Evidence suggests that carotid intima-media thickness (IMT), a measure of atherosclerosis, may be reduced with a comprehensive program including diet, exercise, stress reduction and a combination herbal formula (Maharishi Vedic Medicine), particularly in patients with a marked congenital heart disease (CHD) risk. Studies also suggest that Maharishi Amrit Kalash (MAK)-4 and MAK-5, two modern formulations of traditional Ayurvedic herbal remedies, may also be useful in the prevention and treatment of artherosclerosis. However, further research is needed to confirm these results.
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