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Prevention of Heart diseases according to Ayurveda

Ayurveda provides us with a magnificent food and living pattern (Ahara- Vihara- dincharya,

Ritucharya) as well as codes of behavior (Achara Rasayan) that are extremely useful in

preventing heart disease. The World is being enticed to the possibilities of Ayurveda, which

is acknowledged as the most important life science and provides ways to prevent and manage

lifestyles illness. Ayurveda provides better solution in the form of correct nutritional

management, lifestyle recommendations, Panchakarma procedures such as detoxification and

bio-purification, medications, and rejuvenation therapies.

Aacharya Charak has given following message for prevention of heart disease : Those who want to preserve Vitality (ojas )and maintain heart and the vessels attached to it in good condition should avoid such of the factors as may lead to unhappiness (mental worries). Diets and drugs which are conductive to the heart, ojas and channels of circulation should be taken. Tranquillity and wisdom should be followed meticulously for this purpose. Avoid various risk factors like smoking, alcohol consumption and stress. Brisk walking and certain physical activities should be done for weight loss.

Dietary changes

  1. Serve more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes.

  2. Choose fat calories wisely by:

  3.  Limited saturated fat (found in animal product)

  4.  Avoid artificial trans fat as much as possible.

  5.  When using added fats for cooking or baking, choose oils that are high in monounsaturated fat (for example, olive and peanut oil) or polyunsaturated fat (such as soybean, corn, and sunflower oils).

  6. Serve variety of protein rich foods: lean meat, fish and vegetable sources of protein.

  7. Limit cholesterol: avoid high fat dairy products, red meat.

  8. Serve right kind of carbohydrates: include foods like brown rice, oatmeal, quinoa, and sweet potatoes to add fiber and help control blood sugar levels. Avoid sugary food.

  9. Eat regularly: don’t skip your meals.

  10. Cut back on salt: too much salt can cause high blood pressure.

  11. Encourage hydration: drink 1 to 2 litres of water daily as staying hydrated makes you feel energetic and eat less.

Healthy diet options as per ayurveda for heart diseases

Puran ashali (old rice) mudga (green gram), yava (barley), kulatha (horese gram), patola (snake guard), karavellaka (bitter guard), abhaya (chebulic myrobalan), purana kushmanda (old ash gaurd), dadima (pomogranate), eranda taila (castor oil) , draksha (grapes), takram (butter milk) , shunti(ginger) , lashuna (garlic) , chandana (santalum) and kushta (coccus). Amla ras hridyanama(sour taste).

Unhealthy diet & Lifestle as per ayurveda for heart diseases

Tailam (saturated fats) , guru ahara (heavy to digest), kashaya rasa dravya (astringent foods), atapa sevana (more exposing body to sun light), parisrama (exertion), krodha (anger) , adhika maithunam (excessive sexual intercourse) , chinta (excessive thinking) and adhika sambhashanama (excessive talking) etc.

Various yoga asanas which can be done to prevent Heart diseases

The latest research finds yoga enhances cardiovascular health in a number of ways, from calming the nervous system and reducing disease causing inflammation to taming hypertension and boosting beneficial HDL cholesterol. It also improves circulation and lung function, and may even reduce heart disease risk as effectively as brisk walking and cycling.

Breathe deeply: it is an effective tool to help manage


Sukhasana (easy pose) - Meditation

Tadasana (mountain pose)

Uttanasana (standing forward bend)

 Padangushtasana (big-toe pose)

Adho mukha svanasana (downward dog)

 Janu sirsasana (head to knee forward bend)

 Setu bandha savangasana (bridge pose)

 Sputa padangushthasana (reclining hand to big toe pose

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