Hypertension In The Philippines

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Globally, hypertension is a major cause of morbidity and mortality. Every year, hypertension kills nine billion people and affects one billion people worldwide, according to a recent study by the World Health Organization (WHO)13. Hypertension or raised blood pressure is a condition that has increased prevalent risk factor for cardiovascular disease, ischemic heart disease, cardiac and renal failure, strokes and can also lead to damaged organs that include brain, heart, kidneys and blood vessels. With this growing problem the nation is facing, the government has implemented health care service and delivery programs that aim to increase the awareness of the Filipino community to hypertension, its preventive measures and its management. Health…show more content…
Traditional medicine has long been used in the country for over a thousand years and most of which were introduced by other countries (i.e. Acupuncture, Ayurveda, herbal medicine, homeopathy). In accordance to this, traditional medicine practice was launched by former DOH Secretary Juan Flavier in 1992. In 1997, former President Fidel Ramos signed the Republic Act 8423 or the Traditional and Alternative Medicine Act (TAMA) further promoting the active practice of the said health care modality. At present, the Philippine Department of Health - DOH has recommended ten medicinal plants through the “Traditional Health Program” that are “Akapulko/Cassia alata, Ampalaya/Momordica charantia, Bawang/Allium sativum, Bayabas/Psidium guajava, Lagundi/Vitex negundo, Niyog-niyogan/Quisqualis indica, Sambong/Blumea balsamifera, Tsaang Gubat/Ehretia microphylla Lam., Ulasimang Bato/Pansit-pansitan and Yerba Buena/Clinopodium douglasii” that can be taken though herbal infusion teas, tinctures, extracts, poultices, powdered tablets, creams and ointments, essential oils, supplements, in reference to an article in Medical Health…show more content…
Garlic (Allium sativum) has played an important dietary as well as medicinal role in human history. The role of garlic (Allium sativum) as a potential herb has been acknowledged for an estimated 5000 years. Garlic has various preparations that are being readily consumed as a food and spice by various cultures for a long period of time. It was a choice of medical therapy to combat many diseases among Egyptians. Similarly, it is also considered as an imperative part of Indian traditional medicine, such as in Ayurveda, Tibbi and Unani, among others. It was documented to contain beneficial effects for the prevention of various aspects of cardiovascular disease including hypertension and dyslipidemia all over the world in reference to an article by Qidwai et al6. Garlic is the second most used herb taken by patients with cardiovascular disease. It lowers blood pressure via the conversion of garlic-derived organic polysulphides into hydrogen sulphide by the red blood cell leading to vasorelaxation. It could therefore be a potential target as an antihypertensive food supplement in reference to an article by Simons et al9. While garlic is used for various medical conditions, its most important function is to reduce blood pressure through vasorelaxation. With this, garlic as a

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