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Rauwolfia serpentina
Rakesh_Chicago posted:
I had hypertension around 140/90 few months back and recently I visited india, my home country.

My father took me to homeopathic doctor,he told me to use "Rauwolfia serpentina" to reduce this BP.

After I come back US, I started using it and it made me feel better compared to other medicines. Now my numbers are 140/74.

I hesitate to use other medicines since they do have more side effects, my sex life was down before.

Please expert advice, however I will check with my family doctor.

Amelia_WebMD_Staff responded:
Hi Rakesh_Chicago,

I am glad that you are going to consult your family doctor about your changes in hypertension and past side effects with medication. That is your best plan by far!

Here is a link to an article entitled,
Complementary and Alternative Treatments for High Blood

At the bottom of the page under Herbal Therapies for High Blood Pressure it does state, "The efficacy and safety of herbal therapies, such as Rauwolfia serpentina (snakeroot), Stephania tetrandra (tetrandrine), Panax notoginseng (ginseng), and Crataegus species (hawthorn) for treating high blood pressure have not been extensively studied. Because of potential health risks associated with these herbs, it is imperative that you inform your doctor if you plan to use or are already using them. This is even more important if these herbs are used in combination with high blood pressure drugs."

I hope that you and your doctor can find something that is suitable for you with minimum side effects. Please take care!
Best Wishes! Amelia
Christopher O'Connor, MD replied to Amelia_WebMD_Staff's response:
Please discuss your BP goals, possible medications and concerns with your physician.
saltranger responded:
Hi..I have been using Rauwolfia for 3 months now and my BP remains 125/85,where previously it had been 145/100.

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