• How can Ayurveda help fight against COVID-19
Corona virus cases have crossed the 6 million and continue counting globally and in India too, it is a seeing very sharp rise. It is a serious diseases, but till now no vaccine developed so we are some cure/prevention from Ayurvedic.
Before few days, a recent positive development, Ministry of Ayush, in collaboration with the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research(CSIR) has started clinical trials testing formulation of four important Ayurvedic and some other herbs in fighting the novel corona virus. The medicines under study include Ashwagandha, Guduchi (giloy), Yastimadhu, Peepli and another formulated drug ‘Ayush64’.
In the first phase, patients are likely to be administered Ashwagandha and later the other drugs will be given to patients, depending on how they react or severity of the symptoms
•Ayurveda for strong Immunity
Immunity is a concept explained in Ayurveda under multiple topics. The most important ones are the concept of strength, the concept of resistance to illness development, and the concept of supreme resilience.
A while back, Ministry of Ayush also rolled out some Ayurvedic recommendations to boost immunity using some home measures and stop the spread of the viral disease.
Even some clinical trials and the efficacy (to develop a desire result) of the same is still under study, all of the herbs have proven potent medicinal benefits. Here we list out a few of them.
Ashwagandha is one of the most important Ayurvedic herbs. The names Ashwagandha comes from the word Ashwa meaning horse and gandha meaning smell. Additionally translation literally comes from Ashwa is roots that have a distinctive smell of the urine or sweat of a horse.
This Ayurvedic herb is said to contain magical powers of healing the body of infections and symptoms of cold, cough and viral bugs.
When Ashwagandha can be consumed regularly to boost the body’s immunity naturally, experts suggest that increasing the dosage of Ashwagandha during a sudden spike or onset of a cold can work really well in healing the body.
The herb’s natural immuno-boosting properties can also help you deal with chronic stress and fatigue which can come with viral infections.
It is one of the most commonly used herbs to relieve stress-related symptoms and anxiety disorder.
How to use-
Here is a general dosage and usage guideline. However, you are preferred your Ayurveda doctor.
The general dosage is 1-2 tsp of Ashwagandha powder per cup of tea, milk or honey or 1-2 capsules, twice a day.
Giloy is also known as ‘Amrita’ in Sanskrit which means ‘the root of immortality’. Scientifically name is Tinospra Cordifolia.
Immunity boosting is the primary function of giloy. It is full of antioxidants and helps in releasing any forms of toxins from the body. It also fight disease-causing cells, bacteria and also cleanses the blood. It possesses anti-inflammatory, anti cancer, antipyretic, anti-oxidant and immuno-modulatory properties.
Some of the clinical trials done so far have found that giloy leaves can help deal with some of the symptoms associated with COVID-19. Giloy is one such agent that can bring down fevers significantly without any side effect.
How to use-
Giloy can be taken in the form of stem or leaf decoction (kadha) but it is more commonly used in the form of powder.
According to Ayurvedic doctor- 1-2 gm of giloy stem or giloy leaf powder and up to 5 ml of giloy stem or leaf juice can be taken without worry about its side effects.
3. Yastimadhu (Mulethi)
Mulethi is also called Yastimadhu in Ayurveda. It is an important herbs used in Indian medicines, home remedies and Ayurveda. It is 50 times sweater than sugar. It has a cooling effect on the body and is bulky to digest.
It has been hailed for its therapeutic benefits, especially for those who are recovering from a cough, cold or flu.
It also has high anti-inflammatory notes and helps deal with problems related to sore throat, cough or any irritation. It has also been widely studied for its ulcer fighting properties.
How to use-
It is used in tea like a powder form.
4. Peepli(long pepper)
Peepli is a traditional medicinal herb which is also known for its strong aromatic notes. A lot of non-traditional studies have also shown that regular usage of this root may be helpful in curbing down the symptoms usually associated with a persistent respiratory infection, bronchitis, cold, cough, asthma, improve blood circulation strengthen immunity.
Ayurveda also suggests that peepli peppers, the root medicine can also fight some sharp pains and aches, with its powerful anti-inflammatory properties.
How to use-
Take 3 peepli powder with honey when have cough and fever.
5. Basil (Tulsi)
Ayurveda also consider Tulsi, or holy basil as one of the most enriching herbs. Basil or Tulsi is also known “the Queen of Herbs” or “Elixir of Life”. It has an incomparable status among the other herbs due to its medicinal, culinary and spiritual properties.
Ayurveda, basil is known to provide a wide array of health benefits. Basil has anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic, chemo-preventive, and anti-asthmatic properties.
It has anti-viral properties and also stimulates the digestive system. If you face trouble finding Tulsi beej, you can also add in Tulsi leaves in making the concoction.
How to use-
You may be used 4-5 leaves in tea and also making concoction.
6. Ayush 64
Ayush 64 is another drug under testing for COVID-19 which has been exclusively developed by the Central Ministry by producing age-old ayurvedic herbs. The advisory suggests intake of anti-malaria Ayurvedic drug, AYUSH 64, developed by the ministry, use of sesame oil in the nose, and Tulsi, ginger, guduchi and turmeric in diet. It is surprising to know that one of the allopathic drugs used to fight malaria, hydroxychloroquine(HCQ) has also been administered to many patients and high- risk frontline workers to fight COVID-19.
Oregano is a Ayurvedic herb. People have used it for thousands of years to add flavour to dishes and to treat health conditions.
Oregano may help fight bacteria, relieve inflammation and regulate blood sugar.Oregano and other herbs provide antioxidants. Dietary antioxidants help the body eliminate free radicals, which are toxic substances that result from natural processes and environmental stresses.
Oregano oil is a powerful antimicrobial that can help fight off infections. Oregano oil also has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti fungal properties.
There are some Ayurvedic herbs i.e. also boost your immunity-
No-evidence about the potential effect of all above these Ayurvedic herbs during Pregnancy or lactation.
So pregnant and breastfeeding women are advised to refer their Ayurvedic doctor before using these herbs in any form.