Meditation is a highly effective method for relaxation, stress reduction, and supporting the healing process in the body. It is often the primary treatment for stress management and heart disease in Ayurveda. Meditation has a calming effect on the mind, nerves, and emotions.
Copper Water: Drinking water purified by storing it overnight in a copper vessel can help prevent arteriosclerosis.
Diet: Avoid foods high in fat content, such as deep-fried foods, ice cream, fatty meats, and cheese. Some foods may aid in reducing cholesterol, including:
- Fresh fruit juice, such as orange or grapefruit
- Most fresh vegetables
Exercise: Exercise is vital for a healthy heart. The type of exercise recommended depends on your age, fitness level, and mind-body constitutional type (tri doshas). For example, kaphas require the most vigorous exercise, vatas require the least, and pittas fall in between.
Ayurvedic practitioners also recommend yoga breathing exercises and asanas.
Ayurvedic Herbal Medicine
Herbs play a significant role in Ayurveda, and the treatment of heart diseases is no exception. Herbs are used to strengthen and heal the heart.
Arjuna: Arjuna is a coronary vasodilator. It protects the heart, enhances circulation, and helps maintain the tone and health of the heart muscle. It is also beneficial for stopping bleeding and promoting healing after a heart attack.
Take 1/2 teaspoon (500 milligrams to one gram) three times a day with honey and warm water.
Ginger: Ginger is essential for heart health. Ayurvedic physicians recommend consuming a small amount of ginger daily to help prevent heart attacks.
Create fresh ginger tea by boiling grated or sliced ginger in a cup or two of water. You can also grate a little ginger and add it to rice and/or soup.
Garlic: Garlic reduces cholesterol, strengthens circulation, and acts as a decongestant.