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Ayurvedic Remedies that Help Treat Cardiovascular Diseases

07-Aug-2020
Ayurvedic Remedies that Help Treat Cardiovascular Diseases

Heart diseases lead to symptoms that are aggravated by excessive physical and mental exertion as well as stress, tension, and anxiety. Treatment always begins with advising the patient to avoid strenuous activities or reduce them as much as possible.   

Ayurvedic techniques for treatment include performing yoga asanas and meditation. Both of these are highly beneficial to the body and mind; they also help alleviate some of the symptoms related to cardiac issues. 

Herbs Used in the Treatment of Heart Diseases

According to this ancient science, there are also many herbs that positively affect each of the three Doshas and help treat various conditions linked to the heart.  

  • Arjuna: It is one of the main herbs associated with healing heart diseases. It stimulates blood circulation and provides strength to the heart. Depending on the type of Dosha in a patient, it is consumed with milk (Vata), ghee (Pitta) or honey (Kapha). 
  • Guggul: It is used along with Arjuna since it enhances the heart strengthening property of the herb. 
  • Ashwagandha: Another herb that is taken in combination with Guggul and Arjuna because it boosts the effects of Arjuna.
  • Kesar: It is recommended for not just the heart but also for many other conditions. A gram of saffron mixed in a cup of milk works like a heart tonic that helps in all 3 Doshas.   

Other useful herbs and essential oils include ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, and the essential oil of sandalwood. All of these bring calming and energizing effects on the heart.

Cardiovascular Diseases Explained as per Doshas

Different Doshas lead to distinct symptoms. Therefore, the type of Dosha can be identified by observing the symptoms:

Vata Dosha

Cardiac diseases of this type have neurological issues as the root cause. Symptoms include: 

  • Pain and increased pressure in the heart area
  • Tingling in the chest
  • Heart palpitations 
  • Discomfort caused by shortness of breath and coughing
  • Difficulty in sleeping (insomnia)
  • Short temper and irritation, especially around noise
  • Heightened feelings of dread and anxiety that may be triggered by mental or physical overload

Pitta Dosha:

Vata Dosha, when accompanied by Pitta Dosha, increases irritability and can lead to raging outbursts. Other symptoms include the following:

  • Inflammations like pericarditis, endocarditis, and myocarditis
  • Heated or Burning feeling throughout the chest region
  • Dizziness and Loss of Consciousness
  • Excessive sweating 

Kapha Dosha:

Diseases with congestion as the main cause are categorized under Kapha type. Some of the symptoms are:

  • The chest region, especially the heart, feels heavy
  • Saliva production increases
  • Appetite and good mood decrease; the person feels sad
  • The body and mind feel fatigued
  • The patient feels drowsy and slow due to decreased mental activity

Treatment of Cardiac Diseases as Advised in Ayurveda

Ayurveda heals the body holistically through multiple forms of treatment that are given according to the type of Dosha present in the patient. These include making changes to the diet and lifestyle along with the addition of herbs and oils that calms the respective Dosha:

Vata Dosha:

  • Avoid processed foods and foods that are light and dry.
  • Include Omega 3 fatty acids in your diet, through fish or walnuts.
  • Increase the intake of Vitamins A, D, and E through foods like garlic and amla.
  • Practice meditation and raise your calm through relaxation techniques carried out in nature. 
  • Certain yoga asanas performed while seated have proven beneficial in treating Vata type ailments. 
  • Useful herbs include arjuna, cardamom, ashwagandha, guggul, licorice, sandalwood, garlic, and cinnamon..

Pitta Dosha:

  • Reduce the intake of salt and avoid hot foods and spices along with red meat, and oily foods. 
  • Try not to stay in rooms that are too hot or travel for long distances under the hot sun. Also, reduce physical exertion.
  • Herbs like katuka, arjuna, saffron, shatavari, aloe juice, and sandalwood are recommended. Brahmi with arjuna is also useful in Pitta type diseases.
  • Combine licorice and barberry in equal quantities along with 2 grams of ghee. Consume this mixture after meals.
  • Laxatives may prove useful in certain severe cases. 

Kapha Dosha:

  • Decrease the consumption of fats like butter, lard, and fatty meats. Also avoid too much salt and sugar in your diet.
  • Massages performed using camphor and cinnamon oil are known to bring relief. 
  • Consume natural remedies made from herbs and spices like trikatu, cardamom, arjuna, cinnamon, and guggul. These are effective in expectorating and eliminating congestion. 

Conclusion

An imbalance in even one of the Doshas leads to disruptions in the other two energies as well. Among the three energies, a disbalanced Vata creates the biggest problems in the body because it gets easily affected. 

Since it is in charge of movements, a Vata that is out of balance can also negatively affect the Pitta and Kapha - Pitta being responsible for body changes and the function of Kapha being fluid control.

This is why Ayurveda treats the body by achieving harmony between the Doshas. It aims at restoring the balance of the three energies, which, in turn, returns optimum function in the human body, increasing its capability for growth, control, and immunity.

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