Covid-19 has created mayhem globally. The WHO has termed COVID-19 as a Pandemic, which is an epidemic that spreads across continents.
India is in a better position than most other countries in trying to contain and prevent the spread. India has the rich heritage of Ayurveda and knowingly or unknowingly every Indian has grown up with Ayurveda as a way of life.
Ayurveda is a Vedic medical science that focuses on living a healthy life. The science advocates treating the disease and ensuring no recurrence. Many references are found in Ayurveda’s ancient texts to trace the roots of an epidemic. Mankind has three Doshas that build the human constitution and are also are responsible for a variety of diseases along with various Dushyas.
COVID-19 can be roughly compared to epidemics described in Ayurveda texts, caused by contaminated air, water, land, and a disturbed Rutucharya (Charak Viman 3, Janapadodhwansa also described by Sushruta in Sushrut Samhita, Sutrastahn, 6)
Environmental changes caused by man’s interference with the bio-ecology in which he lives, as well as pollution due to depletion of natural resources, may be the cause for the destruction of communities and could justify the attribution to karma given here as a cause of vitiation.
Another reference that describes the symptoms of COVID-19 is seen in Charakasamhita, Nidan Sthana, Jwara Nidan, Aagantuj Jwara. The disease is caused due to exogenous factors like Bhutaabhishaynga (due to micro-organisms mentioned by Charaka) and Rakshasa ( demons in the form of viruses and bacteria mentioned by Sushruta) and the SARS-CoV-2 Virus, in this case.
The Jwara is due to external reasons and appears independent at first but later shows signs and symptoms of Nija Jwara (endogenous fevers). However, these Aagantuja Jwaras have their etiological factors and treatments.
A comparative table of signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and those mentioned in Sushrut Samhita, Sutrasthan, 6 is given below:
तस्य प्रकृतिरुद्दिष्टा दोषाः शारीरमानसाः|
देहिनं न हि निर्दोषं ज्वरः समुपसेवते||१२|| Charaka Chikitsasthana, Jwara Chikitsa
This sutra states that if the physical and mental state of the body is in equilibrium, Jwara will not arise. Chakrapani Datta has commented on this, by enhancing the point of treatment of Aagantuj Jwara as per Nija Jwara. (Ayurveda Dipika)
Also, one reference must be mentioned here that Chakrapani Datta was born in the 11th Century, and Allopathic Medicine was discovered in the 19th Century, which proves that a much deeper study of Epidemics was done in Ayurveda much before Allopathic studies.
In the following table, the WHO guidelines and preventive measures advocated are compared to the measures stated in Ayurvedic ancient scholarly texts:
Guidelines by the WHO
Guidelines in Ayurvedic Samhitas
Physical Distancing , Quarantine,
Avoiding mass gatherings
स्थानपरित्याग, return home (Sushruta)
Physical and Respiratory Hygiene
नीचरोमनखश्मश्रुर्निर्मलाङ्घ्रिमलायनः स्नानशीलः सुसुरभिः सुवेषो अनुल्बणोज्ज्वलः।। (Vagbhat)
Urban Lifestyle is one of the main reasons for Apacharaja Prakruti, which is nothing but a temporary state of Vikruti. Here, Roga Bala, and Rugna Agni play a very important role as far as the severity of the disease is concerned.
As urbanization increased, the rate of contamination of the four factors, water, air, land, and time (kaala), was faster. If the environment suffers, the result will be seen in the form of mutated crops and new illnesses in animals. The quality of basic food such as Milk, Grains, Pulses, Poultry, etc will be compromised and as a result, nutritional deficiencies will be seen in human beings to a larger extent. In addition, excessive use of pesticides in crops, injecting steroids in poultry, etc will result in hormonal imbalance and weak immunity in human beings.
The urban population focuses more on social status than on the status of individual health. Ignoring and breaking all rules of Aahara, Vihara, and Aachara lead to various lifestyle diseases and low immunity. Following Sadvrutta and Swasthavrutta is the key to a healthy lifestyle, which will not only prevent us from COVID-19 but also any other epidemic in the future.
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Dr. Priyanka Bhusari Oka
B.A.M.S., PGDHM, PG Integrative Dietetics
The fast-paced lifestyle of today’s urban population has led to various health conditions due to poor lifestyles and dietary choices. Ayurveda as well as Modern Medicine have described diseases that arise because of living an unhealthy, sedentary life. The onset of disorders ranging from Obesity, Insulin Resistance, High Cholesterol levels, Hypertension to Infertility, Skin diseases, etc. have become very common, especially in the young adults of the age group 30-35 years. These diseases have two main causes, poor nutritional intake, and lack of physical activity. There is a dire need for nutritional intervention to prevent and reverse such lifestyle disorders. Interestingly, Ayurveda, an age-old medical science emphasizes prevention being the best choice over therapeutic measures.
Some common lifestyle disorders:
Diabetes Type 2
Hair and scalp diseases
Ayurveda and Lifestyle Disorders
Ayurveda mentions all the lifestyle disorders which are prevalent in recent times are a result of misuse of Santarpana, which is over nutrition. Overnutrition ends up increasing Kapha Dosha and as a result, increases Kleda, which vitiates the normal functioning of Dhatus especially Rasa, Rakta, Mansa, and Meda. This imbalance causes blockage in the regular functioning of the Agni and channels of microcirculation and results in Vyadhi or disease. An action plan that improves the functioning of Agni and thereby all the Dhatus and Doshas effectively reverses diseases.
Ayurvedic Nutrition: Ayurveda believes that if the diet is wrong, medicines will not be useful and if the diet is perfect then there is no need for medicines. This is a strong and powerful statement that is applicable to today’s lifestyle. Poor diet and lifestyle practices are the leading cause of a plethora of diseases. Ayurveda recommends eating a balanced and nutritious meal. Meals should consist of six tastes or Shad-Rasa, namely,
Madhura - Sweet
Amla - Sour
Lavana - Salty
Katu - Hot, Spicy
Tikta - bitter
Kashaya - Astringent
All types of foods can be categorized based on these six tastes. Each taste denotes a specific type of food group which can be corelated with modern nutrition. A holistic and integrative approach of personalizing the diet based on an individual’s age, BMI, Prakriti, digestion capacity, and current health condition is ideal. Only Ayurvedic nutrition can cater to the wholesome health of an individual.
There are certain rules for eating and lifestyle mentioned in Ayurveda and following those helps in improving digestive fire known as Agni and effectively, absorption.
Eat only when there is a true sense of hunger
Eat only when the previous meal is digested
Do not eat stale, under-cooked food
Meals should always be fresh and warm. No reheating
Drink water only when there is a true sense of thirst
Do not lie down immediately after meals
Make lunch the biggest meal of the day
Do not stay up late at night unnecessarily
Exercise daily as per half your capacity
Ayurvedic nutrition is a customized dietary guideline that by itself acts in a therapeutic way. Including Ayurvedic nutrition along with medicinal intervention goes a long way to reverse any lifestyle disease. Even after the medicines are stopped, following this sustainable dietary practice becomes a part of the lifestyle.
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आयुष मंत्रालय में सचिव वैद्य राजेश कोटेचा ने गुरुवार को आयुष मंत्रालय के तहत वैज्ञानिक अनुसंधान परिषद, केन्द्रीय आयुर्वेदिक विज्ञान अनुसंधान परिषद (सीसीआरएएस) के कामकाज की समीक्षा करने के लिए परिषद का दौरा किया। प्राप्त जानकारी के अनुसार, परिषद आयुर्वेदिक विज्ञान के क्षेत्र में काफी काम कर रही है और उसे 'बैस्ट इंस्टीट्यूशन फॉर रिसर्च इन द फील्ड ऑफ एजिंग ' के लिए 2019 में भारत के राष्ट्रपति से पुरस्कार भी मिल चुका है।
विशेषकर, सीसीआरएएस आयुष मंत्रालय (आयुर्वेद, योग और प्राकृतिक चिकित्सा, यूनानी, सिद्ध और होम्योपैथी), भारत सरकार का एक स्वायत्तशासी निकाय है। यह आयुर्वेद में वैज्ञानिक तर्ज पर सूत्रीकरण, समन्वय, विकास और अनुसंधान को बढ़ावा देने के लिए भारत में एक शीर्ष निकाय है। परिषद को आयुर्वेदिक विज्ञान के क्षेत्र में वैज्ञानिक अनुसंधान में अग्रणी निकाय माना जाता है।
सचिव ने परिषद के वैज्ञानिकों और कर्मचारियों को संबोधित करते हुए उन्हें बधाई दी और उल्लेख किया कि "मुझे यह जानकर बहुत खुशी हो रही है कि सीसीआरएएस वैज्ञानिक गतिविधियों के माध्यम से आयुर्वेद के लाभों को नागरिकों तक पहुंचाने के अपने प्रयासों में सफल रहा है।"
सचिव कोटेचा ने अधिकारियों को निर्माण परियोजनाओं और अन्य बुनियादी ढांचा विकास संबंधी कार्यों जैसे लंबित मामलों में तेजी लाने के निर्देश दिए। उन्होंने आगे उल्लेख किया, “परिषद अपने कार्य क्षेत्र में अनुकरणीय कार्य कर रही है, हालांकि, ऐसे अनेक कार्य हैं जो मानव शक्ति या बुनियादी ढांचा प्रदान करने में देरी के कारण बाधित हो सकते हैं। परिषद को इन मुद्दों को हल करने के लिए ईमानदारी से प्रयास करना चाहिए और जहां भी आवश्यक हो, मंत्रालय की मदद ली जा सकती है।” अस्पतालों और प्रयोगशालाओं की मान्यता के मामले में, महानिदेशक ने सचिव को अवगत कराया कि इसकी तीन प्रयोगशालाओं को एनएबीएल मान्यता मिल चुकी है और 14 संस्थानों ने एनएबीएच मान्यता के लिए आवेदन किया हुआ है।
सचिव कोटेचा ने कहा, "परिषद को अपने सभी क्षेत्रीय कार्यालयों में प्रशासनिक, वित्त और मानव संसाधन से संबंधित कार्यों की सक्रिय निगरानी और तेजी लाने के लिए एक तंत्र विकसित करने का प्रयास करना चाहिए।" उन्होंने परिषद के शोध प्रकाशनों की गुणवत्ता में सुधार की भी सिफारिश की, "तकनीकी अधिकारियों की वर्तमान संख्या पर विचार करते हुए, क्रमबद्ध प्रकाशनों की संख्या में सुधार की बहुत गुंजाइश है और परिषद को अपने वैज्ञानिकों को गुणवत्तापूर्ण उच्च प्रभाव वाली पत्रिकाओं में प्रकाशन के लिए प्रेरित करने के प्रयास करने चाहिए।"
सीसीआरएएस के महानिदेशक प्रोफेसर रबीनारायण आचार्य ने सचिव कोटेचा को वर्तमान वैज्ञानिक गतिविधियों और प्रमुख परियोजनाओं से अवगत कराया। उन्होंने कहा, “आयुष मंत्रालय के मार्गदर्शन और सहयोग के अंतर्गत, परिषद ने दुनिया भर के प्रतिष्ठित संस्थानों के साथ सार्थक और जन कल्याण-केन्द्रित सहयोग विकसित करने के प्रयासों को तेज किया है।" "परिषद ने अमेरिका, ब्रिटेन, लातविया और जर्मनी के प्रतिष्ठित संस्थानों के साथ सहयोग किया है। उन्होंने आगे कहा, “हमने आईसीएमआर, आईसीएआर, सीएसआईआर, आईआईटी, बीएचयू और अन्य शीर्ष भारतीय संस्थानों के साथ महत्वपूर्ण सहयोग भी विकसित किया है।"
यह अंग्रेजी में भी पढ़े► CCRAS Has The Potential to Add A Fresh Dimension to Global Healthcare Research: Vaidya Kotecha
Secretary, Ministry of AyushVaidya Rajesh Kotecha, visited the Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS), a scientific research council under the Ministry of Ayush, to review the functioning of the Council on Thursday. Reportedly, the Council has been doing considerable work in the field of Ayurvedic sciences and has also received ‘Best Institution for Research in the field of Ageing’ award from the President of India in 2019.
Notably, the CCRAS is an autonomous body of the Ministry of Ayush (Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy), Government of India. It is an apex body in India for the formulation, coordination, development, and promotion of research on scientific lines in Ayurveda. The Council has been considered the leading body in scientific research in the field of Ayurvedic Sciences.
The secretary, while addressing the gathering of scientists and staff of the Council congratulated them and mentioned that “I am very happy to note that CCRAS has been successful in its efforts to take the benefits of Ayurveda to the citizens through scientific activities.”
Secretary Kotecha instructed the officials to expedite pending matters such as building projects and other infrastructure development-related activities. He further mentioned, “The Council has been doing exemplary works in its domains, however, there are many activities that may be hampered due to delays in providing manpower or infrastructure. The Council must make sincere efforts to address these issues and wherever required, may take help of the Ministry.” On the matter of accreditation of hospitals and laboratories, the Director General apprised the Secretary that three of its labs have got NABL accreditation and 14 institutes have already applied for NABH accreditation.
“The Council must make efforts to develop a mechanism to actively monitor and expedite administrative, finance and HR-related activities at all its field offices”, added Secretary Kotecha. He also recommended improving the quality of research publications of the Council. He also mentioned, “considering the current strength of technical officers, there is great scope of improving the number of indexed publications and Council should make efforts to motivate its scientists for publishing in quality high-impact journals”.
Professor Rabinarayan Acharya, Director General, CCRAS, apprised Secretary Kotecha about ongoing scientific activities and key projects. He mentioned, “under the guidance and support of the Ministry of Ayush, the Council has expedited efforts to develop meaningful and public welfare-focused collaborations with institutions of repute across the world.” “The Council has collaborated with eminent institutions of US, UK, Latvia, and Germany. We have also developed important collaborations with top Indian institutions including ICMR, ICAR, CSIR, IIT, BHU, and others” he further added.
Also, Read in Hindi► वैद्य कोटेचा ने कहा सीसीआरएएस में वैश्विक स्वास्थ्य अनुसंधान में एक नया आयाम जोड़ने का सामर्थ्य
You are not alone if you feel the need to rub your eyes. Itchy eyes are a very common problem, also known as ocular allergy, these are typically the result of an allergy or a condition known as dry eye syndrome.
Ophthalmologist Dr. Parag Sawal, Sr. Consultant, Sharp Sight Eye Hospitals, explains, "Itchy eyes related problems can be triggered by exposure to pollen, animal fur, mould, dust mites, make-up, or eye drops. The body reacts to the trigger by releasing histamine, causing the blood vessels in the eye/or around the eyes to dilate and irritating the nerve endings so the eyes water.
When the eyes turn red because of an allergy, it is known as allergic conjunctivitis. Other types of allergy may also lead to itchy eyes. For example, a condition called atopic keratoconjunctivitis produces an inflammation of the surface of the eye because of an allergy to a specific substance and can lead to distorted vision. Another condition, vernal keratoconjunctivitis, produces inflammation in the membrane on the surface of the eye and affects mostly adults."
If you have eczema, a type of dermatitis, around your eyes, this may also cause itching, according to Dr. Sawal. Other factors that contribute to itchy eyes include:
Reaction to medications, for example, antacids, hormonal replacements, chemotherapy medications, anti-depressants, and pain killers
Dry eye syndrome
Infection due to contact lenses
Irritation due to exposure of eyes to chemicals like cigarette smoke and gases
Blepharitis, i.e, inflammation of the eyelids
Itchy eyes have been one issue a lot of people are facing due to air pollution and smog. Dr. Sawal further shares the cause and the methods to keep in mind to help relieve your itchy eyes.:
When you're dealing with a mild case of allergic itching, you can use a cold cloth or a cold compress over the eyes to ease the discomfort of itching. You can also try splashing your eyes with cold water.
If your eye itching is due to some particles or dust in your eyes, you can remove it from your eyes by using warm water or saline solution.
Closing the windows of your car or house.
Wearing sunglasses when venturing outside to avoid contact with allergens.
Avoid rubbing your eyes. As constant rubbing of the eyes can damage the top layer of the eye, which can lead to pain and infection.
You can shower at night to remove the accumulated dirt and pollen from your hair, eyelid, skin, and face to avoid eye irritation.
Make sure you wash your hands after patting animals to avoid transferring allergens to the eye.
Maintaining contact lens hygiene can help you protect your eyes from allergens and bacteria. If you are using contact lenses, you must make sure to change them as frequently as possible.
Keeping the eyes lubricated frequently with artificial tears.
And at last, keep hydrating yourself. (If the problem persists or worsens, kindly visit the ophthalmologist at the earliest.) (N. Lothungbeni Humtsoe)
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Baidyanath Jhansi Khadiradi Bati is an ayurvedic medicine which is mainly used to treat aphthous ulcer, sore throat, cough. It is also useful in dental and gum problems. This formulation is in herbal decoction. It is an Ayurvedic formula whose key ingredients are khadir, javitri, kababchini, supari, kapoor, kankol, etc. It is manufactured by the renowned ayurvedic company Shree Baidyanath Ayurved Bhawan Private Limited.
Khadiradi Bati is 100% Ayurvedic and safe and available in liquid and tablet form in the market. Khadiradi Bati dosage depends on the ethos, age, gender, weight, and medical history of the patient. So let's start this article in which you will get complete information about the Khadiradi Bati.
Khadiradi Bati Ingredients
Khadiradi Bati Benefits
Laryngitis (Hoarseness or Loss of Voice)
The anti-inflammatory and soothing effects of Khadiradi Vati reduce inflammation of the larynx (larynx). Provides a clear voice and reduces hoarseness by reducing irritation and swelling of the vocal cords. In the case of hoarseness due to overuse, ashwagandha extract with milk should also be used in addition to Khadiradi Bati. The herbs sitopaladi churna, yashad (jasad) bhasma and gandhak rasayan with honey should also be used with Khadiradi Bati for quick relief.
Mouth Ulcers and Stomatitis
Khadiradi Vati reduces the pain and burning associated with canker sores. Reduces inflammation of the mucous membranes, which relieves stomatitis. Licorice (Mulethi or Yashtimadhu or Glycyrrhiza Glabra) should also be used in such a condition for best results.
Sore Throat (Pharyngitis)
In combination with Sitopaladi Churna, Yashad (Jasad) Bhasma, and Gandhak Rasayan, taking Khadiradi Vati provides quick relief from sore throats through its emollient (soothing) effects. Additionally, Khadiradi Vati also inhibits the growth of bacteria that can cause a sore throat.
Tonsillitis and Tonsil Infections
Khadiradi Vati may not work for tonsil infections alone so it is used in conjunction with Sitopaladi Churna, Yashad (Jasad) Bhasma and Gandhak Rasayan. However, it helps to reduce the irritation, pain and inflammation of the tonsils.
Khadiradi Bati Side Effect
Khadiradi Bati is not known to have any side effects when used in the prescribed dosage. Do not use this information to diagnose or treat your issue without consulting with an Ayurvedic Doctor.
Khadiradi Bati Dosage and Anupan
1-1 tablet should be chewed 10 to 12 times in a day & night or as directed by physician.
Khadiradi Bati Shelf Life
Khadiradi Bati shelf life is from the manufacturing date upto 3 years.
Khadiradi Bati Storage & Safety Information
Khadiradi Bati storage and safety information are:
Read the label carefully before use
Protect from direct sunlight
Use under medical supervision
Store in a cool and dry place
Khadiradi Bati Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is Khadiradi Bati?
Ans. Baidyanath Jhansi Khadiradi Bati is an ayurvedic medicine which is mainly used to treat aphthous ulcer, sore throat, cough. It is also useful in dental and gum problems.
Q. How much shelf life has Khadiradi Bati had?
Ans. Khadiradi Bati shelf life is up to 3 years from the date of manufacturing.
Q. How to consume Khadiradi Bati?
Ans. Recommended doses of Khadiradi Bati for treating different diseases and health conditions vary. Khadiradi Bati dosage and anupan about 1-1 tablet should be chewed 10 to 12 times in a day & night. Therefore, it is crucial to consult an Ayurvedic doctor as the appropriate dose may vary depending on age, body shape and health condition.
Q. Is Khadiradi Bati safe?
Ans. Yes, Khadiradi Bati is a useful ayurvedic medicine that is beneficial in aphthous ulcer, sore throat, cough. It is also useful in dental and gum problems.
Q. Does Khadiradi Bati have any chemical ingredients?
Ans. Khadiradi Bati is made from natural herbs like khadir, javitri, kababchini, supari, Kapoor, kankol, etc.
Q. What is Khadiradi Bati used for?
Ans. Khadiradi Bati is used for aphthous ulcer, sore throat, cough. It is also useful in dental and gum problems.
Q. Does the Khadiradi Bati work?
Ans. Yes, Khadiradi Bati may play a beneficial role that helps in aphthous ulcer, sore throat, cough. It is also useful in dental and gum problems.
Q. Is Khadiradi Bati effective?
Ans. Yes, Khadiradi Bati is an effective formula.
Q. Is the use of the Khadiradi Bati safe for the stomach?
Ans. Khadiradi Bati is considered safe for the stomach.
Q. Is Khadiradi Bati addictive or habit-forming?
Ans. No, addictive or habit-forming is produced by Khadiradi Bati.
Q. Can I take Khadiradi Bati with alcohol?
Ans. The Khadiradi Bati effect with alcohol is unknown because research has not been done yet on this.
Q. Does Khadiradi Bati have any side effects?
Ans. Khadiradi Bati is not known to have any side effects when used in the prescribed dosage. Do not use this information to diagnose or treat your issue without consulting with an Ayurvedic Doctor.
Khadiradi Bati Reference
Ayurved Sarsangrah Gutika-Bati Prakran.
Khadiradi Bati Research Article
Formulation and Standardization of Khadiradi Vati and comparative study with marketed formulation https://www.academia.edu
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