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Hi, my name's Bob Linde. I'm an acupuncture physician and registered herbalist at Acupuncture and Herbal Therapies. Today, I'm going to talk to you about herbal remedies for high blood pressure. Of course, high blood pressure is a serious medical condition, and there are different severities. Sometimes I'll have a patient come in, and I'll check their blood pressure, and I'll actually tell them they need to go to the hospital right away, because it's a little bit too high to be taking the time to use acupuncture and herbs, when actually what they need is serious medical intervention. But, for people who have mild hypertension, or it's just starting to creep up, oftentimes associated with stress, and maybe they need to exercise a little bit more, we can go ahead and safely use some herbal interventions on our own. And so, there's two that I really like to use, that I consider very, very safe to use. One is Reishi mushroom, that's particularly good for regulating the blood pressure when it's related to stress, and Hawthorn berry, and we can use the berry, leaf, and flower actually in combination. And both of these, although they can be done as a raw herb, I actually prefer them as a pill. And so, you can oftentimes find that at your local health food store. Your dosing instructions will be according to whatever's on the bottle, since concentrations and strengths will vary from brand to brand. And, honestly, I always tell people, "You'll get what you pay for", so you want to look for the highest quality of these herbs, to ensure that you're getting all the active constituents in both the Reishi mushroom, as well as the Hawthorn. So, once you've gone ahead and used those, make sure that you monitor your blood pressure carefully. If it starts to creep up, or it starts to not improve the way you expect it to, make sure that you get some professional intervention from an herbalist, an acupuncturist, or some other medical professional, and you may even need to consider some drug interventions from your MD until you're able to make the dietary lifestyle changes necessary to bring your blood pressure down to a safe level. So, go ahead and visit your local health food store, get some Reishi mushroom and some Hawthorn, and go ahead and start regulating your blood pressure now with a safe, natural, and easy way to control your moderate to mild high blood pressure. This is Bob Linde at Acupuncture and Herbal Therapies, talking to you about herbal remedies for blood pressure. Please enjoy your herbs.