Herbs to Increase Low Blood Pressure

Low blood pressure, also known as hypotension, can trigger symptoms in people such as dizziness and fainting. In addition, a low blood pressure may mean that your brain and organs are not receiving sufficient amounts of nutrients and oxygen. A low blood pressure is generally considered to be 90 millimeters of mercury, mm Hg, or less over 60 mm Hg or less. This may vary from person to person. Treatment can include medications and lifestyle changes, including herbal remedies. Speak to your doctor before taking any herbal supplements, and never replace other forms of treatment with herbs.

Certain herbs, such as yohimbe, may raise your blood pressure levels. Credit: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Licorice

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Licorice is a herbal remedy that has been used for digestive system problems such as heartburn, stomach ulcers, and colic. According to MedlinePlus, licorice can act to increase your blood pressure. It is important that you not consume this remedy in large amounts if you already have high blood pressure, since this can contribute to heart problems. MedlinePlus says that 30 grams per day or more can be harmful. Consult your doctor before taking this remedy.

Bitter Orange

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Bitter orange is a herb traditionally used for indigestion, nausea, and constipation. This herb is also used for heartburn, nasal congestion, and and weight loss. According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, this herb may increase your blood pressure and heart rate. Therefore, it may not be a safe dietary supplement, particularly if you have high blood pressure or heart conditions. Consult your doctor before use.

Black Tea

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Black tea is a herb from the camellia sinesis plant. According to MedlinePlus, this tea has been used to treat headaches, prevent heart disease, and lower blood pressure. MedlinePlus says that consuming black tea may help reduce the risk of dizziness upon standing, a condition called orthostatic hypotension, in older people. You can talk to your doctor to determine if this herb can benefit you and an appropriate dosage.

Yohimbe

Yohimbe is a herb used for sexual dysfunction, particularly erectile dysfunction in men. This herb can be consumed as a tea, extract, capsule or tablet. According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, this herb has been linked to an increased heart rate and an increased blood pressure in people. It can be harmful if taken for a prolonged period. Consult your doctor before consuming this herb.

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