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Wien Med Wochenschr. 2005 Sep;155(17-18):386-91.

Complementary/alternative medicine for hypertension: a mini-review.

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  • 1Complementary Medicine, Peninsula Medical School, Exeter, United Kingdom.


Many hypertensive patients try complementary/alternative medicine for blood pressure control. Based on extensive electronic literature searches, the evidence from clinical trials is summarised. Numerous herbal remedies, non-herbal remedies and other approaches have been tested and some seem to have antihypertensive effects. The effect size is usually modest, and independent replications are frequently missing. The most encouraging data pertain to garlic, autogenic training, biofeedback and yoga. More research is required before firm recommendations can be offered.

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