As per modern aspect:
What is Heart Disease?
Heart disease is a condition in which there is an involvement of blocked or narrow blood vessels that can lead to heart attack, chest pain or stroke. It is also referred to as “cardiovascular disease”. Some other heart-related conditions that affect the heart’s muscle, rhythm or valves are considered to as different forms of heart disease. Diseases that come under heart disorders include heart rhythm problems, coronary heart disease, and congenital heart defects.
As per Ayurveda aspect:
Heart disease is correlated with hridya rog. It can be grouped as pitta, vata or Kapha or a combination of these doshas or it can arise as a complication called as krimija hridya roga.
Some factors that cause hridya roga are vishmashana (Irregular dietary habits), abhighata (any physical or emotional trauma), atikarshana (excessive weakness due to any chronic disorder) etc.
What are the Causes of Heart Disease?
Several causes that can lead to heart disease are:
- High blood pressure and cholesterol
- Stress and anxiety
- Drug abuse
- Family history
- Junk food
- History of preeclampsia during pregnancy
- Obesity and overweight
What are the Symptoms of Heart Disease?
Symptoms may depend on which condition that is effects an individual:
- Irregular heartbeat
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Swelling over feet or ankles
- Heart palpitations
Natural Remedies for Heart Disease
Garlic is a beneficial herb which is useful in conditions such as high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, and high cholesterol. This herb improves the blood circulation and has an antithrombotic and anti-platelet action that interferes the binding of platelets that results in the formation of blood clots. It slows down the development of atherosclerosis or the hardening of arteries.
Steps to follow:
- Eat one to two freshly crushed garlic cloves daily. If the cloves are strong then drink a glass of milk after eating.
Arjuna is an effective Ayurvedic herb useful in heart conditions. This herb is considered as a natural cardio restorative and cardio tonic. It is an antioxidant that inhibits the damage of healthy cells caused by free radicals. It provides strength to the cardiac muscles, lowers the blood pressure and also reduces the arterial congestion.
Steps to follow:
- Add one and half teaspoon of Arjuna bark powder and add a little honey to a cup of warm water.
- Drink this 3 to 4 times daily for a few months.
Turmeric prevents the development of atherosclerosis. This herb has an active ingredient which is called curcumin that helps in maintaining the proper functioning of the heart and maintains the heart health by reducing the cholesterol oxidation, plaque buildup, and clot formation.
Steps to follow:
- Boil one teaspoon of turmeric powder in a cup of milk or water. Drink this once or twice daily for several weeks to a few months.
- Use turmeric regularly in cooking.
Fenugreek is an antioxidant that protects healthy cells and has cardio-protective benefits. This is an excellent herb which reduces the risk of atherosclerosis and it has a strong modulating effect on the blood lipid levels. This herb reduces the platelet aggregation and thus reduces the risk of abnormal blood clotting which is associated with stroke and heart attack. It also lowers down the blood sugar and cholesterol levels and excessive fat.
Steps to follow:
- Soak one teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in water overnight.
- Eat these soaked seeds on an empty stomach in the early morning.
- Consume this daily for a few months.
Green tea contains powerful antioxidants that reduce the damaging of healthy cells caused by free radicals and improves the health of cells that form the inner lining of blood vessels and heart. This herb reduces triglyceride and cholesterol levels. It also boosts the body’s metabolism and helps in controlling the blood sugar levels.
Step to follow:
- Drink 3 to 4 cups of this tea daily for better results.
Regular exercise with a healthy diet can help in preventing and managing the symptoms associated with heart disease. This helps in maintaining the healthy body weight and reduces stress which is common cause of heart and several other diseases. Several exercises that are beneficial for strengthening the heart and maintain its proper functioning and keeps the cardiovascular system healthy such as jumping rope, jogging, walking, aerobics, and other cardio exercises. These improve the blood circulation and lower down the blood pressure.
Stress raises the levels of cortisol and suppresses the body’s immune system, cell regeneration, and detoxification.
Here are some natural stress relievers are Meditation, Work out and Proper sleep. These are helpful in restoring and maintaining cardiovascular health by improving the blood flow and managing the hormones. They are also helpful in providing oxygen to the cells and maintains the blood sugar level.
Some other Additional Tips
- Limit the intake of salt, fat, and cholesterol in the diet.
- Replace the saturated fats with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats in the diet.
- Stop smoking and avoid alcohol consumption.
- Maintain a healthy body weight.
- Reduce stress
- Keep the blood sugar levels under control.
- Do exercise regularly.
- Consume supplements rich in omega 3 fatty acids because a diet rich in these acids lowers the blood pressure and cholesterol level. It also slows down the progression of atherosclerosis and reduces the risk of heart attack.
- Drink 1 to 2 liters of water daily.
- Limit the intake of high fat containing foods such as red meat and baked goods.
- Intake of lean meat, skinless chicken and cold water fishes such as salmon, sardines, tuna, trout etc. should be avoided.
Other Foods to Eat:
Oatmeal, whole-wheat flour, high fiber cereal, brown rice, olive and nut oil, low-fat milk etc.
Vegetables you Should Eat and Avoid:
Broccoli, spinach, lemon, potatoes, beans, pumpkin, asparagus, onions, sweet potatoes, and carrots should be consumed.
Avoid canned vegetables and fried or baked vegetables.
Fruits you Should Eat and Avoid:
Bananas, oranges, red and black grapes, cherries, kiwi, pomegranate etc. should be avoided.
Avoid canned fruits in heavy syrup and frozen fruits with sugar added in it.