The Ayurvedic Path to Natural Heart Health
Date Posted:15 September 2011
Did you know that the human heart consists of two separate, but connected, hearts? The physical heart acts as a pump to keep the body alive, while the emotional heart is the fountain of the whole spectrum of positive and negative experiences, from happiness to sadness.
There is no doubt that the heart is a complex organ, capable of experiencing pain on two levels: physical and emotional. Physical heart problems may be caused by an accumulation of undigested matter (known in Ayurvedic medicine as "ama"), which blocks the arteries and allows free radicals to attack the system, affecting the heart on all levels. When it comes to emotional heart trouble, this is normally a result of everyday stresses and problems. These trigger an adrenaline rush in the body, which can have an adverse effect on the fragile heart fibres. Two important sub-doshas—Prana Vata and Sadhaka Pitta—can be easily aggravated by extreme emotional stress.
Many people inflict damage on their hearts without even being aware of it. Whether the damage is physical or emotional, it can be a gradual build-up that often culminates in a problem that appears to come out of nowhere. To avoid this situation, you should maintain natural heart health. Maharishi Ayurveda herbal formulations provide a simple, natural, effective way to do this.
When it comes to heart care, the best herbs are Arjuna, Ashwagandha and Guggul. Other effective herbs are Gotu Kola and Shankhapushpi. The key to great heart health is to use these herbs in a balanced, effective combination. Two products combined that accomplish this are Cardio Support and Stress Relief.
The most important Ayurvedic herb for the heart, Arujuna, is one of the strongest herbs in the world—in more ways than one. According to ancient legend, the Mahabharata archer-hero, Arjuna, was devastated at the prospect of having to declare war on his family and his teacher. At this point, Lord Krishna stepped in to encourage him. Brahma the Creator asked what lesser mortals would do to cope with such emotional pressure, and this was the birth of the Arjuna herb, which is said to be able to survive for hundreds of years in the right conditions.
As a restorative herb, Arjuna does not disappoint. It has the ability to soothe both hearts: the physical and the emotional. By decelerating the release of toxic hormones, it soothes Sadhaka Pitta. It also has the power to balance each of the three doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. This makes it unique amongst all Ayurvedic herbs.
According to a clinical study in 1997, Ashwagandha is an extremely powerful rasayana that eliminates stress and promotes good quality sleep, which helps to soothe and heal a heart that has been exposed to high levels of stress. By slowing down adrenaline, the stress hormone that has the ability to seriously injure the fibres of the heart, Ashwagandha has a crucial role in good heart health. It is also believed to reduce plasma cortisol, which also has a negative effect on heart health. An excellent source of Ashwagandha is the product Stress Relief
It is vital that the ingredients used in herbal formulations are of the highest quality, and combined in the most effective ways. In Ayurvedic medicine, natural herbal remedies are combined in accordance with the teachings of the ancient masters. Precision is key, and the endless hours of research these original healers invested in their project has to be respected.
Every single part of the herb is an integral part of the process; nothing is wasted and every part has a role. The leaf, the root, the stem and the juice will all play different parts of equal importance, working together to promote good health without any undesirable side effects.
Our Worry Free herbal supplement promotes good heart health and supports the function of the cardiovascular system through a combination of Brahmi, Shankapushpi and Ashwagandha, those potent Ayurvedic herbs. Taking Worry Free will reduce stress and promote good quality, undisturbed sleep — exactly what is needed for a happy, healthy heart. The Worry Free system of herbal supplement, tea and aroma can restore balance to an aggravated Prana Vata and ease an overworked mind.
Other herbal cardio supplements, such as Blissful Joy, a combination of Arjuna, Ashwagandha (Winter Cherry) and other nourishing herbs, are effective in achieving heart health. Blissful Joy gives the heart the boost it needs, balances Sadhaka Pitta and eases emotional stress. The most potent herb in the mix is Amrit (known as "the golden cup of longevity"). Scientists claim that it is up to 1,000 times more powerful than vitamins C and E, and even the pharmaceutical probucol. The combination of 44 herbs and fruits gives it amazing antioxidant properties, formulated to heal and nurture the heart, as well as the entire body. As well as using herbs to promote natural heart health, Maharishi Ayurveda advocates a prevention programme to achieve complete health. The three key elements are eating, working and sleeping. At the root of all three elements is positive thinking.
To keep a healthy heart, take the following steps:
- Sleep well. Get to bed before 10pm every night, and make sure you are as relaxed and stress-free as possible. Poppy Seed Chutney, added to your meals, can improve sleep quality.
- Never skip meals. Eat a balanced diet and include black pepper in your meals to promote the flow of oxygen to the brain and clear the body's channels.
- Give yourself an Abhyanga massage every day, to stimulate your circulation and tone the muscles.
- Pay attention to your diet. Breakfast is crucial; start the day with a stewed apple.
- Take moderate exercise every day, including Yoga postures (Yogasanas) if possible, alongside Pranayam (breathing exercises). Remember that moderation is key, however; only ever use 50% of your energy, conserving the other 50%.
- Transcendental Meditation is recommended by Ayurvedic experts, to manage stress and relax the body and mind.
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