Homeopathic Remedies for Hypertension
Argentum nitricum: If blood pressure rises with anxiety and nervousness, this remedy
may be indicated. “Stage fright” or anticipation of a stressful event can bring on
dizziness, headache, diarrhea, and a pounding pulse. People who need this remedy are typically
warm-blooded, imaginative, impulsive, claustrophobic, and have strong cravings for sweets and
Aurum metallicum: This remedy is sometimes indicated for serious people, focused on
career and accomplishment, with blood pressure problems related to stress. Worry, depression,
or anger may occur, especially when these people feel they have made a mistake or failed in
some way. A general tendency to feel worse at night, and a strong desire for alcohol, sweets,
bread, and pastries are other indications for Aurum.
Belladonna: This remedy is indicated when symptoms come on suddenly, with great
intensity and heat. The person’s face is flushed, with dilated pupils, and pulsations
and throbbing may be felt in various parts of the body. Despite the general heat, the
person’s hands and feet may be cold. Vertigo and pounding headaches, worse from jarring
and worse from light, may also occur.
Calcarea carbonica: This remedy is often helpful to people with high blood pressure
who easily tire and have poor stamina. They are typically responsible types, who feel
overwhelmed when ill and fear a breakdown. Palpitations and breathing problems can be worse
from walking up a slope or stairs, and also when lying down. A general chilliness with clammy
hands and feet (the feet may heat up in bed at night) and sweat on the head during sleep are
other indications. The person may have cravings for sweets and eggs, and tend toward weight
Glonoinum: A flushed face with a pounding headache and visible throbbing in the
blood vessels of the neck may indicate a need for this remedy. The chest can feel congested or
hot, with a pounding or irregular heartbeat. The person is worse from moving around, after
heat and sun exposure, and after drinking alcohol. A feeling of “being lost in a
familiar place” is a strong indication for this remedy.
Lachesis: A person who needs this remedy typically is intense and talkative, with
inner passion and agitation that need an outlet—a “pressure-cooker.” The
person may have a strong fear of disease, and feelings of suspicion, revenge, or jealousy are
common. The person may also have heart or artery problems, look flushed or purplish, and feel
constriction in the chest, with pulsations in many areas. Feeling worse after taking a nap or
on waking in the morning, and a strong intolerance of clothing around the neck (or any kind of
restriction) are other indications for Lachesis.
Natrum muriaticum: A person who needs this remedy seems reserved and responsible,
but may have very strong feelings (of grief, disappointment, anger, lingering grudges, a fear
of misfortune) inside. Headaches and palpitations are common, as well as a feeling of tension
(even coldness) in the chest. The person feels worse from being in the sun, worse around
mid-morning, and better from being alone in a quiet place. A craving for salt and strong
thirst can help to confirm the choice of this remedy.
Nux vomica: A person who needs this remedy is usually impatient and
driven—easily frustrated, angered, and offended. A strong desire for coffee and other
stimulants, sweets, strong foods, and alcohol or drugs may aggravate blood pressure problems.
Palpitations, constricting feelings in the chest, constipation, and hemorrhoids are often
seen. The person is typically sensitive to light, noise, odors, and interference.
Phosphorus: A person who needs this remedy usually is sensitive, suggestible, and
sympathetic, with a tendency toward weakness, dizziness, a “spaced-out” feeling,
and fearfulness. Nosebleeds, facial flushing, palpitations, and a feeling of heaviness or pain
in the chest, and left-sided problems are often seen. A strong desire for cold drinks and
refreshing things, and a marked improvement after eating and sleeping are other indications
Plumbum: This remedy is indicated for people with degenerative problems of the
nerves and hardening of the arteries. Chest tightness and palpitations are often worse when
lying on the left side. Contractures, paralysis, and nerve or muscle problems are also likely.
The person may have a history of heavy drinking and “high living”—becoming
apathetic or depressed when physical debility and memory problems develop.
Sanguinaria: A feeling that blood is rushing to the head, with flushed red cheeks
and pulsing in the neck, may indicate this remedy. The person may have headaches or migraines
(usually on the right and worse from light and noise). Right-sided neck and shoulder problems,
allergies, heartburn, and digestive problems are often seen, and burning pains are typical.
Symptoms are worse from motion, and relief may come from being in the dark and sleeping. A
craving for spicy food, and a tendency to feel worse from eating sweets are other indications
Homeopathy Dosage Directions
Select the remedy that most closely matches the symptoms. In conditions where
self-treatment is appropriate, unless otherwise directed by a physician, a lower potency (6X,
6C, 12X, 12C, 30X, or 30C) should be used. In addition, instructions for use are usually
printed on the label.
Many homeopathic physicians suggest that remedies be used as follows: Take one dose and
wait for a response. If improvement is seen, continue to wait and let the remedy work. If
improvement lags significantly or has clearly stopped, another dose may be taken. The
frequency of dosage varies with the condition and the individual. Sometimes a dose may be
required several times an hour; other times a dose may be indicated several times a day; and
in some situations, one dose per day (or less) can be sufficient.
If no response is seen within a reasonable amount of time, select a different remedy.
For more information, including references, see What is Homeopathy? and Understanding Homeopathic Potencies.