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Low blood pressure is also known as hypotension

Low blood pressure

We explore the root causes, symptoms and herbal treatment methods for low blood pressure.

Understanding low blood pressure

Low blood pressure

Low blood pressure, also known as hypotension, refers to a sustained blood pressure reading of below 90/60mmHg. This means that if blood pressure was taken at different times, it would be consistently low. This is important as there are many factors that can influence low blood pressure, including the time-of-day blood pressure measurements are taken.

For some people, low blood pressure is just the norm for them, it may be a sign of fitness and health, however, if symptoms of low blood pressure develop it may need investigation.

Low blood pressure can arise with age, and older adults are at a higher risk of being affected by the symptoms of low blood pressure, such as falling, fainting, or dizziness upon standing up or after a meal (1). These symptoms may also have greater consequences, such as bone fractures, in older populations.

Within normal ranges of blood pressure (90/60–139/89), healthy people who have blood pressure at the lower end of this range, seem to live longer than those with blood pressure at the higher end (2).  However, despite not being as prolific, nor as much of a health concern as high blood pressure, low blood pressure can have repercussions for health, or in some cases be an indicator of an underlying condition.  A sudden drop in blood pressure to a very low reading is known as ‘shock’ and can be compromising for vital organs (see more in understanding the root section).

Many herbs are suitable for self-care. However if a health condition does not resolve with home remedies we recommend using the information in Herbal Reality along with your health advisors, especially herbal practitioners from the professional associations listed in our Resources page (‘If you want to find a herbalist”). When buying any herbal products, you should choose responsible manufacturers with independently assured quality standards and sustainability practices. Check the label carefully for the appropriate safety and sustainability information.

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