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HEART HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH: AYURVEDIC APPROACHES TO PROMOTING HEART HEALTH

Written By: UMA Editorial Team |

Published on: February 2, 2024

Welcome to Heart Health Awareness Month! This dedicated month aims to raise awareness about heart health and promote preventive measures for cardiovascular diseases.

February is known as American Heart Month, a time when everyone, especially women, is encouraged to prioritize their cardiovascular well-being. While modern medicine has made significant advancements in treating heart diseases, it is always better to focus on prevention. And what better way to promote heart health than by incorporating ancient Ayurvedic practices into your lifestyle?

Ayurveda is a personalized medical system that emphasizes the prevention of diseases while addressing individualized assessment and treatment of illnesses. According to Ayurveda, health goes beyond the absence of disease and encompasses optimal functioning on physical, psychological, and spiritual levels. Suruta, a classical authority in Ayurveda, defines health as follows:

“Health is the state of having balanced doshas (biological energies that maintain one’s physiology and psychology), balanced digestion, balanced tissues, and proper expulsion of wastes. It is a state of peace and contentment in the soul, senses, and mind.”[1]

Considering this definition of health, Ayurveda takes a holistic approach to an individual’s well-being, considering physical health, mental stability, spiritual well-being, social welfare, environmental factors, dietary and lifestyle habits, daily living trends, and seasonal variations in lifestyle, as well as specific disease management.

In Ayurveda, the heart is considered the seat of consciousness and controls all bodily functions. Therefore, taking care of your heart through Ayurvedic practices is crucial for maintaining a healthy mind and body.

Dietary Changes

According to Ayurveda, a proper diet is essential for maintaining heart health. It recommends incorporating six tastes into every meal – sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent, and astringent. Each taste has its unique benefits for the body. For example, bitter foods like leafy greens, bitter gourd, and turmeric have anti-inflammatory properties that can help lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease.

Yoga and Meditation

Ayurveda emphasizes the mind-body connection and how our thoughts and emotions can impact our physical health. Therefore, incorporating yoga and meditation into your daily routine can also promote heart health. Yoga poses like the cobra pose, fish pose, and camel pose can improve blood circulation and strengthen the heart muscles. Meditation, particularly the Transcendental Meditation technique, plays a significant role and has been found to have beneficial effects in preventing and treating cardiovascular diseases.

The American Heart Association recommends considering the Transcendental Meditation technique in clinical practice to lower blood pressure. This technique involves silently repeating a mantra in your head, helping you achieve a state of restful alertness.

Herbal Remedies

Ayurveda also utilizes various herbs to promote heart health. One of the most well-known herbs for heart health is arjuna, which has been used for centuries to promote healthy blood pressure levels and strengthen the heart muscles. Other herbs such as guggul, hawthorn, and ashwagandha also have potent benefits for the heart and can be incorporated into your daily routine.

Lifestyle Practices

Apart from diet, herbs, and exercise, Ayurveda also recommends incorporating certain lifestyle practices to maintain a healthy heart. These include getting enough sleep, avoiding processed foods and excessive alcohol consumption, and managing stress through techniques like pranayama (breathing exercises) and abhyanga (self-massage with warm oil).

Luxurious Ayurvedic Treatments

In addition to these daily practices, you can also indulge in luxurious Ayurvedic treatments that promote heart health. Abhyanga with warm herbal oils can improve blood circulation and nourish the heart muscles. Panchakarma, a detoxification treatment, can also be beneficial for removing toxins that may impact heart health.

Incorporating Ayurvedic practices into your lifestyle can have significant benefits for your heart health and overall well-being. This Heart Health Awareness Month, take the time to learn more about Ayurveda and how you can incorporate its principles into your daily routine. With small changes and luxurious treatments, you can promote a healthy heart and live a long and vibrant life.  So why not give it a try? Your heart will thank you for it!  Let’s spread awareness and make our hearts stronger together! Happy Heart Health Awareness Month!

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