioflavonoids; Bilobetin Ginkgetin, Sciadopitysin,

(DalBó & de Aguiar Amaral, 2017)

Hydrastis Canadensis

Golden Seal

Ranunculaceae

3 Alkaloid Hydrastine, Berberine,Canadine

(Agrawal et al., 2010)

Crataegus Laevigata/ Crataegus Oxycantha

Hawthorn

Rosaceae

Catechins, Flavonoids, Saponins, Triterpene Amines, And Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins (Opcs

(Chang et al., 2005)

Viscum Album

Mistletoe

Loranthaceae

Toxic Proteins, Viscotoxin Designated Phoratoxin,

(Ofem et al., 2007)

Urtica Dioica

Stinging Nettle

Urticaceae

Histamine, Acetylcholine, And 5hydroxytryptamine (5-HT). Acetylcholine Is Present In The Rhizomes And Cortex, Leaves, and Rootlets, In The Ascending Order Of Concentration.

(Qayyum et al., 2006)

Centella Asiatica

Jalbrahmi

Apiaceae

Pentacyclic Triterpenes Derivativesmadecassosides And Asiaticosides.

(Nisha et al., 2017)

Nigella Sativa

Black Cumin Seeds

Ranunculaceae

Dithymoquinone Thymoquinone, , Thymol, Caracole, Thymohydroquinone,  Tanethole And 4-Terpineol.

(Vaz et al., 2018)

Termenalia Arjuna

Arjuna

Combretaceae.

Triterpenoid Saponins, Flavonoids, Tannins, Ellagic Acid, Phytosterols, Gallic Acid, Magnesium, Opcs, Zinc, Calcium, And Copper

(Dhingra et al., 2013)

Rauwolfia Serpentina

Sankroot

Apocynaceae

Rescinnamine, Serpentinine, Deserpidine, Sarpagine, Ajmaline,  And Chandran

(Oates, 2001)

 

 

Herbal Drugs

 

Allium Sativum

 

Garlic has become a popular name used for a disease world, with a variety of records of hypotensive activity in several diseases, including hyperlipidemia, coronary heart attack, high blood pressure, age-related vascular changes or atherosclerosis, ear pain, syndrome of chronic fatigue (CFS), and menstrual disruption, garlic (Ashraf et al., 2022). Allicin has beneficial healing effects, and garlic odor is the primary active compound attribute. Garlic is considered a strong inhibitor of platelet aggregation. By stimulating the development of the relaxing factor derived from endothelium (EDRF), lower blood pressure causes muscles’ smooth relaxation, and vasodilation is expected to be induced. For many diverse applications, such as decreasing the number of risks related to cardiovascular disease and hypertension (1) lowering cholesterol and LDL, (2) lowering HSD cholesterol, (3) lowering blood pressure, (5) enhancing blood circulation, (7) raising platelet inhibited aggregation and (8) decreased plasma viscosity, It is used in a variety of fields including HBP and the reduction of cardiovascular risk factors (Sawal et al., 2021; Sharma et al., 2021). It is believed that the effect of blood pressure is caused by the opening of ion channels in the vascular smooth muscle membrane (CA) and affects hyperpolarization and causes vasodilation.

 

Uncaria Tomentosa

 

Several species with the cat’s law common name are related to that plant. Different phytochemicals in Uncaria tomentosa aqueous extract have different heart and blood effects (Oogaki et al., 2021). Rhinophilline, hirsutism and mitraphylline are alkaloids of this plant. Rhinophylline has also been an agent for platelet aggregation and thrombosis. Blood clots can be avoided and minimized in blood vessels, endothelial blood vessels can be expanded, peripherals of blood vessels increased, heart rate decreased, and cholesterol reduced (Villegas Vílchez et al., 2022).

 

Various chemical compounds have enhanced body water loss and smooth muscle relaxation (Kolodziejczyk-Czepas et al., 2021). All these results may be beneficial in reducing BP. It has also been suggested that Uncaria tomentosa water extract can help prevent stroke, heart attacks and cardiovascular system disorders (due to reduced C-reactive protein levels).

 

Rauwolfia Serpentina

 

The common name of the plant is snakeroot. This plant is used to treat high blood pressure. The hypertensive plant is considered to be the most effective. Hypertension and other cardiovascular disease reserpine and other alkaloids (Jajra & Rao, 2019). Alkaloid isolated of R. Serpentine is the first effective medicinal drug commonly used in HTN long-term care (Wahid et al., 2020). The treatment of tachycardia and thyrotoxicosis was introduced in 1952 with HTP Serpasil as reserpine. The reserpine, dihydroergocristine and diuretic mixture is still in nature (Brinerdin, Crystepin).

 

Coleus Forskohlii

 

Common name Forskolin is used for medicine in ayurvedic. The Forskolin, an aspect of this plant, has been identified by the Indian Central Medication Research Institute. Forskolin is reported to reduce the effects of blood pressure and relax the arterial vascular smooth muscle (Cammalleri et al., 2020). In research with isolated cardiac tissue, Forskolin- membrane- adenomyosis and cytoplasmic protein kinase cAMP.

 

Ginkgo (Ginkgo Biloba)

 

In the dementia diagnosis, including vascular, mixed dementia, and Alzheimer’s, fruits and leaves from the ginkgo tree. Ginkgo leaf is also utilized for cerebral vascular insufficiency disorders, particularly for the elderly, including headaches, memory loss, dizziness, tinnitus, hearing disorders, and trouble mood (Jialiken et al., 2021). There is also orally consumed for ischemic stroke. Ginkgo was used to improve cognitive problems and sleep habits in patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), depression, CFS, and eye diseases, such as male degree and glaucoma (Das et al., 2022). Flavonoids and glycosides are the main activity of plants. Ginkgo is marketed in combination or as a single herbal compound. Thrombosis, heart disorders; arteriosclerosis, and angina pectoris. The single herbal compound can be found in tablets. Ginkgo extract has a very strong vascular effect. Extracts from Ginkgo leaves can be found in both clinical and experimental data, and the deep-seated medium and small artery regions, in particular, induce vasodilation and increase vascular blood flow (Arunima et al., 2021).

 

Hawthorne (Crataegus oxycantha and Crataegus monogyna)

 

Hawthorne has commonly treated cardiovascular diseases in many societies. However, It consists of active constituents, including oligomeric proanthocyanidins(OPCs), flavonoids, amines, triterpene saponins, and catechins (Bass et al., 2022). Hawthorne showed a lowering mild blood pressure response up to maximal four weeks results. Coronary blood vessels are dilated by herbs. Rat found proanthocyanidins while in vitro study. It is extracted from the hawthorn’s relaxed vascular tone (Shahrestani et al., 2021).

 

European Mistletoe

 

Nowadays, European Mistletoe is favored in medicine because of its hypotensive activity and anticancer properties. Mistletoe is familiar with antispasmodic, tumor-inhibiting, hypotensive, thymus stimulating activity, cardiotonic, and vasodilatory. Its pharmacological outcome includes a hypotensive activity. This was considered during the alcohol extraction of mistletoe (Japanese and European). When executed on cats, European and Japanese mistletoe showed lower blood pressure (Majeed & Rehman, 2021). Similar hypotensive results of mistletoe were shown in other animal experimental studies reported by other researchers.

 

Nigella Sativa

 

Although various medicinal plants (Family Ranunculaceae) are considered important herbs for a wide spectrum of pharmacological potential, cardiovascular disorders are treated with essential oil of this herb having the antioxidant property that makes it useful for the treatment. Thymol, thymoquinone, thymohydroquinone, and dithymoquinone. Carvacrol, t- anethole and 4- terpineol are active constituents of Nigella sativa (Shoaei‐Hagh et al., 2021). The hypotensive action of this herb is just because of its essential oil. The volatile oil in an animal study found potential to act as an antihypertensive agent. Nigella’s antioxidant properties are confirmed by TLC (Thin layer chromatography).

 

Hibiscus Sabdariffa

 

In non-pharmacological treatment, Hibiscus-sabdariffa is one potential. The calyces’ infusions used in folk medicine are effective for High Blood Pressure and other conditions. Many West African countries traditionally used Hibiscus sabdariffa (leaves, calyx, and corolla) for medicinal principles. The antihypertensive response of the Hibiscus sabdariffa plant has been studied variously. Calyx of HS antihypertensive effect was reported in a study. In Lagos, the same results were produced independently (Abdelmonem et al., 2022). Fall in induced hypertensive rates in blood pressure is due to the extracted water of the dry HS (herbaceous stem) calyx, and antihypertensive effects of extracted dry HS attributed to mediation.

 

Ephedra Sinica   

 

Ephedra sinica, Ephedra intermedia or Ephedra equisetina are dry HS (herbaceous stem). For the treatment of asthma, traditional Chinese medicine is commonly Small doses of Ephedra sinica. Phenylproamine alkaloids are present in all three Ephedra. Ephedrine (55-78%) and pseudoephedrine (12-23%) are present in l-ephedrine and d-pseudoephedrine. E. Sinica (Mushagalusa Kasali et al., 2021).  Although ephedra herb is available in a variety for purchase, having different formulas like weight loss formulas. Ephedrine is a recognized sympathomimetic agent with an epinephrine structure, which acts on both α and β-adrenergic receptors (Hong et al., 2021). This relaxes bronchial muscles and induces anti-asthmatic activity through its β-adrenergic function. By the α-1agonist effect, it induces a myocardial stimulation. α-agonistic effect of Ephedrine constricts blood vessels, resulting in increased heart rate and BP (Blood Pressure) with rising cardiac output. Cerebral accidents and myocardial infarcts severe reactions are associated with Ephedra herb. This herb may be useful for lowering blood pressure medications.

 

Conclusion

For primary health care in developing countries, 80% use herbal medicines. Natural products are considered the best primary health care because of lesser side effects, safety, better cultural acceptability and inexpensiveness. Diet, exercise, and stress are the changes made in our lifestyle that can help lower BP (blood pressure). The most studied and widely used for hypertension are Allium Sativum, Uncaria tomentosa, Rauwolfia serpentina, and Coleus forskohlii. Ginkgo, Hawthorne, European Mistletoe, Nigella sativa, Hibiscus sabdariffa, and Ephedra sinica. Herbal medicine is studied as a potential therapeutic agent in treating hypertension.

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