36 year old patient, Mr. A. A. reported to the clinic for complaint of hypertension since 3 years. He had been on anti-hypertensive medication but in spite of this, his systolic pressure would remain high, about 150 mm hg and his diastolic pressure would be around 90 mm hg. His pressure would become even worse with stress and due to lack of sleep. He had been prescribed anxiolytics – antidepressants for the same but without much improvement. He did not have any other complaints besides this.
He was a vegetarian with a normal appetite. He was extremely fond of spicy food and was averse to sweets. He would sweat profusely and his perspiration would be offensive. He would not be satisfied with his bowel movements. His sleep would be much disturbed and he would often dream of death.
He was an electrical engineer and stayed with his wife in a joint family. He said that had had begun to lose confidence in himself due to his complaints. He would think negatively about most things and would constantly brood about the same. He had become irritable and would express his anger only if the opposite person was younger than him. He had marked fear of death, especially since he had developed hypertension. He would prefer to be in the company of people and would not be able to stay alone. He would enjoy reading and going out.
He had suffered from frequent colds and tonsillitis in his childhood. Besides he had also developed tuberculoses infection in the past for which he had received Anti-tuberculosis treatment but it had again relapsed a few years later. He had also suffered from typhoid and malaria in the past. Amongst his family members there was no history of any major illness except that his mother had developed hypertension since last 1 year.
His ECG was normal and Stress test response was within normal limits i.e. the test was negative for induced ischemia. He was 167 cms tall and weighed 52 kilograms. His blood pressure (measured in Right arm) was 150/100 mm hg in the supine position.
Based on the above history he was started on a drug that has been developed at Life Force for the treatment of hypertension. His medicine was continued along with his antihypertensive medication for the initial 5 weeks. After his pressure started coming under better control, his anti-hypertensive was tapered; first the dose was reduced and later it was to be taken only on alternate days. The medication was continued on similar lines as he continued to show good improvement. Gradually his anti-hypertensive was tapered further and later stopped. He was asked get his blood pressure monitored regularly and it would remain around 140/80 mm hg. After further medication for about another 2 months, his treatment was concluded. Thus 6 months of regular treatment brought his BP under good control, and he also felt much more relaxed as compared to before.
This case illustrates that Homoeopathy can definitely play a good role in the treatment of disorders like hypertension; especially stress-induced hypertension and can control the pressure effectively even when conventional medicines cannot do much.