AYURVEDA IN THE TIME OF CORONA
The Corona virus has got the whole world on its toes, getting everyone to practice better hygiene, cleaner lifestyles and most importantly, social distancing. There are several methods recommended by Ayurveda applicable to the times we live in which can help individuals boost immunity, and further improve the body’s functioning and might even prevent infection. Though there is no ayurvedic cure for the Corona virus, the following steps can act as a starting point in allowing the body to develop its natural immune response.
AYURVEDA – INTERNAL APPLICATIONS
Ayurveda, is a wholly holistic lifestyle which has health benefits which enrich the human body in numerous ways. Ingestion of various Ayurvedic concoctions have been found to be extremely effective in handling numerous ailments and their symptoms. Regular Ayurvedic herb consumption has been proven to improve overall health and improve the functioning of the digestive system, circulatory system and hormonal system. Listed below are a few Ayurvedic preparations which will help build up the body’s response to infections, disease and more.
- A herbal tea of lemon, ginger and honey is known to treat infections of the throat and colds. Since these are symptoms of the Corona virus, it is wise to regularly consume this decoction as it could aid in protection from the disease.
- Chewing a few tulsi (basil) leaves daily can aid in hastening immune response. Tulsi also acts as an anti-bacterial, antiviral and antifungal. It is extremely beneficial for health.
- Golden milk, made with 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric steeped in 150 ml of hot milk, is extremely therapeutic and is believed to have strong detoxing effects on the body. Daily consumption is suggested to improve the body’s immunity.
- Chyavanprash which is a potent herbal concoction of about 44 herbs/ingredients can be taken every morning. This herbal paste has high healing potential, is refreshing for the body, while bolstering immunity to a large extent.
- Black pepper is useful in treating congestion. When boiled with clove, cinnamon, turmeric and ginger, this solution provides relief from respiratory congestion and allows for free breathing.
- Eucalyptus can be added to daily diet when infused with herbal tea. Though extremely bitter, this is a highly potent herb aiding in opening up the respiratory tract.
In addition to all the above, increase the addition of spices such as turmeric, cinnamon and cardamom to regularly cooked food, adding a layer of healthy herbs to all meals.
AYURVEDA- EXTERNAL APPLICATIONS
Ayurveda encompasses a whole plethora of internal as well as external practices. The external application routines are all extremely beneficial for the healthy functioning of the human body.
Simple steps go a long way according to ayurveda, and by implementing the given list of healthy Ayurvedic habits into day to day life, there is sure to be strong positive changes in wellness.
This in itself aids in keeping the body safe from the Corona virus as it reduces the burden on the body, keeping the immune system free from blockages and ready to handle any disease, infection or health issue.
- Oil pulling is a simple practice that can be implemented into your daily regimen. When performed daily, this can rinse the entire mouth and purify it from any microbes. Simply swish coconut oil around your mouth and spit out the residue. This can be a part of routine even during regular days as it has numerous health benefits.
- Pranayama or breathing method has a holistic healing effect, not just on the body, but also on the mind. This can help to de-stress, while also improving overall health and well-being.
- Yoga has always been a vital ayurvedic practice which has multifaceted benefits. The human body has improved detoxification, better digestion, lesser fat retention and highly improved mental stimulation post a session of yoga. Yoga is easy to learn and over the long run can change your way of life.
- Brushing with/chewing a neem tree stick is another way to reduce any infection or control lingering microorganisms in the mouth reducing the incidence of them moving down the respiratory tract from the mouth and cause diseases.
- Applying ghee to the inside of the nostrils is another practice suggested by Ayurveda as a way to prevent any harmful disease carrying microbes from entering the airways and lungs. This also opens up nostrils for better inhalation.
Ayush has certified Ayurveda practitioners who are available for medical consultation over phone during these trying times. Follow such regular ayurvedic habits and implement ayurvedic herbs into your diet, and they are sure to improve your health and maybe even prevent or lessen the impact of Corona virus.