Heart Diseases Treatment in Ayurveda – Basic Knowledge
Heart diseases (Coronary Heart Disease – CHD) are common problem worldwide among middle-aged and elderly people and have become increasingly common in younger individuals too. It is a leading cause of deaths and disability worldwide. Poor dietary habits like high intake of cholesterol, fat, hypertension, sedentary life style and cigarette smoking are some of the known risk factor which leads to deposition of fat in the arteries of the heart and coronary heart disease.
According to Ayurveda, poor diet, stress, unhealthy lifestyle causes impairment of digestion which causes accumulation of toxins in the body. These toxins get deposited in different part of the body, such as the coronary artery that leads to obstruction, poor circulation and causes various forms of heart disease. Ayurvedic treatment of heart disease aims to clean the toxins from the body and restore digestion to avoid further increase of blockages in the body.
Ayurvedic Practitioner generally advices lifestyle change and herbal supplementation for reduction of coronary risk factors including heart failure and heart attacks.
Symptoms of Heart Disease ::
- Abnormal Complexion.
- Fever due to Inflammatory heart disease.
- Hiccough due to mitral Regurgitation or stenosis.
- Distaste of mouth due to coronary insufficiency.
- Tendency of Emesis.
- Chest Pain
Causes of Heart Disease in Ayurveda ::
- Physical exertion
- Drastic & excessive purgation & enema.
- Faulty management of disorder.
- Suppression of vomiting & ama.
Ayurvedic Treatment of Heart Disease ::
The primary approch to health care in Ayurveda was the prevention one & then came the role of drugs. A combination of some herbal medicine is very useful in heart disease.
- Arjun (terminalia arjuna).
- Bramhi (bacopa monnieri)
- Jatamansi (nordostachys jatamansi)
- Guduchi (tinospora cardifolia)
- Punarnava (boerhavia diffusa)
- Yestimadhu (glycyrrhiza glabra)
- Kutki (picrorhiza kurroa)
Yoga, exercise and meditation: Yoga, meditation and exercise improve physical stamina and provide mental relaxation. Ayurveda recommends mild physical exercise for all individuals for primary prevention of coronary heart disease. If you are not used to exercise, start exercises as advised by your physician. Exercise promotes development of collateral blood vessels in the heart and retards progression of atherosclerosis. Thus yoga helps in the prevention of heart blockages.
Caution with Ayurveda :: The ayurvedic remedies are effective in treatment of heart diseases, but if you have an acute severe cardiac problem consult a allopathic physician. Some of the herbs can interfere with platelet function and increase the risk of bleeding if you are taking antiplatelet drugs. Interactions between certain herbs and drugs with a narrow therapeutic window, such as warfarain and digoxin can occur. Inform your allopathic physician if you are taking ayurvedic treatment for your heart ailment.
:: Disclaimer ::
The sole purpose of these posts is to provide information about the tradition of health care & ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. Check with your doctor before taking herbs or using essential oils when pregnant or nursing.