Ayurvedic Treatment of Cholesterol
According to Ayurveda, people with a kaphagenic diet tend to have high cholesterol. To lower cholesterol levels and prevent increase in cholesterol levels, Ayurveda recommends the following:
Low Cholesterol Food
Watch what you eat. Stick to the kapha-pacifying diet and avoid food high in fat like fatty foods. Do not take cheese, yogurt or high-fat milk. Reduce consumption of sweets, cold foods like ice cream and desserts, and drinks.
Do include onion and garlic in your cooking and food. Also take foods that are natural cholesterol busters. These are:
- blue corn
Herbs are effective against cholesterol. Include them in your diet or drinks to help bring balance to cholesterol levels.
Cinnamon and trikatu tea
Drink this tea twice a day to lower cholesterol. Mix ¼ teaspoon of trikatu herbal mixture with 1 teaspoon cinnamon and steep for 10 minutes in a cupful of water. Add honey to taste.
You can also just use ½ teaspoon trikatu with 1 teaspoon honey and drink this 2 to 3 times a dat. It is great for burning ama and the extra kapha, helping to maintain cholesterol.
Mix ½ teaspoon grated ginger root, 1 clove of finely chopped fresh garlic to ½ teaspoon of lime. Eat this before each meal.
Herbs of three
Control your cholesterol with this effective herbal mixture;
3 parts kutki
3 parts chitrak
¼ part shilajit
Use ½ teaspoon 2 times a day with some honey and water.
This herb has an amazingly effective in reducing cholesterol levels. Take a 200 mg. chitrak-adhivati tablet twice a day after lunch and dinner.
Take a 200 mg. tablet of triphala guggula 3 times a day.
Hot Honey Drink
A hot cup of water with a teaspoon of honey, taken early in the morning can help remove fat from your system and lower cholesterol. You can add 10 drops of cider vinegar or a teaspoon of lime juice for a more effective drink.
Exercise, together with a good diet can control cholesterol levels. Try taking walks every day during the weekdays for at least half an hour. Or do something that you enjoy like dancing, swimming and even aerobic exercises for at least three times a week.
Breath of Fire, also known as bhastrika, is helpful in reducing cholesterol.
Yoga for Reducing Cholesterol
The following yoga postures are good for maintaining a good cholesterol level: the Sun Salutation, Shoulder Stand, Peacock, Cobra, Spinal Twist, Locust and Lotus.