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Life with hypertension

Hello, I'm 49 years old and after a week's use of ginseng tea from TaiwanTCM Liang purchased on the Web can not believe that my blood pressure has stabilized and my values are from 120-135 / 70-80. I stopped without informing doctors to take medicine to pressure - because I cause side effects - pressure fluctuated me, my head ached and I was coughing. Now I only have to worry that the magic is not over. Please, I'll have to drink this tea to end his days? I am writing to you but because you allege, that ginseng may interact with medications and that we should consult a doctor. This information I laughed, my dear and worthy of the district doctor who wanted me to help by prescribing medication for high blood pressure do not know anything about this, of course, does not recognize the effects of ginseng and does not know. You can not please me to briefly outline with which drugs should not combine ginseng? I ordered another dose of hope and I expect that my condition does not deteriorate, it is probably too short a period for evaluation. But even so, thank you very much and if you're interested, I'll write how my condition develops. Regards and thanks. JZ


Relaxing effect of ginseng on vascular smooth muscle allosteric activation of NO synthase 3, by increasing its gene expression and normalization of the stress axis is known for quite some time. They also confirm recent scientific studies ( Chen1996cpg , Chow1976psc , Jeon2000ekr , Han1998erg , Sung2000erg ). Early on, however, important to note a few things.

Hypertension is only a symptom

First, hypertension is not so much a disease but rather a symptom, like fever. Like fever, hypertension and there are different and each requires a different treatment. Ginseng excels in hypertension primary (essential, idiopathic) , which is in the majority of our population - make up 95% of all hypertension. Minor (said secondary) hypertension , the cause of which lies in other diseases, are treated with other drugs, and also in the ginseng may not always take, or even in specific cases may be beneficial. Therefore, and this brings me to my second comment, I recommend while still taking ginseng (tid) to measure pressure. Therefore also I recommend physician supervision. And it's not just because the doctors are the only ones in our right to therapeutic error.

Dr. House is not just a fairy tale character

Although readers' letters read carefully and I am assuming a lot, I'm a huge disadvantage against someone who you have in front of him in his office and can send you on specialized examinations. I am only a biologist, not a psychic. All their recommendations for this reason, provide only advice to consider the good doctor. Really good doctors, as good as the legendary Dr. House, but real, for us really exist. I know this because at least two, I personally knew: One of them was related to my uncle, an internist who wore all medical books in my head. The second is my former classmate , who studied medicine and became Angiologist in Bratislava and later in Brno. This is a doctor who not only takes his work seriously, but it has eidetic knowledge of medicine, human genes and chemistry, which I always tops (and that even Dr. physics as a woman :-). This man, even if the ginseng knew nothing, would you within 3 hours of its effects around rehearsed and would immediately it correctly ranked in Penza their knowledge, despite the false negative propaganda that ginseng have been doing since the 90s, some wannabe "medical" journals.

Each physician must be to a large extent, a detective. A good doctor is not easy to deceive, whether it tested patients or propagandists. Once you have a doctor tells you that ginseng does not recognize, do not tell him that the ginseng was written more scientific publications than any other medicinal plant. Answer him with a smile that ginseng in one of its parts and recommend the series Dr. House and watch his reaction. (Specifically, it was the recovery of immunity after accidental exposure of the patient. Dr. House, if you remember, the recommended herbs and Chinese Cordyceps (Cordyceps sinensis) , but I forgot what the indication.)

For further answers to your questions

If the spell ends

Maybe not, but you have to pressure three times a day to measure how well you've surely done well so far.

Side effects of your medication for high blood pressure

According secondary symptoms that you describe, you may have been prescribed amlodipine. His withdrawal is arbitrary but something here I can not and I do not even permitted to prescribe. Once again, find a doctor who will not only kind and good, but will be in addition to thousands of industrial medicine know the indication of thousands of active secondary metabolites freely available in nature.

How long do you have to take ginseng

Hypertension is a chronic disease and its treatment is causal exceptions beyond the possibilities of contemporary medicine. If you are interested in preventing the dreaded complications of hypertension - heart attack and stroke - hypertension must be treated symptomatically, ie the artificial lowering of blood pressure. Symptomatic treatment course does not remove the real cause of hypertension. In other words, exactly as you say, you will need for hypertension until the end of your days to take something. If you takes ginseng, you can talk about happiness. Ginseng has fewer side-effects because it lowers blood pressure by turning the ignition key, not pulled out the fuel supply hose, as do the blockers of Ca 2+ channels.

Taking ginseng with other medicines

How did she knew, ginseng is itself a medicine for high blood pressure and other problems. His interaction (interaction) with other drugs but is weaker than we expected, because ginseng accepted long term in low doses has only a slight change of expression of certain genes. This does not change the physiology of the organism so that it significantly affected industrial effect of drugs acting at the most allosterically finished protein. Do therefore haunt false "interactions" of ginseng and other herbs that are here and there roztrubovány from about 90 years in magazines intended for medical audience. Ginseng is one of the safest herbs and can be taken through self-regulation - when someone ginseng does not do well, so it simply discontinued.

When not to use ginseng

We have registered a case of the negative effects of ginseng in renal hypertension. I also kept the traditional recommendation not to take ginseng in acute febrile diseases, particularly bacterial.

Other bogies (all kind of interactions and contraindications) are, as I suggested above, mostly fictional, so that they coincide with the main indications. For example can serve should be widely roztrubovaná "interaction" with warfarin, which is used as a drug for heart problems - but they are also one of the main indications of ginseng. Another example is the interaction with drugs against diabetes - in fact ginseng itself acts slightly antidiabetic and reduces the complications of diabetes . Doctors these false contraindications can easily refute the fact that the study of scientific literature will be read publications written by experts on ginseng, not overviews of hired writers' different herbs in medicine. "

This is with you say goodbye for now. About your experience and interest we love to hear from you again.


| 15.2.2011

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