Dysautonomia: Controlling Fluctuating Blood Pressure
Hello Ted, I want to thank you for your wonderful contributions to the EarthClinic site. So thorough and informative, you give me hope!
The remedies for hypertension are good, but my condition is that my blood pressure fluctuates wildly from high when I am lying down (often systolic in 180s and up) and after a couple of minutes standing up very low (often in 80s and 90s). At night I have to urinate frequently, so I use my BP cuff 5 or 6 times per night, which is how I know these readings. Doctor had me on minoxidil at night, but it gives me palpitations all day, which beta blockers no longer stop, and I cannot stand up or walk or think when I have them. I try sleeping upright, but the degenerative vertebrae and arthritis in my spine make it too painful to do all night.
I am using ACV + BS + molasses + hibiscus + cinnamon twice a day now. Love the flavor! I haven't seen any changes in the week since beginning this regimen, but I am hopeful. I am off minoxidil and beta blockers because I cannot tolerate the effects. I eat a balanced diet, mostly crispy-steamed or raw veggie, all organic of course, wild fish three times a week, very rarely any meat, no gluten, no refined sugar. I take fish oil and a multi-vitamin & multi-mineral powder.
Dysautonomia is now being recognized as a 'condition' by the AMA, but mostly they deal with orthostatic hypotension, which is what I have, but not in combination with supine hypertension, which I also have. I guess I need something that will improve the tone of my vascular system, to get it expanding and contracting as it should.
By the way, I am 81, but have lots of important things to do for the world before I move along, so I need relief! I'm not expecting you to come up with a miracle cure for an old lady, but I know how well you research the remedies you recommend, and wonder if you have any ideas.