Hypertension (known as RaktaGataVata in Ayurveda) is high blood pressure in the arteries. The increase in blood pressure depends on a person's age, sex, physical and mental activities, family history, and diet. The normal blood pressure of a healthy adult individual is 120 mmHg systolic and 80 mmHg diastolic. Unhealthy diet and sedentary lifestyles are the main causes of the problem hypertension today. This creates toxins (ama) and narrows the blood vessels. As a result, the blood has to exert more pressure to circulate, resulting in high blood pressure.
The treatment of hypertension in Ayurveda has a long term and deeper impact because instead of controlling the symptoms, it treats the root cause of the problem.