Blood pressure

Face-to-face consultation: taking your blood pressure

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Our Manasa Ayurveda consultations are undertaken by registered healthcare professionals and as well as using traditional Ayurvedic methods also include conventional physical health checks. One of these checks is of blood pressure.

Why do we do this?

We measure blood pressure so we can see how well this part of your circulatory system is working. Your Manasa Ayurveda therapist will measure your blood pressure during your consultation and during therapy sessions where monitoring is helpful.

A blood pressure that is too low can lead to fainting and falls, whereas a high blood pressure, if untreated for long periods may cause problems such as kidney damage or stroke. We usually cannot tell if our blood pressure is too high as there are no obvious signs and symptoms. The only way we know is by measuring it.

What happens?

We measure blood pressure by hand (manually) for the most accurate readings:

  • We will ask you to sit down with your arm supported on a table. Sometimes we will check your blood pressure laying down or standing up.

  • A cuff is placed on your upper arm.

  • The cuff is tightened and you will feel tightening.

  • The air is then slowly let out of the cuff.

  • Your Manasa Ayurveda therapist will then place a stethoscope on your arm just below the cuff and listen to your pulse whilst the air is being let out.

  • It is best to do this three times to get the most accurate reading.

  • The therapist will tell you the result and write it down on a chart.

What do the results mean?

  • Blood pressure is measured in millimetres of mercury (mmHg). Ideally blood pressure should be lower than 120/80 mmHg.

  • The first number is called the systolic blood pressure. It is the highest level your blood pressure reaches when your heart beats.

  • According to Ayurvedic principles a systolic blood pressure of less than 95mmHg may be associated with vāta, whereas a systolic blood pressure of over 130mmHg may be associated with pitta.

  • The second number is called the diastolic blood pressure and is the lowest level your blood pressure reaches as your heart relaxes between beats.

  • From your blood pressure, your pulse pressure (PP) can be calculated (systolic – diastolic) and this is pressure is known as bala (force) according to ancient Ayurvedic understanding.

We can make helpful suggestions to help you manage high or low blood pressure using an Ayurvedic approach, including diet, exercise, sleep and meditation practices and may also recommend that you inform your GP so that they also remain informed of your health condition.