Hyperlipidemia


Overview

Hyperlipidemia is a condition in which there are high levels of lipids in the blood. It is more commonly known as high cholesterol. The two major types of lipids found in the blood are triglycerides and cholesterol. 

Cholesterol is a fatty substance that travels through your bloodstream on proteins called lipoproteins. When you have too much cholesterol in your blood, it can build up on the walls of your blood vessels and form plaque. Over time, plaque deposits grow larger and begin to clog up your arteries, which can lead to heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.

Symptoms

Hyperlipidemia has no symptoms, the only way to detect it is to have your doctor perform a blood test called a lipid panel or a lipid profile

In Ayurveda, Hyperlipidemia is referred to as medo dushti, which occured due to impaired agni (digestive fire) which is considered as an important factor of digestion and metabolism in our body. Due to improper diet and regimen agni get impaired and result in the formation of toxins in the body that will again further aggravated the agni and metabolic path way of meda (fat) and result in medo dushti.

Causes

  • High-fat diets
  • A sedentary lifestyle
  • Obesity 
  • Diabetes
  • Genetic causes

Predisposing causes

  • Eating food in indigestion or when the previous meal isn't digested
  • Incompatible food
  • Eating in stress
  • Taking food at irregular time 
  • Taking excessive amount of diet 

Treatment

Treatment protocol aims at:

  1. Removing excess lipids from the blood and maintaining normal cholesterol (lipid) level.
  2. Prevent the complications associated with high lipids.
  3. Prevent further occurrence of condition by correcting the Fat metabolism.

The first line of treatment should always be avoiding the causative factors. If the problem persists then should consider the following treatment protocol.

  • Shunthi, Musta, Chitrakadi vati helps to correct the fat metabolism by correcting the agni
  • Lashunadi vati, Rasona remove the excess fat particles from blood and also remove the obstruction from the blood vessels
  • Arjuna and Punarnava helps to protect the cardiovascular system from the complications of hyperlipidemia like stroke, heart disease, heart attack, etc.

Other therapies - Virechana/Purgation therapy (cleaning digestive tract and purifies blood), Udwarthana, Vasti (enema).

Herbs

Shunthi, Musta, Chitrakadi vati, 

Herbs

Shunthi, Musta, Chitrakadi vati, Lashunadi vati, Rasona, Arjuna and Punarnava 


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