Mukta Vati – an Alternative Medicine for High Blood Pressure

What exactly is Mukta Vati?

A great question to start with…  A couple of days ago I had never heard of Mukta Vati and then, whilst doing some research into alternative medicines for hypertension, I came across this interesting sounding product.  Of course my interest was piqued and before long I was up to my elbows in research to uncover the secret of this intriguing holistic blood pressure treatment – coming from the world of Ayurvedic Medicine.


The Ins and Outs of Ayurvedic Medicine

Three Doshas

The Three Doshas

Before delving further into Mukta Vati itself, I am going to take a quick diversion into Ayurvedic Medicine, as this is a treatment modality which many Westerners are probably not very informed about – myself included!!

Well, first of all Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word which has the meaning of “life knowledge”.  And the origins of Ayurvedic Medicine  come from the Indian subcontinent stemming from around 1000 BC, or even earlier.

In the Ayurvedic philosospy health depends on the maintenance of balance within one’s life.  So, to suppress natural urges can lead to illness, whilst at the same time moderation in satisfying such urges is also called for.  So, for example overindulging in food and drink would likely cause an imbalance which could lead to ill health.

Taking this one step further this system of medicine incorporates three main bio-elemental forces, or DOSHAS (called Vata, Pitta and Kapha) and it is in the balance of these three energy/life forces that good health can be maintained.

Ayurvedic practitioners use a holistic approach to diagnosing and treating ailments. Typical types of treatments include exercise, massage, yoga and meditation to help balance the energies of the mind and body.  And plant based therapies use fruits, leaves, roots, bark and seeds, for example cinnamon, turmeric and cardamon which can be combined into different herbal medicines for treating different ailments.


For a broader discussion of Ayurvedic Medicine see HERE




Where does Mukta Vati fit in?

Mukta vati is actually a preparation which contains a mixture of natural herbs to lower blood pressure.  The ingredients have been shown to work together to help balance the Doshas and thus promote good health, including normalizing blood pressure.  There are a number of different herbs in traditional Mukta Vati, so let’s have a look at a typical sample of them and see what they do!!

  1. Gotu Kola (Brahmi – Indian name) helps to strengthen the circulatory system by purifying the blood, fortifying the blood vessels and improving blood flow,  It also nourishes and supports the adrenal glands which is important for dealing with stress.
  2. Aloe Weed (Shankhpushpi) helps to restore a feeling of calm to the body by bringing the doshas back into balance.  This benefits not only blood pressure, but also anxiety, stress and sleeplessness.
  3. Arjuna Tree (Arjuna) is used traditionally to strengthen the cardiovascular system which benefits blood pressure.  Is also good for controlling cholesterol levels and has a mild diuretic effect which also helps manage BP.
  4. Climbing Staff Treee (Jyotishmati) – the naturally occurring alkaloids in this plant serve to fortify the circulatory system, as well as boost oxygen flow to the heart tissues.
  5. Winter Cherry Root (Ashwaganda) – also called Indian ginseng, this root not only boost energy but also has a very strong anti-oxidant effect and combats the level of toxins caused by stress in the blood stream which again is beneficial for blood pressure.
  6. Gulancha Tinospora (Guduchi) – an overall tonic to support the whole body.  Also has diuretic properties which support healthy blood pressure levels.
  7. Fresh Water Pearl Powder (Mukta Pishti) – a heart tonic which promotes overall good health. In addition,  Pearl Powder helps purify the blood  of toxins which if left untreated can raise stress levels and blood pressure, too.

How Effective is it?

For this I checked out what users thought of two brands of Mukta Vati which are available on Amazon, and which seem to have the most reviews about them.

IVY MUKTA VATI 


and

DIVYA MUKTA VATI

The first thing which grabbed my attention was the considerable difference in the price of the two different brands.  The Ivy brand is considerably more expensive than the Divya brand, actually over 4 times as expensive for the same number of doses.

On Amazon.com Ivy brand is $37 per bottle, plus free shipping, whilst the Divya brand is $7.29 per box, plus free shipping.

Given that some of the ingredients in each brand are slightly varied this price difference may come down to a quality of ingredients, or even a strength of ingredients issue.  For the record those ingredients which are included in both brands are:

  • Gotu Kola or Brahmi
  • AloeWeed or Shankhpushpi
  • Climbing Staff tree or Jyotishmati
  • Winter Cherry root, or Ashwaganda
  • Gulancha Tinospora or Guduchi
  • Pearl Powder

It was difficult to find a product label for the Divya Mukta Vati brand which showed actual strengths of each ingredient and the Divya brand also includes a further ingredient Ugra Gandha – a herb which like Climbing Staff tree boosts oxygen supply to the heart muscle.)

Ivy's Mukta Vati

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As for the Ivy brand I was able to find a product label – see image opposite …

However the actual individual quantities of ingredients are not specified, since the manufacturer claims that the combined (synergistic) effects of all the herbs together is what makes the product so effective.  Anyhow serving size is recommended at 2 tablets or 800mg of the blend per day.

The one ingredient which the Ivy Brand has and the Divya Brand is missing is the Arjuna tree bark.  The bark of this tree has been used to treat heart disease for centuries and is also highly prized for its anti-cholesterol and increased blood flow properties.

For more about the benefits of Arjuna click HERE


Consumer Satisfaction:

Both brands are reviewed on Amazon and the reviewers rating lists are shown below:

 

Divya Mukta Vati

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whilst most consumers of the Ivy Brand found that the product brought their BP down, those who gave it a poor rating  (1 or 2 stars) were unhappy with its results due to side effects, such as congestion, weakness, lethargy and a feeling of “mental cloudiness”.  In three cases the product failed to bring the BP down and in one case it elevated the blood pressure instead.

As for the Divya Mukta Vati the one and two star ratings complained of the product causing a stuffy nose and not decreasing blood pressure.

Overall the number of satisfied consumers (those giving the product a 4 or 5 star rating) was better for the Divya brand at 94%, whilst the Ivy brand came in second at 85%.


My Take on this

Given the fact that the ingredients in each brand are very similar, and that the level of consumer satisfaction is superior for the Divy Mukta Vati brand, I would be inclined to try this brand first out of the two and see how well it works.

However I would like to add a caution that one ingredient which is used as part of a decoction in the further processing of the Divya Mukta Vati, namely RAUWOLFIA SERPENTINA (also called SARPAGHANDA) can have some undesirable side effects for some people and should be researched first before trying it.

This may be enough reason for some people to want to try the Ivy Mukta Vati first instead.

If it does work well, there is a buying option for 6 packets of the Divya brand at a discounted price.

However it should be borne in mind that taking such a supplement should still be part of a lifestyle change plan which will support optimal blood pressure, such as healthy diet, exercise and stress management.

Naturally, it would not be advisable for anyone already on prescription medications for BP control to experiment with taking such supplements without first consulting with a physician.

However, it may be possible to include Ayurvedic treatments in an overall blood pressure management plan which could lead to eventual reducing of BP medications if the supplements prove to be effective.


If anyone reading this has tried taking Mukta Vati for BP control I would love to know how well it worked for you.  A comment below would indeed be appreciated.

26 Comments

  1. Vijay

    Very good if no side effects of nasal congestion.

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    1. Nick (Post author)

      Hi Vijay,
      Yes, you are quite right about that… thanks for the comment! 🙂

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  2. Gautam

    i have been taking Muktavati for a long time now. My potassium level is always higher, I was wondering, is it because of Muktavati?

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    1. Nick (Post author)

      This is a fair question as some herbs can indeed have an effect on potassium levels… Alfalfa, Nettle and Dandelion are contraindicated for someone with a high potassium level, for example. I can’t say 100% for sure in this case, but after looking into the main ingredients of Mukta Vati individually, right now I cannot find any indication that the herbs involved might be causing high potassium levels. In fact several of them (Arjuna and Guduchi) have a diuretic effect which, if they were going to have an influence on potassium, would more likely lead to a lowering of potassium levels.

      I would suppose that one way to test for sure that the Mukta Vati you are taking is not adversely affecting (helping to raise) your potassium levels would be to take a “holiday” from the supplement for a period of time, and then have your potassium levels checked again to see if there is a difference from the baseline levels you have when you are taking the Mukt Vati. If you do decide to try this, I would be curious to find out how it works out for you!!

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  3. Jamie Ashley

    I was able to get off ALL my meds 10 years ago….and I give credit for that to Divya Mukta Vati. Now….I don’t even take it regularly. I only take it occasionally when my Blood Pressure spikes due to high stress….and it is only needed temporarily. My lab results are always good at my yearly checkup and I feel great. BTW…..I’m 68. I highly recommend this product.

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    1. Nick (Post author)

      That is brilliant, Jamie!! Many thanks for leaving this comment about the Mukta Vati which works for you! It is always good to learn about success stories with any natural product which I have covered in my posts. And it shows that it really is possible to manage BP naturally (and ideally without medications), which will inspire others to keep looking for that natural solution, or combination of approaches which will work for them.

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  4. Up

    Within 3 days my BP came normal but it does bring weakness and lots of sleep. Seems like 2 tabs morning evening is too much. I have now given a gap of medicine and will start tomorrow with .5 morning and .5 evening with milk.

    Usually BP was 155/100, in 3 days under mukta vati – 126/75(2 tabs twice). also decreseases the pulse rate- this is now 48-62 range.

    May be reducing the dose will help.

    This medicine is Ayurveda but seems like still very strong so my advice to anyone starting it- start with a lower days and adjust after 2-3 days.

    Nasal congestion – is normail. I have been advised to take this with warm milk and will let u know any difference.

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    1. Nick (Post author)

      Thanks so much for your comments about the mukta vati based on your experiences with the supplement. Looks like it is working really well for you which is great! I am always happy to learn about success stories with any natural BP treatment. I agree with your advice about starting off at a low dose and then working it up as necessary …. and dividing the dose up into 2 makes good sense, as well. I wish you continued success and welcome any further comments you may have.

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  5. kim

    I have been taking Mukta vati for almost 4 weeks now and I have Nasal congestion even after taking with warm milk, and feeling very cold all the time and my body temp gone to 96, but it did bring my BP down to normal but worried if this side effects might change into bigger issue in long run.
    does anyone have some suggestion?

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    1. Nick (Post author)

      Sorry to learn you are having side effects from the Mukta Vati, Kim. I know the congestion is a common side effect, whereas the sensitivity to cold appears to occur in the literature less often. I don’t have any info on the dose you are taking – or the brand – but if you have been taking the recommended dose up till now my first suggestion would be to try reducing it.

      For example, typically the recommended dose is 2 tabs daily on an empty stomach, so you could try cutting back to 1 tablet a day, and then even to 1/2 tablet a day and see if your BP reading can be maintained at this level. This may well bring some relief to the side effects.

      If you are taking Divya Mukta Vati you could try switching to a different brand, say Ivy Mukta Vati. The ingredients are slightly different and that in itself might help…

      One comment I came across suggested taking the Divya Mukta Vati before food and then Divya Medha Vati after food – same dose for each, and for this person it eliminated the side effects.

      Also I read that practicing pranayama (yoga breathing techniques) can help with the side effects. Click HERE to find information on this, if this is something you might want to check out.

      Many people are satisfied with the effects of Mukta Vati on their BP and can live with the nasal congestion inconvenience. But, if you find your side effects are worsening – e.g. difficulty breathing at night, chest pains, severe fatigue, you should definitely consider coming off the Mukta Vati, as with these more serious side effects it is doing you more harm than good …

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  6. Rattan Yadav

    Usually I take Divya Mukta Vati one tablet in a day at any time and working well and hardly I take for 20 or 30 days and my BP normalize, mostly I take at launch time even I eat yoghurt also and there is no side effect I recommend Tab Divya Mukta Vati for BP

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    1. Nick (Post author)

      Great to read that the Divya Mukta Vati is working so well for you and without any side effects, Rattan – maybe taking it with yogurt is the key!! This is encouraging for others who would like to give it a try. Thanks for your feedback and I wish you continued success with the Divya Mukta Vati.

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  7. Ajay

    My BP was 140/90. I started taking Divya Mukta Vati, 1 tab morning and 1 evening. It brought down the BP within 2-3 days to 125/82. After taking it for 2-3 months, I stopped it thinking that it had cured the problem, but the BP went back to 140/90.

    I consulted the doctor at the Patanjali hospital in haridwar (makers of Divya Mukta Vati)- He suggested taking 2 D Mukta Vati in the morning and 2 Medha Vati also in the morning, and wait for the BP to come down to 110/70 and then slowly reduce the dose of Divya Multa Vati, till it is cured.

    I have been taking 2 Divya Mukta Vati’s early morning empty stomach and 2 Divya Medha vati’s with breakfast for the last 2 months- and my blood pressure has been constantly coming down – I measure it daily once a day.. It is now around the 115/78 range. I do drink milk at breakfast. I will wait for it to come down to 110/70 and then taper it off as suggested and see if it works.

    I tried additionally taking Divya Multa Vati in the evening too, but that gave me nasal congestion, so I stopped it.

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    1. Nick (Post author)

      Wow, Ajay that is indeed the best testimonial I have had the pleasure of reading regarding the effectiveness of taking Divya Mukta Vati. The information you have shared about the importance of weaning yourself off the Divya Mukta Vati slowly once the desired BP level has been achieved is also very good to know about. Thanks so much for your feedback on the Divya Mukta Vati, and I wish you every success in being able to fully come off the supplement at some point and then being able to maintain your desired BP once you have.

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  8. Barbara Egan

    There is a big difference in Ivy’s and Divy’s. Ivy does not have rauwolfia and Divy’s does have rauwolfia. After much research on rauwolfia, I am concerned about it’s long term side effects and will not take it. You need to do your research on this one additive before taking it.

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    1. Nick (Post author)

      Thanks for the valuable feedback on the Rauwolfia (Sarpagandha) ingredient. I am going to add a caution to my post on this ingredient, which is added as part of the further processing of the product. Just as with allopathic medicine, Ayurvedic medicine ingredients do have side effects and due diligence is necessary when researching a new supplement as you rightly point out.

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  9. Bilal Ashraf

    can mukta vati cure hypertension ?
    is mukta vati a herbal medicine. anyone can tell me.

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    1. Nick (Post author)

      Yes Mukta Vati is an ayurvedic medicine used to help control high blood pressure. It consists of a number of herbs mixed together to provide the synergistic effects which benefit not only hypertension but also help to relieve stress. The two brands I have come across most often are Ivy Mukta Vati and Divya Mukta Vati. Of the two the Ivy tends to have less side effects, but the Divya is more economical.. There is a caution over using Divya – if you have afib (irregular heartbeat/arrhythmia) it should not be taken as it can have an adverse effect on this condition. Ivy Mukta Vati does not contain the Rauwolfia (Sarpagandha) ingredient and is thus safe to use.

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      1. Flavio Guzman

        Hi Nick, I was taking the brand CARDITONE, from Ayush Herbs, but it uses Rauwfolia (50 mg). If I lowered the pressure on all the diastole, but it caused me a lot of lethargy. I’m looking for another option and I think it’s very interesting that Ivys does not contain that ingredient.

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        1. Nick (Post author)

          Hi Flavio. Sometimes unfortunately even natural substances come with side effects. I think if you choose to try out a brand of Mukta Vati you may do better with the Ivy’s brand which does not include the Rauwolfia, whereas the Divya brand does. And many people have experienced good success with the Ivy Brand. So hopefully you will find the same… Good luck to you nonetheless!

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  10. Sylvia

    My husband suffered a stroke and mukta vati was recommend to him. He is taking other medications èg blood thinners and lisinopril. I am a little sceptical about him taking it. Would the tab cause any adverse reactions.

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    1. Nick (Post author)

      Hi Sylvia – The most common side effects of Mukta Vati that I have come across are nasal congestion, dry mouth and lightheadedness. My research suggests that Mukta Vati is usually well tolerated, and often the dosage can be altered to help take care of the side effects noted. Recommended doses are for blood pressure of 160/100 or over – 3 pills twice a day and 140/90 up to 160/100 use 2 pills twice a day. The Divya Mukta Vati tends to cause more trouble with the nasal congestion, but taking it with warm water or milk can relieve this. Otherwise the Ivy Mukta Vati brand may be the better choice, although it is more expensive.

      Having said all that however, and given that your husband is on prescription medications already, I would advise you to proceed with caution and consult with your Doctor first. There is a chance that the Mukta Vati in combination with the Lisinopril may drive the BP down too low and could cause heart palpitations. So frequent monitoring of BP is essential, and starting on a lower dose would be advisable, say 1 pill twice daily or even one half pill twice daily. Hope that helps!

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  11. Debi

    Nick,
    I have been on RX for HBP for about 5 years and REALLY want to get off of it!! At one point my BP went as high as 200/100. I have since retired from a very stressful job and the RX has been decreased several times to only Benicar 5mg and a light diuretic. I did an on line test and was rated as Vata 40 / Pita 60. Any advice would be appreciated as to brand and wither they work on a predominantly Pita person. Thanks. Debi

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    1. Nick (Post author)

      Out of the two best known brands of Mukta Vati widely available – Ivy Mukta Vati and Divya Mukta Vati – I would recommend trying the Ivy Mukta Vati. It contains ingredients which are used to balance excessive Pita such as Gotu Kola for stress management and Guduchi. In fact Guduchi helps increase Vata too and has, with another ingredient Arjuna Bark, a diuretic effect. Divya Mukta Vati does not contain Arjuna Bark

      The Ivy brand also contains Ashwangandha which is used to promote calmness of mind and tranquility. Given that stress is such a major cause of HBP – as you yourself have previously experienced – this is of course important. 

Additionally, the most common side effects of taking Mukta Vati – congestion, dry mouth and light headedness seem to be more prevalent with the Divya brand which includes an additional ingredient Rauwolfia serpentina (Sarpagandha). This Rauwolfia is also contraindicated for anyone who experiences heart arrhythmia/atrial fibrillation issues.

      Hopefully if you do decide to go down this path, your Doctor will work with you to develop a plan to reach your target of coming off your medications. I have read many reviews from satisfied customers of this product who have achieved this very goal. Anyhow, I do wish you the best of luck with this, Debi.

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  12. Rochelle Marsden

    I have been taking Ivy’s for about 15 years and have written articles on it. I started on the 4 tablets a day and now I only need 1 a day. Everything is tested with Ivy’s and I trust it. I have recommended it to many people and it has worked to lower BP in all of them. I think the nasal congestion that some people get is temporary. I wouldn’t use Divya’s because of the Rauwolfia in it.

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    1. Nick (Post author)

      Thanks so much for sharing this information, Rochelle. I am really pleased to get feedback on the Ivy brand versus the Divya brand. Your long-term experience with the product is invaluable and will help others when trying to decide which make of Mukta Vatie to go with.

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