Coronary artery disease from the point of view of Ayurveda
The coronary arteries are the blood vessels that carry blood to your heart. Coronary artery disease is the narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries. This condition is usually caused by atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is the build-up of cholesterol and fatty deposits (called plaques) inside the arteries. These plaques can clog the arteries or damage the arteries, which limits or stops blood flow to the heart muscle.
If the heart does not get enough blood, it cannot get the oxygen and nutrients it needs to work properly. This can cause chest pain (angina) or a heart attack.
According to Ayurveda, the causative factors of coronary artery disease are wrong diet, anger and other negative emotions.
In Ayurveda, coronary artery disease is called ”Hrid - Shula ”. The word Hrid derived from the original word Hridaya which means the heart, and Shula means pain. The meaning of Hrid - Shula is pain in the heart. According to Ayurveda, this condition occurs due to increased or altered Vata dosha in the heart & nearby area. The main force of movement of anything in any body system is controlled & done by Vata dosha. The undigested Meda Dhatu (fat tissues), Pitta dosha and Kapha dosha block partially or totally the normal route of Vata dosha.
How Ayurvedic doctors treat coronary artery disease
The most important role of Ayurvedic medicines is in preventing or reducing atherosclerosis and thereby controlling coronary artery disease.
Various Ayurvedic formulations like Guggulu, Chandraprabha vati, Amalaki (Emblica officinalis) , Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna) , Kutki (Picrorrhiza kurroa) , Punarnava (Boerrhavia diffusa) and Triphala are very useful in reducing blood cholesterol.
The use of Panchakarma can be done strictly under supervision. It helps to restore the doshas and maintains the metabolism. Not all , but some therapies of panchkarma can be done very effectively in the treatment of Hrid - Shula.
Meditation is one of the best ways to relax. It is often one of the first-line treatments of heart disease in Ayurveda.
Tips for effective Ayurvedic treatment of coronary artery disease:
- Avoid stress
- Avoid high fat, sugar, salty foods
- Exercise regularly
- Avoid smoking
- Stop eating butter – use ghee
- Swimming is recommended
- Drink green tea regularly
- Eat fresh fruits like apple, pomegranate, grape, papaya
- Herbs like Garlic and its various forms reduce cardiovascular risk
Check the Ayurvedic treatment for other cardio diseases:
Hypertension, High Cholesterol, Angina pectoris, Ischaemic Heart Disease, High blood pressure, Low blood pressure, Atherosclerosis, Deep vein thrombosis, Heart failure, Peripheral arterial disease, Arrhythmia, Myocarditis, Varicose veins, Rheumatic heart disease, Anemia, Pericarditis , Endocarditis.
Coronary artery disease - Ischaemic.