Ayurvedic Remedies To Prevent Swine Flu
Swine flu has occurred as a pandemic twice, however, it still continues to affect people. The outbreak that occurred in 2009 created chaos.Swine flu caused by the H1N1 virus, which started in pigs is considered to be an airborne infection. As the name suggests, it became known as swine flu because of its similarities to flu viruses that affect pigs. Some of the common symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, weakness, and body aches. Children, pregnant women, and the elderly are generally at risk of severe infection.
When modern medical science fails to provide remedies, Ayurveda takes over. Indian medical science has a lot to offer in terms of general medications, suggestions, and remedies to prevent Swine flu. Ayurveda not only provides a variety of remedial measures, but also suggests preventive measures more than the cure.
In Ayurveda the treatment of Swine Flu is performed by detoxification and several handy remedial treatments which not only prevent the cause, but also cures the active symptoms.
Here are some recommended Ayurvedic treatments and regimen that play a key role in curing Swine flu:
- Annual detoxification/Panchakarma: Procedures help in building overall immunity, while performing these therapies during epidemic period can help to avoid infection.
- Ksheer Dhoomam: An Ayurvedic special treatment procedure where the patient is treated with the dhooma or steam coming from heated milk or plain water.
- Nasyam: This particular treatment for purification of the head region involves a process of providing nasal drops using medicated oils.
- Gandush – Kawal: This process claims to provide a plethora of health benefits, similar to the popular oil pulling technique, it involves gargling with lukewarm water containing turmeric, here, the liquid is held in mouth for few seconds.
Some Handy Remedies
Apart from the above mentioned detoxification treatments, here are some handy remedies to follow:
- Camphor: Keep coarsely powdered camphor in the areas of ventilation.
- Eucalyptus oil: Add a few drops of eucalyptus oil in bathing water to cleanse the body, also use the oil for washing clothes or add a drop on the handkerchief.
- Herbal tea/decoction: Consuming herbal tea with readily available ingredients like tulsi leaves, dry ginger, turmeric, pepper, cinnamon induce the taste buds.
Preventive measures that can strengthen the respiratory system are:
- Pippali Rasayanam: It is widely used in treating respiratory conditions. It is prepared using a spice called Pippali (long pepper).
- Agasthya Haritaki: It is a very famous Ayurvedic medicine for asthma. It is also considered safe for long-term use.
- Dashmool Rasayanam: It is known for its remedial measures towards treating breathing troubles, cough, and common cold.
- Vyoshadi Vatakam: It is considered as one of the most effective Ayurvedic medicines to cure cold and cough.
- Shwashkuthar Ras: it’s an Ayurvedic medicine to treat respiratory disorders.
Dr Priyanka Sampat is Head Doctor at Birla Ayurveda.