The Maharishi AyurvedaSM Approach to Cardiovascular Health
The Raj cardiovascular program is conducted under the supervision of an Ayurveda Health Consultant and draws on knowledge from Maharishi Ayurveda, the world's oldest and most complete system of natural health care.
Through its unique assessment of causal imbalances at the basis of a condition and its wide range of time-tested recommendations, Maharishi Ayurveda provides the most comprehensive approach for cardiovascular health available in natural health care today.
Causes and Treatments
Cardiovascular disease has many components to it, but the main aspect of the disorder is a physical deterioration of the structure of cardiovascular vessel walls. This deterioration of structure can be of three main types:
- Clogging of vessels with cholesterol and plaque.
- Damaged areas due to increased pressure and free radical activity.
- Loss of vessel wall thickness.
This physical deterioration of cardiovascular vessels predisposes individuals to a wide variety of symptoms including pain, weakness, shortness of breath, palpitations and faintness. Individuals with cardiovascular disease also have heightened risk of serious, life threatening disorders mainly from tissue damage due to poor oxygen supply. The good news is that cardiovascular disease is mainly a result of unhealthy lifestyle decisions and is therefore preventable, and often reversible, by natural means.
Modern medicine now understands cardiovascular disease to be mainly caused by a variety of "risk factors".
In addition to hereditary factors the main risk factors for cardiovascular disease are:
- Excess stress and over-activation of the "fight or flight" response
- Overweight and inactivity
- Too much saturated and trans fats in the diet
- Sugar intolerance and diabetes
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure and
- Cigarette smoking
Virtually all of these factors are determined by lifestyle issues of diet, exercise, substance abuse, and the amount of rejuvenative regimens in daily life. It is vital to address cardiovascular disease through lifestyle and prevention.
The Maharishi Ayurveda approach to removing the true causal imbalance of cardiovascular disease differs markedly from the standard modern medical approach of matching specific drugs to symptoms. Drugs often just eliminate or masks symptoms but do not really cure and heal. Rather, they leave the root imbalances in place and often further deteriorate the body's natural healing response through the side effects they create. For example, blood pressure, cholesterol reducing and anti-anxiety medications provide only temporary improvement, as the risk factor or symptom promptly returns if the medication is discontinued.
Following are the main issues in cardiovascular disease and the natural procedures used at the Raj for their treatment.
1) Opening the Channels of Circulation
There are several sources of circulatory blockage, most of which come from areas completely outside the cardiovascular system. Your program at The Raj aims to prevent blockage of vessels through:
a) Improving nutrition
Certain foods are heavier and more clogging in nature. Your Ayurveda Health Consultations and health education classes will help target the foods that can be most clogging to circulation so you may reduce or eliminate these foods. Conversely you will receive recommendations for foods that do not clog the physiology and could actually aid the natural cleansing and healing processes within the cardiovascular system.
b) Strengthening digestion
Even more important than what we eat is our ability for strong digestion. If we eat proper foods we still may create toxic and clogging impurities that localize in vessel walls due to the fact we have poor digestion. Digestion and nutrition are cornerstones of the Maharishi Ayurveda approach and you will receive a comprehensive set of individualized recommendations for improving digestion.
c) Better elimination
When elimination slows down, impurities which should be removed end up being absorbed. The impurities travel throughout the body and localize in tissues. They not only block vessels but when toxic they can damage vessel walls. You will receive individualized recommendations to improve elimination and maintain its proper function.
d) Improved metabolism
It is not enough for the body to have strong digestion and elimination. It also needs strong metabolism to build tissues properly and remove waste products created by cells and tissues. Free radicals are an example of toxic waste products that can seriously damage vessel walls if allowed to accumulate. In fact, science is now seeing that it is not so much the cholesterol levels that create cardiovascular damage but the levels of free radicals.
If needed, your Ayurveda Health Consultants will provide recommendations aimed at improving metabolism and reducing free radicals. It is worth noting that there are herbal preparations that scientific research has shown to be some of the most powerful free radical scavengers yet studied. In many cases these particular herbal preparations are recommended by Raj Ayurveda Health Consultants for their anti-oxidant and free radical scavenging effect.
e) Regular regimens for internal cleansing
In-residence cleansing programs
The specialty of The Raj in-residence programs are the powerful yet gentle internal cleansing procedures administered each day by our highly trained Ayurveda technicians. The daily combination of massage, herbalized oil application, heat treatments and mild herbal enema provide a thorough, multi-faceted approach to removing impurities that may have already accumulated. By administering these treatments every day for 5 to 21 days in a row, layer after layer of toxins and impurities are able to be loosened from tissues and eliminated from the body.
These treatments are the true specialty of The Raj and provide a completely unique and irreplaceable approach to internal cleansing of the body.
Our "In-residence Treatments" link at the top of the page contains the details of these classical Ayurveda cleansing therapies.
Herbalized oil massage:
Your Ayurveda Health Consultants will choose a specific herbalized massage oil that is individually prepared for your condition. You will also be instructed in the technique of Ayurveda massage that involves using specific strokes over different parts of the body.
Daily herbalized oil massage provides a deeply soothing and balancing effect to the entire nervous system. The motion of massage creates heat and friction which enhance circulation and help cleanse the areas of chemical impurities that could be causing cardiovascular disease. The oil and herbs cleanse and nourish the tissues so that tissue development and repair is hastened.
The various herbs that have been boiled into a base oil, and the oil itself, are specifically chosen for their balancing and cleansing influence. The oil allows the herbs to deeply penetrate the tissue beds, thereby balancing the tissues throughout the body.
Your Raj program contains two types of Ayurveda herbalized massage:
- Your home program involves herbalized self-massage for 5-10 minutes in the morning before you take your shower. Daily herbalized oil massage provides a deeply cleansing and balancing effect to the entire physiology.
- During the in-residence portion of your program, highly trained Ayurveda technicians daily perform very specialized massage for you, using oils in which as many as 50 herbs have been cured. These special oils are only available as part of the in-residence program.
2) Stress Management
Cardiovascular disease is often worsened by the experience of chronic stress. This is due to hormonal changes and other biochemical responses to stress that activate the cardiovascular system and place it under greater pressure. Stress can contribute to many of the risk factors of cardiovascular disease including hypertension, poor eating habits, weakened digestion, slow elimination and increased cigarette smoking.
Scientific research on the Transcendental Meditation program shows it to create virtually the opposite physiological effect of chronic stress and reduce many of the risk factors of cardiovascular disease. If you do not already practice the TM technique we highly recommend that you learn it from one of our qualified instructors during your in-residence stay.
Practice of the TM technique twice a day is an ideal mental approach to the problems of cardiovascular disease. The TM program at The Raj gets your practice off to a superb start, and your instructor will help connect you with the local TM program center in your home area for any follow-up that you may desire.
3) Proper Lifestyle and Daily Routine
When we eat, sleep and exercise in constantly fluctuating and disturbing patterns, the body loses its natural balancing cycles and cannot cleanse or heal itself as effectively. Disruption of natural biological rhythms is a major factor in weakening the body's natural healing and balancing ability.
Your Ayurveda Health Consultants will review your daily routine and provide the information you need to help create a daily schedule that will actually increase balance in your physiology and aid in healing your body.
4) Exercise and Flexibility Education
Maharishi Ayurveda considers proper stretching and flexibility exercises to have a very positive effect on the body's healing response and the treatment of many chronic conditions. During your in-residence stay at The Raj, we offer Yoga classes every day and teach you a simple but profound set of postures that can be practiced daily to create a healthy flexibility throughout the body. We also instruct you in individualized Yoga breathing practices that create a state of restful alertness in mind and body.
The Raj program for cardiovascular disease is conducted under the supervision of an Ayurveda Health Consultant and draws on knowledge from the world's oldest and most complete system of natural health care. The program provides the most comprehensive approach in natural health care to remove the imbalances at the basis of cardiovascular disease.
For detailed information on program structure and fees see Program Overview.
Wishing you perfect health,
Causes & Treatments
Ayurveda Health Consultations
The Transcendental Meditation Program
Maharishi Vedic Vibration Technology Consultations
Scientific Research on our in-residence Treatment Programs