Ayurveda For Heart diseases

By- Dr. Amit Yadav

Heart disease before the age of 80 is not God's will but is due to our own fault's.
Heart has major role in our body system. In Ayurveda, heart is concerned not only through its physical value, but mental and spiritual also, thus the care of heart most important.

According is ancient Indian philosophy and Ayurveda, heart takes higher position not only by its anatomical and physiological but also by its mental and spiritual value.
In Ayurveda heart is seat of - Para ojas , Vyan vayu ,adhaka Pitta , Avalambak Kaph and Mana.

According is charak, heart has been mentioned as the seat of Consciousness. The human body consists of six component (four limb, trunk & head & neck), the Indriyas (Five Sensory organ along with their object), the wisdom, the mind and the soul – all of these dependent upon normal functioning of the heart

The ancient Indian Physician laid down basic principles for the maintenance of normal positive health and pronounced certain preventive measures against the cardiac aliments, they have laid stress on:

  • Achaar - normal conduct
  • Ahaar - diet
  • Vyayaam - physical exercise
  • Yoga - yoga.

Causes of heart disease in Ayurveda -

| Vayaam tikshna ati virechak vasti chinta bhay trasgada atichaara |
|| Chardaam sandharan karsonani haidogkartani thataabhigath ||
[ch chikitsha xxvi/70 ]
  • Physical exertion
  • Drastic & excessive purgation & enema.
  • Anxiety.
  • Fear
  • Terror
  • Faulty management of disorder.
  • Suppression of vomiting & ama.
  • Injury

Symptoms of Heart Disease :

| Vavivaraya murcha jwara kash hikka swasasya vairasya trisna promoha|
|| Chardi kapho utklesh rujo aruchich hridogaja shuvirvidhasthaannyte||
[ch. chikitsh. xxvi/71]
  • Abnormal Complexion.
  • Fainting
  • Fever due to Inflammatory heart disease.
  • Cough
  • Hiccough due to mitral Regurgitation or stenosis.
  • Breathlessness.
  • Distaste of mouth due to coronary insufficiency.
  • Tendency of Emesis.
  • Anorexia.
  • Thirst
  • Chest Pain
  • Giddiness

Prevention of heart disease
Diet :
Protein – Normal in take of 50 – 60 gms.
Fat – Cholesterol is to kept in low limit. Avoid animal fat, pork, beef, meat, fats, Dairy product like cream butter, ghee.
Carbohydrate – Carbohydrate are responsible for endogenous Synthesis of cholesterol and triglycerides hence excessive is to be avoided.
Calories – Obesity burdens the heart. Reduction of calories help to lose weight.
Vitamin – Nicotinic acid reduces lipids in blood.
Adequate potassium & calcium in blood required to prevent arrhythimias
Miscellaneous : Smoking & alcohol are restricted.
Use less amount of salt (daily 2-3 gm)
Take food before three hour when going to sleep.
Take large amount of fibrous food like (Salads) High Roughage diet.
Take adequate amount of Garlic & Ginger because Garlic lowers the Cholesterol level & Ginger reduces the blood clot.
Morning walk upto 2-3 km.
"Sawashan" is very useful in heart disease.
Avoid the hostile life style.

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)

Dr.Amit yadav ,B..M S. is working as a Lecturer and consultant of Ayurvedic & Herbal Medicine with Dev Sanskriti University, Shantikunj, Haridwar. He can be contacted at -amitmedico1995@rediffmail.com
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