High Blood Pressure
High Blood Pressure is an unusual condition in that in 90% of cases the underlying cause is not known or found. This makes treatment more difficult for both herbalists and for conventional medicine. In conventional medicine the main treatment strategies are to reduce the overall volume of blood (using diuretics), increase the diameter of the blood vessels or by changing how your heart beats (reducing the maximum pressure diastolic or the lower pressure systolic).
A herbalist would treat the patient from a number of approaches, including trying to identify the underlying cause (often exacerbated by stress or related lifestyle factors), address dietary effects on blood pressure (e.g. salt, fats, absence of some foods) and also find a prescription of herbs that can help address the blood pressure.
It is interesting that some people only have high blood pressure when a Doctor is taking their readings (a form of white coat syndrome).