Role of Natural Herbs in the Treatment of Hypertension

Pharmacognosy Review,2011,5,9,30-40.
Published:April 2011
Type:Review Articles
Author(s) affiliations:

Nahida Tabassum, Feroz Ahmad
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Kashmir, Hazratbal, Srinagar, J & K-190 006, India


Hypertension (HTN) is the medical term for high blood pressure. It is dangerous because it makes the heart work too hard and contributes to atherosclerosis (hardening of arteries), besides increasing the risk of heart disease and stroke. HTN can also lead to other conditions such as congestive heart failure, kidney disease, and blindness. Conventional antihypertensives are usually associated with many side effects. About 75 to 80% of the world population use herbal medicines, mainly in developing countries, for primary health care because of their better acceptability with human body and lesser side effects. In the last three decades, a lot of concerted efforts have been channeled into researching the local plants with hypotensive and antihypertensive therapeutic values. The hypotensive and antihypertensive effects of some of these medicinal plants have been validated and others disproved. However, ayurvedic knowledge needs to be coupled with modern medicine and more scientific research needs to be done to verify the effectiveness, and elucidate the safety profile of such herbal remedies for their antihypertensive potential.

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N. Tabassum and Ahmad, F. , Role of Natural Herbs in the Treatment of Hypertension, Pharmacognosy Review, vol. 5, no. 9, pp. 30-40, 2011.