Secrets of Korean Medicine, Part 28: Achieve Normal Blood Pressure With Herbal Medicine

By Dr. Seo Hyo-seok
Dr. Seo Hyo-seok
Dr. Seo Hyo-seok
May 6, 2016 Updated: May 5, 2016

Our blood flows throughout the body in a vast network of vessels. If all these blood vessels were laid out in a straight line, the total length would be more than 62,000 miles—which is around two and a half times more than the circumference of the earth.

The heart maintains life by pumping blood throughout these vessels. The pressure exerted on their walls as the blood moves through them is referred to as blood pressure.

Blood pressure is measured in two numbers: systolic over diastolic. Your systolic blood pressure is the pressure of blood when your heart is contracting and pushing the blood through the arteries. The diastolic number is the pressure in your arteries when your heart rests between beats.

Normal systolic blood pressure is below 120, while normal diastolic pressure is below 80. High blood pressure is systolic pressure of 140 or above and diastolic pressure of 90 or above. Pressure that is above normal but below high blood pressure is considered prehypertension and can be cause for concern.

In general, low blood pressure is systolic pressure that is 90 or less and diastolic blood pressure that is 60 or less.

Symptoms of low blood pressure include dizziness, headaches, or fatigue, as well as insomnia, constipation, blurred vision, vomiting, or fainting in severe cases.

Complications of High Blood Pressure

Although hereditary factors are the biggest cause of high blood pressure, other contributing factors that increase your risk are obesity, eating too much salt, stress, drinking alcohol, lack of exercise, and smoking.

Most people have no symptoms of high blood pressure. However if you experience symptoms such as headaches, a heavy head when you get up in the morning, frequent shoulder pain, bloodshot eyes, or shortness of breath, these could be due to high blood pressure, so you should get tested.

Severe complications of high blood pressure include a cerebral hemorrhage, which is when a blood vessel in the brain ruptures. This can lead to a stroke and serious disabilities such as paralysis on one side of or throughout the whole body.

Dysfunction in blood flow in the brain is also extremely dangerous because if a blood vessel there is blocked or ruptured and the supply of blood to an area of the brain is cut off, it can lead to serious brain damage.

High blood pressure can scar and weaken the blood vessels throughout the body, including those in the kidney, which can lead to kidney failure. This in turn, will cause breathing difficulties and fluid buildup (edema) in the lung and legs.

High blood pressure also leads to thickening and hardening of artery walls (arteriosclerosis). Arteriosclerosis increases the risk of reduced blood flow to the heart and therefore increases the risk of heart attack.

How to Get Off Blood Pressure Medication

Blood pressure is like a seesaw, and in order to cope with the fluctuations caused by different circumstances, the blood vessels need to be resilient.

Approximately 20 percent of high blood pressure patients are able to maintain a normal blood pressure through dietary therapy and regular exercise.

For other patients, since medications can control blood pressure, they become dependent on them in order to treat blood pressure problems.

Vasodilators come with their own set of risks and actually increase the burden on the blood vessels.

Since it is impossible to predict who will manifest the symptoms described above, those who suffer from high blood pressure often choose to take medication (vasodilators) to widen their blood vessels all their lives as a precaution. However, vasodilators come with their own set of risks and actually increase the burden on the blood vessels.

So how can abnormal blood pressure be treated fundamentally?

The key is to restore the resilience of the blood vessels so they can regulate pressure under different circumstances. In order to restore this resilience, the heart, the king of blood vessels, must be fortified. Since the heart is a partner organ of the lungs, healthy lungs will naturally improve the health of the heart.

Thus cleansing the lungs with herbal medicine will improve the health of the heart and also restore the resilience of the blood vessels. Cleansing the lungs can also treat arteriosclerosis and foster better circulation of blood. In Korean medicine, we would also say it can create harmonious circulation of energy throughout the body.

Cleansing the lungs will ultimately allow the body to return to the state where it can automatically adjust blood pressure to an optimum level.

Miracles of Cleansing the Lungs

(Kevin Oh/Shutterstock)
(Kevin Oh/Shutterstock)

One of my patients, a 57-year-old man who works at a nuclear power plant, came to my office with blood vessels that one would expect to find in a man of 75. However after six months of pulmonary cleansing, the health of his blood vessels was restored to the condition of a 51-year-old man.

His case and the cases of many other patients have shown me that it is possible to live without medications and with blood pressure in a normal range when the health of the blood vessels are restored by cleansing the lungs with the Korean herbal formula I developed.

In the process of treating many patients with pulmonary cleansing therapy, I have found that once cardiopulmonary functions are fortified, irregular heartbeats can be restored to a desired regularity and arrhythmia can be cured.

Moreover angina—a type of chest pain caused by reduced blood flow to the heart, which can induce heart attacks—naturally disappears when blood circulation improves due to restored blood vessels.

Cleansing the lungs can also help with the treatment of erectile dysfunction. Interestingly, drugs for erectile dysfunction are not effective if a man has been taking drugs to regulate blood pressure for more than 15 years.

But once the health of the lungs is restored through cleansing the lungs, the health of the heart also improves markedly, thereby assisting the drugs for erectile dysfunction and making them effective. This is another indication that the resilience of blood vessels has been restored.

Cleansing the lungs can also improve sexual function without drugs. Once the health of the blood vessels is restored, it is possible for a man to have normal sexual function without using any medications.

In summary, you can normalize the blood pressure by cleansing the lungs with herbal medicine. The herbal formula can improve cardiopulmonary functions; enhance the resilience of blood vessels; assist with harmonious circulation of blood and energy throughout the body; improve functioning of the brain, heart, and kidney; and improve sexual function.

By cleansing the lungs, it is also possible to overcome complications such as strokes, reduced blood flow to the heart, and kidney disorders induced by high blood pressure.

Dr. Seo Hyo-seok.  (Courtesy of  Dr. Seo)
Dr. Seo Hyo-seok. (Courtesy of Dr. Seo)

Dr. Seo Hyo-seok is the director of the Pyunkang Korean Medicine Hospital, which has seven branches in South Korea, one at Stanton University in California, and one in Atlanta. Dr. Seo entered Kyung Hee University in Korea at the top of his class and after years of research, developed the Pyunkang-Hwan herbal formula, which improves immunity by strengthening lung function. It has helped cure over 155,000 patients of various conditions.

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