Through its unique assessment of causal imbalances at the basis of a condition and its wide range of time-tested recommendations, Ayurveda provides a comprehensive approach to heart health.
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 health promoting regimens in daily life. It is vital to address cardiovascular disease through lifestyle and prevention.
The Ayurvedic approach to removing the causal imbalances 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.
The Raj Program for Heart Disease using the multi-modality approach of Ayurveda helps to improve digestion, eliminate the buildup of impurities, and reduce blockages of circulation to the tissues. Your daily 2 – 3 hours of Ayurvedic treatments form the cornerstone of your in-residence treatment program.