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Heart Infocenter


Heart Disease

Ayurvedic Treatments for Heart Disease Based on Your Mind-Body Constitution

Treating Vata-type heart disease

See Also: Symptoms of Vata Type Heart Disease


  • Anti-Vata diet (See Below.)

  • Vitamins A, C, D and E.

  • Wear a ruby or garnet set in gold on the right ring finger in order to strengthen the heart.

  • Herbs: ashwagandha, arjuna, astragalus, cinnamon, cardamom, comfrey root, garlic, ginseng, guggul, licorice, sandalwood. Additional helpful Western herbs include comfrey root, Solomon's seal, hawthorn berries and myrrh. Additional Chinese herbs are dang qui, rehmannia, zizyphus, ginseng, astragalus and formulas like Ten Major Herbs.

  • Take a small amount of red wine or the herbal wine

  • Get plenty of rest, relax, be quiet, spend time in nature, meditate and do sitting yoga postures.

  • Sandalwood oil can be applied to the forehead or chest when palpitations or pain occur.

  • The mantra SHAM is good to help calm the heart.

  • The mantra RAM can be used to strengthen the heart.

  • Take a milk decoction of ashwagandha, 3-6 grams of the herb and 1 teaspoon of ghee per cup, 2-3 times a day.

  • Herbal Combinations:

Ashwagandha ghee

Ashwagandha herbal wine

Arjuna preparations.

Garlic compound.

The anti-Vata diet emphasizes warm, heavy and moist foods that give strength. Eat several small meals, mildly spiced and with only a few different types of foods per meal. Don't eat when you are nervous or worried. Avoid dry, light and artificial foods and irregular diet. 

Dietary considerations include:

  1. Include wheat, oats and brown rice. Avoid corn grains, buckwheat, millet, rye, barley, granola and dried grains.

  2. Include vegetables such as carrots, beets, parsley, radish, potatoes, tomatoes, fresh corn, fresh peas, turnips, artichokes and okra in your diet. Avoid raw onions, mushrooms, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, cucumber, asparagus, spinach, eggplant, and lettuce. Garlic can be used freely.

  3. Small amounts of fruits are OK. Avoid dried fruit, melons, cranberries or apples.

  4. Avoid beans. They aggravate vata. However, mung beans and tofu (made from soy beans) are OK.

  5. Fish, chicken and turkey are OK. Avoid lamb, pork and beef.

  6. Dairy products (except for ice cream) are helpful when warm and spiced. Drink milk by itself. Fermented dairy products, such as yogurt, are preferred.

  7. Nuts: Small amounts of raw or lightly roasted nuts and seeds may be taken.

  8. Oils: Recommended oils: Sesame, almond, olive, avocado, peanut, mustard and coconut oils. Avoid margarine, canola, corn, soy and safflower oil. (Note: Although ayurveda considers coconut oil to be OK, the western thinking is to avoid coconut oil due to its high saturated fat content that can be easily converted to cholesterol in the body. We recommend olive oil and sesame oil.)

  9. Sweeteners such as maple syrup, raw sugar, molasses, honey and fructose (fruit sugar) are OK. Avoid refined white sugar. Most spices are permitted, including garlic, fennel, nutmeg, ginger, basil, cumin, cinnamon, fenugreek, mint, black pepper, cayenne, mustard and horseradish.

  10. Plenty of fluids are helpful for Vata-type illnesses. Milk, herbal teas and sour fruit juices are recommended. Small amounts of alcohol or herbal wines are sometimes suggested before or with meals.

Related Topics:

Characteristics of Vata Types

Signs of Vata Dosha Imbalance

General Tips on Health and Wellness For Vata Types

A Food Plan to Balance Vata Dosha

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