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Anxiety and hypertension generally go hand in hand. Anxiety is described as a disorder of the nervous system, and a person who is anxious naturally has a lot of fears, phobias, worries and even panic attacks that are usually illogical. If the person who has an anxiety disorder suffers from hypertension (high blood pressure) as well, the emotional stress of anxiety is liable to increase the hypertensive condition.

Anxiety disorders are normally treated with doctor-prescribed anti-depressants like Prozac and Zoloft, while hypertension can be relieved with anti-hypertensive agents, like diuretics and beta-blockers that the lower blood pressure.

However these prescribed chemical-based medications may cause side-effects. Taking regular doses of prescriptive anti-depressants can result in urinary retention, weight gain, headaches and nausea, gastric irritations, diarrhea and loss of libido. Anti-hypertensive drugs meanwhile result in body weakness, fatigue, headaches, irregular monthly periods in women, and impotence in men.

Searching for a natural remedy for both anxiety and hypertension without the accompanying side effects have brought people to try Serpina, an herbal anti-anxiety and anti-hypertensive medication that derived from the Indian snakeroot plant.

Serpina has an interesting history. In the 1930’s, a young man named M. Manal came upon elephant handlers in Burma who were feeding plant roots to their charges to calm the restless elephants. M. Manal became interested in the plant and brought some home with him to India. After having it tested in a laboratory, he discovered that the plant, whose scientific name is Rauwolfia serpentina, had tranquilizing and anti-hypertensive properties. As M. Manal just happened to be the founder of Himalaya Herbal Remedies, in 1934 Himalaya came out with the world’s first anti-hypertensive medication based on M. Manal’s research on the Indian snakeroot.

Numerous follow-up studies have been on the dried root of Rauwolfia serpentina. In 1954, the root extracts were synthesized in a laboratory and resulted in the compound, Reserpine, which works to control nerve impulses, and acts on the blood vessels to treat hypertension by lowering blood pressure.

Other researchers continued with their research on the properties of Indian snakeroot. Rustom Jal Vakil made great contributions to the field Cardiology with his published paper on the antihypertensive characteristics of Rauwolfia serpentina. The roots are a known antipyretic (ability to reduce fevers), an oxyticic (stimulates the uterus in preparation for childbirth), a sedative (works to calm the nervous system), and a palliative (physical, emotional, and social care) for cases of insanity.

Serpina itself lessens non-adrenaline stores, which directly results in the lowering of blood pressure. It also affects adrenergic tone which controls anxiety. This makes Serpina effective in treating both mild to moderate hypertension and anxiety at the same time. In some cases, Serpina is used as a sedative in the treatment of some psychotic disorders.

Serpina tablets come in 250mg bottles, and continue to be produced and distributed by Himalaya Herbal Heathcare, the same Ayurvedic-based herbal company that first manufactured it. As it is 100% natural, this medication has no known side effects when taken in the recommended dosage. As with all medications, however, you will still need to consult your doctor to prescribe the proper dose for your type of condition.

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