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Researchers look into Herbal Plants for Treatment of Hypertension

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Published on : Oct 04, 2019

Herbal medicines have always been very useful and used massively since old ages. The use of herbal medicines continues till date in large numbers in some parts of the world. In primitive times, whilst huge emphasis was on herbal medication, with time research and development of allopathic medication superseded the former. There is a seeming shift in the practice, wherein medical researchers are re-examining herbal remedies to develop alternative treatments.  Especially for the treatment of hypertension, medical researchers are now looking back on herbal medicines.

Recently, researchers from the University of California, Irvine are examining a group of plants to treat hypertension. Various studies show that hypertension affect one in three adults in the United States. In most of the cases, lifestyle and dietary changes can be effective, but still there will be need of medication. Mostly, antihypertensive medication is used for hypertension, which invariably carries side-effects. In such scenarios, medical solutions researchers are looking for novel medical solutions to treat hypertension.

Different Variety of Plants Available for Experimenting

Researchers are looking into different variety of plants and are using herbal extracts from diverse species plants. Fennel seed extract, lavender, basil, marjoram, thyme, chamomile, and ginger are some of the most commonly used plants for herbal extracts.

Under the guidance of Prof. Geoff Abbott, a research team identified a bioactive trait present in all plant extracts. Scientists believed that this trait may help explain the reason why some herbs seem to possess slight antihypertensive properties. Prof. found KCNQ5 activation to be a common molecular mechanism shared by a different species of plants for botanical hypotensive folk medicine. Moreover, when researchers compared different plant species, they found differing levels of KCNQ5 activity. In addition, they researched further to understand which plant compound is accountable for triggering the potassium channel.