Ask Me About Blood Pressure

‘If you don’t know your blood pressure, it’s like not knowing the value of your company.’

Dr Mehmet Oz

If you have any questions about blood pressure, please use the comments box below and I will do my best to answer as soon as possible. Please note, I can only give general advice. If you have any persistent symptoms or health worries, or are concerned about your own blood pressure readings, it’s important to consult your own doctor.

I am often asked about the effectiveness of natural remedies for high blood pressure, so I’ve given all the evidence based figures for how well different approaches work at this link: Natural Remedies For High Blood Pressure.

Let me know what remedies you’ve found most helpful!

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4 thoughts on “Ask Me About Blood Pressure

  • JB

    Hello – the article on red reishi is interesting. I take 32mg of Candesartan each morning, which I assume isn’t an immunosuppressive / anticoagulants or cholesterol-lowering medication, so would I be okay to take red reishi as well? I have got my BP down from the high 170s (at times it was in the 190s!) to mid 140s but am still trying to get it in to the 130s, and doing lots of intense exercise, avoiding all caffeine and alcohol and doing my best to avoid salt, but despite all these efforts, still can’t get it any lower hence my interest in red reishi.

    • DrSarahBrewer Post author

      Hi JB, I’ve checked with the Natural Medicines interaction database and it says: “Theoretically, concurrent use of reishi mushroom with antihypertensive drugs might increase the risk of hypotension.” Having said that, any oral supplement that lowers BP would have the same flag. If you do decide to take reishi – or any other natural approach – it’s important to monitor your blood pressure closely initially, and if taking a supplement, start with a low dose. I’ve just written an overview of all the blood pressure lowering natural remedies HERE. Hope that helps – it includes 39 possible approaches and the evidence behind them. Best wishes, Sarah B

  • Arnie T Alcazar

    Is it true that while blood pressure treatments lower hypertension, they also kill the liver slowly, among other side effects.

    • DrSarahBrewer Post author

      Hi Arnie, most antihypertensive medicines don’t have adverse effects on the liver, but if you are concerned your doctor can check your liver function for you. The Patient Information Leaflet provided with each medicine will list possible side effects. Best wishes, Sarah B