WHAT DOES IT MEAN? WHAT'S CAUSING IT? WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Are you prone to a problem with 'Atherosclerosis'?
Atherosclerosis is a condition where plaque accumulates inside the arteries, causing them to harden and narrow. Arteries carry oxygen rich blood throughout the body, and when they become obstructed, it can lead to serious medical complications including a stroke or heart attack.
Arteries are lined with a thin layer of cells called the endothelium. When this becomes damaged, often due to smoking, high blood pressure, or poor diet, "bad" cholesterol (LDL) can accumulate and form plaque along the artery wall. According to Ayurveda, this accumulation is an ama disorder that affects circulation (vyana vayu). It is more frequent in Kapha individuals, or those who smoke.
To prevent atherosclerosis, implement measures to stop smoking if necessary to reduce damage to the artery wall. Daily, gentle exercise will help prevent stress and high blood pressure that can also contribute to atherosclerosis. Remove foods that contain refined sugar and trans fats, such as doughnuts, cakes, and biscuits, as they increase plaque formation. Aromatic herbs, such as cardamom and mint, help to dilate vessels and improve circulation. Bitter foods, as well as guggulu, can be utilized for their scraping effect (lekhna) as these clear toxic plaque accumulations in the circulatory channels. Scraping herbs also help balance cholesterol levels.
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DIET REMEDIES FOR 'ATHEROSCLEROSIS'
HERBS & PRODUCTS FOR 'ATHEROSCLEROSIS'
BLOOD AND CIRCULATION TIPS
DISCLAIMER: The pathogenesis of each person's condition is unique, and so the diet must be fit to the individual and the unique root causes of the condition in your body. The information on this page is for educational purposes only and should not be used to treat a medical condition. It is not a substitute for medical care. Please check with your doctor before making any changes to your health and wellness routine.
HOW DOES AYURVEDA HEAL 'ATHEROSCLEROSIS'?
AVOID DIETS, LIFESTYLES & HERBS THAT AGGRAVATE THESE EFFECTSAccording to Ayurveda, one or more of the following doshas and biocharacteristics may aggravate 'Atherosclerosis'. If you have an excess of one of these doshas or biocharacteristics below, Ayurveda recommends reducing foods and lifestyle habits that aggravate them. Click on the biocharacteristic to learn what foods and lifestyle habits should be reduced.
Symptoms Tell A StoryThe first step to healing is learning patterns from your symptoms. Symptoms are clues that reveal underlying imbalances. Symptoms show you where your body is weakened. Ultimately, all disease has a root in tissues too weak to defend itself. Ayurveda describes these patterns of weakness using doshas & biocharacteristics. If you notice a biocharacteristic or dosha appears next to many of your symptoms, it helps you establish a pattern that may be systemic.
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FAVOR DIETS, LIFESTYLES & HERBS WITH THESE MEDICINAL EFFECTSEverything you eat has an effect on your body, which Ayurveda categorizes in a simple and easy way, using biocharacteristics (gunas). Biocharacteristics are qualities (like cold and hot) that describe the effect a food or herb has on your body. Cooling foods like cucumber, decrease metabolism. Heating foods like chili pepper, stimulate your body and increase metabolism. For 'Atherosclerosis', you should select foods with the following biocharacteristics. Individual results will vary, based on your body type and the root cause of your imbalance.
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Cleanse and Detox:
BURNS-TOXINSAn herb that detoxifies by helping your body metabolize toxins, as opposed to eliminating them.
Heart & Circulation:
ALTERATIVELiterally, an herb that restores the proper function of the body. In practice, alteratives are usually blood cleansers and blood chemistry balancers. They were traditionally used to revitalize and detoxify after a long winter.
HYPOTENSIVEAn herb that lowers blood pressure.
VESSEL-TONICAn herb that improves the tone and integrity of blood vessel walls. This is helpful in easy bruising.
HYPOLIPIDEMICScrapes fats / cleanses blood vessels
BREAKS-UPThe Sanskrit word for breaking up congealed matter / clogs in the body. Often used for constipation. Be careful with herbs that have Bhedana action.
ADDRESS ISSUES IN STAGE OF DISEASE 4ATHEROSCLEROSIS IS IN STAGE OF DISEASE 4 - TISSUE DISEASE
If you have symptoms in this category it means your imbalances have overwhelmed your body's resistance causing a full-fledged disease. Once imbalance reaches this stage it is more likely to cause acute or chronic conditions. You might be tempted to focus your attention on fighting symptoms in this category, but dismiss earlier warning signs of imbalance - i.e. symptoms in the stage 1 category. It is ideal to find and address the root causes weakening your system and remove them first. This ensures you are not adding fuel to the fire of disease. Once the root causes are removed, you can work on addressing the disease head on along with strengthening your body. This typically yields a quicker recovery and prevents recurrence. Ayurveda's preventative approach suggests you pay careful attention to every stage of disease development.
REDUCE THESE RELATED SYMPTOMS & HABITSThe following symptoms & habits may be related to 'Atherosclerosis'. See your quiz results for a computerized assessment of your body type. Please click on the symptoms below to learn more about them.
Biocharacteristics of the 189 People Reporting AtherosclerosisOn average the biocharacteristics of people reporting Atherosclerosis were more aggravated than 72% of other symptoms. From the 189 people who reported Atherosclerosis in this study, average deviation in biocharacteristic levels were the following:
Risk Factors of Atherosclerosis
People who reported the symptoms below were also more likely to report Atherosclerosis. Overall, 0.57% of 35,629 surveyed reported Atherosclerosis.
Complications of Those Reporting Atherosclerosis
People who report Atherosclerosis are more likely to report the following:
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HOW AYURVEDA WORKSARE YOU WONDERING HOW AYURVEDA CAN HELP YOU?
WHY IS AYURVEDA THE RIGHT SOLUTION?Ayurveda strengthens the body, in addition to addressing the disorder. It take a holistic, systemic approach, instead of focusing only on the disorder in question. Ayurveda shows a person how to interpret signs and symptoms of imbalance, and how to address them using materials from home, so they can optimize their health on a continual basis. You can't take the doctor home with you, but you can take Ayurveda home with you. Ayurveda is the most advanced and easy to use home system for self healing with an exceptional focus on digestion.
HOW DOES AYURVEDA WORK?Ayurveda starts by identifying your body type, which identifies certain tendencies in your body to get sick (as well as identifying your strengths). It uses body type to determine the likely root causes of your disorders. Next, Ayurveda analyzes the nature of your disorder. It fits all your signs and symptoms into a pattern, expressed as a combination of biocharaceristics (gunas). For example, you may have a heat disorder, a cold disorder, or an oily disorder, etc. This simple categorical approach shows you how to correct systemic imbalances and strengthen your body as a whole.
On Joyful Belly, we've created an extensive categorization of food so you can easily match food to your imbalanced biocharacteristics. By eating an optimal diet that balances your biocharacteristics, your whole body is strengthened and the conditions that created the disorder are removed. Once the root causes of the disease are removed, the disease lessens in strength or disappears altogether. Additional remedies - such as herbs and lifestyle practices - focused on the specific disorder, can greatly enhance your healing.
GET STARTEDTo get started on your Ayurvedic journey, we first recommend that your find your body type by taking our free quiz. In Ayurveda, every solution is based on your unique body type, so by taking this quiz, you’ll get the best results.
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