Arrhythmia from the point of view of Ayurveda
Arrhythmia means that the heart is not beating in its natural rhythm. Either it is beating too quickly, too slowly, or in an irregular pattern. Arrhythmia is usually a sign of some underlying cardiac pathology. It may feel like your heart skipped a beat, added a beat, or is "fluttering." It might feel like it’s beating too fast (tachycardia) or too slow (bradycardia). The increased heart rate can influence the cardiac functions because of which its efficacy for pumping blood is decreased. This can decrease the blood flow to the critical organs, thus increasing the chance of stroke and cardiac failure. According to Ayurveda, the cause for the development of arrhythmia starts with the loss of natural balance. From an Ayurvedic point of view, it is important to understand the cause of arrhythmia, which can be both a lifestyle problem and a disease. The most common arrhythmia causes are heart diseases, heart injury, heart surgery complications, certain medications, strong emotions like stress or excitement, consumption of alcohol, tobacco and caffeine.
How Ayurvedic doctors treat Arrhythmia
Ayurveda can provide alternative treatment that’s aimed at supporting the organic functions of the heart. This system of Indian medicine recommends using herbs, lifestyle, food, yoga, and breathing exercises, which can improve the efficacy of the heart naturally, so the blood supply to all of the organs is revived.
Ayurveda has many years of proven practice in the treatment of arrhythmia. It can be classified as a disorder arising due to vitiation of Tridoshas. Imbalanced Vata can be irregular in nature thereby causing irregular heartbeats. Pitta is higher in pace and aggressive in nature causing the heart to beat at a higher pace. Kapha is slow and low in movements causing the heart to beat at a slower pace.
Ayurveda in the case of arrhythmia, can emphasize on elimination of toxins. The balancing of the nervous system can be recommended too. Nutritional recommendations and helpful exercises and specific herbal mixtures tailored according to patients needs, helps to support a health-conscious lifestyle. Herbs like Arjuna, Passion flower, and Hawthorn berry improve overall heart function.
More tips for prevention and Ayurvedic treatment of Arrhythmia:
- Eat red fruits and vegetables to tonify the heart
- Try the following relaxation techniques – meditation, deep breathing
- Avoid caffeinated beverages such as coffee, tea, and soda
- Avoid alcohol
- Place ice or a cold towel on the face for a few seconds
- Try Om Chanting
- Keep your body hydrated. When it is dehydrated, the heart has to work harder to circulate blood