High Blood Pressure & Cardiovascular Health

Thierry Clerc

The cardiovascular system is made of several organs. The main ones are the heart, the veins, the arteries and the kidneys. It also connects to the lungs, liver and lymphatic fluid, which are usually considered parts of other systems.

The role of the cardiovascular system is primarily to bring oxygen into the body tissues and carbon dioxide away from the body tissues. Another of its key roles is to transport key nutrients and minerals around the body. These nutrients and mineral can come from the digestive process or from the tissues of the body, which are often used as storage mechanisms.

The arteries are the pipes, which bring oxygen and good nutrients into the body tissue, and the veins are the pipes, which bring carbon dioxide in the form of carbolic acid away from the tissue and into the heart and lungs.


What can go wrong?

It is useful sometimes to simplify the cardiovascular system as a water pressure system. The heart is the pump, which bring more pressure into the arteries and veins to allow transportation in the face of the gravitation force. The kidneys are the “flu-type” and take water and regulatory nutrients out of the blood if blood toxicity levels or blood pressure become high for example.

So, if the kidneys or the heart are not performing optimally, stress in that system will occur, bring high blood pressure, hardening of the veins or of the arteries or the creation of clotting.

Cardiovascular System
Cardiovascular System

High Blood Pressure

I will speak specifically on hypertension or high blood pressure, as this condition has now reached endemic levels in the UK and the Western World. It is now seen as a “normal condition for old age”. However, cases of high blood pressure were very rare before the first world war, even among older people.

It is worth remembering than when we exert extreme physical sports, our blood pressure and heart beat will reach extremely high levels: the body requires this to bring oxygen and carbon dioxide around, and also eliminate toxins created by the heavy physical activity. The body can deal with this, but obviously not for very long. After a while, the body will need to return to a calmer healing state where heartbeat will go down and blood pressure will lower. This can happen during a rest period after sports, or during sleep, if we are healthy.

High Blood Pressure is defined when these measurements stay high when we are at rest. Medically, this is defined as pressure readings over 140/90. In short, there is an inability for the body to go back to a “rest mode”.

The truth is that our modern lifestyle has changed much faster than our genes, and stress and poor diet is now common place. You will find some more information below on how you can easily adopt some techniques to improve this condition.


Stroke, palpitations, cholesterol and varicose veins

These conditions are much more complex to deal with than high blood pressure. I personally see high blood pressure as the first mechanism from the body to adapt to an unwanted situation, such as chronic emotional stress or poor diet (which generates stress in itself).

However, high blood pressure can be reversed or partially improved quite quickly. However, when you have tissue change in the body (varicose way) or when the body starts to behave in a critical way for its own health, then the issue becomes much more difficult to deal with. In that case, it is extremely important to deal with lifestyle and also see a complementary health practitioner who can work alongside your Medical General Practitioner.


The impact of body weight and nutrition to strengthen the cardiovascular system

The epidemics of diabetes and cardiovascular issue, which started in the 1970’s in the Western World and, which is now reaching the developing world is often considered to be at least 50% cause by a metabolic condition called “Metabolic Syndrome“.

This condition describes how the body fails to create and store energy efficiently because of poor nutritional habits, or being overweight. This will put stress on the kidneys, which will need to detoxify more waste products, and also increase internal stress on the body.

Being overweight is also considered as a leading cause of early death. People with BMI over 30 are more likely to suffer from cardiovascular problems, and this can easily be explained: if someone carries 2 or 3 stones of extra-fat in their body, then they are doing “extreme sports” 24 hours a week –  one way would be to ask them to carry 2 extra stones of weight around all day.

My approach is to help the body work by itself naturally, and for cardiovascular issues, I advocate first to change diet and lifestyle. The metabolic balance programme, I use, has extremely good success with people on high-blood pressure medication and overweight people.


Relaxation Techniques

Child Relaxation
Child Relaxation

The other areas to look at for chronic cardiovascular issues and hypertension is obviously stress management, and on learning how to breath. We can measure carbolic acid levels in the blood (this is the form carbon dioxide takes in the blood). And the better the carbolic acid levels, the more healthy the person is usually. Carbolic acid blood readings can be changed very quickly by adopting a good breathing pattern. Look here for some suggestions.


How other holistic approaches can be used to support the cardiovascular system

While these suggestion work, it is worth noting that they are usually hard to put in practice, if we have lived 30, 40 or 50 years in an unhealthy way.

Also, if we are overweight or if we suffer from high blood pressure, we are already in a state of stress, which will make it even more difficult for the body to restore good health.

This is why I often advocate to see a competent health practitioner to get some assistance until we achieve full optimal health. Therapeutic approach using homeopath, supplements and herbal therapy, can help bring a deeper feeling of calmness or peace, and also help deal with anxious situations, which are part of our life.


If you want to know more, please, contact me.


Thank you.



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Thierry Clerc, MARH, RHom, MSc
Registered Health Practitioner, Cambridge (UK)
Clinical Homeopathy, Metabolic Balance, Nutrition

Thierry Clerc practices in Cambridge (UK) as a clinical homeopath and a nutritionist. He is a regular contributor of several national and international health magazines.

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