In this new era drug addiction has become a major problem in the world including India & number of drug addicts is increasing day by day, so it is important for doctors to understand the psychosomatic problems caused by drug abuse. Tobacco is also one of drugs addictive & is dangerous for health. It causes various diseases such as heart attacks, hypertension, stroke even cancer. Chewing of tobacco is one of the leading causes of mouth cancer. Ayurveda can play major role to decrease the adverse effects of tobacco by adopting following things:-
- Intake of Adequate Water: Tobacco consumption affects the heart in various ways, however, intake of adequate water is helpful in protecting the heart from various problems. An adequate amount of water thins the blood and reduces the risk of blood clots that can lead to heart attacks .
- Yoga and other exercises: Yoga is a form of relaxation and exercise . It helps in relieving tension and stress and helps to increase the strength and vitality without using any form of tobacco. Meditation can bring remarkable results to refresh the mind and consciousness.
- Use of ayurvedic herbs:- Regular use of tobacco caused a deposition of nicotine, tar and other toxic compounds in the body to get rid of these toxic effects of Tobacco few herbs like Triphala is useful, one tablespoon of Triphala powder every day, before bedtime is helpful because it has potency to cleanse the colon and flush out the body toxins.
- A powder of the combination of Ashwagandha, Shatavari and Bala root taken every morning is helpful in detoxification.
- For long term effect of detoxification Panchkarma is always a good choice, according to the weather & condition of patient under observation of qualified Ayurveda doctor such people must go for panchkarma once in a year.
- Chyavanaprash, a combination of various useful herbs, is considered to be a strong supplement for immunity boosting that helps to fight against various diseases.
- Herbal tea is also one of the good options to use during craving of Tobacco. By taking Sip by Sip Luke warm herbal tea can help to reduce desire for Tobacco. Herbal tea can be prepared with the combination of powder of Jatamanshi, Ashwaganda & Bhrami . One teaspoon of this powder can be taken in one cup of hot water.
- Chewing of dry Amalaki is also the best way to reduce the urge of Tobacco. All we need to do is dry the amalaki and keep it, whenever there is craving 2 or 3 pieces can be chewed . Whenever there is a craving of chewing tobacco better to chew dry herbs like Amalaki, Ashwahgandha , Suthi etc.
- Taking one teaspoon of ajawin can also reduce the craving of Tobacco chewing.
- Eating 2-3 leaves every morning can reduce the ill-effects of smoking and reduces tobacco addiction.
- In ayurveda there is a procedure called Dhoompan in which inhalation of herbal smoke is advised , the herbs will be according to the constitution of a person. Medicinal smoking, or dhoompan slowly cleanses the toxins. But, it is important to speak to an Ayurvedic practitioner before taking up this habit.
- Eat a Sattvic diet of fresh and lightly cooked foods, avoiding all processed and preserved foods. This kind of diet will increase immunity hence, increasing the resilience in dealing with withdrawal symptoms and cravings.
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This current situation of lockdown amidst the pandemic COVID -19 has made us re-thinks, re-analyze, retrospect and restructure our Lifestyle. People of all age-groups are confined at home In Urban scenario, with variety of family set-ups-Joint/Nuclear/Paying Guest homes and other forms of shared accommodations are all at home. There is limited space, the long day of household chores and professional work, as also the pertinent question of keeping younger and older generation engaged, secure and fit.
Perhaps for elderly, there is not a change of routine, but there is drastic change in the lives of all around them thereby causing an alteration in the emotional environment. The long happy holiday has ended, it is now mundane and a change that none of the age groups are enjoying. For the aged, there are issues of slowing down, not being able to take in too much noise &activity around, degeneration, debility, exhaustion due to high-wrung children leading to disturbances in diet and sleep routines.
Immunity may be compromised due to medication for chronic illnesses too. And the fact that they have not really thought about equipping themselves for the changing “RITU” .this time it’s not just the season but the compulsions of the current “kaal” as in the erratic unhealthy situation that has an unforeseen effect and an unrealized stress on them.
So, besides re-iterating certain facts about Ritu charya and dincharya ,which many of my wise colleagues have talked about ,and are imparting awareness about the do’s and don’t’s ,let us take a look at some FAQ’s that I deal with.
What can I do to ensure that my digestion is in order, as I do not feel very hungry/the dishes prepared are not catering to my old-school taste-buds/my bowels are not clear as I am not going for my walks?
People regard a daily bowel movement, eating 3 meals a day and 1-2 cups of tea as a mark of good digestion. Still they encounter difficulty in passing stools or suffer from bloating, acidity, flatulence etc. they are picky about what they eat being unsure of how it will affect.
Simple tips like using spices from the kitchen moderately and correctly can aid this issue. Your-go-to spices are:-
Instead of chat masala, sprinkle zeera and black pepper on all fruits and salads you consume, which should be consumed before Sunset at room temperature.
Lubricate your digestive system while treating yourself with a small serving of sheeera /halwa ,spiced with elaichi, saunf and dalchini as an early evening indulgence.
Always watch your hunger, sip on warm water before lunch and dinner.
Vegetable juices or smoothie of Mint-Coriander-Basil is a good coolant, so are Coconut water ,thin buttermilk, and a not-so sour lemonade. spiced again with the digestion aids like zeera ,black pepper, saunf. You may experiment with your taste-preferences here. Avoid Dahi. Iced drinks not advisable. skip lentils /pulses from Dinner.
Warm spiced milk is a good lubricant –a small cup will suffice. Do not forget elaichi and black pepper. Milk is not an accompaniment with lunch and Dinner.
Cow ghee on chappati or a desi tawa wala toast is a good snack.
How do I use the following? AYUSH is directing the use of Honey/Tulsi/Giloy/Turmeric/Dalchini? Should I take all together in breakfast? Will it Detoxify my body a? Will I improve on my Immunity if I consume only these things?
Honey –Take half a spoon, few drops of ginger juice and a small sprinkle of black peper, keep the breathing channels clear, expectorates and cleans. Honey can be added to herbal teas at a temperature that you want your beverage .Do not Reheat. Honey and lemon in warm water in the morning may not be suitable for everyone. Lemon in allergy season may increase irritation.
Tulsi/cinnamon/black pepper can be added to regular teas and to make masala chai or herbal tea .can even be used for spiced milk, sprinkles are enough ,generous amounts won’t make anyone well faster. These spices very well take care of the body functions, airway , digestion. As all dhatus are nourished well with a good functioning of organ systems, Oj is good, hence the immunity.
Turmeric is good in our cooking, So also in Milk and even in besan or atta sheeras. You may like to check the Turmeric latte version. But do not heat after honey is added.
Giloy boiled in water is consumed by many people these days as it is grown in kitchen gardens as well. Giloy stem(6inch) used to make a decoction ,boiled in a glass of water reduced to ¼ th of the water is a normal way to take, You may add honey .Expressed juice of stem in honey is also acceptable. Giloy capsules are also in use ,As Giloy is a very bitter herb. Giloy satva may be prescribed in some way by an Ayurveda Doctor near you. Amritarishta is also to be taken under medical supervision, so is packaged Giloy juice.
Why is oiling of nostrils prescribed in this Pandemic?
Is steam Inhalation also helpful?
Old age is a period of Vata vitiation ,so Vata needs Snehan ie Lubrication for balancing ,it is the simplest way to deal with the degeneration and erosion that Vayu Dosha causes. A little cow ghee on chapatti is always helpful.
Oiling of all our orifices is indeed helpful, Ears, nostrils, navel is the simplest.
For irritations in the eyes even when cataract is there for elderly, application of a drop or two like ANJAN in eyes is very nourishing.
Kanwal /Gandoosh –oil pulling as it is called these days keeps the buccal cavity, gums & teeth nourished too.
In case of feeling of tightness of chest, applying oil there followed by ‘seka’ with a simple potli of salt or of ajwain helps too. Steam with water boiled with Tulsi /ajawain/elaichi/haldi/dashmool will help in case where we have phlegm accumulation due to KAFA vitiation is there in Spring. As we progress towards Summer we need to be careful with steam inhalation and the duration we give it for.
Ano-rectal application is helpful for a smoother bowel movement too.
Snehan on head and body joints helps the elderly sleep better,therby cobating stress that may be induced with change in the environment for them due to more activity and sound and heavier food around them in the lockdown.
Why is Chyawanprash highly recommended? Is it Suitable for elderly or more so for younger age group?
Chyawanprash when prepared in the authentic way as per the textual directions aims to cure the complaints of the Shwasn Sansthan ie Respiratory Tract, hence curing Kas Rog, Trishna, Debility, degeneration, breathing issues, issues of lungs, chest, heart, hoarseness of voice, throat ,larynx in all age groups.
In growing children it aids nourishment by ensuring proper functioning of all body systems and dhatu –poshan.
In no way is Chywanprash a replacement for regular food or ahaar. This is to supplement the normal diet of an individual
Amala/Haritaki/Pippali/Giloy/Aloe Vera/Ghiya juice/Karela juice, will these protect me in old age in any way?
Harad/Haritaki: is a herb that is a holistic herb, not only is it easy to digest, aids digestive power ;it also ensures that all doshas work to aid smooth functioning of the body.It ensures balancing of the vata a & pitta doshas and nourishing for Body & Mind. This as a supplement to normal well balanced nourishing diet ensures that all nutrition is utilized well .It has a warming effect so all flows well in our system.
Amla: Again a holistic cooling herb, that aids body functions at minutest level balancing Vata and kapha ,its sourness and coolness catalyses body reactions and improves absorption & assimilation. These two are the ultimate Rejuvenating Herbs.
Pippali-it is a good rejuvenation herb in current context. To be taken with a lubricating medium like milk/ghee or honey due to its warming effect. It is a wonderful channel clearing herb specifically works on Respiratory system. Can be used like a nutritional supplement to protect breathing disorders in elderly, a piece or 2 is enough ,so is few pinches alongside normal diet.
Aloe vera: It is a great tridosha balancer, having a mild laxative effect to being a great skin nourishes externally. It also heals the soft tissues and internal mucosa of the body. In small quantities alongside a morning healthy routine. Aloe vera keeps degeneration of body cells at bay. Can be used internally and externally.
Giloy- boiled in water is consumed by many people these days as it is grown in kitchen gardens as well. Giloy stem(6inch) used to make a decoction ,boiled in a glass of water reduced to ¼ th of the water is a normal way to take, You may add honey .Expressed juice of stem in honey is also acceptable. Giloy capsules are also in use ,As Giloy is a very bitter herb. Giloy satva may be prescribed in some way by an Ayurveda Doctor near you. Amritarishta is also to be taken under medical supervision, so is packaged Giloy juice.
Ghiya/karela /amla/aloe vera juice: All herbs vegetables etc have a healing ,curing or nourishing effect on the body. the whole herb or parts of it or extracts & juices of the herbs have different properties by virtue of processing. A juice or extract of a herb or vegetable will have a cooler and a more drying effect hence increasing vata as compared to the whole herb in itself. Such properties are to be considered before prescribing to anyone what season, condition, digestive power, age etc. Not every juice, everything raw will essentially heal or strengthen the body. Whole foods and herbs indigenous to an area and usual methods of cooking or processing render such home remedies effective or ineffective
These herbs are supplement and in no way a replacement for a main meal likes breakfast. Our home, kitchen and kitchen garden are a treasure of herbs and herbal foods, knowing and utilizing these well with the principles of Dincharya & Ritucharya is the ultimate Mantra to good Immunity. ( Dr. Ashima Sardana)
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Significance of: Chest is the seat of two important systems cardio-vascular and respiratory system. In Ayurveda Pranavaha srotasa parlance this combo of heart and lung system is called Pranavaha srotas. Respiratory system is concerned with absorbing oxygen from the environment into blood and heart is connected with its transport throughout the body. As it begins from mouth and nose, it has a fair connectivity with the outer world and can be easily affected by any change in the composition of the air in terms of moisture, temperature, chemical and physical pollutants and microbes. This makes it a good entry point into the body.
FACTORS CAUSING VARIOUS ILLNESSES IN THE PRANAVAHA SROTSA
Dust particles, Smoke, Smogs, Chemical fumes, Seasonal Allergens, Cold humid air, Low temperatures, Air conditioning at very low temperatures. Cigarette Smoking
Excessive Physical exertion beyond one’s capability and exercise tolerance, Excessive Gym work-outs, Excessive atheletic sport activities running etc.wrestling , Excessive sexual activities. Vega dharana i.e. Supression of natural urges of Shrama shwasa (Stress of Excercise), Bashpa (Emotional Stress), Udgara (Eructation, Belching) and Cigarette Smoking.
Dry, Low calorie diets, Red beans, Black beans, Sesame pastes, Fat rich foods, Deep fried pastries, Meats of animals from aquatic origin or farm animals, unpasteurized milk, Cold Milk, Milk shakes, Water chestnuts.
Fasting, Eating less, Eating More, Consuming incompatible diets, Poor digestion and Ama formation, Regular heavy diets, Food allergens.
As a complication of Raktapitta, Udavarta, Visuchika and Alsaka, Paandu Roga, Poisoning, Other conditions in which body fluids and tissues are lost including consumption disorders. Upper and Lower Respiratory tract infection with various microbes and other pathogens. Congenital and Acquired structural abnormalities.
Head, Neck, Thorax and Pelvic trauma, Surgery. Injuries on the vital visceral organs and/or Marma.
Due to choking, congestion, inflammation or other obstructive pathologies including tumors causing the obstruction of the cardiorespiratory tract. It also includes choking, smothering, mugging, compressing etc.
Nosocomial/ Treatment Related
Excessive loss of body fluids during Panchakarma treatment. Excessive and aggressive use of Shodhana procedures without considering patient factors.
Many mental states like fear, lust, mental stress affect the functioning of Pranavaha Srotasa.
Signs of Disorders in Pranavaha Srotasa: As the main function of the Pranvaha srotasa is to deliver oxygen to each unit component of the body. The most significant sign of the Pranavaha Sroto dushti is the change in the breathing pattern. If a person becomes short of breath even after doing little exertion, effortful breathing, chest pain, cough, hiccoughs, whistling in the chest or other sounds from the chest. These are indications of one or the other disorder of the chest which must be investigated by consulting a physician.In classical texts of Ayurveda, Peenasa (Rhinits) Shwasa (Respiratory Disorders of various origins), Kasa (Cough of various origins). Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Lung fibrosis, Bronchial Asthama, Pulmonary Embolism, Pulmonary Koch’s, Lung Carcinoma, Congestive Cardiac Failure, Myocardial infarction etc. are some of the prevalent disorders of Pranavaha Srotasa.
TREATMENT OF PRANAVAHA SROTASA
Promotive and Preventive Treatment: Ayurveda supports the idea of maintaining body in such a condition so that state of health remain a continuous phenomenon and diseases and disorders do not interrupt it. It is called as Vikaranaam Anutpattikara Bhava or Swastha Vrutta. In our daily life style we may inculcate such healthy habits in the form of Dincharya which can save us from the burden of many diseases. These include:
Avoidance of the Nidaana or etiological factors of Pranavaha sroto dushti kara bhava in our daily living. [See table 1].
Waking up early in the morning, daily use of Datun followed by tongue scraping, Practice of Pranayama and Yoga asana, Kavala Dharana helps clean the cardio-respiratory tract from the pent up secretions and invigorates the cardio-respiratory tract.
Moderate intensity physical activity or sports activity at least for 30 minutes a day, as per one’s own capacity is a healthy habit to strengthen Pranavaha srotasa. Self capacity is assessed by the intensity of workout till he/she feels short of breath and sweating appears on the forehead.
Abhyanga, massaging the chest region and head particularly helps in the smooth movement of Prana vayu. During shortness of breath one should massage the chest with mustard oil and salt followed by hot fomentation of the region will ease movement of breath.
Pratimarsha Nasya, instilling drops of Anu Taila, Ksheer Bala or Chandan Bala Laksha aadi tailam, Ghee, Castor oil, Coconut oil or other non-irritating oil into nostrils help to keep away the dust and smoke from the nasal mucosa and do not let the allergens going deep down to lower respiratory tract.
Prayogik Dhoompana with herbs like Tulsi, Sarshapa, Guggulu, Vacha, Haridra, Nimba patra, Raala, Jatamansi etc. is a good disinfectant measure and opens up the trachea-bronchial tract.
To follow the code of Aahara Vidhi, 12 steps of how to consume foods. Many incompatible and allergogenic foods to be avoided. Pursue healthy food habits. Warm foods should always be taken. Refrigerated, cold and frozen foods must always be avoided. Drinking only warm liquids through out the day. People who have some breathing problems should avoid taking heavy foods stuffs, icecream, cold-drinks, Kheer, Cakes, Deep fried stuffs, Curd, Yogurt, Shreekhand etc, before going to bed.
Maintaining a distance from those who are afflicted with the one or the other kind of respiratory infections. Proper hygiene measures must also be adopted.
Timely sleep and avoiding sleeping during daytime helps to keep Kapha and Vata in a good balance.
To practice Ritu Shodhana, preferably Vamana Karma (Drug induced Vomiting Regimen) during Vasant Ritu/ Spring season.
Use of Rasayana therapy to support and strengthen the Pranavaha srotasa like Chavyan prasha, Agastya Haritaki, Haridra Khanda etc.
Foods for Healthy Pranavaha Srotasa: Aged cereals, Red rice, Kulatha, Barley, Aged Ghee, Goat’s milk and Ghee, Honey, Greens of Bathua, Mooli, Chaulai, Parvala, Small Brinjals, Dodi, Lashuna, Dry fruits include Raisins must be taken, Meats of farm animals and aquatic animals should not be taken, cream based products, dairy based products, bakery based products, rice should be avoided.
Black pepper powder 1.5 to 2 gm with candy sugar or honey twice a day help relieve cough and breathlessness.
Expressed juice of fresh ginger 3 to 5 ml with honey help relieve cough, cold and breathlessness.
Powders of Belleric myrobalan (Bahera) and Long peper (Pippali) in the ratio of 2:1 with honey helps relieve cough.
Panchkola powder 3 gm with honey help in relieving cough and congestion due to pent up mucous secretions in the chest.
Harada Powder along with dry ginger powder in equal quantity 2 gm each with warm water relieve breathlessness due to over eating.
Kulath Soup with dry ginger powder is helpful in the above conditions.
Swarasa (Expressed Juices): Adraka, Vasa, Tulsi,
Decoctions: Dashmoola Kwatha, Kullathadi Kwatha, Kantkari Kwatha, Panchkola Ksheerpaka
Churna preparations: Sitopaadi Churana, Taalisaadi Churan, Karpooradi Churna, Bhaarangi Churana, Samsharkara Churana and Vasadi Churana.
Vati (Tablet): Lavanagadi Vati, Vasadi Vati, Khadir Vati, Kanth sudharak vati, Sanjeevani Vati, Agnitundi Vati, etc.
Avleha: Drakshadi Avleha, Chavyan prasha, Kharjooradi Leha, Chitraka Haritaki, Kantakaryaadi avleha, Bhaarangi Guda.
Asava Arishta: Draksha arishta, Dasmoolarista, Kanakasava
Bhasma Preparation: Shrung Bhasm, Rasa sindoora, Abhraka Bhasma,
Rasa Preparations: Tribhuvan Kirti Rasa, Chandramruta Rasa, Laghu Malini Vasant Rasa, Shwas kuthar Rasa, Sameera pannaga Rasa, Shwasa Kasa Chintamani Rasa, Lakshmi Vilasa Rasa, Raja Mruganaka Ras, Sooth Shekhar Rasa, Arogya Vardhini Rasa, etc.
Conclusion: Pranavaha srotas is the seat of the life force, it’s healthy condition determines our stress tolerance and disease resistance. As it is continuously exposed to the environment through nose and mouth, one should adopt all the above mentioned measures to minimize the exposure and promote the defence mechanism of this channel to enjoy lasting health. Lets not forget, Life is breath, Lets take care of our breath.
Read More - Preserving and Building long term Immunity amidst 'Corona-Crisis'
The significance of 'Immunity' never got this much significance and buzz around us ever before. Fortunately, and unfortunately, it took a deadly virus with a size of nanoparticle made us realize how preserving and building immunity is essential for us. The modern-day concept of 'Immunity' is nothing new but an extension of the theory of 'Ojas' mentioned in the ancient Ayurveda literature.
There is no time like some wrong time, and there is no time like some right time. When you start taking care of yourself, it becomes that 'Right Time' for you towards building your Immunity. And given the pandemic situation that we are facing across the globe; this is the most critical time for us to revisit some of the basic principles laid down by our Ayurvedacharyas centuries ago.
Also, before we delve into the details as to how we can build our Immunity with Ayurveda recommendations, lets briefly touch upon the types of 'Immunity' we discuss these days and how these can be built.
1. Innate Immunity- Every human being borns with some level of Immunity towards foreign invaders(Virus, Bacteria, and Parasites, etc.). The innate Immunity comprises of external barriers of our body like skin, mucous membranes of the throat and gut. These barriers stop the invaders from getting pass through the body as the first line of defence. If the invaders still pass this line of defence, the acquired or adaptive Immunity comes for the rescue to save you from foreign attack.
2. Acquired or Adaptive Immunity- The acquired Immunity is developed as we grow through life by exposing ourselves to diseases or get vaccinated. This is like immunological memory as our immune system remembers the previous attack of the invaders(virus, bacteria and parasites).
3. Passive Immunity- Borrowed from another source, this type of Immunity stays temporarily. E.g., A baby receives antibodies from the mother before birth and in the form of breast milk after birth. This Immunity protects the baby from the infections in the starting years of his/her life.
Now that we have understood what 'Immunity' is and how it works, we would focus on discussing as to how this can be built and protected in an individual while following the basic Ayurvedic principle of 'Aahar, Vihar and Aausdh'.
1. Diet (Aahar)- The concept of diet has a vast ambit as per Ayurvedic science. The globalization has brought American Burgers, Thai Curry, and Chinese Manchurian etc. on your dining table or even Southern India's Coconut water in your easy reach. But if you are not following the principle of eating locally grown seasonal and regional meals as per your 'Prakriti'( Ayurvedic mind-body constitution or Humors). It will hamper the functioning of your gut and produce Aam(Toxins) in your body, which poses a direct threat to your Immunity. This point has immense importance though the following principles need to be practised as a routine task if you are thinking of building Immunity naturally-
• As emphasized above, eat 'Seasonal and Regional' meals only to keep the gut light and healthy.
• Avoid eating dry, cold meals as it aggravates 'Vata' in the body, which further aggravates all the 'Doshas' which could put you more at risk of any infection while being detrimental to your Immunity.
• Drinking warm water or water from Indian pitcher which keeps digestion process functioning in an optimum way.
• Eat warm, fresh and unctuous meals only that stops the formation of Aamdosha (Toxins) in your body.
• Eat only when you feel hungry, you should eat when you feel hungry from your gut and not from your mind. Eating an injudiciously less or large quantity of meals will always keep you more prone to any infection.
• Seek the guidance of your Ayurveda physician to go for seasonal and regional cleansing regimen(Ayurvedic Detoxification) which goes in sync with your Prakriti and helps you in preparing for the next season always.
2. Lifestyle (Vihar)- Like every good thing takes time to make, 'Immunity' also takes time to develop and no good thing ever achieved in hassle. Patience, persistence, perseverance and above all 'Sadvrata'. So, what kind of lifestyle you should follow, here is a brief snapshot of the same-
• 'Ojas'(Immunity) has the exact opposite qualities of 'Madh'(Alcohol). So, if you drink alcohol injudiciously without understanding your 'Prakriti'; you are exposing yourself to future co-morbidities. Alcohol acts as an immunosuppressant. The use of immunomodulators will not yield the same results if you have been using alcohol or any substance abuse for long. So, choose health over addiction.
• Ayurvedic Abhyangam(Medicated Massage) not only makes your body healthy from outside but also provide you with much needed mental and physical strength.
• Adequate sleep is crucial as it counters the aggravated Vata in the body doesn't make it an anxious fertile ground for any infection.
• Avoid direct exposure of hot, humid, windy and cold environment as this leaches 'Sneha' or healthy lipids from your body and less combat for any disease.
• Daily workout as per your body capacity, needs, and health ailment(if any) is significant to build long term immunity. Adding to it, 'Yog-asanas' and 'Pranayams' advocated for both healthy and unhealthy people that can boost up your ability to fight with any foreign attack.
Do always remember that your everyday meal and your daily workout counts. Follow the mantra of becoming a daily achiever and start workout now!
3. Medicine (Aausdh)- There are scores of medicinal herbs are mentioned in the ancient Ayurveda literature that promotes healthy living. These herbs can be used for people who are looking for the treatment of specific ailment and also for the people who seek no therapy but only wellness. Ayurveda works variously in terms of restoring your health even when you do not have any ailment. In contrast, modern medicine comes for your rescue only when you report some health issue. Some of the herbs and formulations given below have been proved to be potent immunity modulators since time immortal-
Haridra- Turmeric is one of the most potent herbs available in Indian kitchen that is anti-inflammatory and boost Immunity. 'Gold milk' or Turmeric milk is ages old remedy for the allergy in Indian households which have been accepted in the western world as well now.
Tulsi- 'Tulsi' or 'Holy Basil' acts as a decongestant which helps in common cold.
Kutki- Known for its decongestion properties, it reduces congestion and treats cough.
Ashwagandha- The herb helps in promoting physical and mental health, increase longevity. It paces up the healing process in the people fighting long term debility from chronic medical ailments.
Giloy- It is highly effective in building Immunity, digestion and in chronic fever.
Chyawanprash- Rich in Vitamin C, it acts as a 'Rasayana' and medicine for various ailments. This formulation builds long term immunity and a family tonic for keeping you safe from seasonal woes of cold, cough and allergies.
which aids in the treatment of cough and for reducing congestion
'NASYA' therapy- This therapy is done with medicated oils such as AnuTailam, Sesame oil etc. that helps in clearing the nasal passage. It also lubricates the nasal cavity, removes dryness and prevents nasal allergies.
‘Swarnprashan’- This Ayurveda therapy has found a recent buzz in Indian and global market as it has been very effective in building immunity of the children up to the age of 16 years. The therapy has the potent combination of SwarnBhasma and Medhya (drugs that promote intellect and immunity) which makes a formulation of choice among modern age parents.
Sweet Caveat:Although most of the medicines above are harmless and have immense benefits yet self-medication of any Ayurveda medicine can be harmful to health. Therefore, it is advisable to seek the consultation of your Ayurveda physician who determines your 'Prakriti' and 'Dosha' imbalance before penning down your immunity regimen.
With billions of money go into immunization every year. Yet, we are unable to withstand the attack from viruses, bacteria and other pathogens. The researches have referred to that there over 250 viruses that can harm human beings, and this is not to mention that we are currently battling one(COVID-19) and vaccine for which is still due. Think more and ponder little more, you have seen as small as a baby of 3 months and as old as a couple of 90 years recovering from COVID-19. The answer lies in a straightforward word, i.e., Immunity, which provides you with this ability to combat viral, bacterial attacks.
With every old and new antibiotics becoming resistant on us, the buck stops at the point of saving yourself with building Immunity against these deadly non-living creatures that are posing a threat to the human civilization like never before. Therefore, it is the right time to help yourself in choosing Immunity over Infection and doing what is healthy for you, your family, your neighbors, your country and humanity.
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