Psychological Understanding of Hypertension- Ayurvedic Perspective


  • M. Jithesh Professor and Head, Kayachikitsa and PG Department of Manasroga, V.P.S.V.Ayurveda College, Kottakkal, India.
  • PU Sreeram MD Scholar, PG Department of Manasroga, V.P.S.V Ayurveda College, Kottakkal, India.
  • P. Gowrisankar Professor and Head, Kayachikitsa, Vaidyarathnam Ayurveda College, Ollur, Kerala, India.
  • K. Asha Karunakaran Professor, Department of Kayachikitsa, Government Ayurveda College, Tripunittura, Kerala, India.
  • S. Aswathy Associate Professor, Department of Kayachikitsa, Government Ayurveda College, Thiruvanantapuram, India.



Hypertension, Stress, Ayurveda and Yoga, Hridaya, Ojus, Tridosa


Hypertension is the condition where blood pressure is elevated chronically. It has multiple factors such as genetic, environmental and life style. The Stress which is usually having a role in the scenario, usually is left unaddressed and the condition is managed only with the anti-hypertensives. Discussion of hypertension in the perspective of Ayurveda is a debatable area till now. Hṛdaya considered to be the root place of hypertension, has its origin from Rakta and Kapha in the normal state of development. Being abode for consciousness, senses, mind, soul etc. it is to be taken as a conglomeration of somatic, psychic as well as spiritual entities. Śṛama, Mōha, Mūṛchā which is exhibited in the circumstances of alteration of ojus such as Ōjakṣaya/ Ōjōvyāpath, can be observed in elevated blood pressure situations. Tridōṣa also contributes a major role in the development of hypertension through their dysfunctions. While considering the Nidāna paṉcaka of stress associated hypertension, negative emotions such as fear, anxiety, anger and excessive thoughts are always going in parallel to the unhealthy dietary habits and sedentary life style. A multidisciplinary approach may be ideal and quite useful in such situations. Ayurvedic principles along with the practices of yoga can improve positive health in this intricate scenario.


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M. Jithesh, PU Sreeram, P. Gowrisankar, K. Asha Karunakaran, S. Aswathy. Psychological Understanding of Hypertension- Ayurvedic Perspective. ayush [Internet]. 2021Nov.15 [cited 2022Jan.20];8(5):3561-5. Available from:

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