Valerian for High Blood Pressure?
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: P. Yvonne
Posted on: December 17, 2005

I hope to buy valerian but am wondering if I can take it as I take medication for high blood pressure.

I would appreciate your advice and more info on valerian.

Valerian is often used in high blood pressure, for its relaxing and anti-spasmodic actions. There is more information on valerian on our website at Choose "Q&A" from the main menu, then enter "valerian" for the search.

In herbal medicine, valerian may be one of several herbs prescribed for a person with high blood pressure. Herbal recommendations are different for each individual, depending on their symptoms and lifestyle.

Herbal treatment works on correcting the problem rather than just lowering the blood pressure. It may include diet, exercise, stress management recommendations, a herbal diuretic, a herbal relaxant, a herb to support the heart & circulation and one to help lower the cholesterol and lipids that may be clogging the arteries. The aim with this treatment is to prevent further damage, and to correct the factors causing high blood pressure. Often, once the blood pressure has lowered and lifestyle changes have been put into practise, the herbal medications are no longer required. To find the treatment suitable for you, I suggest that you visit a natural practitioner. To find a practitioner in your area, search for "herbalist" on our Questions and Answers search page. The item "Finding a Herbalist" lists organizations of qualified natural practitioners.

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