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stress imageSTRESS CAUSES CARIAC PROBLEMS: If stress itself is a risk factor for heart disease, it could be because chronic stress exposes your body to unhealthy, persistently elevated levels of stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. Studies also link stress to changes in the way blood clots, which increases the risk of heart attack.


How stress causes cardiovascular disease

living a stressful life can cause people to adopt poor habits like smoking and eating badly, which in turn are risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

  • But being stressed itself can alter the way the body behaves and this can bring about changes to the blood and nervous system, which can have negative effects on your heart health.
  • Studies show that acute stress triggers reduced blood flow to the heart, promotes your heart to beat irregularly and cardic imagesincreases the likelihood of your blood clotting.  All of these can trigger the development of cardiovascular disease.
  • If you already have atherosclerosis and become acutely stressed you may experience chest pains caused by the arteries to your heart contracting and reducing the blood flow.
  • When experienced over an extended period of time, all these effects can cause damage to the lining of the blood vessels.  This makes the blood vessels more susceptible to atherosclerosis.


There are certain scared herbs in Ayurveda which deals in reducing the stress hormones and all sorts of cardiac problems:


Vacha is a sacred herb, which is mentioned not only in Ayurvedic texts but in Bible too. It has been used for centuries in India including Europe, Egypt and other continents in treating stress related condition. Modern researches has confirmed, it has protective effect against stroke and chemically induced neuro-degeneration and also acrylamide induced neurotoxicity.


Shankhapushpi or Convolvulus pluricaulis is an indigenous plant commonly mentioned in Ayurveda, as a rasayana which is mainly advocated for use in mental stimulation and rejuvenation therapy. It is reported to be a prominent memory-improving drug. It is used as a psycho-stimulant and tranquilizer.


Arjuna Barks

Arjuna has been describing as a significant cardio-tonic herb in Ayurveda. It is an only herb that helps uphold a healthy heart and decrease the effects of stress and anxiety. Arjuna promotes well-organized cardiac performance and regulates blood pressure to normal. It has been the herb of option in Ayurveda for cardiovascular health. Its aptitude to contain the blood’s absorption of lipids point to that it has cholesterol-regulating events. Its principal mechanism is §-sitosterol, ellagic acid and arjunic acid. Followings are the detailed benefit of Arjuna;

  • Has prostaglandin enhancing and coronary threat modulating properties.
  • Enhances the taking away of cholesterol by accelerating the turnover of LDL or low density lipoprotein cholesterol in the liver.
  • Lowers beta-lipoprotein lipids and the revival of High Density Lipoprotein mechanism in hyperlipidemia.
  • Promotes effective cardiac performance by regulating blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
  • Possesses diuretic and a general tonic outcome in cases of liver cirrhosis.
  • Reduces the effects of stress and nervousness on the heart.
  • Relieves hypertension (High blood pressure).


Pushkarmool complements Arjuna, possesses anti-anginal, hypoglycemic properties and helps in maintaining the blood pressure to normal range.


It grows in the place of gods and suppresses Vata dosha of heart; helps relieve from pain of angina.


It suppresses the Vata – Kapaha heart symptoms and helps relieve heart related pain.


It also manages Kapha Heart symptoms and thus helps manage all sorts of cardio-vascular diseases and lessen heart pain.


  • Increase strength of the body.
  • It is carminative and aromatic.
  • It is useful in keeping the mind cool and healthy.
  • Jatamansi is said to be of therapeutic usefulness.
  • It alleviates pain


It addresses Rakta-Vata and helps reduce total cholesterol, triglyceride and keeps heart disease at bay.

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Ranjana is a MSc. in Life Sciences (Bio-Chemistry) and is presently pursuing Phd. in Bio-Molecules. She is in the Products Research & Development Department in Herbalage and had got immense knowledge on Health & Diseases which she is sharing with us via her articles.

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