What Ayurveda has to offer in fight against COVID-19
- Yoga guru Ramdev said to fight Covid-19, Giloy ( Tinospora Cordifolia/ Gurjo) and Tulasi (holy basil) can be helpful
- Eating a tablespoon of Chywanprash daily enhances immunity and it may help prevent the spread of the virus, according to Ayurveda experts !
Amid all the gloom spread across the world due to the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), which has now infected more than one lakh people and killed nearly 3,500 individuals around the world, everyone is focusing on preventive measures, at least until an effective cure is found.
As people rush to keep themselves protected, Ayurveda experts have stressed that medicinal herbs such as amla, giloy, shilajit and neem are helpful in strengthening the immune system which is key to fighting the deadly virus.
Eating a tablespoon of Chywanprash daily enhances immunity and it may help prevent the spread of the virus, according to Ayurveda experts.
“We all know that strong immunity is necessary to fight any kind of foreign body or disease. Coronavirus primarily affects the lungs and the respiratory system. Eating a tablespoonful of Chywanprash daily enhances the immunity, specifically that of lungs and the respiratory system,” Partap Chauhan, Director, Jiva Ayurveda, told IANS.
“Amalaki or amla (Emblica Officinalis), guduchi/glioy (Tinospora Cordifolia), neem (Azadirachta Indica), kutki (Picrorhiza Kurroa), tulsi (basil) are some of the Ayurvedic herbs that are helpful in building the immunity and preventing the infection,” Chauhan added.
“In Ayurveda, good digestion or strong digestive fire plays a very important role in fighting diseases. Eat a piece of fresh ginger or drink ginger tea. Mint tea, cinnamon tea, and fennel tea are also good,” he suggested.
According to Vishal Kaushik, founder and Managing Director, Upakarma Ayurveda, amid the growing COVID-19 scare, there has been a 15 per cent hike in demand for medicinal herbs such as shilajit and ashwagandha.
“Coronavirus is a serious concern and we are very sensitively approaching this as a brand. Regular consumption of powerful Ayurvedic herbs boosts the human body’s immune system, the foremost requirement to help keep even the most dreaded communicable diseases at bay,” Kaushik said.
“Nowadays, people are opting for various precautionary measures for a healthier lifestyle and are taking Ayurveda very seriously. Consumers are shifting towards organic and Ayurvedic help as a precautionary measure. We are also recommending other ayurvedic herbs like tulsi ark, giloy etc. to boost immunity,” Kaushik stressed.
Chauhan also suggested that putting two-three drops of sesame oil in each nostril and sniffing it in will not only lubricate the nasal passage and throat, but also strengthen the inner mucus membrane to keep away foreign bodies.
‘Nasya’, a therapeutic treatment for the nose, throat, sinuses and head, can be done with medicated oils like anu oil and shadabindu oil, he said.
Yoga guru Ramdev also shared few Ayurvedic tips in a video to prevent infection by the deadly virus.
In the video, Ramdev said: “To fight Covid-19, giloy and tulasi can be helpful. If someone has symptoms of coronavirus, consuming ‘kadha’ (decoction) of giloy and tulasi with black pepper, turmeric and ginger will boost immunity and kill all kinds of viruses.”
Ramdev also added that people should do pranayama — deep breathing, kapalabhati and anulom vilom to increase immunity. It will work best to protect children from the virus, according to the yoga guru.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the most effective way to protect yourself against coronavirus is by frequently cleaning of your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or washing them with soap and water.
People should eat only well-cooked food, avoid spitting in public, and avoid close contact, the WHO said, adding that it is important for people to seek medical care at the earliest if they become sick.
There is a lot of fear and anxiety among the people travelling abroad about the news about coronavirus or Wuhan virus.There is no need to worry much about it. Ayurveda is an ancient science and has excellent medicines to prevent and also to treat such viral infections. After studying the pathogenesis, doshas, dhatus, srotas effected in this infection our ayurvedic experts advise the following ayurveda medicines to prevent the disease.We have more than 40 years of experience in handling various acute and chronic diseases through ayurvedic and panchakarma treatments. We are providing this advice to help needy people.Tribhuvan Kirti ras / Lakshmi Vilas ras 250mg thrice dailySitopladi Churan 1gm thrice daily with honey.Daily use of the following liquid herbal preparations can also help to prevent the disease by increasing immunity. Use in following way for 15-20 days to improve your immunity.
1. Ark Ocimum sanctum (tulsi ark)
- Drink morning 20 ml and evening 20ml with 20 ml of water.
- Drink afternoon 30ml and night 30ml with 20 ml of water after meals.
- Prevention or arrest viral entry at its gateway by pratimarsh nasya therapy.
- Apply cow ghee or sesame oil inside each nostril to prevent the entry.
- Application of neem oil on the skin.
Precautions:• take all the precautions about cleanliness and hygiene.• do not consume junk food and non-veg food.• avoid direct physical contact with other persons. Use mask while going in public places• keep few herbal medicines and use whenever there is a need on the advice of ayurvedic experts.• best way to prevent is to avoid getting exposed to this virus.• wash your hands with soap or water at least for 20sec.• avoid touching your eyes, mouth & nose with unwashed hands.• avoid close contact with people who are sick.• stay at home if you are sick as your immunity is less.• cover yourself while coughing and sneezing with a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash.• clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.• kindly take medical help when there is a need. Do not neglect.
Written and reviewed byDr. Ritesh Chawla
Indian Ayurveda Medicine
Amid the Corona gloom, Indian Ayurveda experts have stated that regular consumption of Ayurvedic herbs strengthens the human body’s immune system, the basic requirement to help prevent even the most dreaded communicable diseases. They have stressed that neem (Azadirachta Indica), Amalaki or amla (Emblica Officinalis), kutki (Picrorhiza Kurroa), guduchi/glioy (Tinospora Cordifolia), and tulsi (basil) are some of the Ayurvedic herbs that are helpful in building immunity in human body and preventing the infection.
They have reiterated that these are helpful in strengthening the immune system, which is key to fighting the deadly virus. Coronavirus affects the lungs and the respiratory system. “Consuming a tablespoonful of Chywanprash daily strengthens the immunity, specifically that of lungs and the respiratory system,” Partap Chauhan, Director, Jiva Ayurveda, told IANS.
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