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| Garlic, Valerian and Mistletoe for High Blood Pressure? |
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Robin
Posted on: July 3, 2001
I would like to know whether the abovementioned combination in capsule form would present a problem in terms of a clash of their chemical chains?
I intend to market a product with these ingredients for high blood pressure. Would it also be possible to advise what dosages would be the most advantageous, should the above combination be suitable?
I don’t know about the chemical chains in these herbs.
Herbalists recommend herbs for individual people, and do not recommend combinations without knowing the specific details in the individual patient’s health. Garlic and Valerian are often used in hypertension. Valerian may used for its calming effect in tense people when other indications do not contradict its use. Valerian can have an opposite effect, depending on other symptoms and signs. The maximum recommended dosage is 270 mg, three times a day. Garlic is used as an anticoagulant and to lower cholesterol. Care must be taken that the person is not taking other anticoagulants in either drug or herb form. The recommended daily dosage is 1500 to 3000 mg in capsule form, twice a day with meals. Mistletoe is recommended for herbal practitioner use only. It slows the pulse, and can be dangerous if used improperly. The daily dose in capsule form is 600 mg., three times a day before meals.
I would not recommend an over-the-counter product containing these herbs.