Holistic Ways to Deal with Heart Disease
According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women. Approximately 600,000 people die every year of heart disease in the United States. The term "heart disease" refers to several types of heart conditions such as coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, angina, stroke, and heart attack.
The heart is an amazing organ of vitality and strength. It beats about 100,000 times per day (about 3 billion beats in a lifetime) and pumps about 6 quarts of oxygenated blood through the body. The heart also has its own nervous system and self-regulates independently from the brain. The electrical waves produced by the beating of the heart strongly influence the rhythms of many of our bodily functions. This is why irregular heart function and rhythm can lead to imbalance in our whole body.
The Mind-Body Connection in Heart Disease
Holistic medicine links the function of the heart with our emotions and thoughts. It views heart disease as not only an imbalance in the physical body but also as an imbalance in the emotions.
Many heart conditions often have an emotional component associated with them such as fear, anxiety, anger, sadness, and other repressed emotions. Long term suppression of emotions leads to your body having stress responses which can manifest as various chronic conditions including heart disease.
Treatment and prevention guidelines for heart disease includes: balancing the physical symptoms, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol, while adopting healthy lifestyle choices to harmonize the mental and emotional symptoms. Studies by Dr. Dean Ornish have shown that making life style changes, such as eating a healthy diet, exercising, yoga and meditation, not only prevent heart disease but also reverse heart disease.
4 Useful Homeopathic Single Remedies for Heart Conditions
Always consult a physician before taking a remedy and consult a homeopathic doctor for a more detail review of your symptoms and a constitutional prescription.
Aconitum Napellus: This remedy is useful for anxious and impatient individuals whose anxiety leads to heart palpitation, tachycardia, and panic disorders.
Aurum Metallicum: This remedy is useful for rheumatic heart disease. It helps relieve myocardial weakness, heart palpitations, and angina. Symptoms include depression and night-time chest pain.
Digitalis Purpurea: This remedy is useful when the pulse is very weak and slow. There is numbness and weakness of the left arm. Heart palpitation may be caused by grief.
Kalmia Latifolia: This remedy is useful for cardiac hypertrophy, valvular disease, and chest pain radiating to the left hand and arm.