By Life Positive September 2007 it’s time to say goodbye to bypass and other invasive heart treatments. The alternative world brings holistic, tried and tested solutions that will heal not just your heart, but all of you. You can lead a normal life irrespective of your heart ailments - by Megha Bajaj with Chintan Girish Modi Menu Plan – low cholesterol, low saturated fat, high fiber yogic dietEarly morning: 1 tsp soaked methi seeds with two almonds (soaked)/ two walnutsBreakfast: Herbal tea-1 big cup (200 ml) Milk -150 ml + water-50 ml, with giger + mint leaves+lemon grass, 1bowl daliya or 1 bowl pohaMid morning: 1 fruit (100 gms)Lunch : 1 bowl unpolished rice, 2 medium-sized chapatti (without oil), 1 bowl whole green gram (moong) usal / dal, 1 bowl vegetables with gravy, 1 big bowl salad, ½ cup curd / buttermilkSnacks: 1 big cup herbal tea, 2 idlis with sambhar, or two small methi theplasMid evening: 1 glass buttermilk (100 gms) with 1bowl roasted chana/sproutsDinner: 1 bowl unpolished rice, 1 bowl sprouted moong usal/dal, 2 medium-sized chapattis without oil, 1 bowl vegetables, 1 big bowl saladBedtime: 1 cup milk (150ml) or herbal tea Programme given by Madhavi Korti, dietician, affiliated with The Yoga Institute, Mumbai.Contact: email@example.com Symptoms – Symptoms of Heart Attack Angina (discomfort, pressure, heaviness, or pain in the chest arm or below the breastbone) Discomfort radiating to the back, jaw, throat or arm A fullness, indigestion or choking feeling (may feel like a heartburn) Sweating, nausea, vomiting or dizziness Extreme weakness, anxiety, or shortness of breath Rapid or irregular heartbeats (Doctors suggest that you call the ambulance immediately, and in the interim period give the patient an aspirin as it helps in thinning blood and reducing pain/ blockage temporarily) Daily Walk – Walking WorksEvery alternative therapist recommends a half hour daily walk, on flat ground, for heart patients. Jogging is not advisable. If you experience chest pain or breathlessness while walking, stop, rest, and then begin again at a lower speed. Here are all the benefits one can expect from taking this little effort for the heart: Exercise strengthen the heart, and makes it more effective both during work and rest Blood pressure remains in control Blood cholesterol level and diabetes are controlled because of the body’s enhanced ability to metabolise glucose Helps weight reduction by mobilising excess fat from the body Indirectly encourages people to quit smoking for maintaining proper health and fitness Improves flexibility and builds muscles Decreases LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) Increases HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) Increases energy store in the body Increases energy store in the body Increases tolerance to anxiety, stress and depression Try Yoga – The Kaivalyadham Yoga Regimen Prayer position sitting erect – bring awareness to body and breath. Sleeping tadasana – sleep, stretch lying on your back. Ardha halasana – lying on your back, bend both your legs from knee joints and then straighten your legs one by one. Repeat with each leg 4 times. Pavanmuktasana – lying on your back, bend both legs and bring your heel close to the buttocks. Bring right knee as close to chest as possible with your hands and take a few deep breaths. Repeat with left. 4 times each leg. Tadagi Mudra – lying on back, bend legs in a relaxed position, observe abdominal breathing. 5 minutes. Lying on abdomen – stretch fully and breathe slowly and deeply. Vakrasana Sitting (modified) – sit straight in crossed-legged position and twist your body on either sides. Repeat 4 times. Gomukhasana – sit in a comfortable position, bring your right hand over your head on your back and left hand behind your back from down and try to touch. Reverse and repeat. Parvatasana – sit cross-legged. Bring your hands from the side up to your shoulder level then turn your palms facing upwards. Join the palms at the top of your head and stretch. Take long deep breaths. Repeat 4 times. Brahmamudra – sit in a crossed-leg position and ensure chin is horizontal to the ground and shoulders are in line. Now take your chin as much as possible towards your right shoulder. Repeat with left, up and down movement of the chin. However, before moving in the next direction, take a few seconds and be in the centre. Repeat 4 times. Sinhasana – sitting upright, put your palms on your thighs and spread the fingers. Now open your mouth fully, bring chin down, tongue fully out, look between your eyebrows and deep breath 3-4 times from the mouth. Repeat 3 times. Jivha Bandh – sit in a comfortable position and press your palate with your tongue, creating a vacuum between the two. Looking at the tip of the nose, fingers relaxed, breathe slowly and deeply 4-5 times. Mandukasana (modified) – sight upright, cross both your wrists and palms behind your neck and shoulders. Breathe deeply and slowly. Repeat 4 times. Chakrasan – Stand straight with feet joining. Lift right hand, palm facing sideward and upper part of arm touching the ear. Let left hand rest against other side. Now bend your body to the left side from the waist region. Let right hand remain straight, don’t bend from elbow. Take deep breaths. Come back up and repeat from next side. Kativakrasana standing – Stand straight with 1.5 feet distance between feet. Raise your hands in line with your shoulders, palms facing down. Now twist to one side and then to the other, all the while keeping your hands in 180 degrees. Tadasana – Stand straight, feet joining, give your body a good stretch by taking your hands above your head and stretching from head to toe. Deep breathing – inhale and exhale deeply for a few minutes. Anuloma – viloma pranayama – Breathe in through left nostril, breathe out through right. Breathe in from right, and exhale from left. Continue for five minutes. Ratio of inhalation: exhalation should be 1:2. Shitkari pranayam – breathe in from your teeth (jaws together) and exhale normally through nostril. 10-20 times. Shavasana – Lie down. Concentrate on each part of your body, starting from toes and give the auto-suggestion to relax. Relax entire body and remain for at least 5 minutes. Omkar chanting – 11-21 times. (Please ensure that you do not hold your breath during any of the exercises. It is recommended that asanas are done under the guidance of a yoga teacher.) Terror showed its myriad hues on every countenance. As the ambulance rattled its way through the dark, wet roads of Mumbai city, Mala Shah sat crouched in the corner of the van, frantically praying, ‘Lord Krishna no, not my only son!’ Tears filled ten-year-old Dipti’s eyes as she stared intently at her father’s ashen face, a single thought running through her head, ‘You promised you would come for my prize distribution, daddy, you promised.’ And Smita, Rajesh Shah’s wife looked stunned, shocked – unable to speak. It had been an uneventful normal day. Rajesh came late from work, ate his dinner, and was watching the news when a sudden pain gripped his chest, and he began sweating profusely. Yelling his wife’s name, he clutched his chest, and fell on the floor. Everything else was a blur – phone calls, ambulance, hospital, injections. After two hours of agonising wait, the doctor spoke gravely to the family, ‘It was a heart attack. A few minutes late, and he would have been no more. Although he is out of danger, we will have to check the extent of damage this attack did and do a bypass soon.’ Heart attack? Wasn’t that something that happened to a third person? Definitely not to a 35-year-old? The Shah family didn’t know whether to be relieved that the current impediment had passed, or scared of the danger looming ahead. Choosing composure, they stepped into a new phase of life, filled with research and realisations. In all cultures across the world, the heart is much more than a fist-sized muscle, working efficiently from birth until death, pumping blood continuously – 72 times in a minute, 1,00,000 times in a day, and nearly one million barrels of blood in an average lifetime! The heart holds a deep emotional and spiritual significance for us. We thank people from the bottom of our heart, love and heart are almost synonymous for us, and we even suffer heartbreaking losses. So when this wonderful organ starts giving up, we lose heart. Sadly, we ourselves are the cause of its abuse by appalling lifestyles. Let’s look at the structure of the heart to understand how we damage it. The heart is a hollow, pear-shaped organ situated in the middle of the chest, tilting slightly to the left. It is made up of four chambers. Arteries which carry blood to the heart get blocked with time and abuse. When the block is partial, nothing may appear wrong when the heart is at rest. But with physical exertion or mental stress, the blood supply to the heart becomes inadequate, and a sense of discomfort and pain is felt. In medical terms this is referred to as angina. A heart attack occurs when a block is total, and the part of the heart which is supplied blood by that artery starts getting destroyed. Every three seconds, one person in India dies of a heart attack. Rajesh looked stunned as he discovered what his heart had just been through – he, like most other heart patients had not even realised his arteries were getting clogged before the attack. How does clogging happen? The answer is: Smoking and tobacco: The risk of coronary heart disease is directly proportionate to the number of cigarettes smoked daily. Do not think you are immune even if you smoke only four to five cigarettes a day. This increases y
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