Heart as the Seat
By Dr Amit Kumar Yadav
Ayurveda rests on a very interesting premise in case of the heart disease, according to which a heart disease will catch up with you before 80 years of age only when you are at fault. The meaning is simple; you can have a healthy heart working fit and fine till 80 unless you let it ache for trouble.
Heart holds a very important place in the Ayurvedic cause, diagnosis and treatment of a disease even those other than of heart not only on account of its function but also on account of its elevation to certain mental and spiritual equivalents of life.
That way, heart becomes the seat of:
Charaka has mentioned of heart as the Seat of Consciousness.
Having a perfect heart depends on your positive or negative code of conduct, which are divided into four different factors.
1. Achaar or NORMAL CONDUCT
2. Ahaar or DIET
3. Vyayaam or PHYSICAL EXERCISE
4. Yog or YOGA
Another interesting premise is that all the components of the human body four limb, trunk, head and neck, the indriyas or five sensory organs along with their objects of wisdom, mind and soul are dependent on the normal functioning of the heart.
ATI VIRECHAK VASTI or excessive purgation and enema
CHINTA or anxiety
BHAY or fear
ATICHAARA or terror
CHARDAAM SANDHARAN or faulty disease management
KARSONANI HAIDOGKARTANI or suppression of vomiting and ama
THATAABHIGATH or injury
Fever due to inflammatory heart disease
Hiccups due to mitral regurgitation or stenosis
Distaste of mouth due to coronary insufficiency
Tendency of emesis
Loss of appetite
Your normal intake of protein per day should 50 60 gms
Avoid animal fat, pork, beef, meat, fats, dairy product like cream butter, ghee
Avoid carbohydrates since they responsible for endogenous synthesis of cholesterol and triglycerides
Reduce calories. Excess of them gives rise to obesity and obesity burdens the heart
Use nicotinc acid since it aids in reduction of lipids in blood
Adequate potassium and calcium in blood are required to prevent arrhythmia
Smoking and alcohol should be restricted
Daily intake of salt should not be more than 2-3 gms
Take food three hours before going to sleep
Take enough of roughage in the form of salads
Take adequate amount of garlic and ginger. Garlic lowers the cholesterol levels and ginger reduces the blood clots
Have a gentle morning walk of up to 2-3 km everyday
Avoid hostile lifestyle
Consult an expert yoga master to learn shawasana and practice it daily
Heart responds happily to prevention, so the best treatment for a heart disease is to never let it happen. Second best could be anybodys guess. But when it comes to pacify it for its heartless behavior, Ayurveda relies on a number of herbs including a few popular ones that prove as a boon for its afflictions. These are:
Arjun or TERMINALIA ARJUNA
Brahmi or BACOPA MONNIERI
Jatamansi or NORDOSTACHYS JATAMANSI
Guduchi or TINOSPORA CARDIFOLIA
Punarnava or BOERHAVIA DIFFUSA
Yestimadhu or GLYCYRRHIZA GLABRA
Kutki or PICRORHIZA KURROA
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr. AMIT KUMAR YADAV belongs to Varanasi, the cultural city of India, and is an Ayurvedic graduate from C.S.J.M. University, Kanpur. He is working as a Lecturer with Dev Sanskriti University, Shantikunj, Haridwar, and is a consultant of Ayurvedic and Herbal Medicine, at Shantikunj Hospital, Haridwar. Herbal research is his main interest. .