Since adaptogen herbs help different organs and body systems to work more effectively, your heart, blood pressure, and cholesterol functions may improve significantly. When those organs are normalized, you many find your need for the drugs is reduced or can be eliminated entirely. There are withdrawal symptoms to going off drugs, some of them severe. If your cholesterol is normal, the drug you are taking would become an overdose amount. Blood pressure medicine given when your blood pressure is normal could drive it down to a point of danger. Herbs and prescription medicine should not be taken without your doctor supervising.
Your doctor may suggest you taper off on the drug and slowly add herbs in. This depends on the drug and the reason you are taking it. Is your health situation critical?
If your doctor won't help you, find a doctor that will. The doctors we have gone to said herbs probably won't work, but try it. They are then very shocked when your markers are normal and you didn't take their medicine.
My husband's blood pressure and cholesterol were high. He was drinking 12 cups of coffee a day. He was also on a drug for his ADD. He slowly over two months reduced his coffee and medication. He then took herbs. Another three months he went for lab work, a heart stress test, and an echo. All were normal. His heart doctor was annoyed by the results. That doctor was really a jerk during the whole process but he did say go ahead. Most doctors will tell you herbs don't work but if you state you will not take the drugs until you have tried them for 4 months, they will let it go. They might even unwillingly help you to wean off the drug slowly. They will at least issue lab tests to confirm your progress at the end.
Don't expect approval or support. If you state you will take a drug, after you try the herbs, they will usually say ok. They expect to get you back again, still with negative markers, so they have another chance to get you on the drugs. Watch their face, when the lab results come back normal. It is not happy but very irritated. We have only had one doctor who asked us what we did to accomplish the goal of normal blood markers for cholesterol. He wanted to know so he could suggest it to his patients who could not take cholesterol medicine due to the nasty side effects.
Coffee in itself will raise your blood pressure for several hours after you drink even one cup. His ADD medicine states it can cause heart and blood pressure changes. His father was dying at the time which did not help at all. Still even with in his fathers last days, Marty's blood and heart tests came out normal. Marty was at the doctor getting those heart tests, the day his father passed away. We arrived 5 minutes too late that day. He could have lasted days more, but died unexpectedly that day.
When I was taking care of his father, my cholesterol shot up alarmingly. I don't drink, smoke, eat junk food, and am not fat. I told the doctors it was stress. I took herbs for my cholesterol and nerves at the time. I had recent tests and all my blood work is normal now. Stress in itself without dietary factors will raise your blood pressure and cholesterol markers. There are double blind tests that have proved that.
We got tests that proved that the herbs normalized our cholesterol and other lab markers. However, we were not on prescription drugs other than his one for ADD. That one is nasty when going off it causing you to feel sick and get horrible migraines. The drug was causing heart problems so it was imperative for him to get off it. We did consult his doctor who supervised his withdrawal of the ADD medicine.
Doctors prescribe drugs and most of them know very little about herbs or herbal medicine. When I told the first doctor that my markers were from stress, even with the evidence to support that statement, he told me only drugs would normalize it. He downplayed the stress factor.
I called them up after the lab tests verified my cholesterol.I informed them that I hadn't come back and would not come back to their office because all they do basically is give out drugs. I rarely go to doctors except for a yearly check up. A check up shows you problems you might not be aware of. It also can show the progress of your herbal program.
I have used herbs for 37 years on my health problems. No hospital visits or surgery and I am 67. I have health issues but I use herbal medicine. I have been to the doctor only once this year for anything other than a check up. I did take antibiotics that did not work and went back to a different set of herbs that did. That was for severe strep throat and bronchitis that I got just after his father passed away, then traveling to Colorado to see my grand daughter graduate. My immune system was depressed from 24 hour care, his father's sad death and being on a plane with a bunch of people coughing. At my daughter's house we didn't get much sleep and we ate things I normally do not eat. That was a perfect combination of events to wack my immune function.
Get a blood pressure cuff and monitor your own blood pressure. We did that with Marty before the heart tests. We took it 3 times a day for two months. Taking those tests proved his blood pressure went up with every call from the nursing home on his dads problems. My blood pressure never went up but my heart rate and cholesterol did. The stress of that time period had a profound affect on our health.
It is stated that care givers have their health impacted for up to 3 years after the death of the loved one. That is why often when a couple that has been married for a life time, the surviving spouse dies within days, hours, or months of the other. The grief and stress impacts the immune system by suppressing its function. When the immune system is not working, disease and illness occurs.
Never go off your medicine cold turkey. Get supervision and monitor your markers by a doctor while reducing medication.
I will start teaching you about the various adaptogen herbs in the next blog.