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Ayurvedic Supplements for Heart and Blood Circulation:
According to the science of Ayurveda, the heart is the storehouse of energy. It is the heart that keeps life going from the start till the last breath. Undue stress to the mind and body, poor dietary practices, lifestyle choices, and emotional outbursts can be detrimental to the health of the heart.
Heart health is governed by three sub-doshas:
- Sadhaka Pitta (emotional balance),
- Avalambaka Kapha ((stability and strength) and
- Vyana Vata (blood flow and beat), which, though present everywhere in the body, has its seat in the heart. Stress aggravates vital sub doshas.
Nourish the emotional heart as well as the physical heart: According to Ayurveda, a holistic approach to heart health requires you to nourish the emotional heart as well as the physical heart.
- On the physical level, accumulated undigested material, or ama, clogs arteries. Free radicals bombard the system, impairing—among other things—the efficient functioning of the heart.
- On the mental and emotional levels, day-to-day stresses can add up and damage the delicate fibers of the heart.
Both mental and physical stress can hamper the functioning of the hormones in the body. This will consequently affect the cardiovascular system. Along with stress, bad food choices, smoking, and poor digestion will lead to the heart going on an indefinite strike.
Healing must come from nature’s plants: Life exists as a continuous flow, and there is harmony, in all aspects and among all beings which gives rise to health and happiness. As the human being is part of nature and also composed of all of nature, healing must come from nature’s plants that balance the doshas and support the mind, body, and spirit.
Hridya Mahakashaya: Charaka introduced ten drugs under the Hridya Mahakashaya group that comprises mostly like ascorbic acid of citrus fruits in it. It is proven that certain phytoconstituents present in these herbs help to maintain a healthy state of blood vessels including coronary arteries.
- Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna (Roxb.) Wight and Arn-The bark of this tree is considered a cardiac tonic. The powdered bark can be mixed with milk or boiled in water.)
- Pushkarmoola (Inula racemosa Hook. f.),
- Bala (Sida cordifolia Linn.),
- Nagabala (Sida humilis Linn.),
- Shunthi (Zingiber officinale Roscoe.),
- Pippali (Piper longum Linn.),
- Yashtimadhu (Glycyrrhiza glabra Linn.),
- Haritaki (Terminalia chebula Retz.) and
- Dashmoola, etc.,
Other herbs like,
- Garlic – This herb has been found to reduce cholesterol levels in the body and even remove blockages in the arteries.
- Ashwagandha- Also known as winter cherry, this Ayurvedic wonder herb is a super cure for stress, anxiety and deep depression, hypertension, etc. which in turn can affect the general health of the heart.
- Guggulu – This herb has properties to pacify vata, pitta, and Kapha. Regular use of this herb can help to control and maintain a good cholesterol level in the body.
The hearty diet and exercise:
- Nutritionally balanced diet at the right time and uninterrupted sleep of not less than 8 hours are very important for the general health and good state of the heart.
- Stay away from the fast-food culture and take in food only in the required quantities.
- Having food at the same time every day will go a long way in improving digestion and boosting immunity.
- Three healthy meals a day is the prescribed pattern.
- Sedentary lifestyles and lack of exercise are another reason for the rising number of heart attacks. Indulging in cardio exercises is great for the heart.
- Adaptation of performing Suryanamaskara (Sun salutation) may have added value in the programme of prevention of cardiovascular diseases.
- Ayurveda recommends moderate exercise, especially Yogasanas (yoga postures) and Pranayam (breathing exercises).
- However, Ayurveda believes that there is such a thing as too much exercise. Follow the Ayurvedic concept of balardha, or exercising such that you use up half your energy and conserve the other 50%.
- Practice Transcendental Meditation twice a day, or use other relaxation techniques to manage stress.