Ayurveda for your heart

DrSri By DrSri, 18th Feb 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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There are many Ayurvedic herbs which are renowned for their beneficial effect on heart, and have been used by Ayurveda physicians to treat heart diseases for over a century.

Ayurvedic Herbs for Heart Care

There are many Ayurvedic herbs which are renowned for their beneficial effect on heart, and have been used by Ayurveda physicians to treat heart diseases for over a century. These herbs can be classified as those which have direct effect on the heart, and others which benefit the heart indirectly.

The herbs that have direct effect on the functioning of the heart include, Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna), Hritpatri (Atropa bella-donna), Somalatha (Sarcostemma ascidum), Soma (Ephedra geradiana), Tambul (piper betel), Pushakarmool (Inula racemosa), Makandi (Coleus Forskohlii) and Badranj boya or Billilotan (Nepeta hindostana).

The herbs which benefit the heart indirectly include, Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Guggulu (Commiphora Mukul), Lasuna or Garlic (Allium sativum), Punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa), Sarpagandha(Rauwolfia sepentina) and Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera).

Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna) is one for the best cardio-protective herbs. It strengthens heart muscles and is a good natural source of Coenzyme Q10, which is known as the best heart energizer. Besides its cardio-protective properties, it also promotes a healthy blood circulation in our body.

Hritpatri (Atropa bella-donna) is known to have a cardio-tonic affect on the heart. It has a beneficial effect on the muscles of the heart.

Somalatha (Sarcostemma ascidum) reduces the load on the heart by acting on the vascular muscles, causing vasodilation, i.e. widening of blood vessels.

Soma (Ephedra geradiana) is a cardiac stimulant, which stimulates the heart and increases the heart rate through the stimulation of the vasomotor nerves.

Tambul (piper betel) provides strength to the heart and helps in improving cardiac function and cardiac output; and also tones up the cardiovascular system. It is also known to lower cholesterol levels.

Pushakarmool (Inula racemosa) has been used by Ayurvedic physicians for over a century to treat angina pains, shortness of breath and palpitations of the heart.

Badranj boya or Billilotan (Nepeta hindostana), also commonly known as Indian catnip, has been traditionally used as a cardio-tonic to support healthy heart functions.

Makandi (Coleus Forskohlii) has been traditionally used by Ayurvedic physicians to treat heart and lung diseases. It has shown to reduce blood pressure in hypertensive patients and also to improve the pumping capacity of heart in patients suffering from Congestive Heart Disease.

Amalaki (Emblica officinalis) is a rich, natural source of vitamin c, which has shown to have many cardiovascular benefits. It is also quite effective in treating hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol) and atherosclerosis (thickening or artery wall due to plaque formation).

Guggulu (Commiphora Mukul) is one of the best Ayurvedic herbs to treat hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol) and for prevention of plaque formation in the artery wall, which leads to atherosclerosis. It also lowers the triglyceride content in the blood along with the LDL (bad cholesterol), thus making us less susceptible to heart attacks and stroke.

Lasuna or Garlic (Allium sativum) is beneficial to our heart because of its ability to lower cholesterol, dissolve plaque, regulate blood pressure, improve blood circulation and flexibility of our blood vessels; and also due to its ability as a blood thinner.

Punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa) is one of the best diuretic herbs, which is known to improve our kidney functions. Healthy kidneys help in maintaining healthy blood pressure, which is vital in avoiding hypertensive heart disease.

Sarpagandha(Rauwolfia sepentina) is one of the best Ayurvedic herbs to treat high blood pressure. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can cause many complications, including hypertensive heart disease, ultimately leading to heart failure.

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is an excellent rejuvenating herb and an adaptogen, which protects the heart from the ill-effects of stress.

Nagarjunabhra Ras is one of the best Ayurvedic herbo-mineral preparation for clearing the plaque from the walls of artery and also for strengthening the vascular system.

CAUTION: All these Ayurvedic herbs must be administered only under the guidance of a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner.

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author avatar Martin King
25th Feb 2011 (#)

very interestring read as I have never heard of this type of medicice, thanks for sharing

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