According to Ayurveda, the heart is a vital organ of the body, and one of the trimarma (Shira, hridaya and basti), any injury in the hridaya leads to severe complications and even death. It involves the three doshas Vata, Pitta, Kapha. Vata controls the heart’s beating, initiates the electric impulse to contract the heart and the blood circulation, Pitta purifies the blood and digestion of emotions in the heart, and Kapha is responsible for the structure of the blood and the strength of the heart.
The heart is connected to every cell and tissue throughout the body three times through three distinct channels (Ida Nadi, Pingala Nadi, and Sushumna Nadi). Ruksha (dry) shushkaalpa (less) bhojana (food) and upavasa (fasting), Ushna amla lavanakatu kshara pradhana ahara along with madya sevana and guru Snigdhabhojana, achesta act as shareerikahetus, whereas shoka, achinta and krodhaact act as mana- sika nidanas in causing hrudroga.
Here are few Ayurvedic tips to support your heart’s health:
- Reduce stress: The heart is not just a pump but the head of all emotions, whether joy and sadness or frustration. Mental and emotional stress can upset the heart’s emotions. Practicing meditation twice daily and herbs like Ashwagandha and Arjuna has been shown in research studies to help lower blood pressure, reverse arterial blockage, and enhance resistance to all types of stress.
- Mental support and emotional well-being- Maintain a positive attitude and walk away from situations that cause distress or anger. Achara Rasayana- principles, behavior, and conduct of life act as rejuvenation. For example, Brahmacharya- celibacy, courteous behavior, etc., takes care of the heart.
- Dinacharya and Rutucharya: One should follow the principles of diet, lifestyle, ethics, code, and conduct of ideal living on a daily regimen (Dinacharya), seasonal (Rutucharya) basis and Sadvritta to keep the heart-healthy.
- Support Ojas- The super-fine form of Ojas that resides in the heart is said to sustain its activity, consciousness, and life itself. Ojas is the end product of perfect digestion and tissue nutrition.
- Vega Dharana and Udeerana – Helping the body release the naturally manifested reflexes and urges by not forcibly controlling them. Reflexes of hunger, thirst, sleep, defecation, urination, etc., create a healthy impact on the heart.
- Clearing the bodily channels and making energetic pathways- Panchkarma treatments are a must in throwing out the unnecessary morbid dosha’s and mala’s from the system to re-establish heart health.
- Virechana (therapeutic purgation) is an ideal way of eliminating and controlling morbid pitta.
- Basti (medicated enema): helps in controlling associated morbid Vata dosha
- Raktamokshasna: bloodletting helps to let out the contaminated blood and to relieve blocks in circulation
Shirodhara – using takra, ksheera, taila, Shirolepa and avagaha
- Herbs of heart
Arjuna – Terminalia arjuna – It is said to be the best herb in to treat heart ailments. It is an ideal plant to correct circulation disturbances and also to alleviate stress.
Ashwagandha – Withania somnifera – Relieves stress, strengthens the heart muscles, good rejuvenator and anti-aging medicine.
Lashuna / Rasona– Allium sativum – It is said to lower blood pressure, especially the systolic part. The sulfur-containing compounds found in garlic, including allicin, act on the body’s nitric oxide system, which relaxes the arteries and lowers systolic blood pressure.
Sarpagandha– Rauwolfia serpentina – This is said to be the most powerful hypertensive plant.
- Maintain a healthy diet and build a healthy heart
Eat a well-balanced nutritional food, whole grains, such as oatmeal, whole-grain cereals, whole-wheat toast, and lean protein sources, such as turkey bacon or a small serving of nuts or peanut butter.
– Low-fat milk, yogurt, and cheese
– Fruits and vegetables
- Do enough exercises and get enough sleep:
Indulging in enough exercise during the daytime lowers cholesterol, elevates your mood, and helps with sleep, which further helps with the heart.
Heart health requires a nourishing emotional heart as well as a physical heart. With few diet and lifestyle changes such as a lighter diet (high in fiber and antioxidants), whole grains, nuts, and avoiding drugs, alcohol and smoking will help safeguard your heart. Our Ayurvedic Doctors can help you boost your healthy lifestyle. It is advisable to connect with our experts and then make changes to your diet for better results.
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