In common language atherosclerosis is called ‘hardening of arteries’. It’s a condition in which cholesterol rich plaque deposits along the arterial walls. Plaque starts building up as a result of some injury to the endothelial lining of the arterial wall.
An injury can be caused due to the presence of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking, system wide inflammation and many other factors. As a result white blood cells along with lipids (fats) start depositing along the inner lining of the artery. The muscle layer of the artery may also grow resulting in a blockage (plaque) large enough to block the artery.
Sometimes the plaque is disturbed and blood platelets also start accumulating resulting in the formation of a clot that can completely block the artery. If the clot completely blocks blood supply to a major artery leading to the heart, it results in ‘heart attack’.
Similarly if an artery leading to the brain is blocked it results in a ‘stroke’. Thus atherosclerosis needs immediate attention and treatment. Prevention and cure of atherosclerosis is possible with natural ayurvedic herbal remedies, as discussed further in this article.
Having known the devastating effects that atherosclerosis can have, it’s very important to select an appropriate form of treatment. Going the natural way is the best option. The healing science of Ayurveda is potent enough to treat and cure this disorder.
According to Ayurveda atherosclerosis is caused due to altered Vata Dosha in the heart and around it. Excessive intake of oily food leads to alteration in the Pita and Kapha Dosha also.
Nature has provided us with many natural remedies for atherosclerosis in the form of herbs. Some of the commonly used herbs are:
Arjuna (Terminalia Arjuna) - It is one of the most revered cardiac tonic since ancient times. It can reduce the cardiac build-up in the arteries, lower blood pressure and strengthen heart muscles. It is also helpful in angina.
Guggul (Commiphora Mukul) - This herb is very useful in the treatment of many diseases. It can lower the LDL (bad cholesterol) levels and raise the HDL (good cholesterol) levels. Guggulsterons found in guggul can bring down the triglyceride levels.
Pushkarmool (Inula Racemosa) – Pushkarmool when used with guggul can bring down the LDL levels and it is also effective in the treatment of angina.
Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri)- It stimulates the functioning of heart. It calms the heart and helps against heart attack. It acts as a hypotensive agent and maintains the blood pressure at normal level.
Besides these herbs punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa), bala (Sida cordifolia), gotukola (Centella asiatica), yastimadhu (Glycyrrhiza glabra) and aloe vera are also very effective for the natural treatment of atherosclerosis. They have been known to unclog the arteries naturally.
Reversing atherosclerosis is possible but, it needs drastic changes in lifestyle and food habits. However complete reversal of the damage done might not be achieved but improvement up to 90% is possible which is worth the effort. The following suggestions must be considered:
Reduce blood pressure and hypertension- Reduce your weight to help reduce hypertension. Salt intake should also be reduced.
Exercise to stay fit- Stick to an exercise regimen, it will help you reduce stress and high blood pressure. Go for a brisk walk every day for half an hour.
Reduce cholesterol- This will help in stopping and even the reversal of plaque build-up. Reduce the consumption of foods like cheese, whole milk and eggs.
Quit smoking- It oxidises LDL and leads to its deposition in the arteries.
Reduce alcohol intake- It leads to weight gain and hence increased blood pressure.
Dietary changes can go a long way in the prevention of atherosclerosis and a number of other heart diseases. Some of the dietary suggestions that can definitely prevent heart disease are as follows:
Some wonder foods that can help you clean your arteries naturally are avocado, nuts, asparagus, pomegranate, broccoli, turmeric, persimmon, orange juice, spirulina, cinnamon, cranberries, green tea, watermelon and spinach. You must try to include them in your daily diet.
Ayurveda the ancient science of healing that originated in India has now become very popular worldwide because of its innumerable benefits. Ayurvedic treatment unlike the modern medicine treats the causes of the disease instead of suppressing the symptoms.
It makes the body feel holistically happy and rejuvenated. Having known the benefits of Ayurveda you must try the treatment offered by the Pure Herbal Ayurvedic Clinic in Melbourne. The treatment here includes a detailed session with the patients so that a customized treatment can be formulated, as every individual has a different constitution.
Best quality herbs are sourced so that effective formulation can be devised for our patients. Panchakarma detox forms an important part of the treatment methodology followed at our clinic that is performed under the supervision of our team of doctors. It’s a detoxifying therapy that removes all the toxins from the digestive system, blood vessels, nervous system and lungs. It strengthens the muscles and joints and improves appetite, concentration and memory.
With the help of our team of ayurvedic doctors in Melbourne we have been able to cure many people of atherosclerosis. We believe in helping our patients with a smile and healing touch. Our happiness knows no bounds when some of our patients say that we are the best ayurvedic clinic in Melbourne.
Dr Gurnam Singh Saini
Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery
MD Alternative Medicine
Panchkarma Detox Expert
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