Herbal Works Against Hypertension


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Sherri Stickler left her five year old business, Synergy Herbal Works, in Cookeville, Tennessee, a few years ago. With three employees and two full-time employees, she was feeling the pressure of being a business owner. Her business had fluctuated throughout the years and she needed to have more than one employee to meet the demands of a growing business. In the summer she had also had the need for more merchandise. Her first concern with moving was where to move to.

As she looked around, she noticed that most of the local retailers were selling allopathic medicines, such as Syroxin, Demulcentin and Preparation H. She wondered how she could sell her products without using the name Synergy Herbal Works. So, after much discussion with her, she decided to put up a sign in her window advertising that her business was now open to the public. Surprisingly, not only did this bring her a lot of customers, but it also led to increased sales. Stickler attributes this increase in sales to her new attitude towards her business.

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An Overview

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As she explains: “The biggest thing that changed my mind was my children. They made me really realize that I was doing something wrong. I began to look at all of the factors associated with my business the right way. For example, I didn’t want to sacrifice anything to sell herbal remedies. I felt if I took the time to do this then my customers would come to me instead of trying to find an alternative therapies that might work for them.”

Herbal works are actually a part of an overall plan of care that addresses the three primary factors associated with herbal medicine use and sales. First, the main focus is on disease prevention. The second focus is on disease treatment. The third factor is quality of life improvement. By addressing each of these three issues, a person’s health is bound to improve.

Herbs and Hypertension

To address the disease prevention component of the equation, strict adherence to recommended dosages is required by most herbal remedies. Herbalists and their staffs are very aware of the fact that not everyone will take the same dosage of a given herbal remedy. This is why they have created a recommended dosage calculator that allows patients and their doctors to calculate proper dosages based on age, weight, height, gender, and other factors. This calculator can be used in conjunction with other recommended drug adherence forms, such as the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recommended drug units (IDUs).

Herbalists and pharmacies are also very aware of the potential for conflicts of interest between consumers, pharmacies, and doctors. Some doctors may prescribe herbal medicines but not all patients are willing to purchase them. In some cases, the sale of herbal medications can conflict with the practice of consuming other prescribed drugs. Furthermore, certain medicines can result in adverse reactions in certain people. This is why these factors are considered in the process of formulation.

Another important consideration is the demographics of the population studied. The study was done primarily with adults but the research has been proven in other studies to also work with adolescents and children. However, this is an area that has received much less research attention. One reason for this is that few hospitals and/or healthcare centers offer treatments and/or research opportunities for alternative medicines use in the medical wards. Another is that even when treatment options are accessible, few medical experts have had years of experience with treating adults with these products. Because of these and other concerns, more research is needed to evaluate the efficacy of herbal treatment options in the medical wards.

Bottom Line

There is limited evidence that supports the claim that using natural remedies and products will prevent or reduce the onset of hypertension. This statement is based on the fact that very few (if any) studies have demonstrated a reduction in hypertension in people who report not taking any prescription medications or who report a history of hypertension. There are some exceptions to this general rule. For example, some studies have demonstrated that herbal treatments were effective in reducing blood pressure among patients with mild hypertension. Therefore, it is clear that this condition is not amenable to the use of alternative medicine use.

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