Good Digestion is a Key Element for Healthy Hearts: An Appealing Concept from Avicenna’s Viewpoint

Mehdi Pasalar, Mohammad Mehdi Zarshenas, Kamran Bagheri Lankarani


Traditional Persian Medicine (TPM) has a holistic approach towards the human body. Avicenna, an outstanding TPM scholar, has provided appealing concepts such as the association between the heart and gastrointestinal system. Thus, efficient functioning of the gastrointestinal tract (digestion) could influence the proper functioning of the heart and result in a healthy life. Within TPM principles, through proper processes of digestion healthy food produces a suitable amount of the humors. These are necessary for all organs, including the heart, and if this does not occur then an environment for cardiac diseases will develop. It seems wise to provide healthy food and promote good digestion via simple lifestyle considerations rooted in TPM principles to attain a healthy heart.

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