Hypertension in the Ping-Yang Seaweed Culture Unit in the Province of Zhejiang, China, 110 cases of hypertension were treated by seaweed root powder; in 19 cases (17.3 percent), diastolic blood pressure was reduced by over 20mm of mercury and in 65 cases (5 9.1 percent), diastolic blood pressure was reduced by 10 to 19mm or to lower than 90mm of mercury and systolic blood pressure reduced by more than 20mm of mercury. The report concluded that the total effective rate of 76.4 percent was achieved and that seaweed roots are waste materials, readily available without any side effects, thus making the therapy both effective and economical. In a clinical report, 30 to 40g dried peanut plants were boiled to make tea as a daily dosage for 2 weeks; patients were instructed to drink the tea from peanut plants on an irregular basis after blood pressure returned to normal. Twenty cases of hypertension were treated by this method; the majority showed improvements within 3 days with a significant decrease in blood pressure (the mean value-systolic pressure was reduced by 29mm and diastolic pressure by 30mm of mercury). A patient of hypertension in Tianjin, China, wrote to an editor to say that he had been suffering from hypertension with dizziness and constipation for many years but had been unable to find a cure; subsequently, he began to eat 5 bananas every day, which eventually cured his disease.
A Chinese physician reported a 49-year-old female patient suffered from hypertension with occasional constipation, headache and dizziness; she had taken honey for 2 months, which reduced her blood pressure to normal and cured her constipation as well.
There are basically 3 ways to cope with hypertension, according to the Chinese Nutritional Therapy.
First, eat more foods that can soften the blood vessels, such as kelp, sea grass, mung bean sprouts, fruits and others, to prevent arteriosclerosis.
Second, use vegetable oils such as sesame, peanut, olive, sunflower and corn oil, instead of animal fats and oils to reduce the level of cholesterol; and avoid foods with a high cholesterol level, such as egg yolk, liver and kidneys.
Third, eat more foods that can reduce blood pressure, such as celery, hawthorn fruit, banana and persimmon.
- Wash 500g fresh celery and squeeze out the juice; mix the juice with 50ml honey in a small pan. Divide and drink twice a day for 15 days. Leave a gap of 20 days and repeat.
- Soak mung beans in water overnight; the next day, boil with an equal amount of seaweed and some rice. This recipe should be consumed on a regular basis.
- Eat 1 to 2 fresh tomatoes on an empty stomach first thing in the morning for 15 days. Repeat from time to time as a treatment program. This is also good for constipation.
- Cook 2 fresh tomatoes with 3 stalks of celery as soup; season with a little salt and drink this narural simple soup once a week.
- Chop 750g water chestnuts and 750g radishes; squeeze out the juice; mix with a few teaspoonfuls honey. Drink the juice twice a day, half of the portion each time.
- Fry 20g kelp with 20 black soybeans; boil kelp and soybeans in 3 cups water until water is reduced by half. Eat as soup.
I recommend that you regularly eat seaweed, mung beans, hawthorn fruit, clams and mung bean sprouts.
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Disclaimer: This article is not intended to diagnose or assess. The information provided is not to be considered a substitute for consultation with a qualified health care practitioner.