Dhamyaa - Frequently Asked Questions
Low-density lipoprotein (LDL): LDL carries cholesterol from our liver to the cells that need it. If there is too much cholesterol for the cells to use, it can build up in the artery walls, leading to disease of the arteries. For this reason, LDL cholesterol is known as "bad cholesterol".
High-density lipoprotein (HDL): HDL carries cholesterol away from the cells and back to the liver, where it is either broken down or passed out of the body as a waste product. For this reason, it is referred to as "good cholesterol" and higher levels are better.
2.What are the major Coronary Heart Disease risk factors or risk factorsfor high blood cholesterol?
Major Risk Factors:
- Age: Male ≥45years;
- Female≥55 years
- Family history of early CHD
- Smoking and alcohol
- Sedentary lifestyle
3.What are the serious conditions associated with the uncontrolled oruntreated levels of high cholesterol?
High cholesterol and triglycerides increase the risk of other conditions like:
- Type 2 diabetes
- Coronary Heart Disease (CHD)
- Peripheral Arterial Disease or PAD (Peripheral Vascular Disease)
Hence, it is advisable to have a good control on the cholesterol levels or rectify the cholesterol abnormalities, if any.
4. What is the name of the diagnostic test to detect high level of cholesterol?
To detect high cholesterol in the blood, a ‘Lipid Profile Test’ is done.
5. What are the major parameters revealed in a Lipid Profile Test?
A blood test to check the cholesterol levels is known as lipid profile test (requires 12 hr fasting), typically reports:
- Total cholesterol (normal <200mg/dL)
- LDL cholesterol (normal <100mg/dL)
- HDL cholesterol (normal 60 mg/dL or more)
- Triglycerides (normal <150mg/dL)
6. What are the diet modification & lifestyle changes recommended by NCEP?
NCEP (National Cholesterol Education Program) has recommended a six-month trial of dietary therapy (low salt, low fat diet) before drug therapy in patients without Coronary Heart Disease.
TLC (Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes) Diet:
- Saturated fat <7% of calories, cholesterol <200 mg/day
- Consider increased viscous (soluble) fiber (10-25 g/day) and plant stanols/sterols (2g/day) as therapeutic options to enhance LDL lowering
- Weight management
- Increased physical activity (e.g. like morning walk)
1. What are the major indications where Dhamyaa is recommended?
The major indications where Dhamyaa is recommended are as follows:
- Adjuvant therapy in hypercholesterolemia or hyperlipidemia
- Primary prevention of heart diseases and hypercholesterolemia, hyperlipidemia, dyslipidemia or atherogenesis
2. How is Dhamyaa suitable for high cholesterol, and how does Dhamyaa provide preventive care for the diseases caused by high cholesterol?
Dhamyaa is a natural cholesterol regulator and cardiac-tonic. It helps prevent the long-term complications of irregular cholesterol levels such as hypertension, atherosclerosis, and heart disease.
Dhamyaa contains herbal ingredients such as:
Guggul (Commiphora mukul) - reduces the level of total cholesterol, LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol, and triglycerides. Guggul increases the degradation as well as excretion of cholesterol and prevents plaque formation.
Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna) – a cardio tonic; reduces inflammation, prevents blood clotting and plaque formation.
Haldi (Curcuma longa) – has antioxidant properties to reduce the oxidative damage to the cardiovascular system (arteries, heart, heart muscles) caused by free radicals generated from increased levels of cholesterol. Haldi increases HDL (good) cholesterol, which prevents atherosclerosis by inducing the catabolism (break-down) of LDL (‘bad cholesterol’) cholesterol.
Garlic (Allium sativum) – regulates blood pressure and reduces cholesterol.
Synergistic action of all the herbal ingredients in Dhamyaa helps manage cholesterol levels & blood pressure, and therefore prevents atherosclerosis and heart disease.
3. If a person is already taking any antihypertensive medicine, can they start Dhamyaa?
Yes, Dhamyaa is a herbal formulation for cholesterol control, suitable as a monotherapy (alone) or as an adjuvant to other medicines (along with other medicines).
Precaution: If you are taking any anti-hypertensive medicine, please take Dhamyaa under your Physician’s guidance as Dhamyaa also has the antihypertensive effect to take care of the blood flow in arteries. Therefore, it is advisable to reduce or stop the allopath medication while taking Dhamyaa as per your Physician’s advice.
4. What are the dietary & other precautions/recommendations while taking Dhamyaa?
- Stay physically active and maintain a healthy body weight. Your diet should be low in carbohydrates, fat, protein & salt
- Eat plenty of green vegetables and fresh fruits (except banana & mango) but avoid juices
- Snacking with fruits, sprouts and other vegetables by spicing it up with black pepper, cinnamon, cumin etc. is beneficial. Nuts can be taken after soaking them in water overnight
- Take a 30-minute walk or do some light yogic exercise in the morning
- Sit in Vajrasan for 5-10 minutes just after food
- Walk after lunch or dinner (approximately 100 steps)
- Avoid smoking and alcohol
5. For how long should Dhamyaa be continued by patients of hypercholesterolemia?
Decrease in the level of LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein) is generally observed in 1 month, but Dhamyaa is recommended for at least 2-3 months to stabilize the cholesterol levels. Then, with slight diet & lifestyle modifications, it can be discontinued or can be taken for as long as the diet & lifestyle changes are not adjustable.
6. Why is Dhamyaa available only in powder form?
Scientific reasons behind the powder form of our medicines are:
- The powder form reaches faster into the G.I. tract (digestive tract) and is absorbed faster
- No inactive or unwanted material (such as chemical binders & preservatives)
- The taste of herbs has therapeutic benefit and the action starts right after keeping the powder inside your mouth.
We firmly believe in retaining the properties of the herbs in their natural form, and therefore we do not use the extracts of herbs. We have made all our products in powder form in order to avoid all forms of chemical binders and preservatives, which are not beneficial for human health. We understand that sometimes the powder form makes it difficult to consume the product, but the taste of herbs also has therapeutic benefits. It is good to have a bitter medicine for a short period of time and get cured completely than to live with a disease for lifelong!
Finally, you will see the answer yourself, once you start consuming the supplement and receive the benefits!
7. Why is Dhamyaa more suitable as a cholesterol regulator as compared to other allopath medicines?
In allopathy, almost all medicines have side effects and are harmful to the liver. The anti-hyperlipidemic/cholesterol control medicines such as statins, fibrates, niacin etc. have harmful side effects. Statin, the commonly prescribed drug for cholesterol regulation, affects liver if used for a long time. Most of the time these patients are advised by their doctors to stop the medicine for a period of time or take liver medicine to protect their liver.
Dhamyaa is a natural solution to regulate cholesterol levels. The herbal ingredients in Dhamyaa:
- Help decrease cholesterol level by various pathways
- Protect heart from the harmful effects of free radicals generated due to high cholesterol
- Prevent plaque formation inside the arteries
- Regulate the normal blood flow inside the arteries
- Help protect other organs like liver & kidneys
Therefore, Dhamyaa is a highly suitable natural alternative to allopath medicines as a cholesterol regulator and preventive care.
8. Can Dhamyaa be used in prophylaxis to prevent high cholesterol (that may further cause heart disease)?
Yes, Dhamyaa is suitable for early prevention of hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol) in high risk individuals. No allopath medicines are available for the prevention of high cholesterol. Dhamyaa can be used by people with risk factors such as:
- Age: Male ≥45years;
- Female≥55 years
- Family history of early CHD (Coronary Heart Disease)
- Smoking and alcohol
- Sedentary lifestyle