Traditional Indian medicine has been helping people there for centuries to overcome a number of illnesses and protect themselves from the negative effects of deprivation and hard life. In recent decades, this knowledge has continued to be applied on an equal footing with modern medicine.
What are viruses?
For mankind viruses are the cause of many infectious diseases. They are not organisms, but rather complex molecules. They need to enter a living organism to reproduce – once penetrated, they begin to replicate. It is interesting to note that even bacteria can become infected with viruses.
What does Ayurveda recommend in case of viral diseases?
- Churni – these are powder mixtures used in Ayurveda
- Trikatu – this churna can help us against a number of respiratory problems. Contains three simple ingredients – ginger, white and black pepper. It is also successfully used as a remedy for snoring and sleep apnea. It also enhances metabolism.
- Sitopaladi churna is a suitable remedy for the respiratory system, with ideal action against the accumulation of mucus in the respiratory tract. With the power of its main ingredients – black pepper and ginger, and long pepper, this mixture increases the immune defense of our body. This remedy is further enhanced with some of the most powerful extracts known to Indian medicine – tulsi, trembling, iodine, sour grass.
- Tea – Indians are big fans of herbal decoctions. From cinnamon, ginger, pepper, tulsi – they all have a beneficial effect on the body for both treatment and prevention.
Indian healers apply various massages to strengthen the immune status. Marma therapy is very suitable against viruses .
Ayurveda uses aromas as a method of accompanying treatment. They play a role in massages, cooking and even yoga exercises in Ayurveda. With the help of herbs and oils in Ayurveda are developed aromatic aqueous solutions , which can be used for rapid disinfection of the oral cavity.
In this way we have a higher chance to protect ourselves from viruses. The solutions contain orange oil, eucalyptus, mint and other harmless ingredients, they may contain alcohol, so be careful if you are about to drive, but in general they are completely harmless.
Yoga for health
To maintain their healthy status, Indians have long relied heavily on yoga exercises. During a viral epidemic and frequent lockdowns, many of us have the opportunity to exercise only indoors.Yoga asanas are perfect for this purpose, as they do not take up space and are not very dynamic. They are suitable even for people with reduced mobility.
Yoga poses that are most beneficial for respiratory health are those that open and stretch our chest. They stimulate the natural detox of the lungs and upper respiratory tract.
If you decide to do yoga at home, that’s great. However, it is good to still have basic knowledge and habits related to physical culture . Otherwise, the optimal choice is to start by attending yoga classes – if possible live or at least in an interactive online form. Mobile applications and pre-recorded video classes are also a bit more advanced.
Here are some very easy poses in yoga, that you can start with without straining:
Great asana if we still need a little more confidence and preparation . It is also easy to perform – just relax on your back on the floor and lift your legs up. If we still feel too much tension in the lower back and waist, we can use the wall of the room for even better support. Lean your feet firmly on it and stay that way for a while.
In this way, the blood circulation will go down from the legs, giving us more mobility. Once we feel that the legs are light, we slowly begin to spread them apart. If we use the wall, we slide our feet directly on it. Do not try to make a split – take a comfortable position and stay in it for 2-3 minutes or less.
In other words, “easy posture”. We call it here “sitting in Turkish.” Use it as a substitute for the lotus position, for example, for meditation.
In yoga there are a whole class of training techniques for breathing. With their help we can clear the respiratory tract. Practicing them also has a positive effect on our breathing habits. We learn to take a deeper breath and so our breathing is more complete.
Attention! Some of the breathing exercises can cause dizziness in beginners. If you have not tried before, it is advisable to do your first practices under the guidance of a professional yoga instructor.
Mental balance – an additional weapon against viruses
Indian medicine has a holistic approach to treatment . He mostly relies on the prevention stage. The most effective way we can protect ourselves from the damage caused by diseases applied to our body, is as much as possible to prevent their development.
Food – the source of health
Ayurveda is deeply rooted in the maxim that the substances that enter the body are largely decisive for its condition. Again, the principle of individuality is followed – not all foods are suitable and useful for everyone.
When designing our menu according to Ayurveda, we must think with orientation to our individual Ayurveda profile.
However, there are dishes that are recommended for virtually everyone. These include, for example:
- mung bean porridge
- kichari (kichdi)
- purified ghee oil
- plant foods are respected, meat is generally avoided.
How to choose the right therapy?
Ayurveda does not profess the notion that is common in Western conventional medicine, namely – that medicine is determined by the disease. Like other Eastern teachings, Indian philosophy sees the root of the disease in imbalances in the body itself . That is why it is extremely important to identify the nature of these causal relationships.
In order for the treatment to be as effective as possible, it is most important that it is properly selected according to the specifics of the particular patient. That is why it is preferable to first get advice from an Ayurvedic specialist. He will do the necessary tests to find out what your individual situation is – what your personal balance is, what the deviation is from it and what you need to improve.
Therapies in Ayurveda are natural and very rarely give side effects. However, it is best to always apply by certified experts. If you have concomitant diseases, allergies or other factors that can cause complications, consult a doctor in advance when applying alternative therapy.
If you get signs of coronavirus, be sure to tell your doctor.
Ayurveda for recovery from COVID-19
If you have already had the coronavirus, Indian medicine can help you deal with long-term damage and persistent symptoms such as loss of smell and taste.
As a result of the disease, some patients develop chronic panic attacks. They can also be overcome with:
- frequent meditation
- breathing techniques
- spending time in a salt room (halotherapy), etc.
Research over the past year has also found a link between relatively mild transmission of the virus, which, however, affects some patients with post-covid chronic fatigue syndrome (ME / CFS).
After infection with coronavirus, the body is weakened and exhausted. Start with the lightest possible yoga exercises and never overdo it. It is possible that weeks after the illness you are still unable to perform more powerful asanas.
Pay attention to your diet – now is the perfect time to indulge in Indian cuisine. Leave the detox regimes for a little longer when you regain normal levels of vital energy. At a later stage, purification with Ayurveda will be useful to limit the negative effects of drugs taken against covid.