Magnesium does not increase blood pressure, it lowers it by acting as a natural calcium channel blocker. But there are many things that raise blood pressure, so magnesium does not work for all causes.
In your case you also mentioned an anxiety feeling. Something else you need to look at when your blood pressure goes up is your pulse rate. A very high blood pressure in conjunction with tachycardia indicates excess epinephrine (adrenaline) release, in which a beta blocker would be a better choice than a calcium channel blocker. An example of a natural beta blocker would be ashwagandha, which is also a natural ACE inhibitor. The reason I mentioned the anxiety is because anxiety can also be triggered by excess epinephrine.
Ashwaganda it is. That answer made a lot of sense, and fits perfectly with my issues.
I know you recommend powder over tinctures. I think I'll go with that because I react to alcohol.
If I have digestive issues, wouldn't there be issues getting it into my body?
If taken on an empty stomach at least 20 minutes before meals there should not be an absorption issue.
Also, what is the typical dose that I should work up to?
If using the powdered herb, and it is not concentrated or standardized, then I recommend a half teaspoon of the powder 3 times daily again at least 20 minutes before a meal.
Is this what I'm looking for?
Yes, this will work.
Wondering. As the past two months have been like ground "0" for me again, with unavoidable stressors. The anxiety was so bad I was taking to much Valium, alternating with passion flower, and L-theanine. Now I'm having rebound anxiety and major stomach upset too.
Here is an old post with some ideas on dealing with anxiety naturally:
Unfortunately, I have another problem. I've noticed today that I've been feeling more hypoglycemic than usual, and when I eat, I feel full really quickly, and it feels like it's getting worse.
Poor digestion? Low stomach acid again?
Here is an old post on hypoglycemia:
Thanks again, Hv. Got some spirulina on the way, and I'll see if I can tack some nettle leaf powder on that order.
By the way, what do you think about hawthorn for managing high BP and cardiovascular problems like "stenosis" and plaque build-up? I've used hawthorn tinctures in the past, and I thought they were really helpful, but what's your take? And are the berries, or the flowers/leaf more beneficial? I've seen things written supporting both sides.
Thanks for linking that topic about anxiety as well. I'll check it out.
There are better choices than hawthorne. If you do use hawthorne then look for a combination of the flower, berry and leaf. The flowers are the strongest part of the plant, but the berries and leaves work synergistically with the flowers. For lowering blood pressure the best choice of treatment will depend on the cause of the high blood pressure. If not sure there are mild cardiac glycoside sources such as lily of the valley or night blooming cereus (Cactus grandiflorus) that will slow the heart and reduce blood pressure. The herb coleus forskohlii has the same effects as cardiac glycosides without actually containing any cardiac glycosides. Taking the nettle leaf with forskohlii will prolong the effects of the forskohlii.
As for clearing out the arteries the most effective way to do this with plants would be with lecithin granules. Lecithin is a fat emulsifier, so it makes the cholesterol water soluble for easy removal as well as lowering cholesterol. Silica sources can help prevent plaque formation by strengthening arterial walls and reducing arterial inflammation.
Here are some links with more information: