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How to Lower Blood Pressure by Sipping Hibiscus Tea

Sipping hibiscus tea a few times a day can help get blood pressure under control. Studies show hibiscus may act like an ACE inhibitor.
How to Lower Blood Pressure by Sipping Hibiscus Tea

Does your doctor frown over your blood pressure? Sometimes blood pressure is higher in the office than at home. (This is called “white-coat hypertension.”) But if your pressure is starting to climb even when you aren’t sitting in the doctor’s office, you may wish to take action to bring it down. Prompt action might help you avoid prescribed antihypertensive medicine. Perhaps you could start by sipping hibiscus tea.

Husband Lowered Blood Pressure Sipping Hibiscus Tea:

Q. My husband’s blood pressure was creeping up when I read your article on drinking hibiscus tea to lower blood pressure. He has been drinking three cups of Tazo Passion tea with hibiscus every day since then and his blood pressure has gone back to the normal range!

Thank you so much. It’s great to be able to avoid a medication. I shared this info with his doctor; she said she wasn’t familiar with it and wanted the article, as she too is interested in non-pharmaceutical fixes when ever possible.

Nondrug Alternatives for Blood Pressure Control:

A. We’re delighted that your husband’s doctor is interested in evidence-based nondrug alternatives. Hibiscus has a long history as a folk remedy, but there is substantial research on its ability to help control blood pressure (Al Disi, Anwar & Eid, Frontiers in Pharmacology, Jan. 19, 2016).

This lovely red flower works in part by making blood vessels more flexible and by blocking a compound called angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE). That means sipping hibiscus tea works somewhat like popular blood pressure pills such as lisinopril (Nwachukwu et al, Indian Journal of Pharmacology, Sep-Oct. 2015). In fact, a small study found that it has comparable effectiveness.

Anyone who would like to know more about other nondrug approaches may find our Guide to Blood Pressure Treatment helpful.

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About the Author
Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies. .
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