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Herbs that Cause Hypertension

C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D.

There are many factors that contribute to hypertension, which is present in at least one-third of adults, and increasingly in children. Indeed, by age 60 at least 54% of Americans have hypertension.

The following herbs are major potential contributors to hypertension:

  • Aniseed
  • Bayberry
  • Blue Cohosh
  • Broom alkaloids
  • Calamus amines
  • Capsicum
  • Chaste Berry
  • Cola alkaloids
  • Coltsfoot
  • Ephedra—ma huang
  • Gentian
  • Ginger
  • Ginseng
  • Guarana
  • Licorice, including DGL
  • Parsley
  • Pau d’Arco
  • St. John’s Wort
  • Vervain

And don’t forget non-herbal contributors to hypertension:

  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Pop
  • Obesity
  • Inactivity
  • Stress
  • Smoking
  • Anger
  • Guilt
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Magnesium deficiency
  • Potassium deficiency

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