RX-Hypertension Fayetteville NC

To control high blood pressure, doctors usually recommend lifestyle changes—exercise, relaxation, and cutting back on salt—plus medication. Soon, daily hibiscus tea may join that line up.

Virat Lohavichan, MD
(910) 323-1315
1123 Longleaf Dr
Fayetteville, NC
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Cardiology
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Medical School: Mahidol Univ-Siriraj Hosp, Fac Of Med, Bangkok, Thailand
Graduation Year: 1963

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Paul Weldon Boyles, MD
(910) 673-2464
PO Box 41005
Fayetteville, NC
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Medical School: New York Univ Sch Of Med, New York Ny 10016
Graduation Year: 1953

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David Branson Gilbert, MD
(919) 323-1322
1756 Metromedical Dr
Fayetteville, NC
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Medical School: Univ Of Co Sch Of Med, Denver Co 80262
Graduation Year: 1965
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Hospital: Cape Fear Valley Med Center, Fayetteville, Nc
Group Practice: Lafayette Clinic Pa

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Thor Klang, MD
(910) 485-6470
3634 Cape Center Dr
Fayetteville, NC
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Medical School: New York Med Coll, Valhalla Ny 10595
Graduation Year: 1988

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Hari Parshad Saini, MD
(503) 215-2300
2149 Valleygate Dr Ste 101
Fayetteville, NC
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Medical School: Wright State Univ Sch Of Med, Dayton Oh 45401
Graduation Year: 1992

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William Neal Newman, MD
(919) 787-5380
1205 Longleaf Dr
Fayetteville, NC
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Medical School: Duke Univ Sch Of Med, Durham Nc 27710
Graduation Year: 1977

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Agodichi U Nwosu, MD
(615) 893-1360
909 S McPherson Church Rd
Fayetteville, NC
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Medical School: Univ Of Ilorin, Fac Of Hlth Sci, Ilorin, Kwara, Nigeria
Graduation Year: 1983

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Rakesh Kumar Gupta, MD
(937) 294-6711
1880 Quiet Cv
Fayetteville, NC
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Medical School: Gov'T Med Coll, Punjabi Univ, Patiala, Punjab, India
Graduation Year: 1973

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Timothy Pierce Blair, MD
(910) 485-6470
3634 Cape Center Dr
Fayetteville, NC
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Cardiology, Internal Medicine
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Medical School: Univ Of Va Sch Of Med, Charlottesville Va 22908
Graduation Year: 1974

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3634 Cape Center Drive
Fayetteville, NC
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RX-Hypertension

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By Jennifer Pirtle

According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Association, nearly one-third of Americans suffer from hypertension (high blood pressure). Like thin-walled hoses holding too much water pressure, the blood vessels of hyper- tensives become stretched and fragile. The intense pressure can also endanger the other organs and lead to heart and kidney failure, strokes, or blindness.

To control high blood pressure, doctors usually recommend lifestyle changes—exercise, relaxation, and cutting back on salt—plus medication. Soon, daily hibiscus tea may join that line up. It appears to ease mild hypertension the same way many anti-hypertensive drugs do—by opening the blood vessels, decreasing the viscosity of the blood, and increasing urine production (which reduces blood volume).

Hibiscus teas are made from the flowering bush Hibiscus sabdariffa, a relative of the yard-dwelling tropical beauty with the dinner plate-sized flowers. Sometimes called roselle or karkade, the plant grows a thick, juicy calyx (the ring around the base of the blossom) that people the world over use for flavorings, drinks, desserts, and now, hypertension treatment. In a study published in Phytomedicine in 2004, patients drank a daily infusion of 10 grams of the dried calyxes. Study results show the tea controlled mild to moderate hypertension as effectively as captopril, a leading drug for hypertension and heart failure.

It also works quickly. The Journal of Ethnopharmacology reported that after just 12 days, 31 patients drinking hibiscus tea averaged an 11.2 percent drop in systolic blood pressure (SBP) and a 10.7 percent drop in diastolic blood pressure (DSP). (Your heart generates SBP during a beat and DSP between beats.) In hypertensive individuals, SBP tops 140 and DSP 90. Normal blood pressure measures below 120 SBP and 80 DSP, which means hibiscus tea could bring a mild case of hypertension down to near normal in less than two weeks.

How should hypertensives use this wonder beverage? If you currently take blood-pressure medication, Ellen Kamhi, PhD, RN, and coauthor of The Natural Medicine Chest (Evans & Co., 2000), recommends working with an herb-savvy medical professional using conventional diagnostic techniques to make sure your blood pressure stays within acceptable levels as you slowly cut back on one pharmaceutical drug at a time. “Herbs’ benefit-to-risk ratio is much better than pharmaceutical drugs’,” she adds, “so it’s worth your time
to experiment.”

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