Wednesday 1 April 2020

Ayurveda’s immunity boosting measures for self care during COVID 19 crisis

Ayurveda’s immunity boosting measures for self care during COVID 19 crisis

In  the  wake  of  the  Covid  19  outbreak,  entire  mankind  across  the  globe  is  suffering. Enhancing  the  body’s  natural  defence  system  (immunity)  plays  an  important  role  in maintaining  optimum  health.  We  all  know  that  prevention  is  better  than  cure.  While  there is  no  medicine  for  COVID-19  as  of  now,  it  will  be  good  to  take  preventive  measures  which boost our immunity in these times.

Ayurveda,  being  the  science  of  life,  propagates  the  gifts  of  nature  in  maintaining  healthy and  happy  living.  Ayurveda’s  extensive  knowledge  base  on  preventive  care  derives  from the  concepts  of  “Dinacharya”  -  daily  regimes  and  “Ritucharya”  -  seasonal  regimes  to maintain  healthy  life.  It  is  a  plant-based  science.  The  simplicity  of  awareness  about oneself  and  the  harmony  each  individual  can  achieve  by  uplifting  and  maintaining  his  or her immunity is emphasized across Ayurveda’s classical scriptures.

Ministry  of  AYUSH  recommends  the  following  self-care  guidelines  for  preventive  health measures  and  boosting  immunity  with  special  reference  to  respiratory  health.  These  are supported by Ayurvedic literature and scientific publications.

General Measures :

   1.  Drink warm water throughout the day.

   2.  Daily  practice  of  Yogasana,  Pranayama  and  meditation  for  at  least  30 minutes  as  advised  by  Ministry  of  AYUSH  (#YOGAatHome  #StayHome #StaySafe)

   3.  Spices  like  Haldi  (Turmeric),  Jeera  (Cumin),  Dhaniya  (Coriander)  and Lahsun (Garlic) are recommended in cooking.

 Ayurvedic Immunity Promoting Measures :

   1.  Take  Chyavanprash  10gm  (1tsf)  in  the  morning.  Diabetics  should  take sugar free Chyavanprash.

   2.  Drink  herbal  tea  /  decoction  (Kadha)  made  from  Tulsi  (Basil),  Dalchini (Cinnamon),  Kalimirch  (Black  pepper),  Shunthi  (Dry  Ginger)  and Munakka  (Raisin)  -  once  or  twice  a  day.  Add  jaggery  (natural  sugar)  and  / or fresh lemon juice to your taste, if needed.

   3.  Golden  Milk-  Half  tea  spoon  Haldi  (turmeric)  powder  in  150  ml  hot  milk  once or twice a day.

Simple Ayurvedic Procedures :

   1.  Nasal  application  -  Apply  sesame  oil  /  coconut  oil  or  Ghee  in  both  the nostrils (PratimarshNasya) in morning and evening.

   2.  Oil  pulling  therapy-  Take  1  table  spoon  sesame  or  coconut  oil  in  mouth. Do  not  drink,  Swish  in  the  mouth  for  2  to  3  minutes  and  spit  it  off followed by warm water rinse. This can be done once or twice a day. 

During dry cough / sore throat :

   1.  Steam  inhalation  with  fresh  Pudina  (Mint)  leaves  or  Ajwain  (Caraway seeds) can be practiced once in a day.

   2.  Lavang  (Clove)  powder  mixed  with  natural  sugar  /  honey  can  be  taken  23 times a day in case of cough or throat irritation.

   3.  These  measures  generally  treat  normal  dry  cough  and  sore  throat. However, it is best to consult doctors if these symptoms persist.

The  above  measures  can  be  followed  to  the  extent  possible  as  per  an  individual’s convenience.    These  measures  are  recommended  by  following  eminent  Vaidyas  from across  the  Country  as  they  may  possibly  boost  an  individual’s  immunity  against infections:  Padma  ShriVaidya  P  R  Krishnakumar,  Coimbatore,  Padma  Bhushan  Vaidya Devendra  Triguna,  Delhi,  Vaidya  P  M  Varier,  Kottakkal,  Vaidya  Jayant  Devpujari,  Nagpur, Vaidya  Vinay  Velankar,  Thane,  Vaidya  B  S  Prasad,  Belgaum,  Padma  Shri  Vaidya  Gurdeep Singh,  Jamnagar,  Acharya  Balkrishnaji,  Haridwar,  Vaidya  M  S  Baghel,  Jaipur,  Vaidya  R  B Dwivedi,  Hardoi  UP,  Vaidya  K  N  Dwivedi,  Varanasi,  Vaidya  Rakesh  Sharma,  Chandigarh, Vaidya  Abichal  Chattopadhyay,  Kolkata,  Vaidya  Tanuja  Nesari,  Delhi,  Vaidya  Sanjeev Sharma, Jaipur, Vaidya Anup Thakar, Jamnagar 

Disclaimer: The above advisory does not claim to be treatment for COVID 19


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