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
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 2-
3 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, Jamnaga

 

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