Cayce Health Database
OVERVIEW OF HYPERTENSION
WHAT IS HYPERTENSION?
Hypertension (high blood pressure) is an elevation
in overall blood pressure. Blood pressure is the force created by
the heart as pushes blood through the circulatory system. Blood
pressure is measured in two numbers. The first, or top number, is
the "systolic" pressure, created when the heart contracts. The second,
or bottom number, is the "diastolic" pressure, or the period during which
the heart relaxes. An example of a normal blood pressure is 120/80.
Hypertension affects about 37 million Americans and
the incidence rates of hypertension in the United States have increased
dramatically over the past 15 years. Elevated blood pressure means
that the heart is working harder than normal, putting both the heart and
the arteries under a greater strain. This may contribute to heart attacks,
strokes, kidney failure, damage to the eyes and atherosclerosis.
From a medical perspective, hypertension is regarded
as an incurable illness of unknown causation. In about 10 percent
of cases, hypertension is linked to specific illnesses such as kidney
disease and adrenal gland tumors (secondary hypertension). In such
instances, treatment of the comorbid disorder may relieve the hypertension.
The remainder of cases are called "essential" hypertension.
Standard medical treatment of essential hypertension is directed at control
of the illness with drugs and lifestyle changes.
EDGAR CAYCE'S PERSPECTIVE OF HYPERTENSION
The Edgar Cayce readings, while recognizing the wide
variability associated with hypertension, consistently maintain that this
disease most often can be traced back to patterns of poor circulation
wherein the return flow of the blood to the heart is hindered. In
other words, as the arteries carry the blood away from the heart to the
various organs of the body and release the blood into the capillaries
to nourish the tissue, engorgements and plethoric conditions in the capillaries
and veins slow the blood flow as it is recycled to the heart.
Here are a couple of excerpts from the Cayce readings
which describe the hindered circulation between the arteries and veins:
"As long as there's high blood pressure, as long as there's a tendency
for the cells - in the change between the arterial and vein circulation
so disturbed - to overflow at times (which IS the actual production or
actual condition that produces pressure), under STRAIN there IS the possibility
of a blood clot or cell breaking or forming - a bubble, see?"
"The blood supply is high in the pressure. This is produced
in the greater part by pressures that exist in the transverse and descending
colon, and by too much flesh for the body-functionings - as through the
(Q) Are the dizzy spells and headaches caused by any serious
(A) Caused by this circulation that is so slow in returning to
the activity of the central circulation - heart, lungs, liver, kidneys.
And this produces, by this slow circulation, the extreme high blood pressure."
This pattern of hindered circulation was most often
noted in the large intestine (colon) resulting in toxic conditions and
poor eliminations which further increased the blood pressure.
"(Q) How can high blood pressure be reduced?
(A) This may be reduced by the deep manipulations and colonic
irrigations. This, too, will rise again, but it can be kept down
in this manner - as keeping off of meats of any kind." (3305-1)
"There is a subluxation in the 6th and 5th dorsal,
as well as a condition out of alignment in the 9th dorsal.
These first produced tendencies for a disturbance
in the circulation through the liver and the emptying of the stomach proper.
This slowing of the lymph through the circulation in the abdominal area
causes an engorgement in the ascending and a part of the transverse colon;
of course, a form of prolapsus in the descending and a portion of the
This combination causes a high blood pressure, or
metabolism as disturbed in the body. (2388-1)
Note the references to spinal problems and manipulations
to correct these conditions in the nervous system in addition to the problems
in the colon. The treatment recommendations which follow address
both of these areas.
EDGAR CAYCE'S THERAPEUTIC MODEL
Recognizing the systemic effects involved in hypertension,
the primary treatment modalities are comprehensive and address various
aspects of the condition:
- INTERNAL CLEANSING: Hydrotherapy includes drinking six to eight
glasses of pure water daily, colonic irrigations (preferably) or enemas,
and cleansing diet of fresh fruits and vegetables. Castor oil packs
across the abdomen are recommended to improve eliminations through
the liver and colon. Mild laxatives may be helpful if constipation
is a problem.
- SPINAL MANIPULATION AND MASSAGE: Osteopathic or chiropractic treatment
is recommended to relieve any pressures that may be hindering circulation.
Special attention is to be paid to the thoracic vertebrae (2nd to
9th thoracic) as this portion of the spine was often cited in the
Cayce readings on hypertension. If osteopathic or chiropractic
treatment is not available, the use of an electric vibrator along
the spine may be helpful. Finally, gentle massage is suggested
to relax the body and balance the circulation.
- DIET: The Basic Cayce Diet is intended to improve assimilation
and elimination. The diet focuses heavily on keeping a proper
alkaline/acid balance while avoiding foods which produce toxicity
and drain the system. Essentially, the diet consists mainly
of fruits and vegetables while avoiding fried foods and refined carbohydrates
("junk food"). Certain food combinations are emphasized.
- RADIAL APPLIANCE: The Radial Appliance is a subtle energy device
frequently recommended by Edgar Cayce to balance the circulation and
relax the body. Most people do not feel anything during a treatment
session, but notice improved sleep and sense of well being with repeated
use. Edgar Cayce emphasized the importance of maintaining a
positive attitude while attached to the appliance and encouraged individuals
to meditate during the therapy sessions.
- MODERATE EXERCISE: Moderate exercise is an important aspect of
balanced living. Walking was a favorite exercise recommended
by Edgar Cayce for people suffering from high blood pressure.
A daily walk after supper is a good place to start.
- ATTITUDES AND EMOTIONS: The mental and emotional aspects of healing
are frequently discussed the Cayce readings. Particularly, an
attitude of desiring and expecting to be healed is important.
A positive mental and emotional attitude and can be created and maintained
by focusing on a high purpose (ideal) for being healed.
Note: The above information is not intended for self-diagnosis
or self-treatment. Please consult a qualified health care professional
for assistance in applying the information contained in the Cayce Health