Cardiology treatment through Naturopathy
The Science And Art Of Living (SAAOL) was the invention of Dr. Bimal Chhajer (MBBS, MD, Heart Care & Life Style Expert & Ex - Consultant AIIMS) established in 1995 and is the most comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation and reversal program in India with the use of Non Invasive Cardiology. It is a Rajasthani word which means ‘to do things in the best possible way’.
The purpose of SAAOL is to change the complete lifestyle and reduce the risk of heart disease. It combines the modern allopathic medicines along with yoga, meditation, stress management, education about heart disease and dietary management. This combination not only prevents coronary heart disease but also reverse the blockages in the arteries.
SAAOL offers the following programs:-
- Lifestyle modification.
- Dietary counseling.
- Medical evaluation.
- Smoking cessation.
- Risk factor evaluation.
- Stress management.
- Exercise prescription based on individual’s capacity.
- Education & support for risk factor modification.
- Personalized exercise program.
Dr. Dean Ornish, is considered as the pioneer in the reversal of heart disease, a young medical doctor based in San Francisco, USA. He has learned yoga and meditation from an Indian Guru and implemented it in treating heart patients with proven blockages through yogic way of life, vegetarian diet and stress management.
SAAOL thrives to enable individuals to self-monitor their activities and to take primary responsibility for healthier lifestyle behaviors and risk factor reduction. Persons who will be benefitted from SAAOL Heart Program are those who have coronary heart disease with positive TMT, exercise Thallium or Angiography.
Zero Oil Concept
Today people live a sedentary lifestyle which has minimal of physical work, no exercise and bad dietary habits. Fat forms blockages in the arteries like coronary arteries are called cholesterol and triglycerides. These are responsible for heart attack, angina. Triglyceride is the chemical name of ‘cooking oil’ which is equally harmful like cholesterol.
One must know that oil itself does not add taste to a food. So this prompted SAAOL to develop the concept of ‘Zero Oil’. In which the food is cooked with spices in water and the color, taste and flavor remains intact. So SAAOL Oil contains no fat, cholesterol, triglycerides and is good for health.
TMT or Stress Test
A computerized machine is used where patients have to physically exert for this test. The level of exercise is gradually increased as per the standard protocol called the Bruce’s Protocol. ECG is monitored during the exercise to observe the blood and oxygen deficit in the muscles of the heart. As soon as the ECG changes or any symptoms of chest pain, breathlessness or discomfort the patient is asked to stop the exercise.
TMT test also known as Exercise Stress Test, Computerized Stress Test or Stress Test. A negative TMT is that when the patient reach at a certain heart rate without any ECG changes. It is called the target heart rate and is calculated by: – Target Heart Rate = 220 – age of patient. Negative TMT means a person performing the test has a blockage less than 70%.
Natural Bypass Therapy
The three main coronary arteries first give origin to about 10 branches which in turn give rise to 100 branches and the hundred give thousands of branches. These branches are called Capillaries. They are connected to each other and can give or receive blood from each other. They are a good source of blood to heart muscles in case any major or minor arteries get blocked. These capillaries can open up or made broader so that the deprived heart muscles can get adequate blood supply. This is termed as Natural Bypass or Pneumatically Assisted Natural Bypass (PAN Bypass). These are present in sport persons or athletes.
A machine has been designed to develop these parallel channels. It will artificially increase the flow of blood in the coronary channels by increasing the pressure at the root of the coronary arteries. This treatment does not require admission to a hospital, leave from work, no invasion to the body, low cost and no side effects like of surgery.
This is the latest non-invasive method to ascertain coronary artery disease or the reversal of blockages. The patient is made to lie down on a table which is introduced into the scanner and sectional pictures are taken of the heart. A colored graphical representation of the blood flow throughout the heart can be obtained giving an accurate idea of the blockages present. Presently it is not available in India as the machine is very expensive it costs around Rs. 1.5 crores.
It is an effective and non-invasive procedure, cheap and without side effects. It can be practiced with lifestyle program. A mixture of biochemical (safe for human body and in correct dosage) is injected intravenously for two and half hours to reduce blockage. According to Dr. J. Whiteker USA showed that anti-oxidants and high dose of vitamins can clear the blockages.
SAAOL also provides a set of adherence forms, video and audio cassettes and adequate reading material for home. These follow ups are supervised by SAAOL and a long term maintenance program is also being planned. SAAOL also provides facilities for training at home depending upon the city location.
However, the numbers of days will depend on the medical condition of the person after consultation with the doctors.