P.S. After you figure out your program, which may take 6 months or more, you wouldn't be hanging around a BP monitor all the time. I try to remember once I'm stabilized to check it once a week. You see, the whole thing kind of bores me, but I still have responsibilities so have to work my program.// A book of limited help to get you started is titled something like "What Your Doctor Won't Tell You About Hypertension". I saw it in Barnes and Noble once while I was in a large city, and bought it. It's written by an M.D. who devotes the first half of the book to alternative programs, then goes into the pharmaceutical angle in the second half. A good read generally is "Overmedicated America". The trick is to get informed and to take care of yourself. I have friends who are on serious drugs because of a single Stage I (always being redefined by the industry) reading in a doctor's office for a sore throat. Another friend is on prescription anti-depressants which really raise blood pressure, so she takes two different BP medicines along with the anti-depressants. In her case her husband dumped her for someone younger, and five years later she's still mad at him. A good natural anti-depressant is SAM-E (another amino acid by the way...are we possibly low on these things in the American diet I wonder?) but she won't try it because the doctor doesn't know about it. Also, she has a good insurance program and the prescription stuff is paid for and the natural stuff is not.// I will follow through on those traditional Chinese herbs. They may alone do the trick for you.