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Ayurvedic Procedures To Reverse Heart Disease

Dr. Indrajeet Tyagi and Dr. Iranna Hirapur

Ayurvedic Procedures To Reverse Heart Disease
by Dr. Indrajeet Tyagi and Dr. Iranna Hirapur

Ayurvedic practitioners believe that diminished digestive fire (Mandagni) is the root cause of all diseases. Panchakarma procedures, which help clear the body channels, improve Agni (digestive fire) and remove toxins in the body can help improve cardiac health and overall well-being. Panchakarma therapies along with Medical Yoga have proved to be very beneficial in cardiac disease reversal. Panchakarma therapies aid in decreasing the cholesterol and improves the functioning of the heart and medical Yoga improves the organ tone and increases the blood circulation. Diet also plays very important role in cardiac disease reversal. Cardiovascular problems have been described in detail in Ayurveda, which describes ‘Hridaya’ (heart) as a body organ governing emotions and circulating blood to keep a person alive and healthy.


Cardiac problems arise mainly due to improper diet and a stressful lifestyle. These can lead to the thickening of arteries (Dhamani praticaya) or hardening of arteries (Dhamani kathinaya) resulting in number of cardiovascular diseases like coronary artery diseases and ischemic heart disease which in turn can cause symptoms such as:


Chest pain

Chest tightness

Chest discomfort


Shortness of breath


Pain in the neck, jaw, throat, upper abdomen or back






Heart disease has many components -- a physical deterioration of the cardiovascular vessel walls. This can include clogging of the vessels with cholesterol and plaque, damaged areas due to increased pressure, and loss of vessel wall thickness.


The multi-modality treatments – identifying foundational imbalances that give rise to cardiovascular disease, Ayurvedic therapies, yoga and freshly cooked vegetarian food. Ayurveda understands arterial plague to be toxic matter that builds up because the body is not able to get rid of it effectively. Ayurvedic treatment procedure helps to remove impurities and blockages, strengthen digestion, improve metabolism, and restore the body’s natural abilities to detoxify and heal.

  • Panchakarma therapies aid in decreasing the cholesterol and improves the functioning of the heart
  • Medical yoga improves the organ tone and increases the blood circulation
  • Healthy diet for one’s optimal well being


Foods range from healthiest to least healthy. To reverse heart disease you need to become a vegetarian. You will fill your plate with fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, soy products, nonfat dairy, and egg whites, and you will avoid fats, refined sugar, and processed carbs. Eat foods in their natural form as much as possible," Of course, eating a healthy diet and being active are part of any heart health plan.


ABHYANGAM ("oil massage") - is a form of Ayurvedic therapy that involves massage of the entire body from the head to the toe with Dosha-specific warm herb-infused oil. The oil is commonly pre-mixed with herbs for specific conditions.

  • Improves the venous drainage towards the heart and improves the cardiac output
  • Reduces sympathetic tone thereby reducing the heart rate and blood pressure
  • Increases cardiac contractility
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Induces peripheral vasodilatation
  • Reduces systemic vascular resistance


SWEDANA (Sanskrit: Swid= to sweat or to perspire; body heating/perspire) –used in Ayurvedic treatment and is also called as steam therapy that uses herbal steam to release toxins from the body through the skin. There are different types of Swedana - sitting in sun or sweat with the help of steam, generated from medicated herb al decoctions. Swedana is a pre procedure for Panchakarma where the objective is to dilate the channels of the body to detach the toxins from the tissues.  

  • Reduces fluid overload by removing excess fluid in the form of sweat
  • Excrete out the extra salts from the body which is responsible for enema
  • Dilates the blood vessels therefore reducing the load on the heart
  • Reduces sympathetic tone hence reduces heart rate and blood pressure

·       Relieves stress

·       Revitalizes and rejuvenates the skin


SHIRODHARA (two Sanskrit words: 'Shiro,' meaning 'head,' and 'dhara,' meaning 'pouring or sprinkling something') and refers to the practice of pouring warm herbal Ayurvedic oils over the forehead in a steady stream for a set amount of time. The oil then seeps into the scalp and, eventually, the hair.

  • Reduces stress and high blood pressure / hypertension symptoms hence reducing the risk of cardiac problems.
  • To help relieve stress.
  • Promotes restful sleep and calms down an agitated mind.
  • Dilate the blood vessels and improve blood circulation, thereby enhancing brain function and beating mental fatigue.
  • Regulates the level of serotonin in your body


HRUDYA BASTI - is a procedure in which the area around the heart or the cardiac region is continuously bathed with warm medicated oil & decoctions.

  • Induces local vasodilatation which increases the strength of respiratory muscle which increases respiratory capacity hence patient gets relief from complaint of DOE (Dyspnea on exertion).
  • Nourishes and strengthens the heart muscles.
  • Promotes emotional well-being, mental calm, and anxiety reduction.


BASTI – In this procedure, administer medicated oils or herbal mixtures as an enema through the rectum. This helps in getting rid of harmful substances and balancing the body's natural energies. The procedure is like a cleansing therapy, removing toxins and bringing back harmony in the body.

  • Improves myocardial contractility
  • Reduces oxidative stress
  • Reduces lipid overload
  • Reduces water overload


Walking at least half an hour a day or for an hour three times a week and sticking to a healthy weight are recommended. Yoga, meditation, and stress reduction are also very powerful tools in treating heart diseases. Avoid smoking or not to be around secondhand smoke. Moreover, making changes in your diet may be enough to prevent heart disease. 

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