WHAT DOES CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE MEAN?
The failure of heart to work in its normal rhythm is known as congestive heart failure. It may happen due to various reasons but the most common is congestion around the heart muscles due to congestion caused by accumulation of fluids in the lung tissues and body tissues.
It should be noted that congestive heart failure or heart failure does not mean that the heart stops functioning all together. It means it cannot function properly and is at danger due to congestive causes.
WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE?
The congestion of the heart and lung tissues may be caused by few of the following reasons:
- Heart attack: in people with history of heart attack, congestive heart failure chances are more. The reason is that heart attack leads to the scarring of heart tissue and that is usually permanent and irreversible. This soft and weak area can further become the target of accumulation of fluids and congestion
- Coronary artery disease: the coronary arteries are the main arteries that supply oxygen and nutrients to the heart. Any damage to these arteries may lead to heart failure eventually.
- Infections or inflammations in the muscles of the heart may lead to permanent damage and failure in the functioning of the heart.
- Diseases of the kidney, thyroid, hypertension, valve disorders are few other causes that may lead to heart failure.
ARE THERE ANY SYMPTOMS ASSOCIATED WITH CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE?
Though no direct and straight symptoms of heart failure can be seen but a careful note of the signs presented by the patient may help detect the case of heart failure at an early stage. They are:
- Congestion of the lungs for a long time that is presented by shortness of breath and signs of discomfort while breathing. Coughing frequently may also accompany the breathlessness.
- Fatigue and dizziness most of the time
- Fluid retention in the body
- Improper functioning of the kidneys noted by frequency of urine, pain and discomfort while urinating
- Heartbeat irregular and rapid.
HOW CAN AYURVEDA HELP IN CASES OF CONGESTIVE Heart FAILURE?
Ayurveda is an ancient Indian system of medicine that makes use of herbs existing in the nature and formulates herbal remedies using the inherent power present in these herbs. We in Ayurveda believe that herbal remedies bring to you the richness of the herbs in a natural, unadulterated form. These combinations help improve immunity and provide strength, endurance and will.
Ayurveda has been blessed with abundant natural herbs that work in sync with the body functions and protect and prevent any undue damage to the body cells. Heart is the main body organ which pumps day and night to make oxygen available to all the body organs and especially to the brain. In order to do so a constant blood pressure against the lateral walls of the arteries has to be maintained. The Ayurvedic herbs help the blood pressure in a proper order so as to make the functioning of the heart easy and comfortable. In certain cases the deposition of plague and cholesterol any alter the functioning of the heart. The Ayurvedic herbs help remove the cholesterol plaques from the walls of the arteries so as to maintain a constant flow of blood.
Ayurveda uses the inherent power of natural herbs to bring about wonderful results on the human body. The herbs are natural and 100% safe. Ayurveda helps to naturally enhance the body functioning in an herbal way. The herbs for congestive heart failure and heart strength help maintain a good heart rate and a normal blood pressure.
HERBS IN AYURVEDA FOR CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE
The bark of the Arjuna tree is used in Ayurveda for management of many heart problems such as angina, coronary artery disease, artery blockage, high cholesterol, and blood pressure. It gives strength to the ailing heart and controls the cholesterol levels. This wonderful herb has cardio protective properties. Its regular usage enhances the pumping capacity of the heart, decreases the LDL cholesterol and maintains HDL cholesterol. Arjuna is used for relieving artery blockage. It strengthens the heart muscles. The bark of Arjuna is rich in natural oxidants, saponins, gallic acid, phtosterols and oligomeric proanthocyanidin.
This herb is used in preventing memory loss, lack of concentration, forgetfulness. It increases the retention power as well as recollection. It is very useful in many mental illnesses also. Regular use also helps in stress, anxiety, blood pressure, hallucinations and epilepsy. It relaxes the nerves and arteries and helps to keep blood pressure in control and provide strength to the mind.
It is a common spice used in Indian subcontinent. It lowers cholesterol levels effectively. Its regular usage reduces breathlessness and strengthens the heart muscles, vascular system and acts as a natural anti-oxidant. Cinnamon controls vomiting, nausea and diarrhea. Cinnamon paste can be applied to relieve blackheads, pimples and acne. It is also useful for relieving other ailments like asthma, paralysis, uterus disorders, gonorrhea and excessive menstruation.
It is known as queen of species and a valuable herb in the world of spices. The dried fruits of cardamom plant are used for medicinal purposes. These seeds have pleasant aroma with a pungent taste. The therapeutic properties and aroma of cardamom are because of the volatile oil present in them. Tincture of cardamom is used in Ayurveda for relieving flatulence and as an aid to digestion. The seeds can be used as breath freshener. An infusion made with cardamom and cinnamon relieves sore throat and Pharyngitis. Cardamom is used in flavoring cakes, curries, bread and other culinary items. The essential oil of cardamom is useful in perfumery, pharmaceutical industry, flavoring liquors and in the preparation of tinctures.
This unique herb is found in Upper Himalayas and has been used since several centuries for preventing heart diseases. It eliminates toxins from kidneys and liver effectively. It is known as a rejuvenation herb. The herb has mild diuretic properties and relaxes the heart muscles.
Ashwagandha is also commonly known as ‘Indian ginseng’. It very beneficial for the nervous system. The herb possess anti – inflammatory, antitumor, anti-stress, antioxidant, immunomodulatory, hemopoietic as well rejuvenating properties. It is quite useful in reducing diabetes and blood pressure. It relieves stress, anxiety and enhances physical and mental performance. It gives strength to the muscles and heart muscles to overcome the cardiac ailments.