Low Blood Pressure Causes: Natural Home Remedies & Risk Factors

Low blood pressure or Hypo-tension is blood pressure below the normal range. In such cases the action of heart forcing the blood through the arteries is weak.

Dizziness, weakness, fatigue and lethargy are the main symptoms and occasionally the patient may faint.

Causes of low blood pressure or hypotension include:

  • Faulty nutrition and malnutrition is the main cause.
  • Diet deficient in B Vitamins, Vitamin C, protein and calories cause malnutrition.
  • Loss of blood, emotional problems, prolonged frustration and disappointments are other causes.

Home Remedies For Low Blood Pressure

Adopt exclusive fresh fruit diet for 3 days. It should be followed by a milk and fruit diet for 2 to 3 weeks before starting with a well-balanced diet.

Warm water enema should be administered initially.

  • Juice of raw beet is a very effective remedy. Drink a cup of this juice twice daily.
  • Spikenard (herb) is effective against low blood pressure. 30 to 40 grains along with little camphor and cinnamon should be taken.
  • Protein, Vitamin C and all vitamins of B group helps in prevention and treatment.
  • Salt helps restore normal blood pressure levels. Half a teaspoon salt dissolved in water should be taken daily till required level is reached.
  • Walking, swimming and bicycling should be undertaken.
  • Sun and air bath, daily dry friction and sponge are advisable.
  • Hot Epsom salt bath is the simplest remedy. Immerse in the bath for 10 to 20 minutes before going to bed.
  • Wrong thinking, unnecessary worries and overwork should be avoided.

Risk Factors Of Low Blood Pressure

Some of the risks of low blood pressure include:

  1. Sometimes in older people blood pressure levels may drop after eating or standing up after being seated for some time.
  2. People who take medications, especially for high blood pressure or cardiac ailments may be at risk of low blood pressure symptoms.

17 Comments

  1. Denise Saberwal said:

    Here is something you must know about systolic and diastolic blood pressure. For healthy adults Systolic blood pressure should typically be between 90 and 120 millimeters. Whereas, Normal diastolic blood pressure ranges from 60 to 80 mm Hg. Normal blood pressure is considered as lower than 120/80. Anything over 130/80 Blood pressures over 130/80 is considered as high blood pressure.

    People suffering from Low blood pressure (hypotension) have a very low pressure on blood flowing through their arteries. When the flow of blood through the arteries is too low, some vital nutrients do not reach organs of the body. Organs such as brain, heart, kidneys may not get enough oxygen and that may sometimes cause permanent damage.

    December 8, 2008
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  2. Chris Fruggerane said:

    Let me explain blood pressure and its relation with the heart and how blood flows in your arteries. When the heart compresses or contracts, it sends blood out to the body through a bunch of nerves called arteries. At this time the pressure in the arteries is the highest. This is also called systolic pressure. Similarly, when the heart relaxes, it refills with blood, at this time the pressure is the lowest – and called diastolic pressure. The unit of measurement for diastolic ans systolic blood pressure is millimeters of mercury – mmHg. Blood pressure levels of about 110/70 is considered normal for young adults. People with blood pressure reading of 90/60 are said to have low blood pressure or hypotension. People with low blood pressure must try to lose weight if overweight, reduce intake of salt, eat more fruits and vegetables.

    December 8, 2008
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  3. rinchen tenzing said:

    I am 45 yrs old and have low blood pressure. I am quite active and attend a dance class. I am into post menopause, hence have start putting on weight. My usual weight used to be around 57-58 but now I am 59kgs. This has me worried as i used to be always within my weight limit. My question is can Ido some diet in order to reduce my weight to 2-3 kgs and then to maintain it? please do let me know.

    April 1, 2009
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    • Salina said:

      Have you started any rigorous or strenuous form of exercise in the last 3 months?
      Has there been severe blood loss?
      Also, have there been episodes of hypoglycemia (or low blood sugar levels)?
      Investigations:
      – It would be advisable to get your haemoglobin level assessed.
      – And you blood sugar level, both, fasting and post prandial (2 hours after meals)
      Management of low blood pressure
      – Step up your intake of sodium rich foods (spinach, fenugreek, coriander), rather than salt.
      – Also, coffee is a remedy to treat hypotension. Caffeine is known to bring about a constriction of the arteries, thus increasing the blood pressure.
      – Alongside, it would be worthwhile to have a few sessions with an acupressure therapist. Reflexology treatment of all the points on the palms and soles will have a beneficial result and help normalize blood pressure.

      December 28, 2009
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  4. Anvesh said:

    I am suffering from Low BP 110/60 for the last 3 months. I am feeling weak and drowsy and have also fallen on the floor at times.
    Please advice me medicine and natural food to control and cure my low Blood Pressure problem.

    May 3, 2009
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  5. Jude said:

    I researched how to help low blood pressure and it really worked. Drink 1 cup 2 times a day for 7 days of beetroot juice found in health food stores. I feel 100% better and hope it helps you too. Please make sure you talk to your doctor before you do this, in case you have some allergies or other conditions.

    July 9, 2009
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  6. gvs said:

    My age is 55 years, weight is 68 kgs and height 173 cms. I am diabetic since 1994 (15 years now). Sugar levels are under control, regular walker of 5 to 6 kms in the morning. Earlier, my BP was 120/80 for many years. For the last 2 months Blood Pressure is between 99 to 65. As far as the diet is concerned, I have not changed my diet for decades. I have started more intake of salt by mixing with buttermilk and curd rice kindly advise.

    December 9, 2009
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    • Salina said:

      When do you measure the blood pressure?
      In what position?

      What is the blood sugar level?
      Do you have episodes of hypoglycemia or fall in the blood sugar level. (Occasionally, episodes of low blood sugar level are associated with low blood pressure levels) Is the blood pressure constant or fluctuating?
      Are you taking any diuretics? They are known to lower blood pressure considerably.
      Are there any symptoms, such as dizziness or fatigue?
      Management of hypotension (low blood pressure)
      1. Increasing salt and water in the diet is one way of normalizing blood pressure levels. But do not over consume salt.
      2. In severe cases, drinking a cup of coffee is therapeutic, since coffee causes the arteries to constrict, thereby increase the blood pressure level.
      3. A complete check up and evaluation by a physician is advocated to determine any underlying cause of the disorder.

      December 28, 2009
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      • GVS said:

        My monthly blood sugar levels after checking with accucheck machine before food and after food sugar levels are 130/165. I am a diabetic for the last 15 years average is 7% no other complications. BP I am checking at home with BP machine (diamond make) morepen labs once a week.

        December 29, 2009
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        • Salina said:

          Low blood pressure in your case can be attributed to several causes.

          – It may be attributed and considered as a sign of a weak heart. Fall in blood pressure may due to the inability of the heart to pump enough blood to maintain a normal blood pressure. It is recommended that you get your cardiac functions checked
          – There are certain medications that tend to cause a fall in blood pressure. Check with your consultant about the treatment that you are taking, especially if a new drug has been added.
          – Dehydration could be another cause. Drink lots of water. This will increase the volume of your blood and maintain a good blood pressure
          – Stress and anxiety may manifest in the form of fall in blood pressure.
          However if you are not experiencing any major symptoms like fainting, palpitations and excessive sweating, don’t bother. Just continue to check your blood pressure regularly and get your medical profile evaluated every year.

          January 7, 2010
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  7. R said:

    My BP has been 100/48. I am also very active – attend a dance class. My weight is 42 kilo; Age 50. I am concerned about my consistent low BP. Could someone please advise whether am I suitable to dance? What is the risk of low BP? How to bring it up?

    January 15, 2010
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    • Salina said:

      Symptoms of low blood pressure that you need to be aware of:

      Weakness
      Dizziness / giddiness
      Sweating
      Nausea
      Heart palpitations
      Occasional fever, in case of infections

      Management of low blood pressure

      – Ask your physician whether any medications you’re taking is having an effect on your blood pressure.
      – Take a short rests. Avoid vigorous exercise and exertion. Does your dancing cause any of the manifestations given above?
      – Avoid the heat, and hot baths; your blood pressure could fall even more.
      – Eat a wholesome and healthy diet.
      – Adding more salt to your diet is recommended.
      – Coffee also helps fight low B.P.
      – Report to your doctor immediately if you experience the following symptoms: chest pain, shortness of breath, severe headache, slurred speech, weakness on one side of your body, fever, chills, or fainting spells

      January 27, 2010
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  8. joe said:

    I am 27 years old. My weight is 64 kilos and 5’3 in height and my blood pressure is 80/60. I am suffering from hypotension. It’s started last week. What would I do to treat hypotension or low blood pressure.

    March 9, 2010
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    • Health Informer said:

      Your weight and height seem to be proportionately fine; Hypotension is relatively a physiological phenomenon. In most adults blood pressure is considered healthy at 120/ 80 mm of Hg . A drop in blood pressure of 20 to 30 can cause a transient hypotension which manifests itself in the form of giddiness, breathlessness and light headedness. Drinking water containing electrolytes like sodium, potassium , chlorides will help to relieve the symptoms.

      March 11, 2010
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  9. ND said:

    I m 28 years old and my weigh is only 40 kg and my height is 4’11”. My blood pressure level is 100 and I am concerned about my consistent low BP. My question is can I change my diet to increase my weight by 5 to 7 kgs and then to maintain it? Please also let me know some low blood pressure remedies.

    July 21, 2010
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