The heart is a muscular organ that is the size of a fist and is located just behind and slightly to the left of the breastbone. The heart circulates blood through the cardiovascular system, which is a network of arteries and veins.
The word ‘heart’ describes something central, of prime importance, and which keeps everything else going. This literary usage in our day to day lives should normally be enough to remind us how significant an organ like our heart is for our body, and yet most of us fail to do enough to keep it healthy.
Ayurvedic Perspective on Heart Health is Vayanavayu, a subtype of Vata Dosha that is responsible for heart movement, pumping and propelling the blood regulating the blood circulation from the heart to the entire body. Sadhak Pitta governs our emotional balance while, Avalambakakapha nourishes, protects, and lubricates the heart. Cardiac diseases are mainly the result of an imbalance in one or more of these bodily humours. The umbrella term ‘cardiac diseases’ includes all the disorders related to the heart, including rheumatic heart disease, hypertension, coronary artery disease, arrhythmia, and inflammations like myocarditis, endocarditis, and pericarditis.
Today’s sedentary lifestyle, combined with alcohol, cigarettes, and trans-fat-rich junk food, causes a constant imbalance of Kapha Dosha and is the primary cause of rising rates of coronary heart disease. Toxin accumulations in the system as a result of faulty diet patterns and habits that are out of sync with the body’s natural rhythm also play a vital role. Pitta imbalance is the primary cause of inflammation, whereas Vata vitiation is the primary cause of most nervous system issues such as palpitations and hypertension. A vitiated Pitta Dosha also leads to anger and irritability that can make it worse for a patient already suffering from heart problems. Stress, obesity, high blood pressure, and increased cholesterols are other major risk factors for coronary diseases.
Reasons for Heart Disease
- Including certain diseases
- Heavy alcohol use
- Toxic effects of drugs, such as cocaine or some drugs used for chemotherapy
- Genetic factors
Signs and Symptoms of Heart Disease
- Chest pain
- Chest tightness
- Chest pressure and chest discomfort (angina)
- Shortness of breath
- You may experience pain, numbness, weakness, or coldness if the blood vessels in your legs or arms are narrowed
- Pain in the neck, jaw, throat, upper abdomen or back
Ayurvedic Medicine for Healthy Heart