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Various remedies

Which form of healing do you use most often?

Natural Healers' Association

Energy Medicine falls under the Natural Healers Association.

Established in February 1999, the Natural Healers Association, was founded by Dr H. Zungu, Katharine Lee Kruger and Chris Rall in Johannesburg . This national organization was registered as a Non Profit Organization on 22 May 2003 by the Department of Social Development. 

NHA aims to widen the window of opportunity to influence the development of healing legislation in South Africa to recognize the spiritual elements of International Traditional, Indigenous, Spiritual, Energy and Natural Healing Methods. By obtaining Government Recognition members will be able to provide a more cost effective and efficient healthcare service for all South Africans and others.

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Several medications are available to treat hypertension.

Some of the most commonly prescribed medications include:


Diuretics help the kidneys get rid of sodium and water from the body. This decreases the volume of blood in the body and lowers blood pressure.

There are three types of diuretics: thiazide , loop, and potassium-sparing.

Other medications

Other medications used to treat hypertension include:

1. Beta blockers -- slow down the heart rate and reduce stress hormones in the body .


  • Atenolol ( Tenormin )
  • Bisoprolol ( Zebeta )
  • Metoprolol ( Lopressor , Toprol XL)
  • Nadolol ( Corgard )
  • Timolol ( Blocadren )
  • Nebivolol ( Bystolic )

2. Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors -- block the chemical angiotensin from forming in the body, helping prevent blood vessels from narrowing.

ACE inhibitors include:

  • Captopril ( Capoten )
  • Benazepril ( Lotensin )
  • Enalapril ( Vasotec )
  • Lisinopril ( Prinivil , Zestril )
  • Fosinopril ( Monopril )
  • Ramipril ( Altace )
  • Perindopril ( Aceon )
  • Quinapril ( Accupril )
  • Moexipril ( Univasc )
  • Trandolapril ( Mavik )

3. Calcium-channel blockers -- relax blood vessels and lower blood pressure by blocking calcium from entering heart cells and arteries.


  • Amlodipine ( Norvasc )
  • Bepridil ( Vascor )
  • Diltiazem ( Cardizem )
  • Felodipine ( Plendil )
  • Nifedipine ( Adalat , Procardia )
  • Nicardipine ( Cardene )
  • Verapamil ( Calan , Isoptin )

4. Angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) -- block the effects of the chemical angiotensin in the body, lowering blood pressure.

These drugs include:

  • Candesartan ( Atacand )
  • Eprosartan ( Tevetan )
  • Irbesartan ( Avapro )
  • Losartan ( Cozaar )
  • Telmisartan ( Mycardis )
  • Valsartan ( Diovan )
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