Cholesterol and Ayurveda: An Ancient Approach to Modern Health Concerns
The term “cholesterol” is not used in Ayurveda. It refers to the lipid tissue, or Medho Dhatu. When Agni is weakened, the body’s energy, or Doshas, become imbalanced. This has an impact on the Medho Dhatu. An unhealthy diet high in fat and a lack of exercise result in unbalanced cholesterol levels in the body. Excess cholesterol is created as a result, which the metabolic system cannot handle.
Excess cholesterol is deposited in the blood arteries, resulting in plaque formation. Cholesterol is not harmful. It is required by the body for proper metabolism. In a typical state, the body can control cholesterol. The body cannot control cholesterol levels because to imbalances induced by a weaker Agni, resulting in excess cholesterol.
Ayurveda suggests following a rigorous diet to help strengthen the digestive fire. It suggests making lifestyle adjustments, such as practising Yoga and other exercises. This type of holistic approach can aid in the maintenance of good cholesterol levels. It also aids in the protection of the heart. Sitaram Ayurveda’s Cardiosap is a strong combination of medohara or lipid-dissolving herbs that aids in the regulation of high cholesterol and the overall health of the body.
Ayurvedic medicine for cholesterol
Cardiosap tablets are an excellent combination the anti-hypertensive herbs coupled with cardio-protective drugs like Arjuna and Lasuna. It are used to treat hypertensive symptoms such as dizziness, sleeplessness, lassitude, occiput headache and poor concentration capacity, whole-body oedema and water retention, stress and anxiety, and high blood cholesterol.
Sarpagandha, Bilwa, Prishnaparni, Gokshura, Punarnava,Jatamamsi, Vacha, Triphala.
Features of Cardiosap
- Cardiosap tablet is a combination of Sarpagandha (Rauwolfia serpentina), Bilwa (Aegle marmelos), Vacha (Acorus calamus), Jatamamsi (Nardostachys jatamansi), Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna), Rasona (Allium sativum), Shalaparni (Uraria picta), Prishniparni (Desmodium gangeticum), Varuna (Cretava nurvala) and Triphala (Embilica officinalis, Terminalia chebula, Terminalia bellarica) in an easy to use tablet form.
- The medicine is a good treatment for balancing the ‘Vyana’ Vata. This component of Vata having its origin in the region of the heart, when disordered, is responsible for hypertension and circulatory abnormalities. Rawoulfia has historically been associated with sedative and antihypertensive properties.
- The Cardiosap tablet composition treats hypertension-related symptoms such as dizziness, sleeplessness, lassitude, occipital headache, and poor concentration ability.
- Arjuna, a well-known cardiotonic, increases coronary artery blood flow while protecting heart tissue from ischemia damage.
- Lasuna, or garlic, lowers total cholesterol and blood triglycerides while boosting HDL, or good cholesterol.
- The Cardiosap pill boosts blood circulation. It reduces overall oedema and water retention.
- It is beneficial to heart health. It helps to strengthen the cardiac muscles. It maintains the patency of the coronary arteries.
How to use?
Cardiosap comes in a tablet form and must be consumed orally. The prescribed dose is two tablets taken twice a day or three times a day, normally taken after a meal, depending upon your Ayurvedic physician’s prescription.
More about cholesterol
Cholesterol is a waxy molecule that is found in your bloodstream. Although your body requires cholesterol to build healthy cells, high cholesterol levels can increase your risk of heart disease.
High cholesterol might cause fatty deposits in your blood vessels. These deposits eventually accumulate, making it harder for adequate blood to circulate through your arteries. Sometimes, such deposits can rupture suddenly and create a clot that causes a heart attack or stroke.
High cholesterol can be inherited, but it is more typically the result of poor lifestyle choices, making it both avoidable and curable. High cholesterol can be reduced by a nutritious diet, frequent exercise, and, in some cases, medication. High cholesterol has no symptoms. A blood test is the only way to detect if you have it.
Causes of high Cholesterol
Cholesterol travels through your bloodstream coupled to proteins. A lipoprotein is a mixture of proteins and cholesterol. There are several forms of cholesterol depending on what the lipoprotein carries. They are as follows:
LDL (low-density lipoprotein) (LDL) – LDL cholesterol, also known as “bad” cholesterol, carries cholesterol particles throughout the body. LDL cholesterol accumulates in the walls of your arteries, hardening and narrowing them.
High-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL) – HDL, or “good” cholesterol, collects extra cholesterol and transports it to your liver.
Triglycerides – Triglycerides is a form of fat found in the blood, are commonly measured as part of a lipid profile. High triglyceride levels can also increase your risk of heart disease.
Inactivity, obesity, and an unhealthy diet are all factors that contribute to high cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Factors outside your control may also play a role. Your genetic make-up, for example, may make it more difficult for your body to remove LDL cholesterol from your blood or break it down in the liver.
The following medical problems can result in high cholesterol levels:
- Chronic Kidney diseases
The following factors can raise your chance of having high cholesterol:
- Poor nutrition – Eating too much-saturated fat or trans-fat might lead to high cholesterol. Saturated fats can be found in high-fat dairy products and fatty cuts of meat. Trans fats are frequently found in processed snacks and desserts.
- Obesity – A body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more puts you at risk of having high cholesterol.
- Lack of physical activity – Exercise increases your body’s HDL, or “good” cholesterol.
- Smoking – Cigarette smoking may reduce your HDL, or “good” cholesterol.
- Alcohol – Too much alcohol might raise your total cholesterol level.
- Age – Even young children can have high levels of bad cholesterol, although it is considerably more common in those over the age of 40. As you become older, your liver’s ability to eliminate LDL cholesterol decreases.
- Atherosclerosis – High cholesterol levels can result in a hazardous buildup of cholesterol and other deposits on the walls of your arteries (atherosclerosis). These deposits (plaques) might limit blood flow through your arteries, resulting in issues like:
- Chest ache – If the arteries that carry blood to your heart (coronary arteries) are damaged, you may have chest pain (angina) and other symptoms of coronary artery disease.
- Heart attack – When plaques rip or rupture, a blood clot might form at the site of the rupture, obstructing blood flow or breaking loose and clogging an artery downstream. A heart attack occurs when blood flow to a portion of your heart ceases.
- Stroke – A stroke, like a heart attack, occurs when a blood clot prevents blood flow to a portion of your brain.
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