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Natural Remedies for High Blood Pressure in Lungs:Pulmonary Hypertension

Updated on May 1, 2016
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Hello, this is living with pulmonary hypertension since 2004. Okay, I know that pulmonary hypertension is a rare and deadly disease but I would like you to know that there is a hope and we can still live a quality of life, Nothing is impossible. We have to have a positive attitude and determination to do anything, to stay strong and active.

Do not see a doctor who makes you feel you cannot get better. Negative suggestions and talks can have a disastrous effect on your health.

Find another doctor and stay in touch with them. This is very crucial to take all the medications as prescribed and go for a regular checkup. Always, follow healthy balanced diet, do yoga and exercises.

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What is Pulmonary Hypertension?

When the small arteries of the lung become narrowed due to autoimmune disease, COPD,heart condition, HIV or some other unknown reason, they cannot carry as much blood as they would do normally. Therefore, the right side of heart start working harder and harder and a pressure builds up in the lung which is called pulmonary hypertension. How the blood reaches in to the lungs? The right side of the heart pumps blood into the lungs. The blood picks up oxygen from the lungs and then returns to the left side of the heart. From left side of the heart it travels to entire body. So, this means, pressure affects both heart and lungs and prevent their ability to work properly. The lung`s pressure is different than the normal high blood pressure. Over the years pulmonary hypertension makes the right side of the heart to become larger. Sadly, there is not enough blood to flows in to the lungs to pick up oxygen and deliver to the other parts of the body. At this point the heart failure could happen to the right side of the heart and is called cor pulmonale.

Healthy lungs
Healthy lungs

Since I follow these steps and I know that these are the most effective home remedies to stabilized pulmonary hypertension condition:

  • Garlic is the best home remedies that contain high antioxidant and polyphenol. Start adding chopped garlic (Finely chop and weight 5 minutes before taking it) in your food.
  • Keep your food intake light and easy to digest. Stay away with milk and milk products to reduce mucous.
  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol and quit smoke. All of them can cause the worst effect on your lungs, gastrointestinal, nervous system and urinary tract.
  • Control your weight so that your heart does not have to work hard.
  • Do not stress out. Stay calm and peaceful, breathe deep.
  • Do not work out strenuously that can dramatically lower blood pressure or increase your blood pressure
  • Do exercise as much as possible. Stay active
  • Do not live at high attitude or travel unless your doctor permits you.
  • Get enough sleep and rest.

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Diet for Pulmonary Hypertension

Consume foods that are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids which increases the production of nitric oxide. Nitric Oxide is a soluble gas and synthesized by endothelial cells and plays an important role to treat pulmonary hypertension.

The other foods that help to boost healthy endothelial cells are antioxidants like vitamins C and E and polyphenols like onions, grapes, apples, dark leaf, red wine, soy protein and prune.

Eating heart-healthy diet like fruits, vegetables, pasta, rice, nuts and olive oil with only a couple servings of chicken or fish each week.

Beta carotein helps repair and protect lung tissues.

Vitamin E is an antioxidant healing agent and reduces oxygen need.

Follow the diet could decrease endothelial abnormalities.

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Breathing Yoga Exercise

Yoga plays an important role in healing so many diseases, like high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and coronary heart diseases. There are five essential parts of the yoga technique. The first one is yoga asana or postures then pranayam or breathing technique, deep relaxation, imaginary or visualization and meditation. But if you think it`s too much to do, then at least do Anulom-Vilom and Kapalbhati daily. These two breathing techniques are helping me tremendously to stabilize my pulmonary conditions and other problems since last 8 years.

Anulom Vilom Breathing Exercise:

Sit in a quiet place with close your eyes. Relax in this position for 2 minutes. With the right thumb, close your right nostril.Breathe in from your left nostril, count to 4. Hold the breath count to 2.Now open your right nostril and close left nostril with middle and ring finger together. Breathe out from right nostril. Count to 8. This is one round.

Do these again, breathe in from right nostril, close the right nostril. Open left nostril and breathe out. Repeat again, steps 1 through 7.You need to practice this breathing exercise for about 10-12 minutes every day. Make sure to breathe deep into your lungs and not into the stomach. Most parts that absorb oxygen are in our lungs, not in stomach. This is one of the most effective breathing exercise to purify the mind and releasing stress and anxiety.

Benefit; Helpful to the people with heart condition, high blood pressure, pulmonary hypertension,heart blockages, depression, migraine pain, asthma, sinus and allergy

Kapalbhati Breathing Exercise

What is Kapalbhati? "Kapal" means forehead and "bhati" means shining glow on your forehead. This is also done in sitting position and quite place. You need to focus more on exhaling while inhaling at normal pace. When you exhale it contracts the abdominal muscles. Continue exhaling as long as you can without paying much attention on inhaling. Do this for five minutes and then rest. Continue the same procedure again for another 5 minutes. You need to practice this kapalbhati breathing exercise for 15 minutes.

Benefits; control obesity, diabetes, kidney and prostate diseases, heart, brain and lung problems, pulmonary hypertension and many other diseases.

Meditation:

To reduce your stress and anxiety, calm the brain, balance the energies and avoid any heart diseases and lung disease, do meditation once daily. Sit in a comfortable position cross both your legs, bring your hands together and inhale deep in to your lungs. Press both hands against each other and hold them close to your heart like as if you are doing prayer. Close your eyes and stay in this position for 5 minutes till you feel calm and peace inside your body. Do this every day for only 5-10 minutes.

Find an art of living center in your area and join it.

Remember: Stay strong & active

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      Melissa Mack 8 months ago

      Great input, thanks a lot. I this this vieo could be a great value and I love the details and information included about blood pressure.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2U0U44lYXKw

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      Rubina 14 months ago

      I just found out I have pulmonary hypertension after reading the article I really am aware of my condition I am not ready to give up i have God on my side would love to keep readying now that I know all about my condition I will do what ever it takes to stay healthy and stay here for many more years God be with you always

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      Cristin 19 months ago

      I've just been diagnosed. 45 and very sad. I want to see my daughter ( now 10) grow to womanhood. :( thank you for this article and all your advise. I feel very alone.

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      Milli 2 years ago from USA

      Thanks Beth!

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      Beth 2 years ago

      I liked this article. Its great advice and not just for people with physical problems. These types of lifestyle changes may even prevent many problems.

      Regarding beta carotene, it should be noted that it should be taken in the form of food as the supplement form can cause various cancers and even lung cancer in smokers or ones who recently quit, according to the National Institute of Health and CDC.

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      Milli 2 years ago from USA

      Marie, I am wearing CPAP also since last one and half years. Just don't give up. Are you not getting Medicare? You should be on permanent disability and getting medicare. Ask your doctor. Sorry. for the late response. I was not active on hubpages since last few years and taking care of my health.

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      Marie 3 years ago

      I was diagnosed 15 mts ago with pulmonary hypertension I am almost non functional wiped out all the time no meds yet I do cpap at night caused by sodium drop of 117 now I am pretty much in the bed all day is there help out there

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      Milli 4 years ago from USA

      My doctor has also diagnosed me diabetic due to steroid medicine( prednisone) and high A1C in blood test. Tell her to be positive, be active, do breathing yoga exercise or join an art of living,Sudarshan Kriya course,if she has any center near her. I have joined it 6 month ago,its helping me a lot and making me stronger.

      Let me know if you have any question or if she wants to talk to me.Take care.

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      tshubert 4 years ago

      My daughter was just diagnosed I don't know what stage she's in or what I am scared, she is also diabetic... I am praying for u and her God bless...

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      Milli 4 years ago from USA

      Thanks for visiting and commenting. God bless you!

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      gem 4 years ago

      I love your hub. I am awaiting tests and results to see if I have this and you have given me much hope. Thank you for posting.xx

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      Milli 4 years ago from USA

      Thanks for visiting and I wish the best to your mother in law too.

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      Frenchie 4 years ago

      Hello, my mother in law was just diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension. We don't know yet what is causing it or if it is secondary or primary but I thought I would get myself informed and your hub had given me a lot of info and hope as well. Thank you and I wish you the best

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      Milli 5 years ago from USA

      Breathing exercise is the one what making me strong. Sure,please teach your mother. She will get benefit. Thanks for your nice comments.

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      Redberry Sky 5 years ago

      I do breathing exercises as part of my yoga routine, but I was never sure if they would be helpful or harmful to my mother (who has COPD) - but I think after reading this that I'll start to teach them to her. Very informative Hub, thank you :)

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      Milli 5 years ago from USA

      Peggy W, thanks for your kind words. May God Bless you too.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      You are an inspiration to many people I am sure. Your positive attitude shines through your words. I like the fact that you are promoting natural things that can actually help everyone no matter what their physical condition happens to be at this moment in time. Voted up, useful and will SHARE. Thanks and may God bless you!

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      Milli 5 years ago from USA

      Yes, breathing exercise and correct diet, keeping me alive since last 8 years. Thank you so much for visiting and leaving an encouraging comments. God Bless you!

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      Zebrahut 5 years ago from UK

      You have some really good advice for readers. I've just spent the last two years rebuilding my health after a heart attack and diet, breath control and daily walking played a big part in my recovery. As you point out - a positive attitude is also very important for what at times can be a very challenging road both physically and mentally.

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      Milli 5 years ago from USA

      KrystalD, thanks for visiting and commenting. God Bless you!

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      KrystalD 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      This was a very informative hub and your beautiful organization made it easy to read. Help conditions such as these can be difficult but I think one's attitude has a lot to do with how it will all play out. Your remedies seem natural and effective which is awesome! Voting up!